Trivia / Psych

  • Actor Allusion:
    • In Season 1, Episode 11 "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me, Oops He's Dead" Shawn and crew end up speed dating and Shawn's first date is played by Teryl Rothery, who played the character of Dr. Janet Fraiser on Stargate SG-1. In the episode she says that she was raised on a farm and had a pet goat named "Cassy". "Cassy" is the name of the alien girl she adopted on SG-1 as Dr. Fraiser.
    • During the episode "65 Million Years Off", Shawn can't remember the name of that movie with Sigourney Weaver where they dig all the holes, in which Gus played Sam the Onion Man. Gus can't remember either.
    Shawn: This is just like that movie! You know, that movie with Sigourney Weaver? Where they dig all the holes?
    Gus: Alien?
    Shawn: No!
    Gus: Aliens?
    • Also, heaven help us if the writers manage to cram in a West Wing reference.
      • It finally happened! 7x10, "Santa Barbarian Candidate". The West Wing, his job as an aide, and his character's name.
      Gus: You know I could have made it to the White House, Shawn.
      Shawn: As an aide.
      Gus: You know it.
      Shawn: Say "Yes, Mr. President."
      Gus: Yes, Mr. President.
      Shawn: Sorry, Charlie.
    • Shawn's mother, played by Cybill Shepherd, is named "Madeline".
    • Shawn tells Gus to "not be the only black lead on a major cable network"—too late for that.
    • The Bourne references in "One, Maybe Two Ways Out" get funnier when you realize that Franka Potente, the spy in the episode, played Marie in the Bourne movies.
    • Shawn's forensic pathologist source (played by Kurt Fuller) tells him that a victim was killed by a Winchester 70. Fuller played Zachariah, an angelic enemy of the Winchester brothers on Supernatural.
    • In "Yang 3 in 2D", serial killer Mr. Yin is revealed to be a professor of fine art and history. The actor who plays him? Peter Weller, professor of fine art and history at Syracuse University. He really IS Buckaroo Banzai!
    • Kristy Swanson is suspected of being a vampire in "This Episode Sucks." This is particularly ironic when you realize what role Swanson is famous for.
      • Lucien (Tom Lenk) in the same episode had a recurring role in The Series.
      • And they run into a bartender played by Corey Feldman from The Lost Boys.
    • Danny Glover plays a baseball coach in "Dead Man's Curve Ball".
    • In "Shawn Rescues Darth Vader", Shawn tells an ambassador that he picked up his British accent from watching Phineas and Ferb's grandfather. The ambassador is played by Malcolm McDowell, who does the voice of Ferb's grandfather on Phineas and Ferb.
    • Really, it would be shorter to list the guest stars who don't get at least one of these jokes made about them.
    • Impossibly, Psych somehow inverts this in the finale with Val Kilmer, who is often referenced in the show, as the ever-offscreen Officer Dobson.
    • In "This Episode Sucks", Corey Feldman appears as the bartender in a Vampire Bar. As Shawn, Gus and Juliet interview him, the music playing in the background is a remix of the theme from The Lost Boys (The other two notable guest stars in the episode were Kristy Swanson and Tom Lenk, both famous for different incarnations of Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
    • "Dual Spires" is an homage to Twin Peaks, and guest-stars several members of the original cast as citizens of the titular town. The guest stars are Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, Dana Ashbrook, Robyn Lively, Lenny Van Dohlen, Catherine E. Coulson, and Ray Wisenote .
    • John Rhys-Davies plays the museum curator in the Indiana Jones-inspired episode.
    • Ralph Macchio guest-stars as the director of the police academy in "We'd Like to Thank the Academy." Shawn makes occasional references to his role as The Karate Kid; In one scene, he says "Yes, sensei," and later he says, "Well, don't just stand there and wax on about it."
    • In "One, Maybe Two Ways Out", Franka Potente guest stars as a secret agent on the run from her agency. This is a clear reference to her role in The Bourne Identity, and Shawn even makes reference to their adventure being like a Bourne film. This could also be a small reference to her earlier role in the film Run, Lola, Run.
    • In "No Country for Two Old Men", Parminder Nagra reminds Gus that she is much better at soccer than he is.
