For 8 seasons, I have been watching Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster not resigning to maturity. And for all 8 seasons I have loudly admitted to being a Psych-o (as the devoted and proud fans are called). Watching the last episode with excitement and a sense of sadness, it did not disappoint.
It is titled the Break-up. It follows Shawn’s many failed attempts to tell Gus that he has decided to follow Juliette, which means that what they are working on now, will be their last case together. The humor inherent in the shenanigans is framed by the obvious heartbreak he is feeling in leaving his longtime friend. Shawn Spencer, who always gives Gus a hard time by making up names and putting him in embarrassing positions is at a loss for words and we hard-core fans are struck by his sense of loss.
As a series finale, it might have been low key. It didn’t end with a huge secret or shock. Instead, it felt like a regular episode, which made it one of the best series endings in a very long time. This last season was rough and had its issues, but it ended by showing us why we fell in love with the show in the first place.
This episode had the obligatory murder, which really was just the catalyst for how Shawn was going to tell Gus he was leaving. But it had so much more:
As with their tendency, “Psych” scored a few impressive guest appearances. Over the years they have had so many guest stars, such as Cary Elwes or Ally Sheedy. In the last episode, we get Billy Zane and the real Bud, Deon Richmond. But the best treat comes when we finally get to meet the elusive Dobson! My jaw touched the floor when I realized that it was Val Kilmer who they scored. How incredible was that? And, although there was no actual appearance, there was a definite nod to Monk. Well played boys, well played.
There was no shortage of zany antics, from digging up a dead body (rather than the treasure they thought they were going to get) to stealing a drivers education car, complete with two steering wheels and brakes. It just seemed so natural for them. But there was also moments that were joyous. Henry’s jubilation at finally being called for help by his son was felt by all of us. But not as much as Shawn’s awkward but oh so sweet proposal to Juliette. And, it was so appropriate that their last scene together was chasing the guy who grabbed the ring before Juliette could put it on (in the drivers education car of course). Their adventures would continue, regardless of where they are.
Perhaps my favorite moment is a small but meaningful one. Shawn leaves everyone a video before he leaves. And, the one he leaves to Lassiter is quite revealing. In fact, he is about to reveal his biggest secret that he is not really a psychic. But before he finishes the report, Lassi turns off the video and breaks the dvd before calling home to speak with his baby. I screamed at the TV. Way to go Lassi!! In the end, it didn’t matter. Friendships were made and that’s what “Psych” showed us.
The relationship between Shawn and Gus is the heart of the show, and I am hard pressed to find a better pairing. They will sorely be missed! Hey guys, I know that you know that I am telling the truth! Thanks for a great ride! No more pineapples for me.