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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 Giustra Nicolai Giustra ... Young Boy (as Nicolai Guistra)


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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Release Date:

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 sees the peace sign followed by the yellow reflector, then the orange cone and finally come upon the remains of the tail light that Shawn kicked out before he could then see the other stuff, so he and Lassiter are apparently driving the highway in the opposite direction that Shawn's kidnapper drove, so they are starting their search at the wrong end of Shawn's clues. See more »


[Shawn, locked in a car trunk, tries to call Gus, but accidentally dials an old date]
Gina: Shawn Spencer. What do you want?
Shawn Spencer: [stunned] Uh... Gina. Gina Raypack. Uh... hey. Hello.
Gina: That's all you have to say for yourself? "Uh, hello"? Why did you never call me back? Is it because I had two slices of cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory? Cause if that's it, I have lost a lot of weight since then, I really have.
Shawn Spencer: What? No... no! And I feel so bad about that, and I want to address it, I do, but... maybe you ...
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References An American Werewolf in London (1981) 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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