Psych 2: Lassie Come Home: Everything I Wanted – Peacock Review

I’m having trouble typing through tears of joy.

SUMMARY

Shawn Spencer (James Roday) is a hyper-observant investigator who uses his skills to pretend to be a psychic detective along with his best friend Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill). The two worked in Santa Barbara, California, alongside the Santa Barbara Police Department under Chief Karen Vick (Kirsten Nelson). The two regularly pair with Det. Carlton “Lassie” Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) and Shawn’s now-wife Juliet “Jules” O’Hara (Maggie Lawson), and seek help from Shawn’s retired detective father Henry Spencer (Corbin Bernsen). It’s been 6 years since most of the cast moved to San Francisco when the show ended and Lassie has been the Chief of Police in Santa Barbara. Unfortunately, Lassie recently was shot and had a stroke during the operation to save his life, resulting in him being confined to a wheelchair with memory loss. It’s up to the Psych team to figure out who shot Lassie. Guests include Sarah Chalke as Lassie’s Nurse, Joel McHale as Lassie’s father, Richard Schiff as Lassie’s doctor, and Kurt Fuller, Jimmi Simpson, Sage Brocklebank, and Jazmyn Simon reprising their roles as Woody Strode, Mary Lightly, Buzz McNab, and Selene. 

Lassie hasn’t come home yet in this picture.

END SUMMARY

So, to truly appreciate this film, you not only need to have seen the show Psych, but also to know that Timothy Omundson had a major stroke in real life 3 years ago right before they filmed the first Psych movie. As a result, he was only in a small cameo via video in the film. His recovery has been hard, but honestly pretty inspiring. I don’t know the full extent of his mobility, particularly in his left arm, but I suppose it would have been necessary to address it somehow in the film. It surprised me, though, that this movie directly incorporated the stroke, albeit here from surgery, into Lassiter’s character. However, it worked amazingly. I’ve always loved Psych, so I admit that my opinion on this film might be a little biased, but having Lassie going through such a deeply personal journey enhanced almost everything about this film, even compared to the first movie. 

Lassie deserves all of the jell-o he wants.

The highlight of the show Psych, from the pilot on, was less the detective work of Shawn or the police, but more the interplay between Shawn and Gus. James Roday and Dulé Hill have such a wonderful natural chemistry that it makes almost any conversation between the two amusing. The friendship between Shawn and Gus is among the most believable on film, despite the fact that they are almost complete opposites in personality. This movie doesn’t mess with that formula, which is the right call, particularly since it’s been 3 years since we last saw them. 

They’re a couple of wild and crazy guys.

The main story is more compelling than usual, though, because it involves finding the person who hurt Lassie. Since the stakes seem higher, it has an added level of gravitas, even though the mystery is solved in the usual Psych style; which is to say a number of goofy scenes that slowly come together based around a number of coincidences and independent investigations somehow filling in the gaps. The film makes sure that the audience never forgets the center of the movie by having multiple scenes of Lassie questioning what his life means now that he might be physically and mentally reduced from what he was.  Given that Omundson himself was likely dealing with those same thoughts, the performance is incredibly natural and powerful. I don’t want to spoil it, but the last scene with him in the film did legitimately reduce me to tears. 

This man is a damned treasure.

Overall, this was a solid movie if you’re a fan of the Psych franchise. The creators have said they want to make 5 films, and right now that almost seems like too few.

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47) Dual Spires (Psych)

Psych started out as a comedic detective show featuring Shawn Spencer (James Roday), a hyper-observant man-child who pretends to be psychic in order to get hired by the police force, Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill), his semi-cowardly and often unwilling partner, and the police detectives Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) and Juliet “Jules” O’Hara (Maggie Lawson), the latter of whom is Shawn’s paramour. He also receives help from his father (Corbin Bernsen) and jobs from Chief Vick (Kirsten Nelson). It later became a buddy fake-cop comedy, which occasionally moved back into the detective range. It even had some very dark episodes in the run. The Yin/Yang serial killer trilogy is an exceptionally dark work of homicide fiction. The show also loved to do parody or tribute episodes. One of the Yin/Yang trilogy, for example, “Mr. Yin Presents,” was a tribute to the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Throughout the episode, there are countless direct references to Hitchcock films, both the famous ones and the more obscure. That episode was a solid homage, but it pales in comparison to this episode.

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Yes, they’re an attractive bunch. It’s television.

SUMMARY

The town of Dual Spires is Twin Peaks concentrated. In the episode, there are more than 200 references to Twin Peaks… in the last 10 minutes alone. It is absurd how much effort the crew put into their tributes, but it is clear from the performances that it was a labor of love. Weird camera angles, strange lighting, props, extras, signs, you name it, they’re a reference.

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This shot has like 5.

“Dual Spires’s” plot is the murder of Paula Merral (an anagram of Twin Peaks’ Laura Palmer), while Shawn and Gus visit the town’s cinnamon festival. Since it’s Shawn and Gus investigating the murder in place of the original series character Dale Cooper, everything is a little more light-hearted. Since it’s Psych, all the supernatural elements of Twin Peaks are replaced with semi-realistic explanations, including having Ray Wise’s character from Psych reprise his role in this episode after accidentally dyeing his hair white (as opposed to it just changing in Twin Peaks). The episode successfully manages to be a loving tribute to the original show, while maintaining the dynamic of the usual Psych episodes. Perhaps the best example in the episode is the re-imagining of the Psych opening song sung to the tune of the Twin Peaks theme by Julee Cruise, who sang the Twin Peaks theme. It’s haunting and almost a shot-for-shot remake of the intro sequence of Twin Peaks. The show constantly manages to duplicate the otherworldly and abnormal feel of David Lynch’s original vision.

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While the twists and turns of the mystery of the murder on Psych turn out to be less insane than those of Twin Peaks, they are just as interesting, and are resolved for the most part in the episode (though, just like Twin Peaks, some things are just left out there). The jokes of the episode are well delivered, even if they are mostly bad puns, and the atmosphere of the episode is a blend of both shows. Overall, this episode manages to be a love note and a mockery of the original, much like a Mel Brooks film. And I love Mel Brooks.

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Here’s star James Roday’s loving intro:

And the Episode, which you should buy: