Smart. Scientific. Psychic? The decidedly distinctive team of Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and Burton Guster (Dulé Hill) from Psych P.I. are back for more laughs, more mystery, and more highly unusual cases in every wildly entertaining episode of Season Four. They might disagree, but they can always depend on each other. In this captivating season of whimsical and wonderful whodunits, their friendship and their business will be put to the test by a slew of potential culprits that include werewolves, ghosts, a shark, and those they trust the most. Guest-starring Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), James Brolin (Catch Me If You Can), Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That) and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club), Psych continues to captivate viewers with the quirkiest detective duo to ever take on a case.
offers the cable equivalent of comfort food. The show throws few curve balls--there's no need to revamp a winning formula--and Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) are always good company (granted, Roday remains a shameless mugger, but Hill provides the perfect foil). Among their escapades in year 4, the duo travels to Canada to catch a thief (Cary Elwes), to the land of the rich to solve a murder (with Christine Baranski as the widow), and to the Old West to stop a vandal (with James Brolin as the sheriff).
As usual, the scary episodes stand out in the Scooby Doo-like way they blend humor with horror. This year, the detectives join forces with a priest (Ray Wise, well cast after his turn as Satan on Reaper), a self-described werewolf (Josh Malina), and their old nemesis Yang (Ally Sheedy), inspiring riffs on The Exorcist, Psycho, and other genre classics. They also have fun with music-themed stories, such as a case that works in some R&B stylings from Roday, Hill, Jaleel White, and SNL's Kenan Thompson. Plus, Boyz II Men gives the theme song some new jack swing (another episode gives it a Bollywood twist).
On the personal front, Gus and Henry (Corbin Bernsen) play the field, while Shawn continues to see Abigail (Rachel Leigh Cook), though he and Juliet (Maggie Lawson, Roday's real-life partner) still have feelings for each other. Like previous sets, this one comes loaded with extras: deleted scenes, a gag reel, entertaining audio commentaries, and insightful video commentaries. The latter feature, in which the writers hold sway, should hold special interest for fans and prospective screenwriters alike. Despite a few filler episodes, creator Steve Franks and crew deliver another enjoyable season--which ends on a chilling note. --Kathleen C. Fennessy