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Clue fans won't want to miss Psych's 100th episode, which airs March 27 at 10/9c on USA. The mystery solving dramedy will pay homage to the 1985 murder mystery comedy film based on the beloved board game. And as the trailer for the episode indicates, not only will the episode, titled "100 Clues" feature guest stars from the film, but viewers will have the opportunity to choose the ending.
If you're familiar with the movie, then you know that the hilarious comedy has the board game characters brought into a house for a dinner party where they soon learn that they all share something in common with one another. When a body (or Boddy) shows up, they must scramble to figure out who did it, in fear that they may be next on the list or blamed for the crime. The film wraps up with three different endings laying out who did the crime and explaining it in elaborate detail. When the movie was originally released, theater goers got one of the three endings, but those of us who grew up watching it when it air on repeat on HBO after its theatrical run (or later, other channels) are probably more familiar with the three-ending conclusion. Either way, the unique way of closing out the story appears to have inspired Psych's big episode.
Psych's "100 Clues" episode will have Shawn and Gus invited to a mysterious party at a fancy mansion in Santa Barbara. In this case, the party is thrown by Billy Lipps, a guy Shawn and the cops had put away five years back. And of course, a new crime takes place and new suspects emerge, the Butler, the Groupie, the Manager, the Author and the Host. Fans watching on both coasts will have the opportunity to help identify the true murderer by casting votes through Psych.usanetwork.com and Twitter.
This may be one of the most fun and interactive 100th episodes in TV history. Not only does it bring the fans into the story, but it does so using a movie that seems perfect for a show like Psych. Much like Clue, Psych takes a lighter and often humorous approach to darker subjects like murder and other crimes. The humor is similar enough, in fact, that references to the movie look like they fit in seamlessly with the tone of the series. Shawn's "He's planning to take us out one-by-one-by-one-by-one-by-one" is a nod to one of my favorite moments in Clue:
Psych's 100th episode "100 Clues" airs Wednesday, March 27 at 10/9c on USA.