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2006, TV Show

Psych Episode: "Shawn & Gus in Drag (Racing)"

Season 5, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: The guys infiltrate a drag-racing ring to find the killer of a car thief, but Shawn soon takes a liking to life in the fast lane and puts the case in jeopardy.
Original Air Date: Aug 11, 2010
Guest Cast Adam Rodriguez: Tommy Nix
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Season 5, Episode 5
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Length: 43:06
Aired: 8/11/2010
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Psych Episode Recap: "Shawn and Gus in Drag (Racing)" Season 5, Episode 5

This week, Shawn and Gus get 2 fast and 2 furious while pulling a Keanu at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. Did any of that make sense to you? Don't worry, it will. Strap in, hit the gas, and get ready to race the Dynamic Duo to the end of this adrenaline-filled episode!

1990. Little Shawn and Gus are in the cab of what I can only assume is Henry's truck. Sure enough, just as Little Shawn starts to lose control of the vehicle, Henry shows up. Ooo! Timeline update. Henry just became a detective in this flashback. Interesting.

Present Day. Thugs hang out in a shady place — as they are want to do — when a masked gunman shows up and steals the Mazzerati? Is that what that car is? I have no idea.

Jules and Lassie are in the car when my question is answered by the radio dispatcher. It's a Lamborghini. Oh! That makes sense. Lassie decides to chase after the car as he suspects a group of drag racers he's been after are behind the theft. The detectives find the car and a chase ensues.  After losing the car once, Lassie finally gets to confront the driver...who is apparently dead. Whoops.

Shawn and Gus duck under the crime scene tape some moments later. Several clues jump out at Shawn leading him to believe... something that we're not told at this present time. Lassie confronts the two, who banter with him and then race away from the crime scene.

SBPD. Lassie is going over the details of the case with McNabb when the Dynamic Duo appears, arguing over the details of Back to the Future. "I can't do this with you right now," Shawn throws out. He also tells Lassie that the shooter was most likely driving a drag racing car and "America has never lost a war when donkeys were in use." Oh and the car was stolen before it was stolen as the VIN had already been tampered with. Got that? Good.

Jules tells the room that the murder victim was a drag racer named Max Contraras who owed a lot of money to Logan Paget. Henry shows up right at this moment and actually hires his son! Woo hoo!

Jules and Lassie question Logan Paget. Lassie makes me choke on my tea with his "I've heard it both ways." Hee.  The detectives don't get very far with Mr. Paget (pronounced "Pa-jay").

The Dynamic Duo checks out a local garage; the last in a long line of dead ends apparently. Well, it was a dead end until the hot girl mechanic lies about any street racing activity. A hot dude in a hot car vrooms into the garage and throws his keys onto a hook. Hey! It's Adam Rodriguez!  Both Hot Dude and Hot Girl Mechanic tell the boys to get lost. Shawn needs to get a look at Hot Girl Mechanic's phone, though, so he pushes — and keeps pushing — Gus into a row of tool carts. He comes up with a bunch of cryptic pictures labeled "restricted." Smart boy that he is, Shawn realizes that each picture denotes the time, date, or name of the street where a street race is going to take place.

Shawn and Gus show off Henry's truck at a local car meet up. Of course, Shawn nearly gets his butt kicked until Hot Dude shows up and defends him. He's impressed by Shawn's courage in the face of thugs and decides he might be up for a race after all. Yep. Shawn is racing Henry's truck...with a few modifications that is. When it's clear the truck can't win the race on its own merit, the Dynamic Duo hits the turbo button. They still lose, but by "so much less than [Shawn] thought [they] would." Despite the duo's near death experience due to Shawn's shoddy mechanical work, Hot Dude remains friendly. Hot Girl Mechanic is hanging out in Hot Dude's car making snarky comments when Shawn sees a skull ring hanging from a chain around her neck. Immediately, he realizes it's very similar to the one he originally noticed on the dead man's finger at the beginning of the episode.

Uh oh. Henry's home and getting into the truck. Check the breaks, Henry! He can't hear me and he slams into the trashcans at the end of his driveway. 

Interrogation Room. Jules and Lassie confront Paget. It turns out he lied about not having seen Max in the last few weeks. Max knew who had stolen Paget's car and offered to recover it. Jules and Lassie hypothesize that, because Paget didn't trust Max, he tracked him down after the recovery of the car and shot the racer in the head. Paget agrees to the first part, but says that Max called him after he got the car back saying someone was after him.

Outside the interrogation room, the Dynamic Duo let Lassie and Jules in on their infiltration of Hot Dude's car racing gang. Both detectives are surprisingly pretty pleased. "Adequate job, Spencer." That's high praise coming from Lassie. Of course, Lassie wants to go in and bang some heads together but Shawn — and Henry — convince him to give the Dynamic Duo a chance to come up with a suspect.