    • "The Santa Barbarian Candidate" gives us a double dose of Dule Hill references. Gus says he could've made it to the White House and "I can fix that."
    • In "Psych: The Musical", guest Barry Bostwick mistakenly calls an actress "Janet". When corrected, he remarks, "Dammit." This alludes to Bostwick's opening number in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which, incidentally, is also a musical.
    • Ally Sheedy, best known for her role as the therapy-addicted quirky "basket case" in The Breakfast Club, plays a quirky shut-in serial killer, who later is seen institutionalized.
    • In the season 7 finale, Anthony Michael Hall plays a consultant hired to whip the department into shape, and is then appointed Interim Chief after Chief Vick is suspended. Hall looking into the camera and saying "I don't believe in psychics" given his lead role as a psychic in The Dead Zone is pretty hilarious.
    • In "Cloudy...With A Chance of Murder", Shawn asks Henry whether he hangs out at the courthouse regularly. Henry replies that he usually only visits on Thursdays.
    • Season 6 episode 5; "Dead Man's Curveball", Danny Glover says "I'm too old for this crap", his Catch Phrase from the Lethal Weapon series.
    • Christopher Lloyd's character going "Great Scott!" in "100 Clues."
    • Season 7 has a Plot Arc involving Anthony Michael Hall as Santa Barbara's interim police chief, who is a skeptic. This is a send-up of Hall's starring role in the previous (also USA Network) series The Dead Zone, in which he plays Johnny Smith, an *actual* psychic (wwll, clairvoyant) who works closely with the police to solve crimes
    • During a dance sequence in the musical episode, Lassie briefly does some river dancing before Shawn stops him. Timothy Omundson played a villainous, river dancing leprechaun in the Disney channel original movie The Luck of the Irish.
  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • Gus is a trained tap dancer, just as Dule Hill really is.
    • A minor one for James Roday; in "No Country for Two Old Men," Shawn announces at the housewarming party for him and Juliet that an authentic Mexican buffet has been provided by his father. James Roday's father in real life is the regional catering manager for Taco Cabana, a chain of Mexican fast casual restaurants in Texas.
  • Defictionalization: The bad news is, Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos most likely don't exist. The good news is, fans have created recipes to replicate them!
  • Directed by Cast Member: James Roday has directed and written a few episodes, as well collaborating with the creator on the general storyline. Season 8's "1967: A Psych Odyssey" was directed by Kirsten Nelson.
  • Genius Bonus: Some of Shawn and Gus's references can be quite obscure.
  • Name's the Same: Henry Spencer, not to be confused with the protagonist of Eraserhead.
  • The Other Darrin: Keith David replaces Ernie Hudson as Gus's dad.
    • Not to mention how often the actors who play Shawn as a kid get switched (4 people now).
      • Lampshaded in "The Polarizing Express": Young Shawn tells Shawn he's the younger him, and Shawn replies, "You don't look like me." Young Shawn then comments that "we change all the time, sometimes from week to week."
  • Permanent Placeholder: An In-Universe example: Da Chief for the beginning of the show is Interim Chief Vick. As the title suggests, she's only there as a temporary chief, though she later becomes the full-on chief of the department.
  • Playing Against Type: Kurt Fuller as Woody, as he usually plays characters who are either smug jerkasses or corrupt.
  • Real-Life Relative: Guest stars Sendhil Ramamurthy and Jay Chandrasekhar are cousins.
    • In the Season One episode, "From the Earth to the Starbucks", Gus' would-be Romantic Interest is played by star Dulé Hill's then wife, actress Nicole Lyn.
  • Romance on the Set: James Roday (Shawn) and Maggie Lawson (Jules) has dated for 8 years, according to The Other Wiki.
  • Trope Namer: For This Bear Was Framed.
  • What Could Have Been: During production of Season 6, Dule Hill said they might do a second Dual Spires episode, but it didn't happen.
    • Season 8 originally had eight episodes filmed and was in the process of writing five more scripts. Unfortunately, their budget was only enough to film two of those episodes to which they set up a poll to let fans decide which ones they would like to see the most.