Psych Season 8 Review “Cloudy with a Chance of Improvement” – Going Back in Time

Psych Season 8 Episode 3 Cloudy with a Chance of Improvement (13)

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?”
“Not successfully.”

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.”
“It’s Thursday.”
“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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  • bwat47

    I absolutely loved this episode, got so many laughs from me :)

  • Tasha

    Loved the movie references in the ep, especially to: 1) My Cousin Vinny (one of my fav movies, and to have Ralph Macchio then diss it… may be one of my favourite references ever made on the show; 2) Dukes of Hazzard remake since James Roday was actually in it.

    Unfortunately, the episode cut off for me– can anyone tell me what happened after Hornstock leaves the Psych office?

    Also, was there a psych-out after the ep?

    • ptjackson

      Looks like no one replied to your questions. I just watched this episode tonight and there were two psych outs after the episode, and right after Hornstock left, Gus reminded Shawn that he was not really psychic and had no way of knowing if Juliette would reject him, and Shawn went running after Hornstock.

      • Tasha

        Thank you so much ptjackson! Wish they had let the episode go a little longer than that, there still was a number of things left unresolved.

        • ptjackson

          You are very welcome!

  • Bonnie Maynes

    Loved it. I think I like Shawn and Henry bickering better, lol. The show as really grown over the years. I hope that there is another season or two.

  • Brian

    I liked it, but I worry that the show doesn’t know what the heck it wants to do in this season. They don’t seem to want to deal with Juliet knowing that Shawn is a psychic, and they don’t know what to do with the drastic changes at the police station. We have had one episode set in Santa Barbara in the present time, and it was focused on Lassie becoming a father.

  • steph

    You know, I never understood why the guys hated the original ‘Cloudy’ so much, and now they even chose it for the remake (which is a fantastic idea, by the way, how do they come up with that stuff?)! But I’m not complaining, after all it lead to this hilarious episode – the references to the original, the random casting of people we know from completely different roles, I loved it!

    The original is still one of my all time favorite episodes, so I really don’t get why they’d want to change anything about it. But luckily the case itself kinda took a back seat to make room for all the crazy remaking, and because of that I was able to enjoy the awesomeness without being distracted by minor plot changes ;)

  • Quin Jacobs

    I love Psych, it is easily the best show I have ever seen. I can honestly say I did not like this episode. I love the over the top nature of psych, but I couldn’t get over the fact that the first “Cloudy” was soooo good, and this one was well….weird. I stared at my television wondering what was going on, and asking myself is this Shawn, or Gus’s dream? They brought back characters from other amazing episodes and casted them in place of people that did amazing jobs in the first one. In my opinion they should have made a brand new episode where Hornstock comes to them for help. Hell cast Macchio in the episode but make him the head of the academy, something happens and Hornstock is representing him. The next episode seems promising so Im waiting for that, and I hope they never do this again…. Side note I cant wait for the new chief to leave.

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