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Rock Star: Supernova Results Show 8.30.06

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

I was really anxious to see this results show tonight. I’m catching a cold, feeling crappy but the thought of hanging out in my bed and watching was something to look forward to today.

The Supernova song, “It’s On” was given to Lukas, my freak. From the first notes, it was better than the Hey Ho song from last week. That thing was a train wreck. Lukas rocked it out, he didn’t constrict his voice and he played it up to the audience. So, I’m sure that Jason’s happy with that performance. One thing I did notice is that Jason is wearing that Voivod shirt AGAIN. Doesn’t he have enough money to buy more shirts?!

Toby was handed the encore, but hearing him do a bad Billy Idol impression was enough the first time around. At least he’s dressed better tonight, those hanging suspenders last night were just a touch too much.

In the bottom 5, is everyone but Magni, which shocks me a little. Now it’s getting tougher. Ryan is the first one in the bottom 3, and he does “Baba O’ Riley”. It’s not bad, but that screech of his is on my last nerve. He sprays a bottle of champagne, WTF? Then he’s on the stacks? He’s trying hard to be the crazy man but it’s so contrived. He pretty much just screams the whole song, no key, no pitch, just screams. Not real impressed. Hopefully Supernova won’t be either. He needs to go back to his piano, write emo ballads and call it a day.

Storm is the next in the bottom 3, and she’s just fine with singing again. She’s going to do the Beatles, “Helter Skelter”. She’s screeching too, is it screech night? Are the mics set funny? What is the malfunction tonight? She hops in the crowd and tries to get the crowd to mosh. If they would have actually done it, it would have be great. Then she hops up with Supernova, and falls into Tommy’s lap, and you know he loved it. She wraps up her song with a little crowd surfing. All in all not to shabby but, not her best by far.

The last of the bottom 3 shocks my world. Dilana?! WTF? But her and Lukas were enough to give me stroke. She does Talking Heads “Psycho Killer”, not really feeling this one. Her arrangement is rather weird. But I would be shocked if they sent her home. As Gilby told her, she has earned credit with them for all her previous kick ass performances.

Of course, the Hatchetman has to do his task and he chops Ryan. Not really surprised but I was thinking how much they like him and how much Storm hasn’t been up to snuff lately. The hatchet could have fallen on Storm, so she had better step up her game from here on out.

Next week, Dilana, Toby, Magni, Storm and Lukas had better bring their A games. I’ll see ya then.

Rock Star: Supernova 8.29.06

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

They started off with the recap from last week, and focused on Dilana’s bad comments. They showed the afterwards and how feelings were hurt, how badly she felt and what comes next for her. She had a tantrum outside by throwing the glass and a shard of it, flew up and hit Magni. His head was cut, but not badly. She was a mess though and so upset. All she wants to do is fix things for herself, hopefully it all goes away. Dave asks her about how she’s feeling going into tonights show, and she comes back strong and says she’s back, stronger than ever.

The fans consistently went with the Wild Card picks, which is wonderful. It will be at least something we’ve not heard before from each of them.

Lukas is up first and does “Lithium” by Nirvana which was the song that Dilana kicked at the beginning. He puts his style on it and totally goes face to face with the audience, which sends Jason over the moon. No back to the crowd tonight. The panel all loved his performance, Gilby even said it was the best so far. Jason had praise about his voice and his presence.

Magni doing “I Alone” by Live, wow, this might be okay. Ryan did it first, and he did it very well. Magni was joking in the footage about campaigning to have folks vote for him, even though he’s from another country. Nice to see a light side to Magni. Magni didn’t do badly, I was impressed. The really retarded little singing to the panel in their faces is always a little icky to me. Of course, the panel loves Magni so it was thumbs up all the way.

