Trivia / Psych

  • Actor Allusion: Has its own page.
  • 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.
  • California Doubling:
    • Strangely enough, the Vancouver Doubling variant for a California town. Overall, they do a good job of making rainy, mountainous, heavily-forested British Columbia pass for dry, low-lying Southern California; but from time to time you can see the Mountains of Santa Barbara in the background.
    • The episode "Dual Spires" was a parody of Twin Peaks, and it took place in a town that strongly resembled that series' Pacific Northwest setting. Given that the episode still took place in Southern California, this made little sense, but it worked for the parody.
    • Anytime you see railroad tracks on the beach, it's filmed in White Rock, BC. The tracks in Santa Barbara are further back and far too heavily used to provide such a nice vista.
      • An early establishing shot of a sports arena was of the Rose Garden in Portland, or from a show filmed in Vancouver but set in California. Oh, my.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Keisha Knight Pulliam, also known as Rudy from The Cosby Show, plays Gus's wife in a dream of Shawn's. See Celebrity Resemblance.
    • Deon Richmond (Bud from The Cosby Show) is cast as Gus's new boss in the finale.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Gus seems to have a lot of episodes where he is singing or, most recently, tap-dancing.
    • The musical episode in season 7 gives most of the main cast the opportunity to show off their singing and dancing skills.
  • 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.
    • S06E08's cult and Gus's infatuation with it leads Shawn to hope that he can get Gus out of there before he robs a bank with a machine gun while wearing a beret.
  • Name's the Same:
  • 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.

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