“Psych” You Out

Pysch logo, with main characters Gus (left) and Spencer (right). (USA Network)

Pysch logo, with main characters Gus (left) and Spencer (right). (USA Network)

By: Amira Corbett

Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and Burton Guster (Dulé Hill), his childhood best friend also known as Gus, are unexpectedly pushed into the world of law enforcement in the USA Network television series Psych.

After submitting evidence concerning a convict trafficking drugs, Spencer is charged as an accomplice to the crime by the police. To save himself from false charges, he uses little facts that he observes around the police station and claims that he is psychic. To prove his spiritual capabilities, Spencer tells the police some of the events going on, like a cop getting married, or different cop’s relationship.

Spencer, now considered the police’s psychic and consultant, convinces Gus to help him solve a variety of cases. They create a private detective agency known as Psych and help the Santa Barbara police station solve crimes.

Ranging from cases with vengeful spirits to cases with prehistoric dinosaurs, Psych provides viewers with a good dose of comedy, mystery, suspense, romance, and “pineapples.” The fruit appears in every episode in the form of signs, logos, or the actual fruit. The pineapple appears to be Psych’s mascot.

However, not all cases are about the supernatural. Shawn and Gus, along with detectives Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), Juliet O’Hara (Maggie Lawson), Police Chief Karen Vick (Kirsten Nelson), and Spencer’s father Henry (Sage Brocklebank), investigate murders all around Calif.

Psych deserves a rating of four out of five stars because the series is very well balanced, and draws the viewer into each episode. The series always shows a flashback into the main characters’ lives, making the viewer guess what each episode is about.

Previous episodes of Psych can be found on Netfix, Hulu, or Xfinity On Demand; a new season of Psych premiered on Dec. 15 and featured a musical theme.