Ryan is up next and hits the piano to do “Clocks” by Coldplay. Done before by Magni, so I suppose they just swapped tonight. But then kicks bad the stool and hops on his piano. Damn I hate to say, he’s not bad lately. Even though he scowls too much and looks like a ruffie slippin’ date rapist. He slides across the piano for a little tickling of the ivories, then hops on it again. The piano is now a cheap prop. Ugh. Dave liked it, but Jason said that once he gets out from behind the piano, he loses the plot. Hmmm.

Storm is doing Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life” done by Jill and Zayra. I think she can totally kick it. She’s having Toby help on background vocals. But the first notes were not very good. Once it got uptempo, it was WAY better. And Toby did a great job of screaming behind her. Dave said even though she’s got a deeper register than Amy Lee, she pulled it off. Gilby didn’t like it, but Jason said that effort counts for everything.

Toby does Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” first totally kicked by Lukas so of course it’s already crap in my book. But he does the best gimmick so far and pulls chicks on the stage with him. The panel goes nutso of course. Blah, ick, not into him whatsoever. It wasn’t the best performance by him but passable.

Dilana wraps up the show and does “Mother Mother” by Tracy Bonham. A song that was first done by Jill and she does it way better. It’s a darker version but she at least gets the screams and the intensity right. Dave says that it had to be his favorite performance of both seasons. Gilby, Tommy and Jason all loved it. It was a great way to end the show, with a song of power, with them all moving past the bad vibes.

Going home tomorrow, with my terrible track record…. Hopefully Toby, but…. Ryan perhaps.

We shall see…. Be back tomorrow.

Mad TV vs. SNL vs. Sleep

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Around midnight this Saturday, I tuned into the TV in our hotel, simply because broadcast (and cable) is such a rarity for me that I can’t resist seeing what’s on. I really should have known better.

About ten minutes of Mad TV was all I could take. I couldn’t even tell you the sketches besides the one with the annoying manchild and the trailer trash mom. I was watching with grim determination to at least wait for a chuckle when I realized it just wasn’t going to happen. Might as well make snide remarks on the unrealistic autopsies in CSI.

Realizing Saturday Night Live was on, I figured I’d try my luck there. Nope. Antonio Banderas was guest hosting, there was some sketch where he was hosting the Women’s Basketball Coach Fashion Awards (or similarly flimsy premise). It was more entertaining to wonder whether this could have been funny at all than to witness Banderas’ singing and mugging.

“Weekend Update” now seems to be hosted by two women, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and I’m sure this is being trumpeted as some sort of feminist achievement. Trust me, it’s not. Not even a cameo by Chris Kattan could rescue this bit from the remote’s Off button.

The Wringer

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Netflix Queue Gardening: Stuff to add or remove from your list

It showed up in our mailbox, out of one of the teens’ Netflix queues presumably, and this weekend with our other DVDs watched or in transit, it came down to The Ringer, which is not only the recent Johnny “Jackass” Knoxille vehicle but also one of those “outrageous” Farelly brothers movies.

Now, the Brothers haven’t quibbled about using mentally challenged people in their films before. There’s Something About Mary provided not just a main character with Down’s but plenty of jokes at their expense. Dumb And Dumber‘s protagonists are also not fully compiled. But I’m not here to dissemble their ouvre like an academic. Suffice it to say that The Ringer is the point where they decided to go all the way.

Let’s start with the premise: a hard-up but honest worker (Knoxville) needs to come up with a few thousand dollars for a friend’s operation. His sleazy uncle (played by America’s Ben Kingsley, Bryan Cox) convinces him to infiltrate the Special Olympics and throw the pentathlon as part of a betting scam.

It’s awful.

It’s the sort of awful that begs to be witnessed, that entices you like someone saying “the trash smells really bad,” into leaning in and taking a good whiff. On the plus side, the movie gives not one but a whole team of mentally challenged actors leading roles. The characters are treated unflinchingly, sometimes cruelly, but it’s easy to understand that it’s a bit of realism that does the thinking man some good. The famed genre band The Kids of Widney High made an appearance in the end, that was nice too.

