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Episode Number: 101


Original Air Date: July 7, 2006

: Steve Franks

Director: Michael Engler

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  • Shawn Spencer was raised by his father (Henry Spencer, a former policeman), to be extremely observant. Shawn discovers that he is able to solve crimes simply by watching television reports. Shawn usually just phones in tips to the police, but after watching a report on a kidnapping, he decides to visit the police who suspect that he is somehow involved in the crime.
  • Shawn Spencer convinces the police that he has psychic abilities, and the police hire him to help on this particular high profile case. Out of this, Shawn starts his agency with Gus. The agency is called Psych.

Unanswered Questions

Best Moments

Best Quotes

  • Gus: (as he and Shawn are approaching a house) How should we introduce ourselves? Don't say psychic! They'll shut you off. Say something big like alternative tactic division.
    Shawn: How about the bureau of magic and spell casting?
  • Shawn: (using binoculars) What is the magnification of these things?
    Gus: 2X.
    Shawn: Okay, we really need to stop at Wal-Mart on the way home.
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  • Thrift Store Guy: I've gone to jail for less than you.
    Gus: Jail's no fun. I'll tell you that much.
    Thrift Store Guy: Oh, you've been?
    Gus: Once. In Monopoly.


  • This episode was offered for free on iTunes after it first aired.
  • Anne Dudek's character (Lucinda) had a negative response to the test audience and was removed after the first episode.
  • This episode debuted to 6.1 million viewers, making it the highest-rated premiere for a new basic cable series in 2006. It also became the most watched pilot in USA Network history.
  • The show's theme song is sang by The Friendly Indians. Steve Franks, creator of Psych, is a member of The Friendly Indians.
  • The majority of Psych is filmed in White Rock, BC, Canada, which is the backdrop of Santa Barbara, CA.
  • Goof: During Gus' introduction, when Shawn walks into Gus' office, the door is open and closed between shots.
  • Goof: When the Chief asks Lucinda to tell Shawn to leave, she opens and closes the door to the Chief's office, but in the next shot, when Lassiter comes out, the door is open.
  • Psych-Out: Shawn channels Michael Jackson as he and Gus perform a riveting duet of "Man in the Mirror".

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