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26th-Sep-2009 05:41 pm
Psych (Shawn & Gus 2)


Obvious joke is obvious but funny.

I am sure I'm not the only one who always kind of assumed Gus' only friend was Shawn.

Shawn being inappropriate and unintentionally offensive again.

Oh. College. That explains a lot.

They are really good and Shawn continues to be amazed by Gus. Amazed and totally in love. And a little bit jealous. Roday is an amazing actor, guh. (I think the thing I love most about Shawn sometimes is his love for Gus. Yes, he can be a complete twerp, but there are moments when he just looks at Gus and it's plain to see he truly loves him. Like, deep down, never-ending adoration.)

He's J.Ding it up again.

SHAWN. YOU DID NOT JUST SAY THAT.

"The less evidence the better." I am SHOCKED AND APPALLED. Well, not so much of the shocked. Or the appalled.

YAY CREDITS. I have mentioned how I'm all over a cappella, yes? I love it. BOYZ II MEN. HEEEEEEE.

OMG. RODAY. THIS EPISODE ALREADY IS JUST WINNING. WIN. WIN. WIN.

The thing I love is that Roday has a totally wonderful voice and yet, as Shawn, just sabotages everything he does by going over the top silly.

Part of me wants the band's problems to be Shawn-related, because, clearly, I am a horrible person. But there's something sweetly romantic about Gus seeming to turn his back on the band because, Shawn. And yet, you just know it's going to be girl-related, which, whilst similar, isn't as awesome.

Roday co-write, woot! But, also, a Saladin co-write, and I have a history of finding Shawn really fucking obnoxious in Saladin's episodes. Like, everything else will be golden, but Shawn will just be a massive jerkhead, with none of that "oh, but Shawn is actually totally adorable and earnest and heartfelt" side coming through. Let us hope the two writers balance each other out, since Roday generally does that second part really well.

Geeky fanboy Shawn makes me happy.

OMG. YES. OLD PENGUIN FROM HAPPY FEET. THAT IS SO RIGHT.

What did Shawn do to Lassiter to make him so very, very antagonistic again? Get a girlfriend?

... don't be the American adaptation of the British Gus. = Life on Mars UK/USA reference. It's not, but it's how I choose to interpret it.

Finally someone called Shawn on "I've heard it both ways." Love.

Shawn's flirting with the coroner.

Snarky Jules is awesome Jules. Shawn, on the other hand, is a big fat failer. I do, however, love his Jules voice.

Hahahaha. "Hello." That is a fun ringtone.

Shawn's hurt look at 'best times of our lives' = owie, my heart.

Gus/Lassiter tension, mmm.

OH WOW. I LOVE THIS. SHAWN'S BEING HONEST. IT'S KIND OF AMAZING. AND GUS IS ALL 'WE'RE NEVER GOING TO FALL OUT, YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS BY NOW'. THEY ARE SO MARRIED!

HEE! That was neat. Solving an encryption by singing!

THIS PSYCH-OUT. IS AWESOME. Heh, on the website, we get to see Saladin hiding behind everyone.

If they never do a genuine Psych musical, I will be HEARTBROKEN.


Comments 
26th-Sep-2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
I loved this episode! And Shawn's elation when he heard Gus singing was wonderful. As you said, that is true love.

During the first seasons I was all about the Shawn/Lassiter interaction, but now Gus is sneakily gearing up to be my favorite character.

Oh, and I adored Juliet's no nonsense attitude towards Shawn.
26th-Sep-2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Shawn was Gus' number one, two and three fan at that moment, I swear.

I've always been all for both Shawn/Lassiter and Shawn/Gus (and sometimes, Shawn/Lassiter/Gus, because, verily, having it both ways is AWESOME.)
27th-Sep-2009 02:59 am (UTC)
I've been trying to think of other possible remixes they could pull on the theme song. Since they've got four now, I figure they should keep going until they get enough to put on a CD and sell to the masses. One that occurred to me after seeing the Psych-out is showtunes. As a preface to a musical episode. Which I agree must happen.

