PSYCH: Hop on the Pineapple Express

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Not a drop of rain in sight!

Look, Psych isn’t going to change your life. Its mysteries aren’t any better than the ones on the grimy procedurals. There are no overarching swaths of character growth that reward obsessive viewing. It’s not populated by young people who look like they’ve been carved from marble. But you know what Psych does have going for it? It’s lots of fun–and who doesn’t like having fun?

Do you really need to know anything beyond a premise that has a loveable gadabout and verbal gymnast (James Roday) who worked 57 jobs (including selling concessions at six consecutive baseball All-Star games and driving the Weinermobile) before realizing that the observational skills drilled into him by a cop father (Corbin Bernsen) allow him to solve crime under the guise of being a psychic? Or that said fake psychic’s long-suffering best friend–speller extraordinaire and possessor of the SuperSniffer–is played by The West Wing‘s Dule Hill? Or that the intrigued police chief is none other than Young Mrs. Landingham (Kristen Nelson)?

Fine–try these on for size: they once solved a crime by pretending to channel a cat who got shotgun privileges in the tiny blue Toyota Yaris they drive. The show recently cast Tim Curry and Gina Gershon as Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul doubles. At the end of every first run of an episode, they show a “Psych-Out,” which usually involves the cast bursting into song. Characters sometimes wear Civil War-era uniforms or dinosaur heads. And they work a pineapple into every episode. Watching Psych is like eating a banana split–it might be empty calories, but it sure tastes good, and by Friday night you’ve earned a little treat. New episodes start Friday, January 11, on USA Network, which is showing a marathon of previous Season Two episodes all day in anticipation–bet I can find the pineapple before you do.

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12 thoughts on “PSYCH: Hop on the Pineapple Express

  1. In re: both the show and the pineapple upside-down cake Shawn makes in an Easy-Bake Oven in “Psy vs. Psy”–am I a fan of delicious flavor? Yes. Yes, I am.

  2. I agree with S.Callahan! I think there should be a list of all the pineapples on Psych. I would love the pineapple upside down easy bake cake recipe as well. Thank you.

  3. I totally agree with S.Callahan, N.Martini, and the other guy. Thanks for the great show and submitting this to your nice site. Thanks!!

  4. I don’t know that I have the sharpest eye, but I am almost convinced we need to do this. Have made overtures into acquiring Psych Season 1 to start a running pineapple tab, but will be counting on all y’all to supplement that and hop on S2 pineapples!

  5. In the pilot, James Roday (Shawn) used a pineapple to improvise something while shooting. And ever since, they make a reference to a pineapple in every episode. I honestly just started noticing this and then googled a bit. The only pineapple I can remember is from a recent episode (where they are out in the water investigating a crime) and there was Hawaiian pizza, which pineapple of course.

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