Everyone loves a yard sale. I know I do, and Shawn (James Roday) certainly has a lot of prized collectibles to sell in order to raise money to repay Gus (Dule Hill) for using his credit card to pay for the couples’ retreat he took Juliet (Maggie Lawson) on. How dare Gus suggest Shawn sell the engagement ring he didn’t give to Juliet! It is, after all, a Spencer family heirloom! Fortunately for Shawn, he might actually have a job when he and Gus follow Jules to a crime scene.
A 35 year-old man is found hanging from the ceiling of his condo. The house seems perfectly neat and tidy and there appears to be no evidence of foul play. But this doesn’t stop Detective Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) from having a close inspection – but not because it is a potential crime scene, but because he is in the market for a home to share with his beloved convicted murderer girlfriend, Marlowe (Kristy Swanson), who is to be released from prison in 93 days (I hope this means we can soon expect to see Lassie reunited with the love of his life!).
I suppose deceased estates move pretty fast and two weeks later, Lassie becomes the proud new owner of the condo. He quickly settles into his new home and is welcomed by a menagerie of warm and strange new neighbors. There’s the always-cheerful Amy (Sara Rue), who welcomes Lassie into the building with a gift basket and a song; Lloyd the grumpy building manager (Louis Gossett Jr); a pair of senior citizen twins; and a couple with a young son who is forever riding his tricycle around the hallways.
All of these may seem harmless but when you throw in a tribute to Stephen King’s “The Shining” as the theme to this episode, you’ll get the gist of just how abnormal these seemingly-harmless neighbors are. Before you know it, Lassie is channeling Jack Nicholson and saying “Heeeeere’s Lassie”. I have said in past reviews that I am a Lassie fan and this episode certainly does not disappoint. Nobody does crazy on PSYCH as well as Omundson does.
One night, strange noises rouse our good detective from his sleep. He gets up to investigate, only to encounter the ghost-like twins in his hallway, and upon returning inside his own home, he finds his dining chairs mysteriously stacked on top of the table. With no other alternative, Lassie decides to call for the services of Psych, “since nonsense is your specialty”. Needless to say, Shawn and Gus are delirious with excitement that Lassie’s house is haunted. A sleep-over with the ghost-busters is called for and even stranger things start to happen.
By the time Henry and Juliet’s investigation into past occupants of Lassie’s condo reveals they had all committed suicide, it is already too late for Lassie – or is it? What is driving these residents to kill themselves? Will Shawn and Gus be able to save Lassie? Will Juliet arrive in time to save Shawn and Gus? Who’s that in the dryer? Do twins always finish each other’s sentences? Just how did Lassie’s dining chairs rearrange themselves? And most importantly, did this episode inspire Tim Omundson’s “hiatus beard”?
Now, you will note that William Shatner is listed as a guest star in this episode, so don’t forget that Juliet’s Dad, Frank, will make a return. Will Shawn get what he wants from his would-be/could-be father-in-law?
Tune into USA Network on Wednesday at 10/9c to find out.