Psych - “There’s Something About Mira”
Creator: Steve Franks
Starring: James Roday, Dulé Hill, Corbin Bernsen, Kristen Nelson, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson
Premieres: Friday, January 11, 2007 at 10:00 p.m. on USA

Spoiler Alert - This review contains some spoilers for Psych: “There’s Something About Mira”

If you’ve never seen an episode of this series, Psych centers on Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill). Shawn was brought up by his father Henry (Corbin Bernsen), who was once a police detective. Henry focused a good portion of his child-rearing time teaching Shawn how to observe. Trained to notice things most of us wouldn’t see, Shawn is often able to pass himself off as a psychic and uses his talent in his work as a private detective.

Shawn and his friend Gus (who’s only special power is a keen sense of smell) are good at what they do and often help the local police solve cases. This includes occasionally working alongside Head detective Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) and junior detective, Juliet O’Hara (Maggie Lawson).

The episode that’s set to premiere this Friday night marks the official return for the series (if you don’t count the holiday episode that aired in early December), which has been on hiatus since mid-September. Shawn and Gus investigate the background of Gus’ mostly-ex-wife Mira’s fiancé. Yes, that’s right, folks, Gus is married (technically). Shawn is just as surprised to learn this if not more so than we are and equally disappointed in having missed his life long best friend’s wedding. The two spend the bulk of the episode not trusting Mira’s fiancé, Jan (that’s pronounced Yon but don’t bother trying to get Shawn or Gus to pronounce it properly) and trying to figure out what’s not adding up with Jan and Mira’s relationship.

While Shawn and Gus are off on Mira’s family’s vineyard, Lassiter and O’Hara’s competitive sides come out when Lassiter learns that O’Hara scored slightly higher on the detective exam than he did.

Overall for a midseason premiere, this episode isn’t bad. The big mystery (which is really just a series of smaller mysteries that come together at the end) isn’t anything special nor is the ending all that great in terms of what comes to light but the episode is fun nonetheless. If you’re a fan of Shawn and Gus’ usual brand of juvenile (albeit charming) humor or the sexual tension between Juliet and Lassiter, you definitely wont be disappointed by this installment. “There’s Something About Mira” is definitely a Gus episode and I have no complaints there. As much as I love the episodes that focus heavily on Shawn’s abilities, Gus is adorable and it seems like every time I learn something new about him, I like him even more.

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