I’m a big fan of Psych. Equal parts silliness and mayhem (with more than its fair share of 80’s pop culture references), the tale of fake psychic Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his best pal Burton Guster (Dule Hill) solving crimes, both large and small, is a darn good time. The show returns to USA Network next month, but right now you can find the Third Season available on DVD, which is what we’ll discuss after the jump.
The four-disc set includes all 16 episodes from Season Three. One of my favorites from this season, or, for that matter the entire series, is the high school reunion episode “Murder? … Anyone? … Anyone? … Bueller?” packed to the brim with John Hughes references. It, like the season’s final episode “An Evening with Mr. Yang” (another strong episode, which you can watch below), also guest-stars Rachael Leigh Cook as the girl from Shawn’s past who got away.
Aside from Cook, there are couple of other guest-stars worth noting. Jonathan Silverman has a nice turn as a compulsive liar who can’t tell the truth, even to save his own life, in “Truer Lies.” We finally get to meet Gus’s sister played by the lovely Faune A. Chambers in “Christmas Joy.” Ferris Bueller’s old pal Alan Ruck shows up as bank robber who is more than he seems in “Gus Walks into a Bank.” And Ally Sheedy and Ted McGinley are both near perfectly cast in roles, in case you haven’t seen them, I won’t ruin for you here.
“Disco Didn’t Die. It was Murdered! is worth viewing, and not only because it drips with 70’s style. And Steven Weber shows up as Shawn’s uncle in the treasure hunt themed episode “The Greatest Adventure in the History of Basic Cable” which does a fair job living up to its title.
Not all the episodes are winners. Neither “Thursday the 17th” nor “Any Given Friday Night at 10pm, 9pm Central” ever quite live up to their potential, and, aside from seeing Maggie Lawson’s character go undercover as a roller derby girl, and the nice final scene, there’s not much to “Talk Derby to Me.”
Also included on the set are commentaries for several episodes, deleted scenes, a gag reel, Psych-Outs, a collection of montages of the season’s memorable moments such as divided into categories like “Shawnisms.” Although not spectacular in and of themselves, they do add a little to the overall collection. All told it’s a strong season with some very fun moments and any easy recommendation (as are seasons 1 and 2) to make.
With it’s pop irreverence, pop culture references, and silly, silly moments, Psych isn’t for everyone, but give it a chance to tantalize your taste buds and you just might be rewarded with some deep fried cheesy-goodness that you makes you hungry for more.