Season 3 Episode 4

The Greatest Adventure in the History of Basic Cable

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 08, 2008 on USA
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Episode Summary

Henry's brother, Jack, claims that he has a map that leads to buried treasure. Shawn and Gus assist Jack in his search for the treasure, but it turns out that Jack has a lot more going on than meets the eye.

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  • The Greatest Adventure in the History of Basic Cable

    The Good:

    -"You keep a stun gun in the birdhouse? What's under the garden gnome, an M80?"

    -"Why do I have to be Sammy?"

    -"It's like that movie 'Idle Hands,' except with no nudity, which means I must be completely unwatchable right now!"

    -"Don't ever call me Home Skillet."

    -Shawn gives Juliet a note that says, "You smell nice."
  • One of the best season 3 episodes yet!

    This was a great episode. great work from the cast on this one. summary of the episode: Shawn always liked his treasure hunting uncle Jack. when Jack comes around talking about pirate treasure, Shawn and Gus agree to help find it much to Henry's dismay. As they look for it, they end up being chased by Jack's old partners and Shawn, Henry, and Gus are caught by the police. this episode was hilarious from both Shawn and Gus. a must see episode. (sorry i wrote the summary of the episode in this one b/c i wouldn't have enough words otherwise.) thanks for sticking with me.moreless
  • Shawn and Gus on a funny and clever treasure hunt! Great episode!

    Its strange to me that there has, so far, been no Young Gus. I don't understand why they would get rid of Young Gus. I immediately liked the new format of going back in time to reveal what had happened. I think it's cool that they experimented and I think it worked well. I liked Steven Weber right away in the flashback, and even more in Henry's house. He fit right in with Shawn, Gus and Henry. I loved when he gave Shawn and Gus the masks and they played with them like children would. That was cute. It was extremely funny when Shawn, Henry and Gus first got to Henry's house and realized someone was inside. They burst into the house and Gus burst in with a hose, screaming. So funny! A favorite part of mine is when the guys are trapped and Gus doesn't want to use his work phone to call for help. He was basically saying that he'd rather die than let Shawn use any more of his minutes. LOL Shawn had used up a lot of his minutes waiting on hold for concert tickets. Ha ha ha

    Another part that I liked a lot was Juliet's little tirade at the police station. It was cool to see her be "hard ass" but I loved Shawn's reaction when she was done yelling at him: "Oh my God. That was so hot." LOL Another funny part that involved Juliet was when she mentioned the best diet ever, where she lost three pounds after being sick with salmonella poisoning. I am starting to look at Shawn's memory as a super power. LOL It was so cool when he went "back in time" to discover the location of the bell tower. I thought that was awesome. I was really annoyed when Shawn handed "the treasure" to Uncle Jack. I thought he was being naive. I should have known better. :-) I'm happy that our guys got to keep some of the treasure, while deciding to donate the rest. There is something that puzzled me about the episode. How could Shawn see through the one-way glass at the police station? That part had me laughing. Here are some favorite quotes:

    "It's not that we need you. We want you. Plus...we need you." Shawn

    "I know this probably isn't the right time to say this but dude we're probably going to get to ride in a helicopter." Shawn

    "How about a text message? All I need to write is OMG LOL." Shawn

    "Don't call me home skillet." Gus

    "I don't know where you guys went to partner college but I'm pretty sure you guys aren't supposed to shoot your partner." Shawn

    "Are you kidding? That's like asking me if i want my own jet pack. Or if I ever wanted to be a koala bear." Shawn

    "I was the only eight year old kid who knew what a trifecta was." Gus

    "Don't listen to him, Uncle Jack. He's a dream killer." Shawn What a great episode!!moreless
  • one of my favorites...

    I'm not really sure why I liked this episode so much, but I do. Shawn's uncle, Jack, comes to him and asks him for help to find buried treasure. I felt like I was watching National Treasure...but oh well. Anyways, Jack turned out to have promised a lot of people and screwed them and so they were after him and the treasure. In the end, Shawn pulled a fast one, which was predictable, and got the gold. I love how this episode was set up. It showed flashbacks and I loved it. I like seeing Shawn's father in a bigger role because I love his character. Overall, great episode with great character development - one of my favorites.moreless
  • We learn more about Shawn's family.

    Steve Weber! Oh my, how I loved him on Wings and in Jeffrey! He's just great :) I liked the way in which this episode was told and the case itself was quite interesting too, if I may say so. The double danger/betrayal was a nice twist. I also adored the interaction between Shawn and Juliet, when he gave her his message, being certain that she would know what to do. And then Shawn's little smile when he managed to trick his uncle. I bet that Henry was really proud of him :) Though it was a bit sad, as if Shawn lost some childhood illusion...moreless
Mark D. Espinoza

Mark D. Espinoza


Guest Star

Mark Gibson

Mark Gibson

Mark Belleck

Guest Star

Desiree Zurowski

Desiree Zurowski

Karen Raven

Guest Star

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Pineapple Spotting: Henry has a plastic Pineapple near his phone in the living room.