The only plot (what plot? musical episodes need no plot) I can think of is someone hiding a bomb on the premises of the Psych office and/or SBPD and threatening to blow them sky-high if they don't sing all their conversations for X amount of time. I can't really find a motivation in that, though...

I loved Gus getting mad at Lassiter. Prior to this, we'd primarily seen him (a) indifferent towards, (b) suspicious of, (c) mildly concerned for, or (d) terrified of Lassiter. I think Shawn sounded a little surprised that this was the first time Gus had wanted to punch Lassiter, though.

Gus's ringtone...I did not like. That's his kind of creepy hitting-on-you "Hello", I'm almost always bothered when he uses it. Though the ringtone made escaping the dealer so much funnier.
27th-Sep-2009 03:09 am (UTC)
I find Gus SO CREEPY when he hits on people. Like, SERIOUSLY. I do not know how a fine, fine man like Dulé manages to come across as an A-class creepster, but he does, with panache!

I was thinking we could do the whole 'bumped my head, it was all a dream' thing. They've done unreliable narration before.

It's a shame, sometimes, how, despite being over the top, Psych is very obviously grounded in the 'real world'.
27th-Sep-2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Good, I'm not the only one who thinks that. It's mostly the tone of voice that gets to me, but there's also these little facial tics that just. Eurgh.

Ooh, all-a-dream could be good. Shawn or Gus seem most likely, but I think I would absolutely die if it was Lassiter. Or Henry. And then the idea of a drug-of-a-different-name!unreliable narration episode hits. Dear god.

Psych's grounding in the real world gives us scenes we wouldn't get otherwise, though. Find me another show where the main characters cannot easily lift a table between the two of them. Or scream at the sight of a dead body (and come across such bodies regularly). And a number of awkward!funny scenes happen because of comments that would be glossed over in other shows.
27th-Sep-2009 03:34 am (UTC)
It's everything. From crazy-eyes, to that nose-flick thing, to the smile that is sometimes cute and sometimes OHMYGODHEWANTSTOEATMYBRAINS. Tone of voice, sucking-up demeanour. This is why I don't think Gus is hot, even though Dulé clearly is.

LASSITER. Because it would all be jazz! And he may even get a little action! (Although Lassiter strikes me as the kind of person whose dreams would end badly for him.)

Oh man, that and the 'Lassiter has to pretend to be Shawn because someone wants to assassinate him, but only know how he acts not how he looks' episode are the imaginary episodes I would kill to see.
27th-Sep-2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Yes, yes exactly. You list all those things that just get to me much more clearly than I could.

Lassiter's jazz dream would have Shawn popping in with songs that go against the rhythm of the rest of the songs. Something pop-ish and eighties. Just because he's Shawn. (And yes, that works. Lassiter ends up stuck in one of those giant blow-up Christmas snowglobes by the end of the dream, and wakes up screaming.)

...I think I'd kill to see that episode myself. You are some kind of crazy genius. ♥
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28th-Sep-2009 03:36 am (UTC)
YES. That is another awesome angle.

Tim would knock "Lassiter as Shawn" so far out of the ballpark it would hit THE MOON. And we know Lassiter's an all or nothing character. He would be SO GOOD and Shawn would be a) offended, b) amused, c) confused as to why Lassiter isn't like this always and d) turned on, all in the space of three minutes.
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28th-Sep-2009 10:54 am (UTC)
And Gus would grow to appreciate Lassiter just a little bit! Or, in fact, a lot, when Lassiter buys the peanuts and ice creams and actually shares them.
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28th-Sep-2009 11:13 am (UTC)
And from then on, Lassiter and Gus always give each other this little nod, like, "I kind of like and respect you, but we have a friendship that could never really be".
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28th-Sep-2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
MAKE LOVE!

