Season 3 Episode 6

There Might Be Blood

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 22, 2008 on USA
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Episode Summary

Shawn and Gus investigate the death of a safety inspector aboard an offshore oil rig. The investigation is complicated by the commander of the coast guard, Barbara Dunlap, Chief Vick's sister.

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  • Not bad - not really one of the best, though

    It had a decent mystery, but it wasn't always smoothly put together. Partly, this was due to the attempt to emphasize Jane Lynch's guest starring role - she plays Captain Vick's sister and rival. Unfortunately, as often happens with TV shows when a celeb guest stars, the story is written to suit her character, rather than the other way around. The sibling rivalry is funny, well-written, well-performed, but it feels unnecessary. *Spoilers* Their reconciliation mid-episode feels almost random - they reconcile because they both realize Shawn was right about the case? And it adds little to the story - their cooperation doesn't lead to the case getting solved. The eventual disagreement at the end felt formulaic.

    Because of the focus on Lynch's character, who doesn't actually do much in the way of advancing the plot, the amount of time spent on the actual case is minimized. We barely hear anything about Lassiter and Juliet's missing persons case before the reveal that their case is related - which fails to shock, since we knew nothing about that case before. Gus and Shawn barely do any deduction themselves - after half an episode of bickering over jurisdiction, the two stumble onto a body. And they solve the case by looking at a map for a few minutes - it feels a little anticlimactic.

    And the ending - ugh. The worst part. It felt rushed, like the writers realized there were only a few minutes of runtime left, so they decided to end it quickly and abruptly. A shootout suddenly erupts because our criminal mastermind forgot to tuck her gun in a less conspicuous place? And then she's talked down by Shawn's good looks and some formulaic lines about wanting her father's attention. Which a) seems way too quick and easy and more reliant on a series of coincidences rather than actual detective work, b) makes everyone look kinda stupid (the cops never thought to ask about mysterious passengers before? the other workers never thought it was weird that this girl was apparently directing where to drill?) and c) kinda seems mildly insulting, maybe even sexist. The girl, who had no problem killing two people and shooting at cops, "doesn't want to shoot" Shawn, a guy she knew for literally minutes. And when Shawn walks over with his sensitive guy routine, she falls for it like a drunk girl at a bar. Can you imagine some devious male criminal mastermind getting convinced by a girl in a t-shirt to drop his gun because she tells him she had daddy issues?

    Except I doubt it's really sexist - they just needed a way to end the episode quickly and conclusively and since Psych isn't the type of show where things in a bloody shooting or suicide, it ends with Shawn being sexy and good-looking.

    Again, it feels like much of this episode was written centered around Jane Lynch's role, a common mistake that TV shows - especially comedies - fall into. The best guest starring roles are when there's a strong story, with a strong script, and the guest star is not a focus but an integral character driving the story forward.

    Still, it's enjoyable to watch, but all in all, very forgettable.moreless
  • Another great Psych episode. It was great to see Vick bickering with her sister. It was funny as hell to see Lassiter trying to impress a female. It was great, as always, to see Shawn and Gus up to their usual antics. "Be a table!"moreless

    I don't think this episode ranked up there with the last few, but it was still very good, very funny stuff. I was happy that Young Gus was back at last! The flashback of him and Shawn destroying Henry's yard was cute. This episode wasn't quite the team effort I was hoping for, meaning that Shawn and Gus work together with Jules and Lassy, but it was something like a team effort, since they were working to help Vick. I also liked seeing Karen Vick arguing with her sister. They were like children. They went from yelling in each other's faces, to poking each other, to hitting each other. It was funny. It's nice to see the chief lose her composure now and then. Lassiter immediately found Barbara attractive, calling her "impressive and intoxicating". I like how his fascination with Barbara freaked Shawn out a little, and also annoyed Juliet. Maybe Juliet was dumbfounded. LOL One of my favorite parts of this episode is the conversation Shawn has with Chief Vick in her office. He says he sympathizes with her and understands what she feels....but he's really talking about Jan Brady. " I, I mean Jan..." LOL I also liked the scene between Vick and her sister later on, when they make up and share information. There were several other parts in this episode that I enjoyed, such as Shawn trying to trick Henry on Henry's boat. I liked when Shawn and Gus searched the office and Shawn was annoyed that there were no snacks or candy. I really liked when Shawn was trying to take a cookie and Gus kept slapping his hand away. He finally let him have a cookie though. I liked when Lassiter tackled Ashley and then asked Juliet if Barbara had seen him do it. LOL These are small but humurous things that add to this show's greatness, in my opinion. I liked how Shawn tried to get Gus to 'be' a table but Gus refused to do it. I didn't like, however, how the guys were fooled so easily by Ashley. They've been fooled before but it still annoyed me. My annoyance became greater when, moments later, Ashely somehow ran away from Chief Vick, Barbara, Lassiter and Juliet. After rewatching the episode today, I still don't like this scene. Overall, quite a good episode, in my opinion.

    Favorite quotes:

    "Is it just me or is that woman a tinge bossy?" Shawn

    "She scares me." Gus

    "Thats actually kind of sweet. Don't tell anyone I used that word." Vick

    "Gus, don't be a myopic chihuahua." Shawn

    "I'm nobody's pawn, Shawn. I'm a queen." Gus

    "My dad doesn't understand the concept of taking risks" Young Shawn

    "Now if I could just get her to witness me discharge my weapon." Lassiter

    "Don't play, Shawn. You know that fungus is my bread and butter." Gus

    "Actually the truth is, I'm a psychic. A damn good one." Shawn

    "Damn girl, you are so lean." Shawn

    "I may have made a mistake. She fills those jeans out nicely though." Shawn

    "Shawn I think the rule when you hear gunfire is you don't go towards it." Gusmoreless
  • good episode...

