Psych-Os, our long wait is finally over. The Psych movie sequel hits Peacock on Wednesday, July 15, so get ready to return to Santa Barbara once more in Psych 2: Lassie Come Home.
Coming six years after Psych ended its eight-season run on USA and three years after Psych: The Movie debuted, Lassie Come Home finds James Roday Rodriguez and Dulé Hill reprising their roles as Shawn and Gus, respectively, along with a slew of other returning Psych favorites. And while Psych 2 isn't the John Cena vehicle it was originally intended to be, based on everything we already know about Lassie Come Home, we think it's pretty safe to say that this follow-up film actually sounds way more fun than what creator Steve Franks had initially envisioned. (Not that we would be mad at a Cena cameo in Lassie Come Home. We are never mad at more John Cena.)
Check out everything we know so far about Psych 2: Lassie Come Home below.
It premieres July 15. Although the film was originally supposed to premiere on USA in the winter of 2019, it was announced in September that Lassie Come Home will be debuting on NBCUniversal's streaming service, Peacock, which soft-launched in April 2020 but will make its grand debut on July 15. Psych 2 will be one of the originals available at launch, so Psych fans can check out the movie on Peacock starting Wednesday, July 15.
Timothy Omundson is back. After suffering a stroke, Timothy Omundson, who plays Carlton Lassiter, wasn't able to return for a large role in the first Psych movie, although his character made a brief appearance when Juliet (Maggie Lawson) FaceTimed him. This time around, though, Lassie will feature prominently in the film, which is, of course, named after Omundson's character.
All your old favorites will return. In addition to Rodriguez, Hill, Omundson, and Lawson, Lassie Come Home will also feature original Psych stars Kirsten Nelson as Karen Vick and Corbin Bernsen as Henry Spencer. Kurt Fuller will also reprise his role as Woody. The actor confirmed to TV Guide at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that he'd appear, and it would be more than a cameo. "Woody is all over that movie like sticky on rice!" he said.
The trailer is here and it's perfect! The full trailer for Lassie Come Home is filled with exactly the kind of sight gags and buddy humor we love from this franchise. Plus, first looks at Lassiter's return, Shawn's nicknames for Gus, and maybe (or maybe not!) ghosts.
The movie will be a nod to Hitchcock. The logline for the film reveals that it will be "a vintage Psych-style Hitchcockian nod" that will find Lassiter having been ambushed on the job and left for dead. The event will prompt Shawn and Gus to return to Santa Barbara, where Lassie has started to see impossible occurrences happening in his recovery clinic. "Separated from their new lives in San Francisco, our heroes find themselves unwelcome in their old stomping grounds as they secretly untangle a twisted case without the benefit of the police, their loved ones, or the quality sourdough bakeries of the Bay Area. What they uncover will change the course of their relationships forever," the official description warns.
There will be a two-year time jump. Dulé Hill confirmed to TV Guide the film won't be picking up right where the last movie left off, with Shawn, Gus, and Ewan (Cena) getting caught up in a clandestine international caper. "We continue in real time," Hill said, adding that the sequel will fill in "exactly what has happened over these past two years we haven't seen [the characters]."
The first four minutes feature a surprising person from Lassie's past: When Peacock released the first four minutes of the film in June, we thought we were prepared for what they might hold -- goofy gags, brotherly banter, Shawn and Gus shenanigans -- but we were not prepared for this: meeting Lassiter's dad (Joel McHale)! In addition to digging into the mystery of who shot Lassie in the present day and why, it seems as though the film will also dig into Lassiter's past -- something we've always wanted to know more about.
There will be a ton of new faces joining the fun. Sarah Chalke will play Nurse Delores, Lassiter's primary caregiver at the Herschel House Recovery Center where he seeks treatment after the shooting. Hill's The West Wing co-star Richard Schiff will appear as Dr. Hirsch, the founder of the high-end private medical recovery center, whose no-nonsense approach causes a lot of conflict for Shawn and Gus. Kadeem Hardison joins the cast as Wilkerson, a patient at Herschel House whose condition has worsened since he arrived at the center. Finally, Rodriguez's A Million Little Things co-star Allison Miller will appear as Maisie, an entrepreneur with a trust fund that leads to a new idea every week.
Mary Lightly will also be back. Jimmi Simpson shared a video on Twitter in April 2019 teasing his return as Mary Lightly. Since Mary was killed in Season 4, Psych has gotten quite creative when it comes to finding clever ways to bring back the fan-favorite character -- including that memorable dream sequence from the first movie -- and Simpson told TV Guide in June that his appearance in Lassie Comes Home won't be any different.
While Simpson couldn't say much, he did tease that this may be "the weirdest Mary situation yet" and that there will be singing involved once more. "Come on. I mean, we're not assholes, James [Roday Rodriguez] and I. We know how to do this," he said.
Shawn and Juliet will be enjoying married life. After trying the knot in the first movie, Shawn and Juliet will now being enjoying some well-deserved marital bliss in the sequel. "I feel like for Shawn and Juliet there's been, like, eight years of 'will they, won't they.' Then it was 'they will,' then there was like a little, 'where are we, what are we doing?' ... And then we hadn't gotten married yet. And now we're married, and we're just, like, in!" Maggie Lawson told reporters in January. While the pair's different approaches to crime-solving might cause minor conflicts in the upcoming film, "for the most part, we're just enjoying married life immensely," Lawson said. "Yeah, we're in bliss."
There are potentially more sequels in the works. Creator Steve Franks revealed to revealed to TV Guide in 2017 that when he pitched the first movie, he already was hoping to do an additional five films. "I steered it right towards doing one [movie], and I realized by saying something over and over maybe I could talk it into existence. So I thought if I can talk into existence one, maybe I can talk into existence six," Franks said.
One can only hope.
Psych: The Movie 2 will be available to stream on NBC's streaming service Peacock on Wednesday.