Season 3 Episode 15

Tuesday the 17th

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 13, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

Shawn and Gus are asked by a childhood friend, Jason Cunningham, to investigate the disappearance of his camp's counselor, but when things take an unexpected twist, everyone's well-being is in jeopardy.

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  • I don't normally comment on episodes, instead I usually just watch and vote. However, having seen this episode I felt I couldn't not comment, it is by far the best TV episode I have seen in a long time.moreless

    This episode managed to contain Horror, tense moments and comedy all in a seamless bout of entertainment. The way that the show was partitioned into two separate parts - part one being the set up, and part two the action/horror - was brilliant. Especially when you watch it for the first time, because you don't know that the first half is bogus. On top of this it allowed a Jules/Shawn moment, showed a deeper side to Lassiter that I didn't know existed, and revealed that Gus and Shawn's friendship has not always been peachy. All in all I thought this episode was by far the best Psych episode so far for sheer entertainment, and captivation value; if not one of the best TV episodes I have seen in the last year or two.moreless
  • I'm normally a huge psych fan but the last couple of episodes have left a sour taste. There are far too many in-jokes and Shawn's character is losing all realism.

    This episode of Psych was pretty same old, same old but with an added downside that was out-of-place humour and unfunny jokes. The story was the usual enjoyable crime fiction Psych normally delivers however Shawn and Gus's sometimes misplaced lines were irritating instead of humorous. I am now finding that my favoured characters in the show are not the two leading, what is happening with Psych?

    I'm guessing that cast members are having more input in scripts; this is not something that improves a show and generally means downfall. I sincerely hope that Psych can turn itself around and once again become the popular funny show it once was. If James Roday were not so cute I'm not sure I'd have even tuned in...moreless
  • A Friday the 13th parody.

    Psych is always enjoyable and fun to watch, even during its weakest episodes.

    This just felt really forced to me with the writers hell-bent on mocking the upcoming Friday the 13th remake. The problem is the parody has been done countless times for over two decades and Psych brought very little originality to the premise.

    A few good lines here and there (I liked the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff reference) but the majority of this episode, including the final showdown, was just really, silly.

    Maybe doing the whole spoof was a bit of an albatross for the show, but I know they are capable of much better than this.moreless
  • This episode scared the crap out of me!!!!

    I know a lot of people nowadays like scary movies, but I don't. Even the movies that are scary, but don't scare anyone, scare me. I'm weird like that though, so don't mind me. Anywho, this episode had a nice quality to it when it was all said to be a joke, but when it turned out to be real, and people started dying, it lost it's funniness. Jason got stabbed, but lived, and three camp employees died. It was very tragic. And then Sissy was leading Gus along like some doll. She was engaged to Jason, but she still led Gus around like she loved him and such. It was sickening. It definitely is an episode that I will never see again.moreless
  • A great edition to Psych!

    This episode is one of my faves from season three, and is a nice penultimate episode to the season. It is great to see a spoof of horror movies, seeing that so many are out in theatres at the moment( new FT13 and My Bloody Valentine are two that come to mind.)

    This episode was particularly interesting as it brings in Shawn and Gus's old camp, mentioned back in season two. Another interesting thing that is worth mentioning is this is the premiere of James Roday as director. He did an amazing job and hopefully he will continue to direct in season four.

    There were some funny moments from Roday in this installment. I laughed hard at him hiding in the closet when Juliet showed up. I've watched this episode at least three times already, and I still enjoy every minute of it. This episode has left me wanting for more. Can't wait for the season finale!moreless
Justine Bateman

Justine Bateman


Guest Star

Mackenzie Astin

Mackenzie Astin


Guest Star

Elden Henson

Elden Henson


Guest Star

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Carlos McCullers II

Carlos McCullers II

Young Gus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Camp Tikihama was first mentioned as the camp Shawn and Gus attended as kids in season two's "Bounty Hunters!" when they were trying to pass off the suspect in their custody as Counselor Whitefeather to Shawn's dad.

    • Psych-Out: A life-size version of young Shawn's Rick Astley piñata rises from the lake to terrorize a peaceful Gus in a canoe.

    • Shawn switches back to his flip phone from the iPhone in the Psych iPhone case that he received in the episode "Christmas Joy."

