cheap utah jazz jerseys ‘Psych’ returns with some Shawn mama drama
July 18, USA) is the most amiable and goofy of detective shows, thankfully. At the height of summer, who wants to clog up the brain with weighty whodunnits? Complicated murder mysteries may make great beach reading, but all things considered, breezy is best for summer procedural viewing.
When we last left Shawn Spencer (James Roday), the fake psychic had a shocked look on his face, thanks to one development he definitely didn’t anticipate. His long absent mother had turned up on the doorstep of Henry Spencer (Corbin Bernsen), Shawn’s dad. Henry had been trying to tell Shawn about her arrival, but Shawn’s not what you’d call a good listener. Hence the open door and the dropped jaw.
Mom, or Madeline, is played by Cybill Shepherd, who seems a little out of place in the irreverent “Psych” milieu, but she acquits herself with stiff competence. Madeline is a psychologist who occasionally works as a consultant for the Santa Barbara police department, and she’ll stick around for at least one more episode of the show.
That’s a good thing, because the ending of the episode left me a little befuddled regarding Shawn and Madeline’s relationship and how and why it deteriorated. Without going into detail, certain aspects of the season premiere’s final scene didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Overall,
as is the case with some other returning summer series, I detect a bit of post strike slapdashness at work regarding various aspects of the show. But I do respect “Psych’s” mild attempt to add a little depth to Henry and Shawn, via Madeline’s return.
In any case, there’s some fun to be had with two other guest stars on the season premiere. Todd Stashwick (“The Riches”) plays the tough new boss of Burton “Gus” Guster (Dule Hill). Stashwick’s character takes a very dim view of Gus’ outside activities with Shawn’s “psychic” detective agency, which makes Gus nervous (and a nervous Gus is an entertaing Gus). Christopher McDonald plays another executive at the firm that Gus works for, one who starts having ghost problems around the time that Gus is banned from pursing all things paranormal.
McDonald’s dryly comic turn and Madeline’s scenes with detective Carlton Lasseter (Timothy Omundson), who is required by his boss to undergo a psychological evaluation, are pretty enjoyable “Psych” moments in an otherwise somewhat flat episode. Maybe the show will demonstrate a little more energetic silliness on July 25, when it airs an episode titled “Murder? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?”
Yes, Shawn and Gus are heading to their high school reunion. Friday, USA) is, in large part, a tribute to Stanley Kamel, who played Adrian Monk’s therapist. Kamel died earlier this year and the show goes out of its way to pay tribute to the actor. The rest of the episode, which features Hector Elizondo in a couple of good scenes as Monk’s new therapist, is reasonably watchable, as far as that goes. I’ve felt for some time that this long running series has been showing its age,
but at least this mild show is dependably decent.