      There is a tribal painting of a pineapple in the "Couleur Cueva", right before the camera pans down to see Shawn and Gus digging for the treasure.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Shawn: With some people I can communicate through psychic wavelengths. My father is one of them. Val Kilmer is another.

    • Henry: (his answering machine message) You've reached Henry Spencer. Leave your name and number, but speak slowly because people talk too fast in these things and I can never understand it.

    • Chief Vick: You, gentlemen, have a lot of explaining to do.
      Carlton: You can bet your ass I'm gonna get to the bottom of this–
      Shawn: Don't I get a phone call or something… ?
      Carlton: No.
      Shawn: Fine. How about a text message? I'll be quick. I just need to respond, "OMG LOL." Here's a question: how do you make the face that's winking with the tongue coming out one side?

    • Shawn: In Argentina, "Che" is slang fo-for buddy or pal. (to Gus) Sort of like I call you, "Black Star," or "Home Skillet," or "Big Baby Burton."
      Gus: Don't ever call me "Home Skillet."

    • Jack: So, what about it, boys? Want to be treasure hunters?
      Shawn: Are you kidding me? That's like asking me if I want my own jet pack, or if I've ever wanted to be a koala bear.
      Gus: Okay, I-I think he means yes, you can count him in. And me too.

    • Juliet: I can't believe your Uncle Jack actually had a treasure map.
      Lassiter: I can't believe you actually pretended your uncle was your dad.
      Shawn: I wanted Gus' dad to do it. But there was a genealogy issue I just couldn't resolve.

    • Jack: I guess you are wondering why I came back. I want you to help me find Bouchard's treasure.
      Henry: Come on. Not that again, Jack. I hate to break it to you, little brother, but Bouchard's treasure does not, has not, and will not ever exist. It's a pipe dream.
      Shawn: Don't listen to him, Uncle Jack. He's a dream killer.

    • Henry: It's been three years, Jack. What are you doing here besides breaking into my house?
      Jack: Breaking in. You gave me a key, Henry.
      Henry: I didn't give you a key. I don't give anyone keys, not even Shawn.
      Shawn: Oh, that's not true. I actually made a copy a while back. It was when I was hooked on Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! on Noggin. I didn't have cable. Oh, I also stole your toilet paper for about a year, and a huge box of sporks.

    • Chief Vick: All right, Mr. Spencer, let me be frank.
      Shawn: As long as I can be Dean and Gus can be Sammy.
      Gus: Why do I have to be Sammy?
      Shawn: Fine. He's Sammy. That makes you Joey Bishop. Is that what you really want? You wanna be Joey Bishop?
      Juliet: Shawn.
      Shawn: I'm sorry, Jules, how often does someone set you up with "let me be Frank"?
      Juliet: Shawn! Don't forget that you are in a lot of trouble here, and I am probably the only person in this room who cares to see you get out of it. Now, it's 2:30 in the morning, we've been here for hours, enough with the jokes, stop delaying, and tell us what we wanna hear!
      Shawn: Oh my God, that was so hot.

    • Gus: I can't believe we're actually digging for buried treasure!
      Shawn: I know, dude. And you're getting your pants totally dirty and you don't even care? I'm so proud of you!

    • Shawn: You keep a stun gun in the bird house? What's under the garden gnome, an M80!?

    • (in the interrogation room)
      Henry: We didn't do anything wrong; we didn't break any laws. (Shawn looks away) Oh no! Oh no! What– What'd you do Shawn?
      Shawn: Nothing. It's just that laws keep changing. It's getting very challenging to keep up with them all.

    • Chief: Now, Mr. Spencer.
      Henry/Shawn: (together) Yes?
      Chief: Oh, I meant the older…(realizes her mistake) Sorry, not old… less…
      Shawn: Handsome? Less hair? Less friends on Facebook?
      Henry: Less nose…

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Finland – September 21, 2009 on MTV3
      Slovakia – August 22, 2010 on Markiza
      Czech Republic – May 21, 2011 on Prima COOL


    • Chief Vick: All right, Mr. Spencer, let me be frank.
      Shawn: As long as I can be Dean, and Gus can be Sammy.

      Referencing the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop.

    • Shawn: (sitting in an interrogation room) Ay-yi-yi. The spirits are guiding my man paws. It's like, it's like that movie Idle Hands except with no nudity. Which means I must be completely unwatchable right now.

      Referencing Idle Hands (1999), which was written by Terri Hughes and Ron Mibauer and directed by Rodman Flender. The film is a comedy/horror that follows a possessed teenager who goes on a killing spree.