Season 4 Episode 4

The Devil's in the Details…and in the Upstairs Bedroom

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 28, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

When a college girl at a Catholic university commits suicide, Gus and Shawn are brought in because one of the professors at the school believes the girl was demon-possessed.

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  • Psych is awesome as usual!

    thefanof - a person with an eidetic memory/photographic memory, despite all of the controversy (which is more over the "perfect" photographic memory - it's entirely possible to have an eidetic memory, just not a perfect one) people do actually have eidetic memories. They normally remember things visually that we cannot normally remember and usually in greater detail (such as Shawn). There are studies of test subjects having extraordinary power in remembering via eidetic memories, and so we can allude that it most likely is real. But possessions? I'm sorry, but this episode kinda spoke for itself - how do we know that the "possessed" wasn't either taking drugs or was kind of loopy? Can you prove that someone is possessed via scientific study or some other credible source? Not really.

    Oh, and I loved the actual episode. I kept laughing at poor Shawn's father. I know that feeling after I stopped playing video games for a while. It kinda sucks!moreless
  • The worst season of Psych continues...

    In this weeks episode Shawn and Gus are called to a suicide in a catholic school. They meet their old friend - the priest that taught them in the sunday school. There is a nice flashback where the priest, Shawn, Gus and Henry discuss innacuracies in Bible's story of Noah's Ark. In the present the priest thinks it was a demonic possession, Lassiter thinks murder and Shawn says... suicide.

    There are plenty of situations for jokes like: Shawn and Gus talk to a possessed girl, Shawn make fun of Lassiter saying that if he disagrees than it further proves Shawn's theory and Gus is being over religious and accepting every supernatural explanation. I also liked how Shawn explained his title of "lead" investigator. Wait for the end and there is a confession scene which is also funny (although not overly)

    What this episode doesn't have is anyhting psychic. I wonder if the writers even rember that Shawn is psychic. Well, they claim they do - in one scene Shawn says that he has to maintain his cover as a psychic - but it doesn't stop him not to do anything that deals with visions and stuff. I don't know, maybe it is a set up for further development but it sure isn't funny right now. It is almost like Shawn is becoming Monk - he sniffs around, he say he got it and we are fed with the explanation in flashbacks. What's with all the word games, throwing himself around, touching everything? That was Psych

    The character interaction is pretty weak. Lassiter gets his normal part but Jules has almost nothing to say (anything longer than 4 word sentence). Fine, Shawn is with Abigail but she is not there. It seems that whole relationship thing took out 1/5 of the humor. But there is a new star introduced - Facebook. That's right, Shawn and Gus spend much time in going through facebook status updates and discussing about their info in there. The thing is that it isn't that funny, Facebook is ridiculous in many ways but the writers seem to only have discovered the main page. The other "fresh" thing is Henry getting hooked on playing xbox police game with a zapper gun. Really? Old guy discovers that he likes video games, how original is that?

    The mystery itself is mediocre, impossible to solve by the viewer (well it actually is, in the very end) and not very exciting either. There is too little suspects, if it is not obvous immediately. This episode has its moments but overall has the humor bar hanged much lover than any other episode from the first 3 seasons. Seems like if 4th season ever gets released on dvd there will be little point in buying it.moreless
  • Shawn's an atheist, Gus is a believer.

    It was interesting to find out that Shawn's an atheist, though not surprising. I was interested to find out that Gus was a believer. It was a pretty good episode and I like that they were able to solve it in a rational/logical manner.

    I don't like when shows try to leave it vague or chose to make it a real "possession" and validate the belief in spirits/possessions.

    Usually the Psych episodes aren't too deep but they did a good job of keeping you wondering if it was the priest or the BF, before revealing who it really was.

    As usual nice witty repartee 'tween Gus & Shawn & I liked the guy who came in to play the priest (amusing especially since I last saw him in Reaper as the devil).moreless
  • Great episode.