:D Oh man. I am so sad I don't write for this show.
28th-Sep-2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Obvious joke was made more amusing for me by the fact that was one of the few TV shows that was ALWAYS ON when I was at my mom's. She loved it to death. So a wincing childhood memory! :P

I am sure I'm not the only one who always kind of assumed Gus' only friend was Shawn.

Actually, I'd kind of assumed that Shawn's only friend was Gus more than the other way around. And that if indeed Gus' only friend was Shawn, it was because other potential-friends couldn't get past Shawn's obnoxious exterior to the soft, gushy (which I almost wrote as "gusy," heh) interior that tempers it. Well, when he's well-written. XD

Shawn being so clearly enamoured of the singing group was awesome, and will probably more awesome when I rewatch it now...but at the same time, I kept having this unpleasant experience of cringing and worrying about what would come out of Shawn's mouth next, as I expected it to be totally offensive-offensive, not offensive-funny. Um. D: That could, of course, just be me.

The Psych-Out killed me dead, though not as dead as "Wishing Well." XD
29th-Sep-2009 12:31 am (UTC)
You know what? As soon as I saw how Roday was playing it, I stopped worrying about how offensive he would be. Which is why the "I wish I'd known you when you used to be black" comment actually managed to shock me.

And that if indeed Gus' only friend was Shawn, it was because other potential-friends couldn't get past Shawn's obnoxious exterior to the soft, gushy (which I almost wrote as "gusy," heh) interior that tempers it. Well, when he's well-written.

That's kind of exactly what I meant. I didn't think it was an inherently Gus' fault kind of thing, more of a wilfully Gus' fault and doesn't have to be kind of thing --- there is no reason in the world Gus couldn't have a thousand and one friends. He's good with people, on a surface level. The only reason is Shawn. Shawn is that best friend who takes up every inch and second of Gus' day. He pushes all other potential friends to the outskirts. You saw how jealous and protective he got over Jason. He's like that ALL THE TIME. And Gus lets it happen, almost now needs it to happen.

Until college, when Shawn abandons him, and suddenly he's surrounded by Other People. And how in the hell does anyone get to know Other People anyway? He stopped making friends, real friends, when he was five. And --- actually --- there's some truth to Shawn's offensive comment --- suddenly Gus is surrounded by Other Black People, who aren't at church or friends with his parents, and he has no idea. none at all on how to act. He's heard tell that other black people don't read comics (it's a lie, he soon realises, but that's what he's heard), and if even Shawn thinks that aspect of him is dumb, how will anyone else react? So now, he's cast adrift, and he's expected to make friends. And he does. He's actually really good at it. There's a whole world out there he can learn to live in. But part of him, a deep, dark part he will never talk about, is missing 24/7 Shawn, 24/7. The postcards and phonecalls just don't cut it. He suspects 90% fabrication and wants to know the truth, and wishes, when Shawn had said 'come with me', he hadn't glared and uttered 'you must be out of your damn mind, I'm looking to my future, Shawn' with a note of finality. So he never truly feels like the real Gus, the whole Gus; part of him is always acting a part.

And then one day, Shawn comes back.
29th-Sep-2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
Ah. you obviously picked up on it much quicker than me, then. XD

It might be interesting (for you) to write something exploring the idea of Gus without Shawn. *coughs* I mean, obviously it'd be interesting for more than just you to read, but I do think that if you're interested at all, you should write it. :)
29th-Sep-2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
I just did! *brandishes commentfic --- steps the hell away*
1st-Oct-2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
*dies and is dead*

I don't know whether to be glad you don't write for this show, or mourn the fact you don't write for it. XD
2nd-Oct-2009 09:14 am (UTC)
This is one of my favourite episodes for a long long time! I remember back when Boyz II Men were cool!!! The sense of ellation on Shawn's face as he heard Gus sing was priceless!!!
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