Psych: Season 3 DVDs

Sunday, 27 February 2011 11:32

Psych is one of those shows that falls into that category “Great to watch, easy to miss”.  I viewed it avidly for the first couple of seasons, then just seemed to lose track of it.  It was therefore very easy for me to accept the offer of reviewing the third season, which has just been released on DVD.

With half of his colleagues convinced he is a psychic, James Roday plays Shawn Spencer, who is following in his father’s footsteps with a career in law enforcement, although not as ‘route one’. Through what can only be described as ‘heightened observational skills’, he pulls off the trick of being able to be considered a psychic. Unfortunately, many of those around him are far more sceptical of his ‘spiritual’ skills, and he does have a penchant for rubbing people up the wrong way!

Psych - Season 3 comes to UK DVDActor James Roday came to mainstream attention playing Edgar Ross in the 2001 legal series First Years. He cemented his television bankability playing Nick Paine in the short-lived Alicia Silverstone vehicle Miss Match in 2003 – this was again a legal series with a twist.

Dulé Hill, who played Charlie Young in The West Wing for a massive 134 episodes, is Shawn's best friend and reluctant sidekick Burton "Gus" Guster. TV legend Corbin Bernsen (Arnie Becker in L A Law, Henry ‘Bull’ Eckert in The Cape), almost steals the show as Shawn's disapproving father Henry, who ironically was the one who honed his son's ‘observation’ skills as a child. Indeed, we get to see this in many of the flashbacks that begin each episode.

Timothy Omundson is the maladjusted shoot-first-ask-questions-later Head Detective Carlton "Lassie" Lassiter, and Maggie Lawson is the cute and efficient Juliet "Jules" O'Hara. Kirsten Nelson is Karen Vick, who is now promoted to permanent Chief of the Santa Barbara Police Department. Sage Brocklebank is the recurring character of Officer Buzz McNab in six episodes.

There are also a few major pieces of new casting to look out for. Cybill Shepherd (Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting) features in a trio of episodes as Madeleine Spencer, Shawn’s mother. Rachael Leigh Cook made her debut as Shawn’s High School ‘one that got away’, Abigail Lytar, in “Murder? ... Anyone? ... Anyone? ... Bueller?” She makes regular reappearance in the show over the coming seasons.

Ally Sheedy (“The Breakfast Club”, “Short Circuit”) makes her first appearance as the deranged serial killer Mr Yang in the season finale.  There’s also a special guest appearance from Jane Lynch, fresh from her role as Coach Sue Sylvester in Glee. She pops up in “There Might Be Blood”, as Commander Barbara Dunlap, the latest thorn in the sides of our amateur sleuths.

This is a show that doesn’t take itself seriously, and the interplay between the characters is pin-sharp. No, the world won’t stop turning if you miss an episode, but you’re going to be adrift from some very entertaining hours if you do. I’m looking forward to the next season on DVD, and may even reacquaint myself with the earlier seasons.

So, in this release you have 16 episodes of comedy drama. As to the DVD extras, aside from the DVD commentaries, there are also Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel, Montages, and “Psychouts”. All in all, well worthy over just watching the episodes on the telly!

PSYCH: SEASON 3 is out now on DVD from Universal Playback. The four disc set has a running time of 647 minutes approx, a ‘12’ certificate, and a RRP of £29.99, or get it for less at




32. Ghosts   

Gus is forced to choose between his pharmaceutical sales job and the Psych agency. Shawn decides to try and save both careers for Gus by investigating the home of the company's Vice President (Christopher McDonald), which is suffering from a ‘haunting’. Shawn must also address the return of his mother Madeleine – she’s a psychiatrist, there to evaluate the Santa Barbara police staff, including Lassiter.

Writer: Steve Franks         

Director: Stephen Surjik     

Original US Transmission: 18 July 2008


33. Murder? … Anyone? … Anyone? … Bueller?

No one believes Shawn when he claims that a murder has taken place at his high school reunion, mainly as there's no corpse. Shawn meets up with his old flame Abigail, whom he apparently stood up back in high school. Henry continues to try and reconnect with ex-wife Madeline, which leads him to the reunion.

Writer: Andy Berman         

Director: Michael McMurray

Original US Transmission: 25 July 2008


34. Daredevils!

Shawn suspects sabotage when he sees a daredevil almost die during one of his stunts. As he and Gus get into the guy’s inner circle, they come to realise that there is sabotage afoot. Vick assigns O'Hara a near-impossible task - getting Lassiter a date.

Writer: Anupam Nigam       

Director: John Badham       

Original US Transmission: 1 August 2008


35. The Greatest Adventure in the History of Basic Cable

A treasure hunt turns into a risky business when Shawn's uncle Jack turns up on the doorstep with a map which is the key to finding Spanish treasure. Gus and Henry get involved, as well as the detectives, when all of Jack's ex-partners show up looking for the bounty, and they all have issues with him.

