Season 3 Episode 14

Truer Lies

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 06, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

Gus and Shawn's client, a pathological liar, has information about a planned assassination. The problem is getting anyone at the SBPD to believe him.

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  • Usual psych stuff..

    It is the comedy track I like in Psych, the storyline is usually lame. Here the duo deal with compulsive liar, who apparently at that point of time was speaking the truth. But the police are not ready to believe him. On the whole, the flow of the story was fine, but there were a few scenes that should have been axed- like Shawn bringing in his dad to the office to get a second opinion if Ryan was lying again. Gus has provided the usual performance as the tightly wound guy, who prefers to sell pharmaceuticals rather than help Shawn with the investigation. The final scene was pure rubbish, and the actual killers looked like a bunch of weasels. All the gun fire sequences were pure overkill. Nevertheless, I did enjoy.moreless
  • Shawn tries to help a compulsive liar.

    This was not a great episode of Psych, but it still had all the fun you've come to expect from the third-year series. A decent chase, and shootout scene, some mystery and of course a plethora of comedy. Shawn's references weren't as peculiarly awesome as usual, although I did like the shout out to Koko B. Ware.

    Jonathan Silverman (Weekend At Bernie's, In Case Of Emergency) was pretty funny here, especially disguised as a doctor, "People say doctors have a God complex, but being a neurosurgeon for seven years I'd say we have a complex God."

    The episode just followed the same formula of Carlton and Juliet discussing the case and Shawn and Gus continually walking in to disrupt them. One fries mention is good, but they probably spent 10 minutes discussing it here.moreless
  • I loved this episode.

    This is a crazy episode about an even crazier pathological liar. Ryan Bainsworth is accused of killing his super because of history of being a pathological liar. He has what the police believe to be concocted story about two hit men who killed his super thinking it was him. He claims to have overheard them talking about killing someone and that is why they were trying to kill him but killed his super. The police do not believe his story, but Shawn does and is setting out to prove it. The Chief will not let Shawn and Gus talk to Ryan so they bail him out of jail in order to talk to him. He leads them to a man in the hospital who was ran over by a car a few days earlier. As it turns out the man who was ran over saw the two hit men kill a lawyer who was tied to a case that Lassiter was suppose to be testifying in. The man who was ran over was Tom Lieber and he has had amnesia since the accident but is slowly regaining his memory. The two hit men are now after him and Ryan who are with Shawn and Gus in Gus's care. Gus is trying to get away from what he believes are the two hit men but soon realizes there is no one behind them so he stops. Suddenly a car pulls up behind them and starts shooting. They all run and Shawn tells Gus to get Tom out of their leaving him and Ryan to face the shooters. At the last minute, Lassiter and Juliet rush in to save them and arrest the two hi men.

    This was a very good episode with a good plot and plenty of humor.moreless
  • I don't know why everyone is giving this episode bad scores. It was great!

    This episode was hilarious!!! Shawn and Gus take on a client whose nickname is "Lying Ryan." He has information about an assassination plot, but the cops won't believe him because all he does is lie. Shawn believes him and tries to solve the case. The funniest part by far was when Shawn and Gus got into their car and noticed Lying Ryan and the amnesia boy in the back of their car. They claimed they were being chased, but Gus didn't believe them. That all changed when two guys starting shooting at them. Ryan and Shawn tricked the guys by saying backup was around the corner. The guys didn't believe them until they looked into Ryan's eyes XDmoreless
  • I found this one rather sad - I never thought that I would say this about Psych...

    It was a good episode, nothing really special but Shawn did show amazing talent deciphering that compulsive liar's gibberish. What stuck out mostly for me was how desperate Shawn was for everybody to believe him - and no one did. Again and again people dismissed him, even his own father (I really wanted to slap Henry when he dismissed Shawn's concerns in the Psych office). The scene where he begged Gus to have faith in him was heartbreaking - at least for me. So overall, I didn't find this episode funny but sad. I mean after all the time and all his solved cases, people still didn't trust him :(moreless
Jonathan Silverman

Jonathan Silverman

Ryan Bainsworth

Guest Star

Jared Hillman

Jared Hillman

Tom Lieber

Guest Star

William Samples

William Samples

Dr. Morey

Guest Star

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Sage Brocklebank

Sage Brocklebank

Buzz McNab

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Gus' Alias: Hollaback Atcha

    • Psych-Out: Gag reel from the the deleted interrogation scene (parts of which could be heard faintly as Chief Vick spoke with the doctor).