On the minus side, the folks at the real Special Olympics are in a no-win situation. Presumably they gave their approval to this project, in which the organization comes off as an administratively incompetent “let’s all hug” sort of panacea. Is it really like that? If not, why would it allow itself to be portrayed like that? Why couldn’t they just call it the “Superlative Olympics” or the “Special Challenge” and no-one gets hurt? Excuse me for expecting way too much suspension of disbelief out of Knoxville and Farrelys, but come on people.

The bottom line is that the laughs are there, but not in the frequency it takes to keep you from feeling a bit squeamish and uncomfortable about it. About Knoxville’s inept portrayal (who’da thought), about Down’s people, about feeling insensitive, yet somewhat defiant about it. Take it off your queue, reading this has been enough.

Rock Star: Supernova Results Show 8.23.06

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

A little tension in the house between Dilana and Ryan comes to a head on stage. Ugh, no more drama, that’s what I watch America’s Next Top Model for.

Tonight they are going to perform another original song, with Toby as the vocalist. I’m SO not a Toby fan, can I say that enough? I just don’t get him, I don’t see why he’s made it this far. Hey Hey Hey, Ho Ho Ho? Not great.

They had a media little test, and Dilana my girl flunked. Wow, she dogged everyone in the interviews, it was rather nutty. It was sort low rent to me. I love her, she’s a great singer but obviously needs some people skills.

The bottom four were Storm, Patrice, Toby and Magni. The first to stay in the bottom three was Magni and he does Hendrix’ “Fire”. Odd choice I thought, but it wasn’t that bad. I have to give props where they are due, and Magni didn’t do too bad. Of course, there are like 4 sentences in the whole song, but still. I think Magni is safe tonight.

The second one to perform is Patrice. I think this is her final night, there’s just a hole that she can’t get out of. She’s doing “Middle of the Road” by The Pretenders. Not an easy song to sing, and extra hard for her. She’s totally out there. Her whole song was rather monotone. Is that a cold sore on her lip?! After her song is over, she’s standing next to Magni and he calls her bloody lip to her attention. He holds up his sleeve for her to blot the blood on it. Hmm, gentleman or fool?

Rounding out the bottom three is Toby. He does “Plush” by Stone Temple Pilots, ho hum. I was hoping for something awesome. He’s just so bland, I can’t bear to watch half the time when he performs. His song tonight wasn’t that bad, but he’s no Scott Weiland, that’s for sure.

Sadly, The Hatchet Man cometh. And he cometh for Patrice. She’s the 9th one to hit the bricks. Totally expecting that one tonight, it wasn’t much of a shock. Like Tommy said, it was her 4th week in the bottom three so, that was time enough, I think. But, on a positive note, it wasn’t a herpe on her lip…. she just must have bit her lip or something.

Next week is viewer’s choice week, but I was sadly disappointed since I wanted to be able to pick the song. Instead it’s just radio buttons and you chose between four selections. Hmph. I wanted Lukas to sing “Mercy Seat”….. So, until next week….

Psych – 8.11.06

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Episode #6 – “Weekend Warriors”

This epi opens with a flashback of Shawn and Gus as children, with Shawn’s father as their scout troop leader. he’s giving them a speech about losing and being a loser-all while doing an exercise with solid fuel rockets.

Shawn and Gus are watching a Civil War re-enactment rehearsal, with Det Lassiter at the helm. He’s on a tirade how they aren’t doing it right when he realizes that one of the actors is really dead. Of course, Shawn is trying to get on the case. He has an ‘episode’ in the office with lassiter and the chief, and of course is hired.

While in his office, he sets up a model of the battlefield and he realizes that only George Cheslow, the local dentist was in range to make that shot. Shawn makes Gus an appointment with Dr. Cheslow when they realize two important facts. Dr. Cheslow’s wife had been having an affair with Nelson and that Dr. Cheslow needs glasses but can’t wear them on the battlefield because Lassiter says they aren’t of the period. They realize that the dentist couldn’t have done it, because his vision wasn’t enough to make a shot straight through the heart of Nelson.