Writer: Josh Bycel    

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

Original US Transmission: 8 August 2008


36. Disco Didn't Die. It Was Murdered!

In 1978, Henry achieved his career-defining arrest by bagging a man who was plotting to bomb the SBPD. When the villain’s conviction is overturned, Henry is told to stay low. Shawn attempts to catch out the aspiring bomber, only to realise that the case goes way beyond just one man.

Writer: Saladin K Patterson

Director: Mel Damski         

Original US Transmission: 15 August 2008


37. There Might Be Blood

A safety inspector's death on an offshore oil rig looks accidental. Vick gets in deep water with the Coast Guard, not helped by her sister being the main contact, and disputing jurisdiction. Shawn finds himself embroiled in their sibling rivalry, and stumbles upon a missing person case in the process.

Writer: Kell Cahoon  

Director: John Badham       

Original US Transmission: 22 August 2008


38. Talk Derby to Me

Shawn deduces that a string of robberies have been committed by one of the teams in a roller derby. Juliet goes undercover as a skater and matters come to a head when one the thieves makes a mess of a hand-off. Shawn finds out that the robberies were a front for something else. Gus is trying to study for re-certification for his pharmaceutical sales job.

Writer: Tim Meltreger         

Director: Steve Miner         

Original US Transmission: 5 September 2008


39. Gus Walks Into a Bank

Gus finds himself a hostage in a bank heist. Shawn attempts to negotiate with the thieves, but he sees that the situation was not meant to be a bank robbery. He locks horns with the chief negotiator (played to a tee by Gary Cole), and discovers a dark secret about Juliet.

Writer: Andy Berman         

Director: Eric Laneuville      

Original US Transmission: 12 September 2008


40. Christmas Joy

Joy as Gus's sister and comes to Santa Barbara for the festive season. Unbeknownst to everyone, she had a relationship with Shawn many years back, and still doesn't want Gus to know about it. A little girl comes into the Psych offices, and asks Shawn and Gus to bail a ‘ Santa’ out of jail. The soon think they've been conned, until a corpse turns up.

Writer: Saladin K Patterson

Director: John Landis         

Original US Transmission: 28 November 2008


41. Six Feet Under the Sea

Shawn is not happy when Gus takes him to a funeral for a local celebrity, especially when it’s for the far-from-human  ‘Shabby the Sea Lion’. The creature was found dead after having being released into the wild. Shawn is determined to prove it was murder, and stumbles onto a larger conspiracy.

Writer: Steve Franks         

Director: Steve Franks       

Original US Transmission: 9 January 2009


42. Lassie Did a Bad, Bad Thing

Lassiter has never liked Shawn and Gus, and the way they act as consultants in solving cases. Unfortunately, he finds himself needing their help when he becomes the suspect in a murder committed in the precinct. Shawn is certain that Lassiter is not guilty, and deduces that the death was an ‘inside job’.

Writer: Kell Cahoon  

Director: Stephen Surjik     

Original US Transmission: 16 January 2009


43. Earth, Wind and... Wait for It

An arson investigator receives no help when she suspects that a recent fire was deliberately staged. Shawn discovers that an arsonist and murderer is out there, and he and Gus have to go undercover at the local fire station whose beat the fire took place on.

Writer: Anupam Nigam       

Director: Tim Matheson      

Original US Transmission: 23 January 2009


44. Any Given Friday Night at 10pm, 9pm Central

Shawn and Gus go under cover in a professional American football training camp, not made easy when the coach has a history with Shawn. When a foot belonging to the team's star player is discovered, it appears he was killed by Russians as he owed a lot of dosh. Shawn keeps investigating, and discovers that there is yet another aspect to the case.

Writer: Josh Bycel    

Director: Mel Damski

Original US Transmission: 30 January 2009


45. Truer Lies

Ryan is a pathological liar with a history of lying to the police. He is suspected of a murder, and also claims to know about an assassination plot. Shawn figures out that he’s not a liar, which leads to an amnesiac, Tom Lieber, and the revelation of what is really going on.

Writer: Victoria Walker       

Director: Martha Coolidge   

Original US Transmission: 6 February 2009


46. Tuesday the 17th

Shawn and Gus are hired by Jason Cunningham, an age-old friend, to find a missing counsellor who disappeared near their old childhood playground, Camp Tikihama. They find themselves in a web of murder and intrigue when they are stalked by a psychotic killer. Shawn, Gus, and O'Hara try to find out who the killer is before it is too late. Lassiter has dinner with Victoria, his estranged wife, but it's a liaison which is not what he was expecting.

Writer: Steve Franks         

Director: James Roday       

Original US Transmission: 13 February 2009


47. An Evening with Mr Yang

Shawn asks high school sweetheart Abigail to join his on a date. He soon finds himself the target of the mysterious Mr Yang, a serial killer who has been off the scene since 1995. He tries to bail from the investigation, but someone close to him is kidnapped, and he can no longer distance himself from proceedings.

Writer: Andy Berman and James Roday    

Director: Mel Damski

Original US Transmission: 20 February 2009

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