Tube Watch: Psych – Lassie Jerky

by Cap'n Carrot on March 14, 2013 · 2 comments

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Shawn (James Roday) tricks Gus (Dulé Hill) into the woods to meet up with a pair of film students (Kate Rogal, Alex Enriquez) attempting to capture proof of Bigfoot on video. Convinced the pair are concocting a hoax of their very own to win a student film award no one is more surprised than Shawn when the foursome are attacked a very large furry creature, but not as surprised as Gus when he stumbles into a shallow grave containing three fresh corpses (and one panicking pharmaceutical salesman) while running from Bigfoot.

By the time Lassie (Timothy Omundson) and Juliet (Maggie Lawson) arrive the bodies have mysteriously vanished. Finding themselves dragged into Shawn’s latest insanity doesn’t please Lassie, but then again neither does stepping into a bear trap and falling off a cliff into the lake and nearly drowning. Making camp for the night, the group awakes the next morning to discover footage of an unconscious Lassie dragged away by Bigfoot. The super-sniffer leads the group in a circle back to the cave near the student’s Bigfoot blind and eventually to a nearby cabin owned by an extra-large hermit (Big Show) with a full-body fur camouflage costume (explaining the earlier Bigfoot footage).

While the others enjoy the hermit’s delicious dry-rub (which the group original mistook for smoked Lassiter), Shawn does a little snooping and finds the wallets of two missing members of the Serbian crime syndicate whose grave Gus stumbled upon the day before. In an interest twisting, Lassie’s “angel in wolfs, bears, and elks’ clothing” turns out not to be the killer but his latest victim as he stumbles back to the cabin with an ax stuck in his back. The ensuing shoot-out at the cabin with the Serbian hit team leaves most of the group injured but alive, thanks in large part to Juliet kicking serious ass for the second week in a row (even shooting one killer with a crossbow).

Filmed mostly on shaky-first-person-cam “Lassie Jerky” the episode has a unique, if at times annoying, look and feel. That said, the choice certainly fits the feel of an episode the celebrates and pokes fun at found-footage flicks at the same time. And Shawn’s edit of the film is a big success back at the precinct, except for one small issue involving Gus’ lack of credit (once again).

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  • CoosCoos

    I thought this episode was fantastic. Good twists and turns, good pacing, and some great dialogue. My favorite exchange: “Chavo, are you okay?” – “I peed myself. I’m still peeing.”

    Another good line from Henry: “Serbians really mean business. Especially when they’re carrying assault weapons, wearing face masks . . . and speaking Serbian.”

    We had this Psych episode and this week’s Community queued up on the DVR and watched them back-to-back without knowing they were both in the mockumentary film style. While we liked both episodes at face value, the format itself gets old, real quick. True story.

  • enano2054

    I’m not going to lie. I love this show, but I thought this episode was stupid and unrealistic. But after reading the previous comment and this article, I’m hoping they intended for it to be stupid.

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