Lassiter busts on in and arrests George, saying that there are love letters at Poe’s house to his lover, Cheslow’s wife and one of them says that George threatened to kill him. Lassiter thinks he’s caught the killer but Shawn and Gus tell him he’s got the wrong man.

Shawn and Gus join the re-enactors do they can catch the killer. They go over to Mahoney’s jewelry store to get fitted for costumes, where the seamstress is Sally Reynolds, she plays a nurse in the battles and she’s also an insurance agent. She’s provided policies for half of the regiment, including Mahoney. Mahoney tells them how he supplies the uniforms and other items to the troops. One thing is Mahoney’s store that Shawn calls out is a box of C4 explosives. He tells Shawn that he uses that sometimes to make the explosions better for the crowds at the battles.

That night while camping out with the troops, Shawn takes a walk with Sally and she kisses him but then he falls and rolls down the same hill as Nelson. From that angle he realizes that whoever shot him, was up in the tree.

Henry ordered Shawn a pocket watch from Mahoney which he pretends to lose so that he can use his fathers precious metal detector. Of course, he only wants it to find the bullet that killed Nelson Poe, which he does; but he also finds a brass button belonging on someones uniform.

Shawn brings O’Hara and Lassiter to the field and has a ‘vision’ to lead Lassiter to find the bullet. They get a call and have to leave, but Shawn goes through step by step the day of the shooting as if he was the killer. He climbs the tree and Gus has him look for a notch in the tree and finds it. But it is aiming at the hospital tent. He then realizes that the real target was Sally.

The day of the re-enactment, Shawn and Gus steal Sally’s dress with the intention of Shawn wearing to find out who is going to try to shoot her. O’Hara stumbles upon them, and she decides that she’s going to be the one to go out there. She has a bullet proof vest on under the dress and a military helmet. Once out of the tent, they realize that there is no one there, but they find a tunnel under a tree. The tunnel leads to the other side of the battlefield. In Mahoney’s tent, they find his tunic and boots so they know he’s at the root of all of this. Right at that time, they hear the C-4 explosion.

They run over to Mahoney’s store, they now realize that he was using the C-4 to commit insurance fraud. Since Sally wrote a huge insurance policy on this store, he was going to rob himself and then claim robbery using the re-enactment as an alibi. Turns out that Sally was in on it, but Mahoney was greedy and was going to off her to keep it for himself.

Yet another episode of this show that has brilliant dialogue, witty banter and an entertaining storyline. This show has some of the best writing on TV today, it’s smart funny, not that dumb humor that people find so fascinating these days. My Name is Earl for example. Oh, I know there are tons of people out there that love it, but…. not me. I prefer witty more than slapstick.

I have this weeks episode to watch…. so, I’ll be back.

Rock Star: Supernova 8.22.06

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

First thing they show is the folks at the house, wanting to do an original song this week. There are two that will be showcased. Storm wants one, but finally gives in yet again and does the song that no one wants. Hopefully it will work to her advantage this week. Dilana however, pulled a Toby by running naked around the pool for the track “Every Breath You Take” by the Police. Odd song choice for her but, I’m sure she’ll make it work.

Performing one of the original songs this week, is Patrice with “Beautiful Thing”. I hate to say it, but I didn’t hate it. It wasn’t all that bad for her. I suppose since she wrote it herself, it suited her voice better than some of the songs she’s picked in the past. She might not get the boot this week. Tommy said it was a bit ‘happy’ for them, but that they could tune it down and rock it out,then it might work for Supernova.