Shawn and Gus are hanging at a street racing get together. It's a quiet affair with fire breathing and raucous drinking. The party ends like all parties do with a group of five or six people hanging around talking about the good old days. Hot Dude talks about the adrenaline of it all as they trade war stories. He ended up in a coma once when he tried to hit 200 mph.  Gina — that's Hot Girl Mechanic for those following along — got her "war wound" in Vegas when she ran a red light and got T-boned. It turns out Max, her "ex," was actually the one driving, and while she lost the use of two of her fingers, he walked away scot-free. The nameless street-racing thugs try to trash Max, but Hot Dude stands up for him.

Gina pulls Shawn away from the group to chat. She flirts with him a bit and then pats him down. She's looking for a wire, folks. Get your head out of the gutter. After Shawn fails the quiz about the engine under her hood, Shawn notices all of the clues that point to Gina being the shooter. The big clue, though, comes when Gina pulls a gun on Shawn. And then Gus leaps on the gun and wrestles it away from the mechanical hottie! Go Gus! Lassie and Jules arrive just in time to cart Gina away, but nearly blow Shawn's cover in the process. Luckily, Lassie punches Shawn in the face. I'm sure he didn't enjoy that one at all. Nope.

Back at SBPD. After a little teasing from McNabb, the Dynamic Duo is informed of Gina's real name, Mary Armstrong. It turns out that Gina/Mary was pretty mad that Max was helping Paget get his car back after their crew worked so hard to steal the Lamborghini in the first place. The ballistics report supports this story too as the bullet that killed Max matches Gina/Mary's gun. Everyone is pretty proud that this case wrapped up so quickly. I am too! It feels like this episode just flew by. Wait a minute. There's still 18 minutes left. Well, we all know what that means. Gina/Mary didn't do it!

Shawn feels pretty uneasy about the neat ending as well. While in the car ride back to the office, Shawn realizes that Gina/Mary lost the use of two of her fingers on her right hand in the aforementioned Vegas crash. He sings "danger music" complete with plenty of "dun, dun, don, dun, dun, dun, dun" as flashbacks of Gina/Mary using her left hand to point the gun cut across the screen. But the shot that killed Max came from the right! Gina/Mary isn't the killer. Dun Dun!

Back at the office, Gus is convinced that Tommy — aka Hot Dude — is the murderer. He also calls Shawn out on "going all Point Break" and sympathizing with the suspects while going undercover. Shawn tries to storm out but is stopped by Tommy and his gang and their guns.

Apparently, this whole thing was all about ego. Tommy killed Max because he never loses and he couldn't let Max's betrayal go unchallenged. He won't stand for it now either. He's going to make Shawn steal the Lamborghini back and he's holding the Guster at gun point as insurance. If you want to add any emotional tension to this show you put one of two people in danger — Gus or Juliet. Let the soulful looks begin.

At the shady thug hangout from the episode's opening, Shawn appears with the Lamborghini. Tommy locates the police tracker on the car and prepares for a showdown with the cops. He makes one attempt to lure Shawn to the dark side, but Shawn chooses friendship over adrenaline. Awww. Watching the Lamborghini speed away, Gus wonders why they're letting Tommy escape but Shawn is pretty confident that the racer will get caught in the end.

Tommy races down the highway reaching for 200 mph despite the police barricade in front of him. Just before he hits the perfect speed though, the car dies and stops a few inches short of the pristine cop car located right next to Jules and Lassie's smiling faces.

Shawn sabotaged the car of course — with vegetables in the tail pipe. Bahahahaha. Lassie threatens Shawn with a possible suspension for stealing the Lamborghini out of impound, but Jules comes to the defense of the Guster. "He's one of us."

Still, Lassie wonders what Gus brings to the table, professionally. Gus' answer? "One: The Blueberry. Two: The Super Sneaker. Three: A positive working attitude."

Shawn tries to convince Jules to go for a spin in the Lamborghini but she's having none of it. Also, she's never seen Point Break. Do you think she's ever fired two guns up in the air and yelled "Aaahhh?"

Sorry. It was there.

And we're back on top! This week was definitely a return to Psych form. We had friendship, Shawn trying to be a tough guy, little moments of Shawn and Jules alone time, and Lassie being a jerk. What's not to love?  Okay, maybe it wasn't a classic episode, but it definitely leaves me feeling better about this season than last week's episode.

What did you guys think? Were you as pleased with this episode as I was? Gather your thoughts and spout them out in the little boxes below. I'll see you for another brand new episode next week. Toodles!


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This week, Shawn and Gus get 2 fast and 2 furious while pulling a Keanu at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. Did any of that make sense to you? Don't worry, it will. Strap in, hit the gas, and get ready to race the Dynamic Duo to the end of this adrenaline-filled episode!

1990. Little Shawn and Gus are in the cab of what I can only assume is Henry's truck. Sure enough, just as Little Shawn starts to lose control of the vehicle, Henry shows up. Ooo! Timeline update. Henry just became a detective in this flashback. Interesting.

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