You guys, thank god for Psych. I miss the days of being so excited about something in an episode of TV that I just had to share it. Even when I didn’t love, love, love the episode itself. Because that’s how I feel about the last scene in last night’s Psych. The episode itself wasn’t one of my favorites this season. It had lots of funny and naturally I enjoy seeing the final product of the scenes I watched them shooting. But I didn’t really care for the spy movie effect they were going for and felt like the spy case itself was pretty weak. It clearly existed merely as an excuse to have Shawn and Gus interact with a spy and, while that’s OK, it just felt more like a bunch of scenes loosely strung together.
Oh, lord, after I just gushed about how much I love these guys I’m totally being too harsh, right? Damn my raised expectations! I should know better than to read others’ reactions to an episode before I watch it myself.
ANYWAY! I really did enjoy the episode so, you know, take my criticisms with a grain of a salt. And let’s move on to the final scene and why I love, love, LOVED it. It, probably not too shockingly, doesn’t have much to do with Juliet and Shawn kissing. I can actually give or take that pairing. I guess it’s because the show spends so much time not playing it up at all that, when they finally do, it doesn’t have much impact on me. The two definitely have chemistry and I’d have no problem if the show put them together but I also don’t have any burning need for it either.
So, yeah, it’s great that they kissed. And I’m going to ignore that it feels a teensy bit like a retread of the end of “An Evening with Mr. Yang” where Juliet finally comes to Shawn after he’s already made a date with Abigail. I’m hoping it was somewhat purposely done to show that this time it’s Shawn who has realized his deeper feelings for Juliet. Or, more importantly, that he’s the one backing off to let her go off with a person who seems to make her happy.
Except, of course, for the reason I love the scene… The framing of Shawn and Juliet with the huge portrait of Declan right between them:
I’m sure there are plenty of ways to read that scene (visually). Like for instance, even though they’ve just kissed, Declan is still a looming presence that stands between them. But, but, BUT! Look at what Shawn is wearing then look at the portrait again. Squint just a bit as you look at that photo and it might as well be a portrait of Shawn on that wall behind them. It’s like a blinking red arrow pointing out the similarities between them! If that’s not a sign that Juliet is dating Declan because he’s Shawn 2.0, then I don’t know what is! But the way Shawn’s outfit so perfectly matches what Declan’s wearing in the portrait has me convinced that shot and that particular framing has been planned all along. AND I LOVE IT!
That is all.
Oh and, ahem, I totally cried when Shawn was telling Juliet to take pictures. But “Wild Horses” does that to me.
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