Magni does “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Oy, ick. I hated this song when it first came out, and I hate it still. The incoherent mumblings of Kurt Cobain never did much for me and the incoherent mumblings of an Icelandic bald man aren’t workin’ either. (And all you Nirvana fans, don’t write me hate mail, I make no apologies for my opinion) I just don’t see the fascination with Magni. Dave says he can sing…. are we hearing the same thing? Tommy thinks he should have played guitar on that track, but then smashed it. Navarro pipes in that before the season is over, he’d like to see something get broken. Well, Davieboy, now you’ve pretty much scripted that someone will smash something, and then gaze at the panel searching for paternal approval.

Ryan, the scowler, is up doing an original song, “Back of Your Car”. Again, I hate to say that I don’t hate it. But ….he’s still not Supernova. Wow, his song is all about doing the deed in the back of a car while the world is ending. He’s playing guitar, if you wanna call it that. He’s thrashing that thing wildly, as if he’s got a cramp. Ryan screeches a little at the end of the song, of course, right after he throws his guitar under the advise of one Tommy Lee. They are all amazed at Ryan finally rockin’ out. He says that he got laid, that’s the reason for the change. Tommy said that this is the most comfortable he’s been on stage, and Gilby says it’s his best performance yet.

Storm is up, doing the song she chose but still feared. I am a Storm fan, I can’t help it. She’s a tough rock chick with a nice voice. She totally kicks this Aerosmith songs ass and then some. Tommy sings along, Gilby just bobs his end in time. Dave says it was 1000 times better than last week. Gilby says that he knows she can sing any song thrown at her but he wants memorable. Jason says she made it her own.

Dilana does “Every Breath You Take” …WTF? What is she thinking? It’s a stalker ballad! Of course, my baby girl kicks it, but still,she should have chosen something harder. Her eyelashes are driving me crazy as I watch her though, of course Navarro likes them. But they all tell her how great she is and how great she always is. She sang it for her Mom who she hasn’t talked to in years,it was her favorite song.

Toby does his own arrangement of Layla by Clapton. The arrangement was really good, I have to admit, it worked for sure. It suited Toby’s voice, but he’s still not fave of mine. I find him more annoying than anything else. Toby strips of his hoodie, runs over to the other contestants and they all chant Layla. Nice move, AussieMan. WTF is the “EVS” written on his chest? Turns out it’s a slang phrase from Melbourne…’evs’ as in Whatever. Damn it, Tommy had to break out the Crocodile Dundee shit again. Gilby didn’t like the arrangement but said the performance made up for it.

They bring up the rear with my hot little freak, Lukas. He does “All These Things That I’ve Done” by the Killers. Damn I love this little freak. He’s just so….. odd. His performance I thought was a bit bland tonight, not his usually high energy stuff, it was still alright. Jason makes the face…. so, I’m sure the constricting voice comment is coming. Dave says it was unbelievable, Tommy says “Check Please”, Gilby questions why he turns his back to the audience, and surprisingly, ….no voice comment from Jason. He just says it was killer with good energy.

The bottom three at the end of the show were Patrice, Storm and Toby. I agree with two of them, that’s for sure. We get to vote for song choices, wow, I have some good ideas. I’d LOVE to hear Lukas sing Nick Cave’s “Mercy Seat”. I think that would be amazing.

Well time to hit the rockstar.msn.com site to vote…. See ya here tomorrow.

Rock Star: Supernova Results Show 8.16.06

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

After the mandatory shots from the house last night, Gilby announces that there is lots of talent from the pool, and Supernova has been sitting on their asses too long. They are saying that from here on out, they will play with one of them each week doing an original song. So, Supernova takes the stage for the first week with my girl, Dilana. She, of course, is awesome but what is up with the stripper dancers? Obviously a touch from Tommy.

The encore went tonight to Ryan, with the Phil Collin’s tune. I just don’t see what they like about him and his fake scowl. He’s not that great of a singer, and he’s just weird to watch on stage.

