The past two weeks of Psych have been rough on Shawn Spencer (James Roday). In the closing minutes of “Deez Nups,” Juliet (Maggie Lawson) finds a key piece of evidence in Shawn’s jacket pocket that makes her see through the psychic facade he’s been wearing all along. This week’s “Right Turn or Left for Dead” saw the consequences of his lie play out when Shawn is asked to move out and give her some space.
This turn for the worse has left some fans wondering about the status of their favorite couple, a worry further fueled by the fact that Maggie Lawson landed the lead role opposite James Caan in an ABC comedy pilot back in February. While neither the network, nor anyone else with the show has commented on the fate of Psych past season 7, show creator assured fans that a happy reunion for Shawn and Juliet will soon be happening.
Franks recently spoke with Zap2it, stating:
This being Psych, we don’t ever torture the audience too long on things like that. There’s obviously going to be some time, but I don’t think people should be too worried about their future.
He went on to say that there aren’t plans to drag the storyline out over the remainder of the season, which seems par for the course for this show. This puts the Shawn/Juliet tension in the same boat Henry (Corbin Bernsen) was in at the end of season 6, coming into season 7. The elder Spenser’s wounds were critical enough to build a season opener around and then bring Cybill Shepherd back to propel Shawn away from his parent’s and toward Juliet, but Henry was never in any critical danger.
Given Franks’ comments, the same can be said for Shawn and Juliet. But if so, why break them up in the first place?
One could argue that, like any other show, Psych has to shake things up every once in a while to keep things fresh with the audience. Then again, maybe the split serves to move Shawn every so closer from boyhood to manhood. True, he moves at a turtle’s pace when it comes to growing up but everybody has to at some point, right?
While those are plausible arguments, the truth of the matter might be hidden in Franks’ other quote:
Shawn will concoct a few plans on how to make things right again. It’ll be fun to see Shawn make his play back and see what works and what fails.
Because the end of the day that is what Psych is all about: fun. Never once has the show pretended to be a serious drama, or your cookie-cutter procedural, or anything else of the sort. Psych is more about wit than philosophy; that along with the incessant need to cram as many obscure 80’s references into the show as possible and at least one pineapple. And just as it’s been fun to watch Shawn and Juliet fall in love it will be even more hilarious to watch what Shawn will do to win her back. “Going Costanza” on her didn’t work so well; what’s next?
Psych airs Wednesdays @10 on USA