    • Wilhelm Scream

      The infamous Wilhelm Scream, which is a highly used sound track taken from the 1951 movie Distant Drums, can be heard coming from Tom Lieber's portable game player as Gus, Shawn and the rest of the actors enter the room.

    • Goof: When the bad guys are chasing Gus' car, they shoot open the trunk and the interior is empty. On the next front shot of the car – when they hit the junk – the trunk is closed (which can also be seen in the interior shots of the car), yet when they all get out of the car the trunk is now back open and filled with boxes of drugs samples.

    • Pineapple Spotting: 1st Sighting – A woman at another table in the diner is served a pineapple with its top cut off. 2nd Sighting – Near the end of the episode, when Shawn and Ryan are hiding from the bad guys, Ryan picks up a pineapple from one of the myriad of boxes littering the alley to throw at the bad guys.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Shawn: Oh, come on, Jules. We all tend to bend the truth just a little.
      Juliet: Not me.
      Shawn: Oh, really?
      Juliet: Nuh-uh.
      Shawn: Does this ring a bell? No, Shawn, I haven't had any naughty dreams about you. And, yes, Shawn, I do wish Gus was never born so that I could be your partner.
      Gus: What?
      Shawn: True story.
      Gus: That's messed up.
      Juliet: I never said that, Gus.

    • Gus: Where's Lieber?
      Juliet: Gone. Looks like he's on the lam.
      Shawn: If he's on a lamb he won't get far. Alpaca, different story. Those things really fly.

    • Ryan: When you lie does that make you feel important? Because if you keep lying the way you do no one will believe you when it counts.
      Shawn: I will slap you in the face.
      Ryan: Violence is not the answer.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Finland – March 1, 2010 on MTV3
      Germany – March 15, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic – June 25, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia – December 10, 2011 on Markiza


    • Shawn: You're not claiming Grimace as a brother.
      Gus: Grimace is a brother.
      Shawn: He is an amorphous mass. He's like a big amoeba.
      Gus: He's a black amoeba, Shawn.
      Shawn: Purple.
      Shawn and Gus argue over Grimace, which was a character in McDonald's ads and videos from the 1970s through the early 2000s. (Incidentally, Grimace was, in fact, purple.)

    • Shawn: Bingo.
      Gus: Don't say "Bingo."
      Shawn: Cranium.
      Gus: Now, I'll play some Cranium.

      Cranium is a board game created in 1992, which is marketed as "The Game for Your Whole Brain." Gus views himself as more cerebral and grown-up than Shawn. He would be up for Cranium over Bingo.

    • "Lyin' Ryan": Hey, you guys want lunch? You know I own a restaurant downtown. Actually, it's not all mine. I co-own it with Mike Ditka. You guys eat wild game, dontcha?

      Mike Ditka was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988. He does own three restaurants, two in Chicago and one in Pittsburgh, although they do not feature wild game. His official web site also features links to clothing, resorts, records, cigars, wine, and food products.

    • Gus: Shawn, we are treading on thin ice right now.
      Shawn: Yes. But I'm about to do a double axel with a salchow and finish with a sweet little camel-toe.
      Gus: You mean camel spin?
      Shawn: I've heard it both ways.

      Shawn spins Gus's pessimistic metaphor into a positive reference to competitive ice skating. Axel jumps are quite difficult, requiring years to master. A salchow normally follows a "three turn," not an axel.

    • Lyin' Ryan: (running from gunfire) Serpentine. Serpentine. Zigzag. Hide in here.

      This is a reference to the classic 1979 Arthur Hiller film, The In-Laws, starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. In the referenced scene, Vince Ricardo (Falk) instructs the hapless Sheldon Kornpet (Arkin) to run in a serpentine pattern to avoid being shot.

    • Shawn: Let me guess: there's a bomb on a bus and if it goes below 50mph the whole thing is going to explode.

      This is a reference to a 1994 Jan de Bont film, Speed, starring Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper and Sandra Bullock.

    • When Shawn sees the picture of Ryan and his former Busch Gardens co-worker he says that he thinks he is Koko B. Ware. Koko B. Ware is a former WWF wrestler who would come down to the ring with a macaw on his shoulder.

    • When Shawn questions Tom at the hospital, he asks if Tom had ever been a member of "Treadstone", then changes his mind and tells the patient not to answer. Treadstone is the fictional arm of the CIA which originally employed Jason Bourne of The Bourne Identity.

    • Title: "Truer Lies"

      The title is a spoof of the 1994 James Cameron film, True Lies, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis.