Henry told Chief Vick the truth in the first episodeHenry has been pretty firmly established as ultra-careful. In one episode he even schools Shawn on the subject of lying believably. In light of this, it seems odd that Henry would offer a verifiable fact (Shawn got his powers at eighteen), without checking with Shawn first to see if he had said anything contradictory. Even if Vick asked him directly, Henry would be experienced enough to dodge the question or offer a less concrete answer. Plus, in the early episodes Henry is openly hostile to the psychic detective idea. That seems inconsistent with lying to the Chief of Police so Shawn can continue. In addition, there's a fair amount of evidence against Vick believing in Shawn's powers. Despite nominally believing all his information comes from psychic visions, she usually insists on evidence before acting or putting resources towards a theory. She has also witnessed him using deductive reasoning to solve a case without commenting. In light of this, and what we know of the characters, it seems plausible that Henry simply laid the cards on the table- Shawn is a demonstrably brilliant detective, receiving a perfect score on the detectives exam. As Shawn refuses to join the police force, and has a criminal record, she can't use his skills unless she pretends that she buys the psychic routine. By this time she has seen him in action, and is less hostile towards his interference in the course of justice, and agrees. She then tells Shawn she believes him in order to retain plausible deniability if it all blows up in her face.
Juliet's uniform fetish is why she joined the policeThe episode that just aired as of this writing (1/30/08) suggests she is turned on by uniforms. And now she's in a job where she can spend hours staring at cops...
Shawn was a Companion to the Tenth DoctorThey're equally silly, cursed with curiosity and wanderlust, and have a habit of saving the day. Plus, they both have a fixation with a particular type of fruit - The Doctor with bananas, and Shawn with pineapples.
Shawn is psychicHis father trained him to come up with plausible reasons for the psychic intuitions he has. That's why he always looks at the tiniest clues that other people have missed. It would also explain the weird inverted light and the eerie green that the clues flash. Shawn may not even realize he is psychic because of how well his father indoctrinated him. His mother left because, as a psychologist, she believed that a child should know the truth. Henry kept Shawn at a time when men rarely did because he seemed like the more stable parent; custody judges hate parents with 'non-traditional beliefs'.
Shawn is a Video game ProtagonistAll objects useful to him light up when he looks at them. This is just to save Pixel Hunts ala Bioshock
Psych and Reaper take place in the same universeRay Wise plays what appears to be a vicar in an upcoming episode called "The devil is in the details and upstairs bedroom". Ray wise... "the devil" in the name of the episode... there's no other explanation!
Psych takes place in a Fantasy Kitchen Sink, complete with Psychics.Think about it. Regardless of his record, in Real Life Shawn ought to be written off as a crackpot, and yet many people seek him out deliberately because they take his claim to be a psychic seriously. My guess is that the general populace knows that Espers, Psychics and Time Travelers exist, probably from watching the local equivalent of Superman rescue people on television.
Shawn and Abigail are no longer dating.
Lassie is a /k/ommando
Shawn has No Fourth WallThat's why clues light up and he can hear the narrator in the commercial
Shawn is on antidepressantsHe was either on them before he started Psych (because of his obvious relationship and attachment issues, not to mention his not so happy relationship with his father) or very shortly after when he realized that he or one of his loved ones could have died because of his actions. The simple fact that Gus works for a pharmaceutical company means that he could probably get meds without a prescription or actually seeing a psychiatrist so it wouldn't show up that he's on medication in any of the police departments records (which could potientially discredit him).
Lassie has a son/daughterIf you look over some of the more recent episodes there have been several hints that Lassiter has a child from his past that no one knows about.
Mr. Yang was an old girlfriend of ShawnsI'm thinking that she might have either been one of his first girlfriends. She saw some of the training from hell that Shawn got from Henry. Something caused them to separate, maybe she moved away, or Shawn broke a promise to her that caused something in her mind to break. Or maybe Henry was worried about her as a bad influence on Shawn and so lied to her and did something to drive a wedge between them. Her first killings were with the goal of getting back at Shawns father, or maybe getting Shawn himself involved (as she might have thought he'd be a cop by then). With the lack of involvement or interest from Shawn she got bored with it and stopped, only returning later because she found out about Shawns psychic detective agency aiding the police.
The Season Finale, Mr. Yin Presents, is a dream.There are too many 'sleep' images early on, and just after Shawn falls asleep the lightning, lines, and acting of most characters changes slightly. Just like it would in a dream episode. The entire thing is brought on by talking to Marry, the Pie, and the Movie Fest. This also explains the larger than average Plot Holes.