Those who were at one point in the bottom three were Zayra, Patrice, Toby, Magni and Storm. After all the voting is over and the first of the bottom three was Zayra, and she sang first with Blue October’s Razorblade. Ummm. Okay. What can I say? She’s just.very.very.weird. She twitches about oddly, like Celine Dion’s chest pounding multiplied by 100. I just don’t “get” her. I’ve not been a fan of hers from the first show, and I won’t be long after she leaves and grabs her little brass ring with the Latin market. If you knew how much I loathe Celine….then you’d know how much I loathe Zayra.

The next in the bottom three is Patrice. I can’t really be surprised by this, her vocals have been on a fast decline. She’s doing Celebrity Skin by Hole and from the first note out her mouth, she tanks. None of the panel looks too impressed with her performance either. My favorite is the look on Jason’s face. Pensive with a dash of repulsion. She takes a stroll to the panel and starts to squeal and screech the lyrics right in front of them. Things aren’t looking too good for ole’ Patty.

The last one risking the Hatchetman tonight is Magni. He’s not all that great, but bottom three? He pulls of Creep by Radiohead but I hate repeats. And Patrice and Magni both hit repeat tunes tonight. Are there not enough awesome rockin’ songs out there to NOT ride on someone elses? After Lukas doing Creep earlier on, Magni’s is just boring and bland. He doesn’t even ROCK it, he just wanders around and sings poorly. He isn’t even close to intensity as Lukas. And seriously, I’m not just saying that I’ve put Lukas on my “list”. (Damn I love that freak) There’s just nothing special or different about Magni. I’m sure there are hundreds of bar bands with singers just as good as him. The sad little clown sitting on the stage act was so worn.

The panel says that Zayra took a huge risk by doing the original and the Blue October song. They say that the audience keeps putting Patrice in the bottom three and they have to consider that. Of course, they do, who’s going to buy their records if John Q. Public doesn’t like your singer? Magni is sent back, so it’s down to Patty or Z. Honestly, I’d be thrilled if they sent them both packing. It’s time to weed the dead stems. But the Hatchetman lets it fall on Zayra. Finally, after all these weeks of suffering, they’ve decided to shoot the lame dog.

Next week, hopefully it’s all kicked up some, with the addition of the Supernova song. I’ll be here, of course, same place, same time.

Rock Star: Supernova 8.15.06

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

They are doing an acoustic show tonight, so this is going to really show their voices more than these last weeks. Zayra and Ryan were the only 2 that wanted the original song.

Zayra’s original song went first, singing in spanish of course. I have to say, this is the ONLY performance of hers that I didn’t want to throw up during. It was a serious song, it wasn’t her usual comic stylings. They did like her song, but they are wondering at this point if she’s right for their band. She’s not, it’s about time she realizes, she and Paulina Rubio can go at it for the Latin Grammy.

Magni- David Bowie’s Starman, a great song,and actually not too bad from the Iceman. The white suit…. umm, wha? Of course the panel is pro Magni..

Patrice – Message in a Bottle from the Police. Oh man, Patrice, I liked you the first week, but this is just enough. It was offkey, the wrong pitch, but they told her she sang well! They did say that her performance was lacking ….yeah, it was. Then Dave gives her the little Daddy treatment, he spanked her and then kissed her forehead. Oy.

Lukas- Hero by Chad Kroger Lukas, in a chair, with a guitar, leg crossed, just lounging. It was awesome. It didn’t get more intimate than that…. he was right up with the crowd, they were all singing along and swaying. I love him twice as much as I did last week. And…the crowd goes wild.

And…the panel liked it, Tommy said he didn’t like it when someone sits down, and Jason talked about him closing off his voice.

Storm – I Will Survive- Gloria Gaynor. Yes, a disco song, but believe me, it wasn’t disco at all. She was amazing. She did more of the Cake version, but a little funkier. At the end it was just her, and it was gorgeous. She just really rocks everything she sings, I still think…. she’ll be one the last three. None of them liked it!!! Crazy, she still has a great voice.

