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Mustachioed Carey Elwes Returns In PSYCH 5.5 Premiere

Psych Extradition II: The Actual Extradition Part

Photo : USA NETWORK

As the so-called major networks exhaust their fall fare, many of your favorite summer series are waiting to finish what they started. One of the first mid-season premieres comes courtesy of USA Newtork’s PSYCH with seven brand new episodes starting November 10th.

  By : TAMARA BROOKS

As the so-called major networks exhaust their fall fare, many of your favorite summer series are waiting to finish what they started. One of the first mid-season premieres comes courtesy of USA Newtork’s PSYCH with seven brand new episodes starting November 10th.

“Extradiction II: The Actual Extradition Part” picks up shortly after we left off – fake psychic/actual detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday) is on the precipice of confessing his feelings to Det. Juliet “Jules” O’Hara (Maggie Lawson) after finding out she’s about to embark on a romantic dream vacation with another man. Meanwhile, Shawn and best friend Burton “Gus” Guster (Dule Hill) are prepping for an all-expenses-paid trip to Canada…paid for by jailed master art thief Pierre Desperaux (the ever-dashing Carey Elwes). Gus wasn’t too happy to hear about that last part, especially since they have to visit him in Canadian prison in exchange. Complications arise when Pierre informs them that he’s planning the actual perfect crime and, when he succeeds, it seems murder was part of the plan. Or was it?

Psych Extradition II: The Actual Extradition Part

Photo : USA NETWORK

The episode serves as a great opener for Season 5’s second half thanks to its focus on relationships. The level of man-crushing between Shawn and Despearaux is pretty epic and totally understandable – I mean, he IS the Dread Pirate Roberts after all. Who wouldn’t fall for him? Elwes turns in a great performance and manages to be incessantly charming while being crafty, braggadocios, funny and even intimidating. Then of course there’s Shawn and Jules. For those wondering, there is definite closure to their summer cliff-hanger. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops down the line, especially with another appearance of Mr. Yin looming. (Speaking of down the line, there’s a TWIN PEAKS homage airing December 1st that guest stars Ray Wise, Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, and Robyn Lively among others.)

While the show will always primarily be about Shawn, Gus is the main attraction for me. Hill is one of the most underrated actors on TV, not an unusual state of being for the “straight man.”  Some of my favorite parts of “Extradition II” were Gus’ – the snappy exchanges between he and Desperaux and his reactions (especially at the end of the mystery) were priceless. Timothy Omundson’s Det. Carlton Lassiter didn’t see a whole lot of action this adventure but he did spout some choice lines thanks to his hostility towards Canada and its politeness.

Though I wasn’t particularly surprised by the plot twist, it didn’t matter because “Extradition II” was a fun romp and it’s primary purpose was resolving Shawn and Jules’ September interaction. It’s definitely going to be a linchpin for these back seven eps and not to be missed.

Psych Premiere : Wednesday, November 10th : 10/9c on USA Network

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