Psych 4×16: How Hitchcockian of You   

James Roday as Shawn Spencer, Dule Hill as Gus Guster on the season four finale of PSYCH. USA Network Photo: Alan Zenuk

Loved it. I know P-C doesn’t agree and that’s cool, plenty of room for dissenting opinions around here. But I seriously watched that last few minutes at least 10 times last night. And have been obsessively listening to that Band of Horses song all day. I guess I’m just a sucker for a well done musical montage.

Also, even though I haven’t loved the entire execution of the Shawn/Abigail storyline, I do love that Juliet had nothing to do with them not working out. I’m not exactly sure how to reconcile Shawn’s reaction to the events in this episode to his reaction when he thought Juliet was going to die a couple episodes ago but, alas, that’s one of the consistent weaknesses of this show (lack of follow-through) so I’m not sure it’s worth gnashing my teeth over.

I actually thought Roday did an excellent job directing this episode. Mayhap because I dig Hitchcock movies and felt he really nailed the feel of each of the films they included in their homage? The actual references in the writing were a bit cheesy but the camera angles and effects? Loved ‘em.

Anyone else? Loved it? Hated it? Just OK? And what’d you think of the season overall? I didn’t talk about it much because, honestly, I felt it was their weakest season yet. A little too manic for me. There were some episodes I loved and some really nice moments but, overall, I’m glad to have it behind us. Bring on Season 5.

ETA: Dang it! I bitched about a promo ruining the “who will they save” moment for me on Twitter last night. I have to apologize to USA. I just realized it was a promo PHOTO (of Juliet crying in Lassiter’s arms) I saw that gave that away for me. Mea culpa.

4 Responses to “Psych 4×16: How Hitchcockian of You”

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    Polter-Cow says:

    The TWoP thread was freaking out over spoilers for a week, and even THEY liked the episode, so I will attribute a little of my opinion to my being sleepy and tired, which rarely works in a show’s favor. There were lots of little things I liked, and various little things that didn’t work for me. I don’t know. I enjoyed the season, but I don’t really view Psych with too much of a critical eye, so I wouldn’t be able to rank seasons or anything like that.

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      Rae says:

      Damn you, P-C, you MUST agree with me about EVERYTHING. I demand it. Pretty please? ;)

      I don’t view it with much of a critical eye either. I just know in previous seasons I have a hard time picking out favorite episodes because I like so many of them. BUT… I’ve still watched many of the episodes from this season several times so it’s not like I’ve suddenly hate the show, ya know? I just feel like it was kind of all over the place. Lots of crazy stuff… And, yes, that seems odd to say about a show that has always had lots of crazy stuff.

      Still one of my fave shows. Love the characters. Love the cast. Love the people behind it all. Mostly happy we’ll be getting more of them all in the summer.

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    Kyle says:

    I just couldn’t get into this episode. I even almost fell asleep halfway through–maybe that’s the thing–anyone who was sleepy or tired wasn’t a fan. :) I have only seen a couple Hitchcock films, so a lot of the references and camera styles were lost on me. There were some small things I enjoyed–like Shawn’s Jimmy Stewart. But in general the episode just seemed rushed and all over the place. It seemed odd that Shawn wouldn’t have realized Yang had a partner the first time the arrested her, and that he would have realized the Hitchcock references much sooner.

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      Rae says:

      Blasphemy, Kyle!! You people need to get sleep before watching! ;)

      I can definitely see how the Hitchcock stuff would be lost on anyone who isn’t really familiar with those films. In fact, I meant to ask my friend Mona how she enjoyed it because she probably didn’t get a lot of those references either. I think that may be a good example of what I felt the show overdid this year. They got a little too indulgent with their various parodies/homages. The stories felt weak and forced because they were only there to serve whatever pop culture references the writers wanted to make that week. So, ya know, there’d still be lots of funny in an episode but it felt hollow most of the time.

      I agree with you on him not realizing Yang had a partner. But, as I alluded to in my post, they are just not the best at that stuff. It often feels sloppy for lack of a better word. Don’t know if that’s because they don’t plan out the arc stuff in advance or if it’s just not something they care that much about so they don’t focus on or if it’s just a weakness they still have because it’s nothing something they do often (or, ya know, maybe the opposite – that they choose not to do it often because it’s an area of weakness).