I’m too old for this crap… (hehehe)
F/B: 1991: Shawn is the batboy at a minor league baseball game for the Seabirds… He’s chatting up his idol, Cal (omg it’s Dave from “The Big Bang Theory!”), smacks him on the ass, then imitates the coach and gives him instructions. And little Shawn is adorable.
Present day: Shawn is playing baseball for the SBPD, he hits… and he should stay on base yet he keeps running to home… and gets called out. His father is the umpire, and the two get into an argument. I love when Shawn and Henry fight, I really do “Suck it! Suck home plate!” Shawn’s old coach Mel pops up (OMG DANNY GLOVER!!!) and asks Shawn to look into the death of his assistant coach, Grady, who dropped dead of an apparent heart attack. A large amount of amphetamines was found in his system “greenies.” Shawn wants to be part of the team, “deep on the inside.” Mel agrees to let him be a coach.
Cut to the stadium, Shawn is coaching and Gus is… the mascot? BEST. IDEA. EVER!
Cue extended opening credits!!!! (I love when they do this! So much dancing!)
Shawn and Gus are off to Grady’s house to investigate. Shawn doesn’t believe that there are any drugs, Gus is positive that there are. The two search the house, Shawn eats some old chickpeas by accident and uses water from Grady’s bottle to wash his mouth out. Next thing we know, Shawn is bouncing around the house. Shawn is high… I’ll say it again: Shawn. Is. High! (I love this show) Turns out the drugs were in the water bottle.
At the station, Shawn notices that theres a number 42 on the bottom of the bottle, which belongs to player 42: Izzy Jackson. Shawn and Gus go to a bar where the Seabirds hang out. Shawn tells Gus that he thinks that Izzy is popping performance enhancers, and when he and Grady were having a hitting session they accidentally switched bottles. Grady’s heart couldn’t take it and he died.
Inside the bar we get another Gus don’t be! “Gus, don’t be Pete Rose’s haircut.” The two run into Izzy, who is a total moron, they try to get him to admit to taking drugs, he vehemently denies and asks them to leave. Cal pops up and moves Shawn and Gus out of harm’s way. Cal was cut by the Rangers so he decided to come back to Santa Barbara. He tells Shawn that he would do anything to get back into the big leagues. He doesn’t want to be a catcher, he wants to transition to first base but unfortunately Izzy is ahead of him. Shawn and Gus are still trying to prove that Izzy is taking drugs. They overhear another player tell him that if he keeps drinking the way he is, he is going to “wizz himself again.” So Shawn orders him a round… and steals his pants.
Shawn has his dad run a test on the sample on Izzy’s pants. No drugs. Bummer. Shawn now thinks that Cal, who is trying to get to play first base, might be drugging Izzy in order to get him suspended. Oh and Gus is pissed that he still has to dress as the mascot. Shawn confronts Cal and tells him that he is disappointed in him because he believed in him in one of the best speeches ever given on the show. Cal denies it.
Game on! Gus is being booed as the mascot until he feels something bite him and starts gyrating on the floor. The crowd loves that. Shawn is helping coach when the GM of the organization shows up and demands that Izzy play. Mel does what he asks. Meanwhile, Shawn uses his gift to predict what kind of pitch is going to come up next. He uses this skill to help Izzy hit a home run. He notices that when Izzy runs by a blond in the audience makes a kissy face at him. Shawn remembers that same blonde leaving the bar with another player on the team. What?
Gus shoots someone with a t-shirt cannon.
Shawn runs out on the field to apologize to Cal for thinking he was the murderer. He ends up getting the whole team in fights over the blonde who is cheating on another player, Rodriguez, with not just Izzy, but Ricky also (I know it’s confusing.) A brawl ensues. Cue Mel: “I’m too old for this crap.” (Squee!!)
Cut to the locker room where Mel is yelling at the team. Izzy walks out, Mel chases after him. The GM enters, fires Shawn and hires Wade Boggs, damn. (I’m loving all the guest stars this season). Shawn and Gus go off to find Mel, and instead find a dead Izzy.
Back to the police station where Lassie and Jules are interrogating Mel. They believe that Mel killed Izzy, Shawn doesn’t. Lassie found a bag full of drugs in his apartment this morning. Uh Oh… Shawn thinks that Mel couldn’t have killed Izzy because he was hit from behind on the left and Mel is right handed. He goes to Woody, who uses a watermelon to prove Shawn’s point (I don’t believe it works very well). Wood says that a 60 year old man is not capable of hitting someone that hard his weaker hand. Shawn then notices that the bat that was used has the number 35 on it. Only Cal uses the bat with 35 on the bottom.
Shawn sneaks back into the locker room where he wants to go snoop around Cal’s things… too late, Cal’s gone. Well, that looks suspicious, but it turns out that Cal is going to Oakland. He’s back in the majors! Awesome! Shawn hugs the crap out of him (Shawn can hug me like that… anyday…)
Shawn then sneaks back into the stadium… as the mascot. And he does a Gus impression and OMG IT’S FANTASTIC! “What’s happenin baby? You hear about Pluto?” Shawn goes through the record and discovers that Izzy was signed for $12 million dollars. Most of the money wasn’t going to be paid out until after Izzy was transferred to the big leagues, which was guaranteed after 60 days, but nobody wanted to take him. Shawn can’t see what he’s doing however, because of his stupid mascot outfit and makes an extreme amount of noise trying to get out. He manages to get out and into the Blueberry. He now know who killed Izzy, the killer is onto him, and the killer thinks he’s Gus. Uh oh…
So, Gus is being held at gunpoint in the Psych office when Shawn comes in. Turns out it’s the GM (I KNEW IT!). Shawn tells the GM that he knows what happened, that the GM tried to drug him to get him out of the way, and when that didn’t work, he killed him. So now Gus and Shawn are both being held at gunpoint.
They go to the stadium where the GM plans to kill them “in self defense.” Cal shows up because “something didn’t feel right.” Now Cal is being held at gunpoint… then Wade Boggs shows up. The GM can’t shoot Wade Boggs so he runs and gets tackled by Henry (go Henry! That was awesome!)
The final scene is of Shawn playing ball and trying to prove to Mel that he is good enough to be on the team. Cue epic slow motion… and it’s a foul ball. Bummer. (BTW: James Roday saying Rodriguez makes me happy… and if you’re a James Roday fan you know why…)
Gus: “I would not let you touch my urine.” Shawn: “You are not the friend I thought you were.”
Gus: “You’re not a real coach.” Shawn: “You’re not a real person.”
Shawn: “I believe in gooey chocolate chip cookies that melt in your hands and ALL OVER YOUR FACE!”
Shawn: “You would say anything to keep from wearing that Seabird suit again.” Gus: “I cannot deny that.”
Woody: “I have a demonstration, but it would require me hitting one of you over the head with a bat. Any takers?”
Overall Grade: B. Still not as funny as “Last Night Gus” but it definitely had it’s moments. Anytime Shawn says “Suck it” I can’t help but laugh, and Gus as the mascot just makes me smile… so wide. I wish that Gus had been my mascot in high school, things would have been so much awesomer. Oh, and can we just make Shawn high all the time?
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Next new episode of “Psych” airs Wednesday November 16th at 10pm EST on USA.