Psych Series Finale 2014 Review “The Break-Up” – Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Psych Season 8 Episode 10 The Break-Up (1)

In the series finale of Psych, called “The Break-Up,” Shawn makes a life-changing decision and struggles to tell his best friend about it as they take on a new case.

What can I say about the ending of this series other than it was about as perfect an ending I could have ever hoped or dreamed of. Shawn finally decided that he needed to be with Juliet and through a series of mysterious messages to an unknown person, we learned all the various ways that he tried oh, so valiantly, to tell his best friend. It was an episode that saw Shawn and Gus at their best, acting wacky and solving a case, while doing all those little things we’ve loved since the beginning of this show. I shan’t bother to list every one of those little things as they are well-documented in my favorite bits.

Beyond the hilarity, Psych delivered something that has personally been one of the things I’ve loved most about this show since day one. While I will always love the humor, the more poignant moments will always be the ones that touch me the most. This one had many beautiful ones to choose from but the one that killed me… and in fact is bringing tears even as I write this (I kid you not) was the final moments of Shawn’s message when he theorized that maybe he’d been holding his best friend back from having a good life. Nothing else has ever hit me on this show like that one did and now nothing ever will again.

Perhaps the best part about this finale was the fact that, in a way, it actually gave us two endings. The first was bittersweet as Shawn said goodbye to all of his friends before going off to San Francisco. The second came when Shawn arrived, with Gus not long behind him. That’s where things got a little lighter as Shawn found out his best friend didn’t want to live in a world without him, then proposed to the woman he loved and promptly ended up on a case. Seeing them ride off into the sunset to tune of Oingo Boingo’s “We Close Our Eyes” was the best ending… wait for it… Ever.

PS: I hope all my fellow Psych-O’s will permit me to wax nostalgic for a moment about this wonderful show. Psych wasn’t just any TV show to me. It was one of the very first shows that I started reviewing for this site when I first dipped my toe into entertainment journalism. At the time, it had been on for at least a season, but I actually hadn’t seen it yet (gasp!). But when it was offered to me as a review, I remembered how funny the commercials on USA looked so I decided to give it a shot. The rest, as they say, is history.

I was also lucky enough to be on set the day Psych celebrated its 100th episode and I can tell you without a doubt that it was the most fun set visit I have ever experienced – which is saying something since I enjoy all set visits. But there was just something about being with the Psych cast and crew as they gathered together that afternoon to drink champagne, cut a humongous cake, take pictures and, of course sing Happy Birthday (a tradition on set for those unaware) to celebrate their achievement. It was a day that I will never, ever forget – as I will never, ever forget Psych.

Farewell, fond friend.

*raises glass full of pineapple juice*

My favorite bits:

Shawn totally not understanding how a company car works.

“It’s jet black.”
“Like me.”

Gus stalking. erm I mean falling in love without a woman without saying one word to her.

Shawn announcing that he was closing Psych to go be with Juliet – brazenly and out in the open.

“Working alone is the saddest of all situations.”

Shawn remarking that their crime scene wasn’t nearly grisly enough.

Shawn hand-kissing Gus’ sweet, sensitive dome.

Lassie totally guessing exactly what was up with Shawn. Damn, son.

“He’s my best friend in the universe. How are you supposed to break up with your best friend?” – And that is when the tears began.

Awwwww! Shawn/Lassie hug. It almost made the heartbreak of losing this show worth it.

“You’re clearly not accounting for the lost city of Atlanta.”
“I’ve heard it both ways.” – Did we just hear our last ever “heard it both ways” gag? *Sniffles*

Shawn’s eye lighting up when he found out that the GPS Gus’ car could be set to “Tacos.”

Shawn asking Love to take care of Gus, because of the extra chamber in his heart. More tears.

“I am simply here to say hello to my maker.” Best way to greet a parent, ever.

Shawn getting great advice – and a great hug – from his dad.

The entire Pelican Pick and Pluck Pistol Pack conversation. Oh, I can’t wait to see the bloopers from that scene.

Sympathizing with Shawn when he just could not tell Gus the truth about what was happening. I have so done the “I suuuuuuuuuck!” thing.

Most epic Gus Girlie Scream ever. Another milestone as it also is surely the last.

“How do you know it’s not a mermaid?”
“It’s not a mermaid!!!!!”

And there goes our last Shawn and Gus celebration dance.

Shawn and Gus fighting over who was going to drive. A conversation that is 10 times harder in a car with two wheels and two sets of brakes. Though it does come in handy when the driver needs to make a phone call.

“Let go of your wheel!”
“You let go of your face!”

Henry’s joy when he Shawn finally called him.

Haha! I was just about to type “Best. Class. Ever” when the kid said it. I love it when I’m one step ahead of the writers.

Finding out that Shawn had been talking to Gus all along, via DVD.

“I can’t help thinking the only problem you really had this whole time is me.” – So. Many. Tears.

Finding out that Shawn sent a DVD to his dad, too.

Poor Woody thinking Shawn’s DVD was a Skype call.

Two words: Val Kilmer.

“I am proud, honored and baffled to call you my friend.”

Crying all the harder during Shawn’s message to Lassie, especially when Lassie stopped the DVD before Shawn could say he wasn’t really a psychic.

Yep, totally knew Brannigan was talking about McNab. Yay for him!

Lassie talking to his baby girl. I can’t. I just can’t..

Shawn finding Jules at a crime scene. So totally appropriate.

Gus showing up at the crime scene, too.

The look shared between Karen and Juliet when Gus said it was better to have kids when you were 60.

Gus walking out on his job, not once, but twice… Oops, make that 12.

Poor Gus failing at his moment of embarrassing bravery. Oopsie.

Shawn and Gus deciding to set up shop in San Francisco.

Final Fistbump FTW.

Shawn deciding he was done cowering from big decisions and pulling out the engagement ring.

Shawn’s speech was a rambling road of nonsense, but it was still amazingly beautiful.

Juliet promising to marry the crap out of Juliet.

Shawn, Gus and Juliet going off on their first case. Totally appropriate.

Ending the show with an Oingo Boingo song. That’s how it’s done, son.

What did you think of the final episode of Psych? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? Sound off in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!