“Psych” season 7 ended Wednesday, May 29, with “No Trout About It,” in which our group of crime-solvers had to explain their actions to a consultant—and his decisions led to quite the cliffhanger.
Most of this “Psych” episode was told in flashbacks, as Shawn, Gus, Juliet, and Lassiter explained to Trout how they ended up crashing into one another after driving through a 10K while pursuing a suspect. It all began when Leo Quinn turned to Shawn and Gus to find a murderer: his. According to his doctor, someone had poisoned him with Compound 1080, and no one had ever survived that level of toxicity. He was a dead man, and the clock was ticking for him to help them. First, Shawn and Gus went to meet Rita, Leo’s out-of-his-league wife, at the airport after she flew in from visiting her mother in Mexico City, but it wasn’t just her looks like that didn’t sit right with Shawn. There were no airline tags on her suitcase, and her reaction to seeing Leo in the hospital all but confirmed that something was off with that marriage. She had only married him for citizenship reasons and hadn’t returned home to Mexico City in nearly two years. However, when they went to question her, they found her dead, and that was when Juliet and Lassie joined them.
As often happens when recounting a story like this, someone makes something up about a situation, and that happened when Lassie spoke of how he took over the crime scene: “Looks like we have 50 shades of grey…matter.” They discovered that Rita had a burner phone in her bag, along with stolen merchandise in the closet, and while Leo insisted she loved him even though she had her problems, he did tell them about his office being broken into, and it was when they checked it out that they discovered someone had taken the duplicate key to a wealthy client’s safety deposit box that was filled with diamonds. The box was empty when they checked, and “V. Manus,” who had acquired the box next to hers, was a fraud. He had been working with a bank employee, Chuck, with whom Rita had been having an affair, and while the three had been in on it together, it looked like they turned on her. But when they found Chuck thanks to a hotel napkin in Rita’s suitcase, before he could tell them anything—and he was willing to tell them everything—someone shot and killed him. Then the doctor called to tell them Leo had died.
Leo left his ashes to Shawn and Gus—and the “cake mix” Shawn had claimed had covered Juliet and Lassie when they collided were those ashes, leading to Lassie’s hands around Shawn’s throat—along with a letter that pointed them to Manus’ real identity: a former client, Curtis, whose rap sheet included identity fraud. He was the one they were chasing through the 10K, but it wasn’t a crash that killed him. He was poisoned with Compound 1080. It was when Shawn looked at the ME’s report for Curtis that he put the pieces together: Leo had faked his own death. He was never really poisoned. He didn’t show all the symptoms Curtis did, and he had double-crossed the doctor who helped him stage everything to tie up loose ends. Though Trout suspended them from the investigation, they still arrested him at the airport.
But it wasn’t over yet. Over the course of the episode as Trout learned what happened during the investigation, he also picked up on the unprofessional behavior in the department: Shawn and Juliet’s relationship, Lassie choking Shawn, the desecration of human remains, and McNab’s stripping (and his stripper name was Morning Wood). In the end, Karen was suspended for six months, with Trout serving as the new Interim Chief of Police. Those weren’t the only changes, however. McNab was fired, Lassie was no longer Head Detective, and they were no longer hiring psychics. Oh, and Trout was having the walls painted. “Suck it!” He threw in their faces and sang as he closed the doors to his new office. “He sang our song,” Shawn stated the obvious. “It’s on now,” Gus agreed.
Overall, it was a strong end to a strong season, one that was filled with changes. Juliet found out the truth about Shawn, Lassie got married, and well, Gus ended up in between relationships yet again by the finale. After the last major cliffhanger consisted of Henry being shot, something that isn’t so easy to top, they managed to find a way to end this season with a bang without trying to outdo that.
“Psych” will be back for its eighth season. What did you think of the season 7 finale, “No Trout About It”?
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