The Comic Book geek in me was so freakin excited for this episode…
We begin with a flashback (yes!) to 1991 in which Shawn and Gus are dressed as Superheroes. Shawn is in your typical superhero outfit: cape and mask while Gus is dressed as tap man whose ability is to distract them with his tap dancing expertise and then throw sand in their face to subdue them. Ya, it’s really lame… and Shawn and Henry know it and mock him for it. It’s ok Gus… I still love you…
Back to the present, Shawn and Gus are chasing after some bad guys when they trip over each other ending up in a chorus of “C’mon son.” Which made me giggle… Shawn gets up and starts running again and when he catches up to the bad guys they are all ready tied up. What?! Shawn finds a note in one of the bad guys pockets that reads “The Mantis.”
Lassie and Jules show up and begin questioning the guys… Shawn is busy having a caricature done of him by the sketch artist. Lassie and Gus see a masked figure jump from a building. Cue the best credit reel ever… Comic Book themed and Awesome.
Anyway, back to the recap… At the station reporters are rampant and are dying for more information about “The Mantis.” The chief tells them that they do not condone vigilantism and to leave the real detective work to the professionals. And we get the first “this is my partner” (kind of) WATSON WILLIAMS! (WOOT!) Lassie is all for vigilantism, in fact, he wishes he could do it himself and I mean are we really surprised about this information at all? Really… no. (Lassie I love you something fierce.) We find out that “The Mantis” has been taking out a drug syndicate called the Caminos, which apparently gets Juliet’s motor running (and I really can’t blame her… superheroes are hot. Don’t judge me, you should know I’m a nerd just from the title of this blog). Shawn is jealous (and an adorable jealous man) and tries to compare himself to the Mantis, but is hushed by Jules and Gus who say that if Shawn didn’t use his psychic ability and solved crime with just what he has, then that would be impressive. Wow, Gus, that was awesome.
Shawn then uses his “psychic ability” (hehe) to deduce that the drug busts are in accordance with the lunar psychle (see what I did there) and the next bust will occur on October 26th. October 26th arrives and sure enough, there is a drug bust, and the bad guys are already tied up; work of the Mantis. Shawn is even more irritated. Shawn begins to wonder how the Mantis knew about the bust, he begins to wonder if it’s someone on the police force. He begins to suspect the new guy Scott Reynolds (Joey McIntyre!! NKOTB!!) is the man behind the Mantis mask. They begin to sneakily question him, but it comes off as Shawn hitting on the poor guy.
Cut to Shawn and Juliet go on a date (awes!) and begin to argue about the Mantis. Juliet is pro Mantis, Shawn, of course, against. They agree to not discuss work anymore on the date and Juliet gets a text about another drug bust. Shawn tells her to go and quickly asks for the check so he can head to the scene. Cut Lassie at the scene who sees two people passed out on the floor, one with the Mantis mask on.. Lassie rips the mask off and its SHAWN (whhhhhaaaaaaaattttttt?????)
Shawn arrives at the station amidst a crowd of reporters. Once inside he explains that he had arrived at the bust only to encounter the Mantis. The two fight, Shawn bites him (Shawn can bite me… what? Ummm… ) and gets knocked out. The Mantis then trades clothes with Shawn and Shawn is perturbed that the Mantis saw him in his underwear, and he had candy in his jacket pocket, that he will never see again! Juliet knew that Shawn wasn’t the Mantis, and in an epic moment, Shawn says “I know that you know I’m not telling the truth… I know, you know.” Greatest. Thing Ever. (God, I love this show) Shawn is still sure that Joey… I mean Scott is the Mantis and checks his arms for bite marks… nope nothing. Scott thinks that Shawn is hitting on him again and that he would be perfect for his friend Brian… awkward… Shawn now thinks that the Mantis is working from the inside… he thinks he’s a part of the Caminos. A package then shows up and what do ya know, it’s Shawn’s clothes, sans candy. That evil bastard had his clothes dry cleaned!
Juliet then receives a call from the Mantis who where the next drug bust is going to take place. The gang shows up only to find the Mantis kneeling over a dead body. The Mantis then jumps off of the roof and now I’m just confused…
Cut to the Psych office where Shawn reveals that he believes that the Mantis is probably innocent. He then realizes that there is a tag on his clothes from the dry cleaner that the Mantis took his clothes too. They go to said dry cleaner and Shawn sneakily gets the address.
Cut to the Mantis’s house where Shawn and Gus are caught snooping around by the Mantis who it turns out is one of the reporters that is hanging around the police station. The Mantis tosses Shawn and Gus around a bit before Shawn explains that they think that he is innocent. The dead dude that the Mantis was kneeling over turns out to be his Camino contact who was murdered for ratting. Shawn realizes then that the drugs are being shipped in panes of glass.
The Mantis, The Catch (Shawn) and Tap Man (Gus) all head out to the shipping yard where the panes of glass are. They fight with the bad guys. Insert totally completely nerd loving comic graphics into this scenes as the Mantis is fighting the Caminos and cue me being in paradise. Lassie and Jules show up as the Mantis is finishing the Caminos off and try to take the Mantis in. Gus uses his special ability to distract them (ya, remember, tap dancing and sand in the face… it’s still lame, although Dule Hill looked good while doing it). The Mantis gets away. Shawn proclaims his innocence but we are still left wondering where the drug money is.
Shawn heads over to the Mantis’s apartment to return a jacket and finds the apartment abandoned. Welp, guess we know who has the drug money. Shawn, dressed as The Catch, tracks the Mantis down and confronts him. The Mantis tries to bribe him but we all know Shawn’s not going to take it. Then the Mantis tries to kick the crap out of Shawn, but surprisingly the Catch outfit holds up against the onslaught until Tap Man shows up and tries to help but only ends up throwing sand in Shawn’s face. The Mantis runs, but Shawn catches up to him and stops him with a body chuck, and it’s painful… for Shawn.
Juliet: “You pinched and bit a man?”
Shawn: “The only hater is the Mantis… hater of not murdering people.”
Shawn: “Nobody steals from The Catch, Gus. Nobody!”
Overall Grade: B. Not as funny as the previous weeks, but no slouch either. This season has been pretty consistent comedy wise, and I will always love it. Plus… superheroes and Joey McIntyre… you can’t really go wrong there.
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Next new episode of Psych airs November 11th at 10pm EST on USA.