Henry was one of the cops challenged by Mr. YangDuring the third season finale, we are told that Mr. Yang had an initial killing spree, then went dark, only emerging to challenge a Worthy Opponent, and Henry is known to have been an amazing cop. Mr. Yang would have respected his skills and ethics. We know that the challengers failed, and the shame of an innocent's blood on Henry's hands would explain his early retirement, and his resistance to openly work on cases, since it would bring back that responsibility
Yin is Yang's twin sisterFirst off, in the credits, "Mr. Yin" is a male actor, but due to the rules of Cast as a Mask, that doesn't rule out anything. In the last scene of "Mr. Yin Presents", Yin is a room with kind of old-fashioned, feminine decor, like patterned tablecloths and tea kettles, and strokes a picture of young Shawn with what appears to be Yin. Plus, factor in the thematic elements of the yin and the yang between "twins". I'm almost sure of it. I will not be that surprised if it turns out that Samus Is a Girl.
Everybody Knew Already about Shawn's lack of psychic abilities, but everyone thinks they're the only one who knows.Lassiter clearly knows Shawn isn't psychic, but has given up on trying to convince anyone else. Gus and Henry, obviously, are in on it but covering for Shawn. Juliet has figured it out but is also keeping quiet for Shawn's sake, and Chief Vick knows but plays along so she can continue to call on Shawn to help with cases. McNab... OK, McNab is probably fooled. And so is that black woman who thinks Shawn is in psychic contact with her grandmother.
Det. Carlton Lassiter is the ancestor for the person who'll eventually invent the Lassiter, or at least own the company which sells the Lassiter.Many guns are known colloquially by the name of their creator (e.g. Kalashnikov Rifle) or by the company which made them, and such companies are usually named after the company's founder (e.g. Winchester). So who's to say that a descendant of Lassiter wouldn't build a laser gun/make a laser gun company centuries in the future?
Gus is the psychic one.His "acute sense of smell" is a cover.
Mr. Yang is both Shawn's and Mr. Yin's motherFor this Theory to work we have to assume that Shawn was adopted. Ms Yang was a brilliant but unstable genius with twins. Deemed unfit both her son and daughter were removed and the arresting officer Henry Spencer ended up adopting Shawn. His twin sister was retrieved by Ms Yang who went on the run with him. In a twisted sense of Irony storywise she trained Mr Yins deductive and logistics skills to stay ahead of the law that would take her away from her mother . She found her son again and took a picture with him but didn't retrive him. Instead starting the Gemini killings with her daughter to taunt the Police. Now running the End game in the new Season Mr Yin will begin to date Gus to get closer to her brother in a Dexter-like stand off.
Shawn got arrested when he was eighteen on purpose.He knew that having a criminal record (with GTA on it) would keep him from ever being a police officer of FBI agent, and that taking a car for a joyride to impress a girl when he was eighteen would be a lot less likely to get him in trouble in the future than would things like robbery or arson, or any crime when he was older than barely-legal. That's why he didn't have anything more recent in his rap sheet as of the pilot episode.
McNab is a Timelord.Who can magically survive anything.
Mr. Yang is a former detective.And an effective one at that explaining how she was able to effective predict their moves and allude the cops. She probably got very little credit or attention dispite her own capabilities because of her being a woman in a very male dominated field(assuming she's in her forties or fifties, if and when she was a cop could probably be around a time when such treatment was commonplace). She switched sides because she got sick of her treatment and started to challenge fresh talent and try and prove herself superior but eventually truly wanted someone to match her after the others failed to meet her expectations.
Psych takes place in the same universe as SupernaturalIn the first season episode Weekend Warriors Shawn and Gus investigate a murder at a Civil War reinactment. It is the history of the battle being reinacted which gives the link. In the battle Lassiter's ancestor, Muscomb Lassiter leads an army to stop the army of Captain Quantrel. During the episode we learn the history of this individual and how the link to Supernatural comes about. He is killed during the battle by a nurse on the opposite side who lost a husband and two sons because of Quantrel. Captain Quantrel burned the town of Lawrence, Kansas in 1863. It was here that the husband and two sons of nurse Jenny Winslow died. Shawn describes him as "the evil Captain Quantrel" and this leads me to believe he was possessed by a demon or simply into some dark magic stuff. Shawn also says that when Lassiter stopped his army cold at the bridge in the battle that it was like a "noble calling". Sounds like stopping some evil supernatural stuff to me. Now, Winslow was possibly Jenny's married name, her maiden name would have been Winchester, or perhaps later generations of the family changed it from Winslow to Winchester. She likely had at least one brother to carry on the family name. Flash forward to 1983 and the Winchesters suffer the tragedy in Lawrence, Kansas which sets them on the road hunting evil. Clearly this is some sort of off-frequency echo of the past (hence why the mother is killed this time and the father and boys survive) or a wicked twist of fate.