    • The only episode to have an on-screen episode title, which was done in the style of the title to Friday the 13th.

    • Shawn flashes back on Clive saying that he "stumbled upon Erwen's living quarters," but he was barely present and out of earshot at the moment he said that.

    • Clive plays the game "Moon Patrol," originally released in 1982.

    • Pineapple Spotting:
      • Young Gus made a winning pineapple piñata at the beginning of the episode.
      • There is a picture of a figure holding a pineapple on a tepee.
      • There is a real pineapple in Annie's (the missing camp counselor) refrigerator.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Gus: Jason, we made it.
      Shawn: What the hell happened to him?
      Gus: He's fine.
      Shawn: Those are nurses' shoes.
      Gus: They're probably very comfortable.
      Shawn: They're both left feet.

    • Henry: You two didn't team up for the piñata contest this year did you?
      Young Shawn: No, he ditched me for Golden Boy Jason Cunningham, who wins every year. And I got stuck with the kid who wore the jacket the entire week. (yelling to the kid) It's a million degrees out, why don't you go live on Hoth, you freak!

    • Gus: Shawn! What are you doing here?
      Shawn: I came in here to save you.
      Gus: Well, I beat him already.
      Shawn: Well, I can see that now.
      Gus: Here, take this.
      Shawn: This is a pool skimmer.
      Gus: There's not a lot of options here, Shawn.

    • Shawn: (after walking in on a strip cribbage game) Wow! Billy, I will give you everything in Gus's wallet if you put your pants back on.

    • Shawn: Turn around before we get stabbed!

    • Shawn: Well, your hands are tied. Besides, when you showed up I was hiding in a closet. So I'm due to man up.

    • Lassiter: It's not about the past anymore. It's about tomorrow. So I'm not gonna say a word, even though that I want to. I want to scream to the sky that I would do anything to get you back, but I'm going to let you go because that's what you want. Once you walk out that door I'm going to let go of everything I've been holding onto, so that both of us can have tomorrow.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Shawn says that Gus and Jason are the worst tag team of all time, to which Clive adds, "even with the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff on the table?" The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff were a well-known heel (bad guy) tag team in the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s.

    • April Fool's Day

      After Shawn realizes the twist, he says that it's not Friday the 13th they're re-enacting, but
      April Fools Day (1986).

    • Spencer: Annie... are you okay? Are you okay... Annie?

      A reference to the Michael Jackson song "Smooth Criminal."

    • Rick Astley:

      Shawn says his piñata is supposed to be Rick Astley. Rick Astley is a British singer best known for his song "Never Gonna Give You Up".

    • Shawn and Gus were talking about Samuel L. Jackson and LL Cool J in that movie Deep Blue Sea where mutant sharks go berserk and kill people.

    • Disney's Aladdin

      After Jason calls Shawn an Iago (a villain in Shakespeare's Othello), Shawn wonders out loud why he was called the name of the parrot from Disney's Aladdin. Iago was the sarcastic parrot who starts off as a villain, but moves to the good side in the movie.

    • Shakespeare's Othello

      Jason calls Shawn, Iago. Iago was Othello's advisor who diabolically maneuvers Othello into murdering his wife out of jealousy.

    • Jason calls Shawn, Judas. Judas was the disciple who betrayed Jesus in the Gospels.

    • Friday the 13th

      There are several references to Friday the 13th (1980):
      • Jason Cunningham refers to Jason Voorhees, the movie's villain, and Sean Cunninghan, director of the movie.
      • The movie, like the episode, features a summer camp.
      • The episode's title, "Tuesday the 17th", is a play on the movie's title.
      • The burlap sack which the killer uses as a mask is similar to the mask Jason used in his first appearance in the Friday the 13th series, prior to taking on his trademark hockey mask.
      • The camp song heard at the beginning of the episode contains the lyric "crystal lake". Crystal Lake is the name of the camp where Jason Voorhees preys upon his victims.
      • The Psych-Out is an homage to the twist ending of the first film.
      • When Shawn and Gus first approach the campgrounds they are accosted by an ominous old man who tells them "you're all doomed", in homage to the character Crazy Ralph from the first two films who said the same thing.