Thanks to my cable company, I got to watch the midseason return episode of Psych a week before its official air date. If you don't know about this show, it's pretty unique in my opinion. As for this particular episode, if you love the Indiana Jones movies, Cary Elwes, and lots of laughs, you should be in for a treat. In fact, I really don't want to give too much away, but I'd say that for me, this is probably the best episode this season so far. That being said, if you don't want to see any spoilers beyond what you've probably seen in the previews already, this would probably be a good time to stop reading.
Again, this is where we get into the spoilers... Still there? Okay. Well, if you hadn't already figured it out by now, Cary Elwes makes a guest appearance this episode and sadly, possibly his last for the series. He once again plays the charming art thief, Piere Despereaux. And as if that weren't enough, we are also treated to a guest appearance by none other than Indiana Jones alumni, John Rhys-Davies himself. The only thing more fitting considering the story in this episode would have been a cameo by Harrison Ford himself. Well, there's always next season, right?
In addition to the awesome guest stars, the pacing of this episode is down right nuts. First, there is a flashback from events in the previous episode and a very serious issue involving Shawn and Juliet. This didn't really go the way I expected, but I'd be very surprised if it doesn't come up again before the end of the season. Then, we have a museum robbery, Shawn and Gus being blamed (and unfairly so, in my opinion) for letting it happen, and a race to track down the thieves. Then, Despereaux "explodes", Shawn doesn't believe he's dead, then he does, then he gives quite possibly as Lassie put it "the worst eulogy ever." And I feel I should point out one of my few complaints about this episode at this point. When speaking at the funeral, Shawn says that this is the first time that anyone close to him in his life has ever died. Now, I know that they weren't anywhere near as close as Shawn and Gus are, but Mary died in Shawn's arms at the end of season four and both Shawn and Gus seemed shaken by this and in fact attended Mary's funeral in full tennis attire (you'll just have to go back and watch that episode to find out why.) To me, that counts as someone close to Shawn dying. Other than this slight fan boy annoyance, I missed seeing one of the increasingly rare flashbacks to Shawn's childhood in this episode and as I said earlier, the opening scene which touched on the previous episode could have gone a little further than it did. But overall, I absolutely loved this episode. I am a huge Indiana Jones fan though not to mention Princess Bride, Robin hood: men in tights, and of course Psych in general. So, I almost felt like this one was made for me. If you're similar to me, you may want to check it out.