So for those of you who have already developed a cult following of my writing, you have great taste. For those of you who haven’t, go become an avid follower of all my tv blogs (Gossip Girl) - this one included. Now, seeing as my shameless self-promoting is done, Psych is back! That’s right, our favorite fake-psychic detective ended his little fall-break hiatus by taking a trip to Canada!
Pierre Despereaux (Cary Elwes) paid for Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) to come visit him in prison, seeing as they’re the ones who had put him there. So, Shawn and Gus go to the British Columbia Correctional Center to meet with Despereaux! (For those of you who had a similar childhood to the one I had, he’s Wesley from the Princess Bride. "As you wish, my lady!") Despereaux’s life’s goal had been to commit the perfect crime, and Shawn had wanted him to commit the perfect crime and be the greatest thief that had ever lived. Despereaux takes this as a challenge and tells Shawn and Gus that he’ll prove that he can do more than they ever thought he could.
Shawn and Gus then go to drive away from their meeting and the prison. They get onto the main road and then discover Desp-y is in the backseat with a shiv! Desp-y then leaves Shawn and Gus on the side of the road without their belongings and then drives away to wreak havoc on Vancouver.
They walk for twelve hours to the Royal Canadian Mountain Force that had helped them capture Despereaux last time. Shawn then pulls out his best fake psychic shenanigans and has a vision of Despereaux breaking out of prison. Convenient, eh?
One of the best detectives the RCMF had has been found dead, so the station is a little consumed with that and not necessarily ready to deal with Shawn’s tips. Good thing Macintosh, the guy who had risked his job to help them last time, is reluctantly willing to help! He calls the prison to report the tip, only to find that all of the prisoners are accounted for. Shawn and Gus try to make Macintosh call back, but he won’t. Just as they’re about to further the request, a message comes in over the walkie system reporting an art theft - Despereaux’s crime of choice.
The target? The home of the Crown Prosecutor Santi, whose wife had all the money for the art and artifacts. (“Her family? The waffle people.” Macintosh had quipped. “Gus, you know what I’m thinking?” Shawn then prompted. “Yes, we need to try those waffles.” Shawn had responded. THERE’S THE CRIME-SOLVING WE KNOW AND LOVE!)
Shawn and Gus walk in to find the prosecutor dead - certainly not on par with Desp’s modus operandi. Shawn then does his usual detective work - noticing without saying anything - and then the two depart for the prison.
Shawn, Gus, and Macintosh try to prove that Despereaux was the one who had committed the crime, except Desp-y is at the prison! Equipped with a smug grin and an airtight alibi! And Shawn and Gus’s rental car is sitting happily in the prison’s parking lot!
Desp-y’s fingerprints and signature cigarette butt had been left in the house. But Despereaux maintains that he didn’t kill anyone, that he had been set up.
Shawn and Gus don’t believe him. They walk out to the main room of the prison to find Lassie! Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) has been sent to Canada to extradite Despereaux for the charges against him in America, except now he can’t until the murder charges are cleared.
And Jules is in Canada too!
Shawn wants to talk to Juliet (Maggie Lawson) before she makes any major life decisions regarding her and her current beau, Declan (Nestor Carbonell). Which makes sense, seeing as Shawn and Jules need to be together.
Later, when Shawn and Gus pull up to the hotel, Shawn is upset that police found fingerprints at the crime scene. He just doesn’t think Desp-y would do something so sloppy as leave behind fingerprints, seeing as he is a perfectionist.
The cops then pull up and surround the vehicle. Apparently someone at the prison had reported seeing Despereaux get into Shawn and Gus’s trunk. When they go to open the trunk, they find the poor bellhop who had just come to take the bags in there! Alast! The Dread Pirate Roberts... I mean, Despereaux foiled us again! (Princess Bride reference, anyone?)
Shawn and Gus go back to the crime scene after some brief questioning by Canadian police (apparently it’s suspicious for psychic detectives to have their trip paid for by convicted criminals) to search for more clues. Once there, Shawn’s not quite sure if he’s looking to convict Despereaux or exonerate him, seeing as the evidence is fishy. So, they’re just snooping to find something amiss. Except... closet door left ajar! What could it be? DESPEREAUX! Inside! At the scene of the crime!
All of them are trying to figure out what really happened. Shawn leaves Gus and Desp-y in the closet and goes to get Macintosh for help. When the two come back, they find Gus on the floor and Despereaux missing. Foiled again!