Woody the coroner is Mr. YinOnly because he's an all-of-a-sudden new recurring character, and in these kinds of plots the killer is always a "known" quantity.
Peters and Boone (the two old guys from Viagra Falls) will come backI know you want them to, admit it.
Shawn is really his "uncle" Jack's sonShawn has stated at least twice that he has some doubts that Henry Spencer is his biological father. It is unlikely that two such light blond haired parents would have a child with dark brown hair, and while shawn and Henry share few character or physical traits in common, Shawn and Jack are very alike in appearance and personality. I suspect that Madeline and Jack had an affair shortly after meeting each other and Henry knew all along because he is sterile, but he has never told anyone. Madeline has always suspected but doesn't know for sure. Jack has no idea.
Declan is Mr. Yin.Sounds insane doesn't it, but think for a second. His first scene is beating Shawn in a movie trivia question and Mr. Yin was all about movies, his resume was a good enough forgery to fool Henry. He is the only confirmed person on the show so far to deduce that Shawn is not a psychic, and he went straight for Juliet. So what are the odds of another incredibly intelligent person just moving to Santa Barbra, go to the exact same coffee place as Shawn, get hired for the exact same case as Shawn, and go for the exact same girl? Declan is Yin, and is setting Shawn up for a major game sometime next season. He also has an insane amount of cash which he could use to his own murderous gain (that makes since right? Murderous gain?) OOH! Maybe when he was tying up Juliet to the tower he was attracted to her!
Yin and Yang (the names, not the characters) an IRL reference to Shawn and Gus' relationship.Pretty self explanatory; the whole Yin/Yang thing has been applied to Shawn and Gus several times in the show and by the creators. Shawn himself said to Gus "I am the Yin to your Yang." Coincidentally, that quote comes from the last episode before the whole Mr. Yin and Mr. Yang thing started.
Shawn has Antisocial Personality Disorder.Let me quote some of the DSM-IV's guidelines for diagnosing APD: A) There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring for as long as either childhood, or in the case of many who are influenced by environmental factors, around age 15, as indicated by three or more of the following: 1. failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest; 2. deceitfulness, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure; 3. impulsivity or failure to plan ahead; 4. irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults; 5. reckless disregard for safety of self or others; 6. consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations; 7. lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another; B) The individual is at least 18 years of age. C) There is evidence of Conduct Disorder with onset before age 15 years. D) The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of Schizophrenia or a Manic Episode. Sound familiar? The only one of that list that is arguable is aggressiveness and physical violence. Note that the diagnostic requirement mentions only three. Out of the list, there's only one that Shawn hasn't really demonstrated. Additionally, Shawn's parenting seems like the sort of thing that would encourage the onset of this type of disorder, according to most research.
Shawn doesn't have a photographic memory
Shawn and Lassiter are half-brothersThis is an idea I've been kicking around for a while now, but the more it rolls around in my head, the more it makes sense. We know Lassiter's home life wasn't great, but we don't know much beyond that. We know he spent a lot of time at that Old West town with its proprietor, and considered him a father figure this suggests Lassiter and his father didn't have a great relationship...possibly because his father was never around. We also don't know what specifically led to Henry and Madeline's divorce, could it have been infidelity, or perhaps Lassiter was conceived before Henry and Madeline got together. If you look at Lassiter, he could very easily be Henry's son. He's an acerbic, workaholic, occasionally Jerk Ass cop who takes pride in his detective skills and his marksmanship and has an unflinching belief in the law. His marriage has fallen apart, just like his father. They both have a very keen interest in fishing. Also, even though he and Shawn are obviously unaware of this connection, Lassiter and Shawn have settled into a very natural sibling rivalry between one another. Also Henry's new job as department liason would allow him to keep a closer eye on both his sons.
Yang will be a recurring character in Season 6It's established at the end of the season 5 finale that she's innocent of all the murders (except Yin), and her personality fits in with the Psych world in a way even Despereaux's doesn't. Even if she stays in custody, she seems perfectly suited to being the Token Evil Teammate.
