What to Watch: I swear to you on Juliet’s life… Psych Season 7

How do you know a person is lying? The way their voice shakes? Deviant eyes perhaps? Maybe you just happened to have a lie detector lying around so you hooked them up to it. Shawn Spencer (James Roday) shows no signs of lying, even with a lie detector strapped to his chest.

Trained from a young age by his father Henry Spencer (Corbin Bernsen), Shawn learns to be over aware of his surroundings; preparation for his future as a head detective. Unfortunately, he doesn’t become a head detective for the Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) like his father, but he does become a detective of sorts. As a professional liar, or lead Psychic Detective for the SBPD, he’s solved over fifty cases in the prior six seasons. Shawn uses his hyper observant, and not-even-slightly-psychic-skills, to beat SBPD’s lead detectives, Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) and Juliet O’Hara (Maggie Lawson), in solving murder cases. Shawn cannot do this alone! What is a Psychic detective without his Pharmaceutical ally/best friend/only-person-who-knows-Shawn’s-a-pretend-psychic person, Ghee Buttersnaps… or is it Methusalah Honeysuckle (Dulé Hill)? 

 We are met with shock at the end of S6 when Henry is shot by a former friend, or dirty cop, whichever you prefer. Henry survives of course, but aside from that, S7 continues at a apparently perfect and steady pace. The season seems like it will continue with the same routine of hoodwinks and flim-flams; Shawn proceeds to build a better bond with his father, he seems to have the perfect relationship, and no one has discovered his lack of psychic ability, yet. Cases keep getting solved and season marches on, through the forest, to Baja, California, and back.

     Unlike prior seasons, S7 gets to see more of the “L” word especially for characters Henry, Lassie, and Gus (Dulé Hill), who have been lacking love in prior seasons. Gus finds his most recent love interest, Rachael (Parminder Nagra) online, but her love comes with a price, or offspring rather, but she shapes up to be the perfect woman. After her 8-month imprisonment for stealing packaged blood, Lassie’s girlfriend, Marlowe (Kristy Swanson) is released from prison and they soon get married. Shawn walks in on his father as he rekindles a past love with ex-wife Madeleine Spencer (Cybill Shepard) potentially scarring Shawn for life. 

As quickly as love ignites, Shawn’s world takes a turn for the worst when Juliet discovers that his psychic powers are a lie. Shawn spends an entire episode imagining what life would be like had he changed one minor detail in her discovery. Angst and anticipation move into S7 and from there, the hoodwinks and flim-flams aren’t a game anymore. More cautious of his psychic abilities, it seems that Shawn may slip up again.

Reaching the halfway point of the season the series has stayed consistent with humor, drama, and tragedy, but this season is a different kind of Psych. There is more intensity as Shawn struggles with the pain he caused the person he loves the most, Juliet. And call me naïve, but I really do hope Shawn and Juliet can work it out. The way I see it, things are about to go one of two ways: either Shawn keeps making minor mistakes that reveal he’s not a psychic, or Juliet finds acceptance in the lies and Shawn’s secret remains safely intact.

 – Kelly Branyik

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