In this episode of Psych, called “Cloudy with a Chance of Improvement,” the show makes history when it remakes an episode from the first season and recasts almost every role and basically rewrites the whole thing and has a complete blast.
Okay, so I’m going to admit right now that I didn’t get a chance to re-watch “Cloudy with a Chance of Murder” before watching this episode. I was basically out of town last week and I’ve been buried with work this week so, yeah, I didn’t get to it. I did watch part of it though, enough to know that this wasn’t a scene-by-scene, line-by-line remake. I first heard about this episode when I interviewed the cast last summer at Comic-Con and since then, I’ve been picturing a line-by-line remake. So it took a minute for me to realize that’s not what was happening and then I just rolled with it.
I’m sure there are uber fans out there who watched and re-watched that original episode and will know every single nuance of how they updated it. They will also know every single guest actor that was in the episode and be able to name every moment that was an in-joke. So I’m not even going to try and do it, because I know that I’ll miss most of them. Instead, I’m going to concentrate on what made this a fun episode for me.
Watching a few minutes of the old episode, I was immediately struck by how much younger everyone looked back then. All this time I felt like every single one of them looked exactly the same, but when you see them side by side, wow. Though now it sounds like I just called everyone on the cast old and I swear that’s not the case. I just didn’t realize it, you know? So watching everyone play their characters (sort of) how they did back then was a treat.
It was also fun to notice a few of those things that used to be a part of the show but aren’t any longer. For instance, I almost forgot that we used to start every episode with little Shawn and Gus. When did that stop and why can’t we have that happen again? Another thing was all the Shawn and Henry father/son angst that used to abound in the first few seasons. While I’m happy that they’ve mended their relationship, there is a small part of me that misses those little moments.
After watching this remake, it’s clear just how much Psych has changed in 8 seasons. It’s a lot more wild and crazy than it used to be and each character has been fleshed-out immensely. Things we thought might never happen (like Shawn and Juliette actually falling in love) have happened. But is Season 8 better than Season 1? I think that’s a question that I can’t answer. It’s simply too hard to pick.
My favorite bits:
Aw, baby Shawn. Too cute.
The reminders about exactly what year the episode was taking place. I think it was maybe 2006.
“BOOOOOB.” – That might just be my favorite Gus nickname ever.
“Is your friend hitting on my client?”
Gotta love 2006 Woody.
The entire tie conversation. Especially the fact that it pretty much consisted of everyone blowing raspberries at each other.
“You can’t possibly be this stupid.” – Oh, Lassie.
Shawn guessing that he and Juliette would be connected for the next 8 years.
Shawn and Gus asking questions while jumping on trampolines.
All of the weather names. My favorite: Dick Iceluge.
“Happy Monday, Priscilla.”
“I don’t think that’s true.”
“What you guys think you’re lawyers now?”
“Yeah, minus a law degree and whatever else is required. Note to self: That would make a heck of a TCV show.” – Haha! Nice Suits reference there.
The Shawn/Henry moment in the hallway… and how quickly Shawn went right back to being a goofball.
Woody describing Priscilla bolting awake, showering three times and brushing her teeth for almost an hour.
Shawn describing his and Juliette’s future. So many kids that they would have to give most of them up? They better get started if they want to make that one come true.
Gus sniffing the tie.
Shaw’s squeaky voice. Hilarious, but also, ouch my poor ears.
What did you think of this episode of Psych? Got any favorite or least favorite bits of your own? Sound off in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!
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