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[Warning: Spoilers ahead from Wednesday’s series finale.]
Here’s to one last pineapple.
Psych closed its doors for good after an eight-season run on USA with a fitting finale that focused on the backbone of the show: the friendship between Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and Burton Guster (Dule Hill). With Gus landing a stellar corporate job and Juliet (Maggie Lawson) starting anew in San Francisco, would Shawn finally grow up?
At the top of the episode, Shawn’s decision was made quite clear: He was going to close the Psych offices, move to San Francisco to be with Juliet and break the “bad news” to his BFF Gus (preferably before the end of 43 minutes). Unfortunately for Shawn, there was still a case to to be solved — one that, coincidentally, dealt with an officer murdering his own partner. Shawn sought advice from Chief Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) and his father, Henry (Corbin Bernsen). In the end, though, Shawn said goodbye to Gus and his friends at the Santa Barbara Police Department in his own way: via video messages.
Shawn’s message to Gus: “I’m sorry Gus. I’m sorry I can’t do goodbyes. I tried so hard to tell you, man. I just suck at the real stuff, but you know that. You’re going to be fine. You’re going to be better than fine. I just can’t help thinking that the only problem you really had this whole time is me. And I’ve kept you from the life that you deserve, the life that you’ve earned, the life you’d have if I hadn’t barged into your office eight years ago and said, ‘We’re gonna play detective — whether you want to or not.’ I love you man.”
Viewers also met the mysterious Officer Dobson, who has been referenced all series long but never shown. Cameo alert: Val Kilmer!
How did Psych leave everyone’s stories in the end?
Officer McNab: Promoted to junior detective by Chief Lassiter.
Chief Vick: Still leading the charge as San Francisco Chief of Police.
Woody the Coroner: Still quirky.
Henry Spencer: Being the coolest teacher of “the best class ever” (aka the online criminology course) after Shawn finally calls/texts him for help on a case.
Chief Lassiter: Confirmation that his initial suspicion that Shawn was a fake psychic was correct.
Juliet: After finding the exact crime scene she was investigating in San Francisco, Shawn went down on one knee and popped the question, asking for Juliet’s hand in marriage (Gus included, of course). Not surprisingly, she said yes.
Gus: The Shawn-and-Gus chapter seemed over. After having a mental breakdown, quitting his “perfect” job and getting pepper-sprayed by a co-worker (in addition to second-guessing himself a dozen times), Gus couldn’t bear to spend another second without his Shawn, dropping by the same crime scene Juliet was leading to make his feelings known to his best friend: “I am an adventurer now with a friendship for the ages and if I have to live in another city to make that happen then so be it, that’s the way it’s gotta be.”
Shawn: It took eight years, but the newly engaged Shawn Spencer finally grew up — at least a little. With Juliet in the backseat of the stolen student driver’s car from the high school, Shawn and Gus “sped off” after the man who snatched Juliet’s engagement ring out from under their noses. Some things never change.
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