Shawn and Gus explore some more and find something weird about the safe. Apparently the safe had been open when Mrs. Santi had gotten there but no art had been kept in the safe and all the important work documents were all there and accounted for. (For those of you that are familiar with the show, Shawn introduced Gus to Mrs. Santi as ‘Yasmin Bleeth.’) Shawn observes some more and records everything with his photographic memory.
Shawn and Gus go back to the hotel. As they walk into their room, Shawn tells Gus that he doesn’t think Desp-y committed the murder. And good news! Desp-y is in the hotel room! He wants to fire Shawn and Gus to prove his innocence in regards to the murder. Obviously not with the art theft because clearly he did that.
Shawn then gets distracted by a knock at the door. It’s Jules, who’s come to finally talk to Shawn. Shawn can’t really talk seeing as he has an escaped convict in the room, so when Juliet tells him that she has broken up with Declan, Shawn accidentally makes her go away instead of seizing the opportunity and declaring his love for her. Screw you, Shawn. Get on that! (Lolz at the double meaning there.)
Desp-y tells Shawn and Gus that he doesn’t know who hired him for the job but that Martin the Matchmaker had set the job up. Shawn and Gus locate Martin’s address via the Royal Canadian Mountain Force and the go to talk to him with Despereaux. Desp-y goes in first and chaos ensues. Shawn and Gus then burst in to find Despereaux dangling Martin over the balcony in order to find out who had hired him.
Martin finally divulges. Having all the blood rush to your head is enough to loosen your tongue apparently. Crossley, who had ran a crime empire from prison, had hired Despereaux. And irony of ironies, Mrs. Crossley is the woman Desp-y has been having an affair with. Way to keep it in your pants when dealing with the wifey of a crime lord, Desp-y.
The police surround the area. See, dangling someone off a balcony tends to alert those pesky neighbors... Despereaux makes off with a Batman style gadget that shoots a hook and allows him to swing away.
The police then take Shawn and Gus into custody and ask them to give up Despereaux. Shawn then has a ‘vision’ of the murderer - a murderer who runs crime behind bars: Frank Crossley.
The chief then brings Shawn into his office. Apparently the police believe Crossley was connected to the murder of the top detective, Detective Brightley, because Brightley had been investigating the Crossley crime ring.
Shawn then realizes that the Brightley murder and the Santi murder are connected.
Brightley had found out something terrible about Crossley and then sent the info to the prosecutor. Crossley had then set up Despereaux because Desp-y had been screwing his wife.
Shawn, Gus, and the Canadian police then go to get Crossley, only to find him drowned in the pool. Shawn then sees Despereaux fleeing up high.
Shawn and Gus then drive away to find him. On route to wherever, they become convinced that Despereaux is in the car again. I mean, it’s been how many times now? You should probably start checking your backseat and trunk before you drive off. So, the pull over and get out to chec.
Despereaux then come out of the adjacent bushes followed by Valaria Crossley aka the woman he had been having an affair with aka the woman holding a gun to his back.
Brightley had found out that Valaria was the real crime lord. So, Valaria had disposed of him. And the prosecutor. And her husband, in a nice little tying-up-the-ends twist.
Shawn grabs Desp-y’s Batman gadget, shoots Valaria with it, and then runs off with Despereaux and Gus in tow. They take refuge in a cabin, but not for long seeing as Valaria and her gun are outside waiting.
Despereaux tells Shawn and Gus to run away; he’ll go out to Valaria because she won’t kill him, whereas them she’ll kill.
Despereaux then goes out and tells Valaria she can’t stop all of them.
Gus then goes to run away, distracting Valaria.
Despereaux gets shot in the knee in the process, leaving Shawn free to jump into action and knock Valaria out with a chunk of wood. Shawn then tries to tell Gus that they’re safe because Valaria is unconscious, but Gus just keeps running away.
Back at the prison, Desp-y is now free to get extradited to the U.S. Yay! He makes lunch plans with Shawn because he’s sure this won’t be a long process.
Shawn then goes to find Jules at some bridge to finally tell her how he feels.
Jules, who is rightfully upset with Shawn, tells him that they missed their moment but it’s okay.
Shawn then goes to walk away but then comes back to say what he had wanted to say. He tells her that he loves his motorcycle because of all the freedom it provides him with, but ever since meeting Juliet, he’s been thinking about getting a car.
YAY CHEESY SHAWN WAY OF EXPRESSING HIS FEELINGS IN A ROUNDABOUT WAY!
YAYYYYYYY JULES AND SHAWN KISS!!!!!! FINALLLLLLLY!!!!!!
They then proceed to make out everywhere and keep getting stopped. To which Shawn tells Jules:
“Wait a minute, I have a room. A really nice one. Paid for by a convicted criminal.”