    Shawn and Gus are called in to investigation the "accidental death" of a safety inspector on an oil rig. It turns hilarious when the coast guard get involved because the coast guard leader happens to e the chief's sister. I thought their relationship was hilarious. I also loved Shawn and Gus's reaction to them. I knew that the killer was the daughter of the oil baron; it seemed obvious to me. Anyways, I did like how it turned out with everyone shooting and the sisters then getting together, only to get broken up again with rivalry. Overall, great, funny episode of Psych.moreless
  • Another good episode from the cast and crew of Psych!

    this episode, while not the best of the season so far, was still better than others. hilarity from the characters makes this episode a good one. plot summary: a safety inspector on an oil rig dies in what seems to be an accident. Chief Vick doesn't think so and goes to investigate w/ Shawn and Gus. enter the chief's older sister working for the coast guard. the two fight over whos jurisdiction this case is. the chiefs sister asks shawn and gus to help her and then leaves them out of the loop. so our two detectives solve this crime themselves. this episode would be one i would watch again.moreless
  • The Captain has a sister and Carlton gets a date!

    The actress that they chose to play Karen's sister was just perfect. The two actually looked like sisters. And oh, did they bicker nicely or what?

    I loved Shawn realizing they are sisters. You could literally see the bulb blipping on. I like the darker, case-oriented approach this season took. It's not just fun and giggling anymore, they actually do solve cases. And actually break laws - breaking into the apartment, sneaking on the rig - which was unthinkable in S1 (they even said so in the audio commentaries).

    I loved Carlton falling for Barbara - and Barbara for him. The way she invited him for lunch: "Hey! You! Me! Lunch!" And he immediately followed her obediently. I really hope that Barbara will become a recurring character. She and Carlton are just too much fun!

    And we finally got more interaction between Shawn and Gus on the one side and Lassie and Jules on the other. That was what I thought was missing in the previous eps.moreless
Kelly Overton

Kelly Overton

Ashley Bamford

Guest Star

Barry Corbin

Barry Corbin

Billy Joe Bamford

Guest Star

Steve Makaj

Steve Makaj

Safety Inspector Hicks

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 (3)

    • Shawn's Alias: T-Bone Turner
      Gus' Alias: Chesterfield McMillan

    • Pineapple Spotting: As Shawn and Gus are crawling through the window, the camera catches a pizza. The pizza is a Hawaiian pizza, which has the toppings of Canadian bacon and pineapple.

    • Barbara Dunbar: Okay, enough. The painfully cute mugging is starting to get on my nerves.
      Gus: What are you, Entertainment Weekly?

      This is a reference to the magazine's multiple poor reviews for the show over the years which have often referred to James Roday's "mugging for the camera."

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lassiter: You two, stay out, do you understand?
      Gus: Got it.
      (Lassiter leaves, and Shawn prepares to go after him, which is stopped by Gus.)
      Gus: What part of "stay put" is confusing you?
      Shawn: The "put" part. "Stay put," I wasn't "put" in the first place, Gus, the expression is a complete disaster.

    • Shawn: I have an idea.
      Gus: Is it good?
      Shawn: Not really.

    • Gus: What part of "stay put" is confusing to you?
      Shawn: The "put" part. Stay put? I wasn't "put" in the first place, Gus. The expression is a complete disaster.

    • Gus: All I'm saying is, so much for us being in Chief Vick's good graces. We may have just burned our bridge with her.
      Shawn: Gus, don't be a myopic chihuahua. I have a foolproof plan that not only solves the case but gives Chief all the credit.
      Gus: What is it?
      Shawn: Actually, all I have is the phrase "I have a foolproof plan". Beyond that, I'm wide open.

    • Gus: Great, I'm missing a huge symposium on new frontiers in medical treatment, and I don't even know what for.
      Shawn: What is that? The fungus one?
      Gus: Yeah. Don't play, Shawn. You know that fungus is my bread and butter.
      Shawn: Really? You know what my bread and butter is? Bread and butter. Fungus has never entered into the equation. Not once.

    • Shawn: Ahh, Gus, it could be anything. Crab on crab violence. Gang war between mermen and the shark people.

    • Young Gus: Let's say we do find oil. What happens then?
      Young Shawn: All of our dreams come true. I'll be rich and you'll work for me.

    • Billy Joe Bamford: If you need me, I'll be topside.
      Shawn: If you need us, we'll be bottoms up.

    • Shawn: We are merely pawns in a bitter sibling feud.
      Gus: I'm nobody's pawn, Shawn. I'm a queen.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Shawn: Sorry. (turning back to Ashley Bamford) I'm, I'm, I'm seeing fault, ah, faulty something, faulty intelligence, faulty wiring, Fawlty Towers.

      Referencing the BBC comedy Fawlty Towers (1975-1979), created and written by John Cleese and Connie Booth. The series centered on an incompetent and arrogant hotel owner Basil Fawlty who considered hotel guests an inconvenience, his domineering wife Sybil and their employees.

    • Episode Title: "There Might Be Blood"

      The episode's title is a play on the Academy Award-winning 2007 film There Will Be Blood. The movie's plot, much like the plot of this episode, is centered around oil.