Season 7, Episode 14
Air Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 10/9c on USA
“Your butt kissing is chapping my ass.” – Harris Trout
Warning: This review contains season ending spoilers midway through.
CORRECTION: I previously stated in this review USA Network added 5 episodes to season eight bringing the total up to 13. Season eight is still officially only eight episodes. Recently USA Network ordered five more scripts but that does not mean these five will go into production.
The Citizens of Santa Barbara are outraged when a high-speed police chase disrupts the Memorial Day 10k and police consultant Harris Trout (Anthony Michael Hall) is brought in to figure out what happened—and make a few sweeping changes to the Police department.
Hall’s character is an interesting addition to the cast, yet I swear he’s being used in a last ditch effort to shake things up. And what is with these guest stars having odd quirks? I initially noticed it with Mike McGlone’s character, Mitch, and his need to hand out scratch and sniff stickers to everyone in the “Office Space” episode. Now, Trout’s eating Balance bars and has kitchen timer idiosyncrasies? I find some of these traits are more of a distraction and add nothing to the story or the character.
After several episodes where the murder plot was reduced to background noise, it’s nice to have a mystery that keeps my attention. This time around, it involves Leo Quinn (Joey Slotnick), who hires Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) to figure out who poisoned him before he dies. The murder storyline is enjoyable to watch and features a twist I did not see coming when the killer’s identity is revealed.
One thing that disappoints me about “No Trout About It” is where “Nip and Suck It” had set up some interesting things involving Henry (Corbin Bernsen) possibly joining the Psych office, those hints are then ignored in this season finale. I think it would have been better suited as the closing scene of this finale rather than being highlighted in an earlier episode. Speaking of Henry, I still don’t get what the writers are trying to do with his character. Is he having a midlife crisis or are we simply learning more about his hobbies that don’t seem to fit his hobbies of the last seven seasons? Shawn picks on every aspect of his father from the way he dresses to his lack of hair, which should make for an interesting exchange between the two over Henry’s newfound fondness for bird watching and running 10k’s. It’s like having a character who’s been bald for six seasons show up with hair midway through the season and nobody notices.
Spoiler Alert Ahead!
As far as season ending surprises go, “No Trout About It” is tame compared to previous season finales. Shawn and Gus are informed that their services are no longer needed, which to me isn’t a big deal since the guys have taken other cases in the past that are not tied to the department. And, given the hints that Henry is joining the office, their absence could make things interesting. Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) is demoted from head detective, which does not seem like it would change things much story wise. Chief Vick (Kristen Nelson) is placed on a six-month suspension for her lack of control over the others, which she embraces because it will allow her more time with her daughter. The real tragedy is the firing of McNab (Sage Brocklebank) after Trout learns about his moonlighting as a stripper named “Morning Wood.” To oversee all of these changes, Trout announces that he is staying on as Interim Chief.
I was really disappointed with season seven. The gap between these last two seasons was longer than any other hiatus and I really thought the delay meant something great was being created. I was wrong. Even before season seven started, Psych felt like a dying show as the studio announced season eight would only be eight episodes, and Maggie Lawson would be filming a pilot for a new show, leaving her future in question.
“Jumping the Shark” is a TV term used when a show loses quality and has to resort to gimmicks to try to retain or recreate what it once had. With the special two part Psych musical episodes airing this fall and the recent announcement that Psych will do a remake of an earlier Psych episode sometime during season eight, it really makes me wonder what’s left in the creative tank for the writers. The one ray of hope is that USA Network added five episodes to the season bringing the total up to 13. Is it a sign of renewed faith in Psych or a buffer to give the writers extra episodes to close the show? I guess we’ll find out next season.
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