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Shawn Takes a Shot in the Dark 

While investigating a crime involving an ice cream truck, Shawn stumbles upon a different crime in progress and is taken hostage by the criminals.


Mel Damski


Steve Franks (created by), Andy Berman

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Episode credited cast:
James Roday ... Shawn Spencer
Dulé Hill ... Burton Guster
Timothy Omundson ... Carlton Lassiter
Maggie Lawson ... Juliet O'Hara
Kirsten Nelson ... Karen Vick (credit only)
Corbin Bernsen ... Henry Spencer
Michael Rooker ... Garth Longmore
Liam James ... Young Shawn
John Hawkes ... Rollins
Sage Brocklebank ... Buzz McNab
Sarah Edmondson ... Gina
Devon Weigel ... Molly
Howard Siegel ... Senior Mechanic
Barbara Ellison Barbara Ellison ... Mrs. Nusbaum
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicolai Guistra Nicolai Guistra ... Young Boy


While investigating a crime involving an ice cream truck, Shawn stumbles upon a different crime in progress and is taken hostage by the criminals.

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery




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16 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The portrait of Shawn from season 2, Episode 14 (Dis-Lodged) is now located in Shawns apartment See more »


Henry says that the yellow reflector is the last clue that Shawn left in the text message. It was the first (the peace sign was last). See more »


Burton 'Gus' Guster: [Looking on Shawn's laptop] Let me just check into Shawn's history to see what his most recent web searches were... Mentalistspoilers dot com... Billy Zane dot thumbnail slash hair dot com...
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References Slither (2006) See more »


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Written by Ed Roland
Performed by Collective Soul
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Funny Comedic Detective Duo Grows Up
6 February 2014 | by chocmnk4See all my reviews

This will be brief. I am a devoted Psych0 and I love this show come hell or highwater. However, in my humble opinion, the show took a big turn with this episode... growing from just 80s pop culture references and riffing between best buds to a noirish action/mystery that pulled together each part of the core cast.

spoiler alert

Episode finds Shawn, usually the center of the action, out of commission holed up a victim of kidnapping. Gus has to team up with Juliet and work together. Similar with Henry and Lassie all working together to pick up breadcrumbs Shawn has left for the gang to come to his rescue.

The plot is a bit more serious and darker than we're accustomed to for the series, but it worked. Shawn used lessons he learned from his father to survive the ordeal and we learn Shawn is a crackshot with a pistol. We also see further development in Juliet's interest in Shawn, despite his relationship with Abigail.

Hands down one of the better executed episodes and a must watch/classic. There have not been many like this (outside of the Yin/Yang killer mythology) which stinks because the writing crew did a bang up job.

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