PSYCH Pineapple Watch “Shawn Has the Yips”: Her Name Was Marie


I know this was supposed to be an unusually tense episode of Psych. There was scary music telling me so. And I enjoyed it on that level–while the plot wasn’t any twistier than usual, it’s nice to have some serious stakes for a change, even if those stakes include the elliptical version of Speed and a true unibrow. But in the teaser to this week’s episode, Shawn was accused of nearly losing a softball game because he’s unable to make an accurate throw to first base. The characters made reference to former Twin and Yankee Chuck Knoblauch, who suffered from the same affliction. As soon as they said his name, I thought, “Oh, I am so leading this Pineapple Watch off with film of an errant Knoblauch throw hitting Keith Olbermann’s mom in the face.” Shawn then proceeded to note of Knoblauch, “All of a sudden, committed an unprecedented number of throwing errors. One of which sailed into the stands and hit Keith Olbermann’s mother in the face. ”

I am awfully fond of this show. Raise a plate of pizza chili cheese fries in memory of Marie Olbermann, who apparently quite liked the noteriety that came with being hit in the face by Chuck Knoblauch. 

Also? Baseball reference (and surely the Salamatchia family name is a reference back to former Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, whom they have referenced before). Baseball references are almost as plentiful as pineapples on Psych. Or perhaps even more so, since I’m having a dilly of a time finding this week’s fruit. There’s something kind of out of focus, sparkly, and green and yellow on Gus’ nightstand, and there’s something yellow sticking out of a shopping bag a background actor is carrying, but apparently the only way I’ll find this pineapple for certain is if Chuck Knoblauch hits me in the face with it.


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