Saturday, April 14, 2012
Psych: Season 6, Episode 16 “Santabarbaratown” (B+)
This season ender had pretty much everything a serious fan would want in a finale: plenty of uncomfortable jokes from Woody, Gus high on sugar, Henry prominently featured, and one shocker of a cliffhanger. Rob Estes, who I remember best from the underrated ABC drama “Women’s Murder Club,” was a good potential villain who was most definitely a sleazeball but not so assuredly a killer. The connection to Henry’s past and his work as a cop was a great thing to feature, and despite the fact that he wasn’t aware that all three of his partners were on the take, Henry did do a pretty good job of being a cop in the present day. His readjusting of his pants may have embarrassed Shawn, but I’d argue that Shawn embarrasses his father more than the other way around. Max Gail’s appearance in the final moments meant immediate danger for Henry, as Shawn quickly realized thanks to the extra police work by McNab, and I do wonder whether Henry is going to survive, since that shot appeared to be indisputably point-blank. The show may not change that much with him gone, but it would certainly be a monumental and serious death. What I loved about the end of the episode, prior to that moment, was the discussion between Shawn and Juliet. After Shawn earlier told Gus that there’s no rush to get married, it’s wonderful to see Juliet ask Shawn to stay over for a couple days, and to see what it is that makes their relationship worthwhile. This season hasn’t been entirely consistent, and it’s been a bit intense with the references, like the “Chinatown” allusions in this hour. Even so, it’s still a delight, and I look forward to its return this fall.
Season grade: B
Season MVP: Dule Hill as Gus