Psych: 100 Clues
by Ashley Binion
I can’t believe Psych has churned out 100 episodes! It feels like the little engine that could, and I am so proud they achieved this television milestone. Throughout their run, they have had many episodes that spoof movies or other television shows. I would have to rank this one towards the top, right next to “Duel Spires.”
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
So, I am going to start with saying that there were so many Clue references that I ended up losing count, so I’m not going to point them all out. I’m sure there were some that I didn’t even catch. But I did like how the series put their own twist on some of the references from the movie like using a panther instead of German Shepherds or bizarre weapon choices.
They started the episode with a flashback to 2007 to one of Shawn and Gus’ first cases. So far this season, there hadn’t been any flashbacks to begin the episodes off. I admire how they stuck to the classic format for their milestone episode. Also, this flashback was tied in nicely to the story as it was the linchpin for the episode to come.
I get giddy every time they switch up the opening credit sequence and they did it two weeks in a row. In last week’s, “No Country for Two Old Men,” the theme song was in Spanish and for this episode they had a Clue-inspired beginning with each actor on a playing card and a weapon to accompany them. Nicely done Psych, nicely done.
They had a ton of guest stars, three from the movie: Martin Mull, who played Cornel Mustard; Lesley Ann Warren who played Miss Scarlet; and Christopher Lloyd, who played Professor Plum. I loved how they snuck in a “Great Scott!” for Lloyd from Back to the Future.
One of the funniest moments was when Gus, trying to find the mysterious chocolate room, stumbled upon a secret toupee room and turned into a blubbering mess. Earlier in the episode he expressed his fear of toupees. On a side note, whenever people would say Clizby’s name, I would just crack up. It never got old.
Even those who haven’t seen Clue would be able to enjoy it just the same. There were some classic Shawn and Gus moments. Of course, there were silly costumes, fist bumps, “Suck iiiiiiittttt,” a celebration dance, and a pineapple sighting. The pineapple was pretty easy to notice as it was on the doorbell to the mansion. In my opinion it was kind of a freebee because it was so easy to find. Oh, and a screaming doorbell. Nice touch. Although, I would have to say if I lived there, that would become a little annoying after a while.
There seemed to be a lot of singing in the episode, but maybe I am just anticipating their upcoming musical episode.
I am slightly disappointed that both coasts chose the same ending, but I believe the series will release the other alternate endings at some point. My personal preference was to see Christopher Lloyd’s author commit the murder, but oh well.
It was a memorable episode that was a fitting celebration for Psych and its fans.
What did you think of Psych’s 100th episode? What was your favorite Clue reference?
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars