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Psych takes a bite out of some 'Lassie Jerky'

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Written by : published Wednesday 13th March 2013

Wednesday was the premier of the third episode on USA Network’s hit series Psych titled “Lassie Jerky”, where it finds our heroes Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) who become part of a documentary being shot by a pair of college students who are looking for Bigfoot. Add a few bodies, a murder and maybe the mafia and do you have yourself a funny episode of Psych?

The answer is yes.

In an episode written and directed by star James Roday, it is a parody of films like Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project.  The episode “Lassie Jerky” is a perfect example of what Psych features best; a strong parody and homage of many great geeky/nerdy things while being a case of the week series.

While the real meat of the episode is purely based around the idea that someone could be masquerading as bigfoot, there is also the concept of Gus who trips and falls, finding a ‘catacomb’ of bodies (only two) in the middle of the forest in a man-made hole ten or so minutes in to the episode.  It gives the series a chance to bring in Juliet aka Jules (Maggie Lawson) and Lassiter aka Lassie (Timothy Omundson) into the homage/parody so it can now feature everyone in the main cast (minus Corbin Bernsen until the very end). 

Things take a turn for a worse when Lassie, who is lecturing them on bigfoot not existing, he gets injured via beartrap, and then promptly disappears.  Of course Lassie is okay, as he is found by a guy Big Ed Dixon (Big Show aka Paul Wight) living in the woods. It ends up being a big shoot-out between the Serbian mafia, Shawn, Gus, Big Ed Dixon, Lassiter, Juliet, Kate (Kate Rogal) and Chavo (Alex Enriquez ) the college students.

The episode ends with a premiere of Shawn’s video to Shawn’s dad, chief Vick (Kirsten Nelson) and Woody (Kurt Fuller). 

It was a funny episode, with tons of great references and jokes, some Psych­-related (such as Gus’s enhanced nose) and some parody-based (Lassie doing The Blair Witch Project). The real culmination of all this into a gunfight at the cabin in the woods was really  quite clever and much enjoyed and it was nice to see characters being hurt giving a sense of real danger even though we know Lassie will pull through. Hence the title of the episode being “Lassie Jerky” because not only is Lassie considered to be cooked and barbequed up by Big Ed Dixon (which Gus promptly eats and finds delicious), but because Lassie is bear-trapped and shot up like a piece of meat.  In normal circumstances someone like Lassie would be killed but it is Psych and nothing super bad will happen to our leads, including Lassiter.

Psych continues to really shine with it’s wonderful Cloverfield/Blair Witch Project homage directed by Roday, and showcasing Lawson’s Jules as the supreme bad-ass she is was quite fun too.  Overall, Psych to this reviewer hasn’t missed a beat this entire season and continues to chug along at a funny and wonderful pace.

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Nick ‘Nitro’ Arganbright has an extreme love for a good story, whether it be in film, tv, video games, comic books, music or more and it shows in each article and podcast he produced. The titular podcast he produces is called The Good The Bad & The Geeky with co-hosts Jon Bettin and Nathan ‘DJ Meat’ Haley. The podcast has helped him make a few contacts within in the industry which he hopes to use to entertain and inform readers of his reviews on Examiner.com and The TV King, offering an average joe opinion that is often overlooked in major print and online publications. If you’d like to e-mail him, please do so at [email protected] or you can tweet him on twitter at @goodbadgeeky.

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