Season 4 Episode 14

Think Tank

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 24, 2010 on USA



  • Trivia

    • Psych-out: Timothy Omundson sings Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" while beginning to shed his clothes.

    • Pineapple Spotting: There is a pineapple-shaped eraser on young Shawn's pencil in the flashback scene.

    • Trivia: In the last scene Shawn is speaking in Spanish, and introduces himself to the Bulgarian Consulate as "Shawnito Rodriguez." James Roday's real last name is Rodriguez.

    • Pineapple Mention: Shawn asks for a pineapple in the first present-day scene.

  • Quotes

    • Shawn: Independent contractor, does that mean she was a…
      Gus: A hit woman? Yes.
      Shawn: So I probably shouldn't…
      Gus: Yes, don't even think about it.

    • Shawn: Chief, I really don't see the point in getting upset over spilled milk.
      Vick: And why would I be upset? The most powerful business man in the state is the target of an assassination, and one of my people help planned it.
      Shawn: Well, actually it was two; Gus was there as well.
      Gus: Why would you say that?
      Shawn: I just thought it might help cushion the blow if I distribute the blame.
      Gus: Cushion who?
      Shawn: I guess me, mostly.

    • (Shawn assembles his own think tank.)
      Shawn: All right, first of all, let me say this is very, very exciting for me. I like to do things a little differently, so no one will call me Mr. Spencer. It's Shawn. Shawny if you're feeling a little loose. Never the Shawn Dog, 'cause that's just lame, and I've never been one to chase balls.

    • (Gus walks in, and Shawn is on the phone)
      Gus: Who are you talking to?
      Shawn: Credit card company. (back on the phone) Oh, yes, I was saying somebody used my card to purchase a zebra-striped jacket. I would like that charge removed.
      Gus: You charged that zebra-striped jacket.
      Shawn (to Gus): Gus, I said somebody. Doesn't mean it wasn't me.

    • Lassiter: Spencer, I won't say that I'm not going to hold this over your head forever because, let's be honest, of course I am.
      Shawn: Look, Lassie, now's not the time to gloat, because you're right for the first time in your life.

    • Gus: Shawn, your ability to know nothing about real police work has finally caught up to you.

    • (after Shawn finishes reading the people in the room)
      Boyd: What does that have to do with anything?
      Shawn: I'm not sure yet, Boyd. That is how my gift works. It's like acid reflux, but instead of acid, it's psychicness; it's psychicness-reflux.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic – "Mozkovna" (Brainpower)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic – August 20, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Finland – October 1, 2012 on MTV3

    • Two members of the think tank—Fred Collins Boyd and Alan Zenuk—are named after long-time Psych crew members. Fred Boyd is a Gaffer (called a chief lighting technician by some productions) and Alan Zenuk an on-set Still Photographer.

    • Special billing was given to Chris Sarandon (and) for this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Shawn: C'mon, son.
      Gus: Don't do Ed Lover, Shawn!
      Gus is referencing the New York City DJ (also a rapper, actor, musician, and former MTV VJ) who publishes a video blog named for his famous viral quote "C'Mon Son," using it to poke fun at current events that deserve ridicule.

    • Shawn: Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. It's right. Greed works. Greed for life, for money, for love, for flan.

      Shawn is paraphrasing the famous monologue from Oliver Stone's Wall Street (1987), which starred Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen.