Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What I’m Watching: Psych

Psych: Season 5, Episode 11 “In Plain Fright” (B+)

After four seasons of Juliet and Shawn almost getting together and then ultimately having something get in their way, I’m absolutely ecstatic about them now being an item. It’s especially fun to see how it plays out when it comes to Juliet sticking up for Shawn to Lassiter and Gus not caring at all or being surprised about Shawn’s success after pursuing her for years. It’s not as if Juliet has suddenly transformed into an entirely laidback person, and that’s evidenced by her unwillingness to fool around with Shawn in the police station. She’s always been one of my favorite characters on television, and I like her even more now. I’m thrilled to see the return of the recently more absent Young Shawn & Gus intros, particularly since this one puts them in a situation of fear and terror that they haven’t really grown out of (at least not Gus) in the present day. When all of this emphasis was put on payoffs to the family, I worried this might be the work of an identical twin, but I was pleased to discover that it involved two characters we had seen and largely ignored before. Juliet getting so upset about the weight guesser’s 145-pound prediction was entertaining, and it’s good that she got her revenge on him by knocking him out and saving the day. No “Psych” this coming week for the Thanksgiving holiday, but after that I’m looking very forward to a couple more episodes of Shawn and Juliet hiding their romance from Lassiter.

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