Juliet will learn the truth about Shawn at the same time her college flame returns.Jules still doesn't know the truth about Shawn faking being a psychic. When she finds out, she will undoubtedly be heartbroken and frustrated, and she will no longer feel like she can trust Shawn. Meanwhile, Juliet's college flame Scottnote , who she agreed to meet at a train station in a year, will show up around the same time that she finds out Shawn's secret. She will rebound and leave with Scott, and Psych will go out with a dramatic Season Finale.
Shawn is half-Q.At some point, Q2 (played by Corbin Bernsen) left the Q Continuum, went back in time, and became physically mortal out of sheer boredom. He wound up having a child who he thought might have inherited his Q powers, so he trained said child as a way to repress them and unconsciously give him the ability to control his powers. Shawn's eidetic memory is a result of his genetic abilities, carefully honed by his Q father—though Q2/Henry tried/tries to stop him because if he continues, more Q powers will manifest and Shawn may become a Reality Warper.
Shawn & Gus are Lassiter's best friendsLassiter is shown to be extremely socially awkward and despite the fact he often acts antagonistic towards Shawn and Gus, he is always there for them in the end, and additionally, the first place Lassiter goes to for help is almost always to Shawn and Gus. He may like, trust and respect Juliet more, but he thinks Shawn is the only one who well keep his secrets (the snow-globe thing not withstanding) and believes that he has actually more in common with both Shawn and Gus then he would like to admit. As such, he forms a bond with them but can't bring himself to say the words that Shawn and Gus are his best friends, so he continues the hostile charade to keep up appearances.
Shawn is an AssassinEagle vision, anyone?
Gus really is Kenny from the Cosby Show.And Shawn knows it. That's why, whenever Shawn introduces himself and Gus, he uses an alias for Gus.
Shawn was raised in a deeply dysfunctional homeWhich is why he has so many Jerkass tendencies; bounces from job to job; goes from abandoning to being practically codependent on Gus in the pilot upon his return to Santa Barbara; doesn't seem to have healthy ideas of boundaries in relationships (at least in earlier seasons; recently this has mellowed); and blamed everything on his father prior to knowing it was his mom who divorced Henry, but as soon as that's revealed, Madeleine can still do no wrong in Shawn's eyes. Madeleine is rarely referenced and never seen in flashbacks because she was a workaholic. She let Shawn get away with anything out of guilt for not being around often, while Henry — despite having a stressful career as a cop and also working long hours — responded the opposite way: by suffocating Shawn with expectations, control, and pushing his own dreams on his son. The parenting styles (Henry's borderline-though-not-intentionally-abusive Sink-or-Swim Mentor parenting style; Madeleine's hinted-at doting parenting) were so contradictory that it screwed with Shawn on a deeper level, though he mostly uses humour to cover for it.
Gus was depressed at one pointPrior to Shawn's return. In the pilot and first few episodes, he is anxious, fatalistic, seems unfulfilled in his job, and uninterested in things later seasons show (through flashbacks and references) he enjoys. He has few friends and is very clearly the "beta-male" of the office, if how he reacts to his superiors is any indication. All signs of a depressed, or at least extremely anxious, individual. As it becomes clearer that Shawn is in Santa Barbara for a while, Gus starts to relax, becomes less neurotic, finds fulfillment in Psych that his sales job fails to provide, and takes joy in things again. When he becomes more comfortable with Juliet, Henry and even Lassiter as companions, he comes out of his shell more and starts standing up for himself, taking initiative, and grows more comfortable with himself. In other words, as much trouble as Shawn causes for him, he and the excitement that Psych brings give Gus a reason to live.
Shawn is the Avatar and a Metalbender without realizing itNo reason for this one except for the timeframe (The Legend of Korra takes place in the Roaring Twenties) and the line in the theme song which says "With the deception, learn how to bend.
Shawn has incriminating information on TroutDuring the finale, while Trout was on the phone, Shawn told Juliet that he wasn't listening — however, this was only partly true. He wasn't listening to her. He was listening to Trout. The conversation was incriminating, and Shawn will eventually use it (once he has proof).
Shawn is alive and a bounty hunter in RevolutionThe worldwide blackout left lots of people unemployed. However, he finds a new line of work, which is bounty hunting (shown in the episodes "Chained Heat", "Ties That Bind", and "Home"). This job allows him to make use of his talents, and his companions are with him so that he doesn't go around murdering people.