    Psych refuses to let the possibility of supernatural activity exist on its program; they always have to debunk it. It's what a lot of people like, but what I dislike about this show. Think about it, is the idea of someone being able to remember every piece of scenery he has ever seen in his life any more farfetched than a girl being possessed?

    This was a good episode though, albeit aside from the anticlimatic ending. I don't even watch too many movies, but The Exorcist allusions were well-done and well-placed.

    Definitely the best episode of the season so far. Let's hope it is only uphill from here.moreless
  • Less than average...

    When you have a 40 minute mystery that delves into a million different possibilities, you basically have a mess. What started as suicide, leads to love and betrayal, to demonic possession, to conspiracy, to prescription drugs and finally back to love and betrayal. In this hoopla of things, we clearly forget the fact that Shawn pretends to use his psychic powers to solve a case. We did miss all the zoom-into objects, things appearing through a filter and a blur, and the kkszzzhhhichh sound.

    The usual Exorcist, or Emily Rose spoofs and the forced humor like the priest opening his exorcism with joke, or Frank playing with his Xbox were a touch overdone. This and the previous installments clearly show, Psych is veering in some arbitrary direction. Bring the old Psych back.moreless
Alexandra Krosney

Alexandra Krosney


Guest Star

Ray Wise

Ray Wise

Father Westley

Guest Star

Aleks Holtz

Aleks Holtz


Guest Star

Carlos McCullers II

Carlos McCullers II

Young Gus

Recurring Role

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • This episode was filmed on the campus of the University of British Columbia.

    • Psych-out: Gag reel from Shawn's first conversation with his father.

    • Nitpick: When Gus is talking about the 1973 film The Exorcist, Shawn says, "You're basing this case off a fictional film?" In actuality the novel on which the film is based is inspired by actual events that occurred in 1949.

    • Continuity: When Cameron asks Lucy if the accusations are true, we see the right side of her head in the shot, indicating that she's facing him. However, in the next shot she's looking away and then turns to look at him.

    • Continuity: If you look closely behind the Chinese priest in the crowd looking at the body you can see Shawn and Gus talking. However, in the next scene they arrive.

    • Pineapple Spotting: Agatha's avatar on Facebook when she is over everybody and just wants to be "LEFT ALONE!" is a pineapple.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lassiter: (to O´Hara) Detective, you know what I think? I think that she was...
      Shawn: (from behind) You´re wrong! I´m sorry, I jumped the gun on that. Please continue...
      Lassiter: I think she was murdered.
      Shawn: Are you finished?
      Lassiter: Yes!
      Shawn: You´re wrong! My senses are telling me that this girl committed suicide.
      Lassiter: Well you can tell your senses to kiss my sweet... (bells begin to ring)... love ... biscuits.

    • Lassiter: Kiss my sweet… (a nun walks by them) love biscuits.
      Gus: I don't think you made that any less offensive.

    • Shawn: Burton Guster, you randy little spaniel.

    • Shawn: Gus, may I speak to you in the stop-openly-contradicting-me room?

  • NOTES (3)


    • Shawn: Just checking on my status updates. Check this one out. Shawn Spencer is trading in his Chevy for a Cadillac-alac-alac.
      This is a reference to a line in the 1977 Billy Joel song "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)". In the song Billy claims Sergeant O'Leary is "trading his Chevy for a Cadillac-ac-ac-ac-ac."

    • Shawn: I'll give you two possible scenarios. One, Cameron dumped Agatha and she threw herself off the building in despair, or two... Agatha dumped Cameron; he pushed her off the building in a fit of rage. Both of which are far more plausible than the Devil going down to Santa Barbara.
      Shawn references the hit song "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band.

    • Father Westley: Trust me, possessions are real. They're real. I can personally attest to it.

      Ray Wise, the actor who plays Father Westley, has two previous roles dealing with the devil and possessions. In Reaper, he played the Devil. In Twin Peaks, he played Leland Palmer, who was possessed by BOB (a demon).