Wednesday, March 26, 2014

13 Things I Will Miss About Psych

Well guys, it's happening. Tonight is the series finale of Psych. Excuse me while I weep and then die.

"Is this really happening? Is Psych really ending?"
Psych has been my all-time favorite show since it premiered on the USA Network in 2006. It was the first show I became invested in and loyally watched every week. The thing with Psych is that it is so different from any other show. It's clever, witty, and utterly ridiculous at the same time, and that's why it's awesome. So, in honor of the show that started my descent into television fandoms, here are the top 13 things I will miss the most about our beloved Psych:

13. Psych Office/Henry’s House

Psych’s home base and Shawn’s home base. These two places are where most of the crime-solving happens. Well, I guess more so at Henry’s house because, let’s face it, most of the murders could not be solved without Shawn’s dad. Just don’t tell Shawn.

12. Theme Song

I don’t know what the deal is, but most of shows I watch these days don’t have lyrics to their theme songs. That doesn’t stop me from singing along anyway, but it does make it harder. Psych is the exception. I can sing actual words and they are awesome. I mean, who else can have a line like, “I’m not inclined to resign to maturity?" And then there’s all the remixes they’ve had for certain episodes, featuring Boyz II Men and Tears for Fears. However, you can’t beat The Friendly Indians original diddy, which includes Steve Franks. Nuff said.

11. Pineapple

The pineapple has been a sign of hospitality and welcome throughout history; however, we Psychos know its true symbolism: delicious flavor. The pineapple became iconic to Psych ever since the “spot-the-pineapple” started in the early seasons. Because of Psych, I have declared pineapple as my favorite fruit, given pineapples as gifts, and have been trained to spot the pineapple in my other favorite movies/television shows. I mean, seriously, has anyone else noticed all the pineapple in Jane Austen adaptations? No…just me? Psych’s use of pineapple has also provided us with the best icebreaker one can use in almost any situation:

10. Awesome Guest Stars

Seriously. What other show has featured Tim Curry, Cary Elwes, Mira Sorvino, Ralph Macchio, Chrisopher Lloyd, Ally Sheedy, Jaleel White, Judd Nelson, Rachel Leigh Cook, Arnold Vosloo, Lesley Ann Warren, Jane Lynch, Freddy Prinze Jr., Phylicia Rashad, Ray Wise, Kenan Thompson, William Shatner, AND Billy Zane? Well, I’m guessing none.

9. “Gus, don’t be a . . .”

Some shows try to teach you what to be and what to do. Psych taught me what not to be, including, but not limited to: a gooey chocolate chip cookie, an old sponge with hair hanging off of it, a rabid porcupine, exactly half of an eleven-pound black forest ham, 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Marzipan,’ both Ashlee Simpson albums, and Canada.

8. The Blueberry

What started as the most ridiculous looking car ever became—scratch that, it’s still the most ridiculous looking car ever. But hey, ridiculously AWESOME, that is. This silly, blue Echo has been in high-speed chases, underwent a fresh to death make over (“Zero to Murder in Sixty Seconds”), and was even split in half (“Santabarabaratown 2”). It’s also a company car. And let’s not forget where its nickname originated: the one and only Tim Curry as Nigel St. Nigel (“American Duos”). “The Cranberry” also receives an honorable mention, whose life was sadly short-lived.
7. Gus’ Nicknames

Burton Guster: aka Felicia Fancybottom, Ovaltine Jenkins, Magic Head, Gus T.T. Showbiz, Lavendar Gooms, Methuselah Honeysuckle, Hummingbird Saltalamacchia, Jazz Hands, Black Magic, The Vault of Secrets, Miss Whittlebury, G-Force, and—my personal favorite—Ghee Buttersnaps. To name a few.

6. Fist bumps
A true sign of friendship and the recognition of a job well done. Plus, it looks way cooler than high fives. And now we revel: alien style. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

5. The Screaming

Who doesn’t enjoy two grown men wailing like little girls? No one. No one, people. 
 4. The Singing

The fact that Psych successfully pulled off a 2-hour musical episode proves it’s one of the best shows around. James Roday and Dulé Hill first showed their singing chops in the season 2 premiere “American Duos,” performing the Tears for Fears classic “Shout.” Not only are they hysterical, they’re good—like crazy good. And can we also talk about Dulé Hill’s dancing skills? WHAAAAAAT?!?!

3. The Team

A snarky psychic + an uptight pharmaceutical salesman + a pretty female blonde detective + a not-so-pretty, unusually lanky detective + Old Scratch Johnson + Chief Karen Charles Vick = best crime-solving team EVA! Honorable mentions include Buzz McNab, Woodrow "Woody" Strode, and Mary Lightly III.

2. The Writing

What makes Psych unique is its witty and clever dialogue. Psych incorporates goofy-funny, stupid-funny, and smart-funny and makes it work somehow. And then there’s random 80’s references, movie references, AND Harry Potter (!) references. Psych doesn’t take itself seriously, and no other show will be ever quite like it.

1. Shawn and Gus’ Friendship

1 part fake psychic, 1 part Super-Sniffer, 2 parts awesome. Shawn and Gus: the ultimate bromance. This pair shows us how two very different people can make the best friends…and the most hilarious, crime-solving duo ever.

Honorable Mentions

·         “I’ve heard it both ways.”
·         “Wait for iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.”
·         “WHAAAAAAAAAAAT?!”
·         “Have you heard about Pluto? That’s messed up.”
·         Henry’s shirts
·         Shawn and Gus’ obsession with food
·         Gus’ evolved gag reflexes
·         Gus: the sympathetic crier
·         Little Shawn and Gus
·         “You know that’s right.”
·         Smooth Gus

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