Psych Premiere Recap: Diagon Alley Cats

Psych Season 8 Premiere RecapUSA Network’s Psych opened its eighth season with an episode that was largely a standalone, Juliet-less outing removed from continuity — save for a couple of phone calls to demoted beat cop Lassiter — yet one that was a special kind of “magical” nonetheless.

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Effectively fired by new SBPD boss Trout in the Season 7 finale, Shawn leaps at the opportunity to hop across the pond and consult for Interpol — you know, fthe folks rom the DVD warning screen — and Gus tags along, if only to attend a Pottercon and/or stalk Rupert Grint. But Shawn’s “psychic” services are not what Interpol is after. Rather, their liaison Winston says that Shawn is a ringer for a car thief who’s about to get pulled into a big heist orchestrated by a kingpin named Ronnie Ives (played by Vinnie Jones) — and they want to pull a switcheroo. And leading the Interpol sting is elite agent Roy Staley aka… Pierre Despereaux?!

As Staley explains, “Despereaux” was but a deep cover ID he adopted years ago to move away from desk duty and infiltrate crime orgs. Though through the course of the episode, Shawn and Gus find plenty of reason to question his tale.

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One Smokey and the Bandit jacket purchase later, Shawn slips into the meeting of Ives’ gang — which also includes Olivia d’Abo as “Deir-dree” — and successfully if unwittingly convinces them of his daftness, thus selling the ruse. (Even a wretched spin around a getaway driver obstacle course doesn’t get him made!) Gus also gets pulled into the heist when Ives eliminates a traitor within the ranks — and because his first try at using floo powder is unintentionally successful.

Their target is a royal residence, though once Shawn and Gus arrive on the scene, it becomes clear that Ives — whom we learn is carrying a grudge, having been cheated out of his royal bloodline — and Deidre had already done the dirt work, offed the owner and ransacked the place. Their plan now is to kill Shawn and Gus and stage a “heist gone wrong.” Luckily, Staley/Despereaux resurfaces in time to KO Ives, after which Interpol storms the place.

At hour’s end, the boys toast their adventure in London (or, more accurately, British Columbia), then realize that Despereaux may have pulled them into the biggest con of all, when they see that his “superior” is actually a homeless man….

Notable quotables and sight gags:
* The newspaper front that featured a Daily Prophet-like moving image
* “I may not be the best judge, because you people all look alike to me….”
* “I thought I saw Rupert Grint; it was just dumb ol’ Prince Harry.”
* “That was Rocky Balboa.”
* “The only thing I’ll admit is that the bubble and squeak is neither bubbly nor squeaky.”
* The photo of Gus “Pottering”

What did you think of Psych‘s Season 8 opener? And don’t worry: Juliet and the rest are in Episode 2.

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  1. LK says:

    Loved it!!

  2. Esaul says:

    Enjoyed it! Loved the references! :D

  3. Andrew Wingfield says:

    Im confused, was he an interpol agent or not???

    • DL says:

      Pretty sure Despereaux was his real identity (as Wim Stuyvesant turned out to be a fake). We can also assume this based on how he made off with that sack of valuables before returning to save the day (and the fact that he had treasures from his previous heists in his office).

  4. Susan says:

    Loved it!!! That was fun!

  5. Garnet74 says:

    It was a fantastic episode filled with awesome. funny from start to finish, leaving you guessing til the end. I’m so glad Psych is back!

  6. Lecholls says:

    So glad it’s back. Great episode!

  7. Brendan says:

    Smart decision using the appearance of a top-notch guest star in Cary Elwes as one of the Juliet-less episodes. Maggie Lawson’s presence will be missed in every episode she’s not in, but this was still a very entertaining hour, Shawn and Gus at their finest.

  8. That Dude says:

    Psych it is so wonderful to have you back even for 10 eps. Cary Elwes returning was awesome. Cant wait to see the rest of the seasons. And i hope we get a proper 9th year, go Psych

  9. SMS says:

    This is the only show I laugh out loud while watching. I’m so happy it is here during cold dreary January and leaves me smiling. Welcome back to my house Shawn, Gus and the gang. Five stars of course, there is nothing like it on…..anywhere.

  10. LEP says:

    So funny – I surely hope it’s not the last season. The writing is inspired and the delivery by Sean and Gus were nothing short of hysterical. That look on Gus’ face when he knows they were hoodwinked by Despereaux again but Sean makes him a character in Life of Pi, so it makes it all ok, was classic.

  11. Bonnie Maynes says:

    Psych is such a great show. It’s so fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the episode. I hope it’s not the last season. Congrats on the People’s Choice win.

  12. Alan says:

    it was good but i would have prefered to see a continuation of the situation from the end of the last season instead.
    its always nice to have despereaux around but i felt the episode got too wrapped up in whether he was or wasnt playing the guys again rather than the actual case and that ended up negatively affecting the quality of the case and mostly wasting great guest stars like vinnie jones and olivia d’abo (who managed to sound like she had never heard an english accent before despite growing up there and working on this episode with vinnie jones and carey elwes).
    i enjoyed the episode but it was a bit of a step down from previous despereaux episodes and from the musical as well.

  13. Sue says:

    This was so fun, I didn’t even miss the other characters. Shawn & Gus at their magical finest. Just loved it – LOVED IT :)

  14. Cindy Munford says:

    Thought this was very much like Princess Bride and the Dread Pirate Roberts switch. All the Interpol folks were brought in new when Elwes’ character started just like changing pirate captains in Princess Bride. Loved the sly references!

  15. Pat says:

    Awesome. I enjoyed Sean and Gus in Merry Ole England. I know that this is probably their last season and I will really miss this show. USA seems to be getting away from the comedy/dramas, which is really ashame, because it is refreshing to watch some of these types of shows.

  16. HAP says:

    Anyone else catch the “inside” reference to Vancouver? (where this episode was shot)

  17. Sheldon W. says:

    If not for Elwes, this ep would have been a complete waste of time.

  18. Britta Unfiltered says:

    I’m starting to think I never saw the finale, because I don’t remember Lassiter getting demoted or Shawn getting fired at all.
    Maybe this is my ages-old Westley crush talking, but Pierre Desperaux just makes everything better. Can’t they make him a full time character?

  19. V says:

    I know that I’m probably late in the game, but did you know that you are the only one to do recaps of psych, which I don’t understand Bc psych is funnier and smarter than a lot of shows out there right now? I laughed more at the psych season premier than I did on Thursday’s episode of Community. Anyways, happy for the recognition and appreciation that psych does get.