Toby -Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel . Gilby played guitar and again, a bland Toby performance. The bongos….? This is a total WTF night all together. They all loved it, much to my dismay.

Ryan – In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins. Yeah, ummm wha? See, it’s just a WTF night. Ryan needs to stop looking mad all the time. He constantly looks like he wants to jump off stage and kick someones ass. And the vocals were rather icky, and yet Dave says the best performance of the night? And they all loved it? Man. I’m in the wrong business.

Dilana – Cats in the Cradle- Harry Chapin. What a way to wrap it up. She just as that…something in her voice. It’s gruff, sexy but full of power. It’s the real deal. Dave took back his compliment to the date rape guy too, said Dilana was now the best of the night.

Can’t wait for tomorrow……

Psych- 8.4.06

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

Episode #5 – “9 Lives”

A quick synopsis of the show should catch you right up. It’s not been on that long, but it’s something I look forward to on a Friday night. The humor and the catchy storyline is a huge draw to have me coming back each week. Not that it’s too hard, after all, I am a total self-admitted TV whore.

Shawn Spencer, played by James Roday, was raised by his decorated cop father, and he taught him to pay attention the smallest of details. He is watching TV and sees an interview with a witness but catches on based on his observations that he’s actually the culprit. He calls the cops to give them the ‘tip’ but ends up as their lead suspect. His way of explaining how he knew who the perp was, was by saying that he was psychic. Let the games begin.

Over these 5 episodes, we see his strained relationship with his now retired cop dad, played brilliantly by Corbin Bernsen. He’s a cop, so he’s not very comforting or emotional and Shawn just uses his wit and sarcasm to combat the distance between them. Through flashbacks in each episode, Henry Spencer tries to teach Shawn and sometimes Gus some life lessons, while these lessons are usually harsh they do serve Shawn well in the end.

His best friend, Burton Guster “Gus”, played by Dule Hill of West Wing fame, is a pharmacutical sales rep but moonlights with Shawn more often than doing his real job. The banter between these two is a riot. Shawn is always dragging Gus into precarious situations and he protests at first, but jumps right in. Shawn’s nemesis, if you can call him that, is Detective Lassiter, they constantly spar, but Shawn always seems to have the witty come backs and one ups him on each case.

The opening flashback shows Shawn and his father outside and Shawn very determined to get the prize from the cereal box. His father tells him to turn the problem upside down to solve it,and this lesson works well for Shawn in this episode. In this weeks episode, there is a string of killings that are being made to look like suicides, but clearly aren’t. Shawn takes the first victim’s cat and begins the ruse that he’s channeling the cat. He notices all sorts of minute details that the police miss that lead him to believe the killing was not a suicide. When the second killing happens, they aren’t killed in the same manner but the killer still makes it appear to be suicide. All the clues start leading to a 1-800 stress line and Shawn and Gus go in to investigate. They set up a fake psychic hotline in the janitor’s closet near the stress line. They chat it up with a few of the employees and the manager there to get some information. There seems to be a few suspects there but as always they are totally off base. Turns out, that the first victim’s brother is the culprit. Shawn hits redial on the phone, realizes it’s Officer McNab’s house and they rush right over there to save him. Officer McNab is a cop on the force that works for Lassiter, he’s sweet but dumb sort of character. Seems that he was so stressed about his upcoming nuptials, that he called the stress line and the killer listened in on the call. The killer works for the telephone company, so he’s been eavesdropping on calls to the stress line, then getting that phone number and going to the callers home to do the deed. Shawn gives the cat to McNab as an early wedding gift and Gus is relieved.

The show closes with Gus and Shawn eating cereal and chatting about their lives. Gus is hunting for the prize in the cereal box, but Shawn has already taken it up through the bottom of the box.

This one is playing on Friday nights, at 10pm EST on USA. For more information go to www.usanetworks.com/series/psych