It makes me scratch my head in wonder when I see all these DVDs of American television programs that we do not see in Canada. How many television stations are there in the U.S.? Hundreds? Thousands?
Shawn Spencer (James Roday – Beerfest, The Dukes of Hazzard) has had a photographic memory all his life. This skill was honed mercilessly by his police officer father, Henry (Corbin Bernsen – from television's L.A. Law), who is completely devoid of compassion and a sense of humour. Shawn just drifted through life not really putting his heart into anything and never completing anything he started. Finally he sorta just stumbles into a gig as a psychic, which he isn't really but can fool people due to his photographic memory, for the local police. They are not really thrilled about his help, especially Carl Lassiter (Timothy Omundson – from television's Judging Amy), but he is good at solving cases, so they tolerate him. Shawn just sees it as a way to earn some cash. He even drags his best friend Gus (Dulé Hill – from television's The West Wing), who works in a boring job as a pharmaceutical salesman, along for the ride. And it is often a wild ride.
The result is a quirky and funny, though uneven, detective series that should appeal to a younger audience than is usual for the genre.
Episode 1: Domestic Pilot: Shawn is arrested as the prime suspect in a series of robberies when he gives them what he thinks are some tips on how to solve the case.
-James Roday's audition tape
-Inside the Writers' Room
-Character Profile: James Roday as Shawn Spencer, Dulé Hill as Burton 'Gus' Guster, Corbin Bernsen as Henry Spencer
Episode 2: Spelling Bee: There is a suspected case of sabotage at the finals of the Central California Regional Spelling Bee and Gus, who competed in it as a youngster, is thrilled to be on the case.
Episode 3: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Piece: Shawn believes the case that he and Gus were given is lame so he focuses his attention on a high profile case involving the theft of a $5 million heirloom.
Episode 4: Woman Seeking Dead Husband – Smokers Okay, No Pets: A woman who's dead husband was involved in a band robbery hires Gus and Shawn when she is worried about his partners getting out of prison.
Episode 5: 9 Lives: Shawn is sure that a case of suicide was murder and goes about trying to prove it. He tries to solve the case by using a cat as a witness.
Episode 6: Weekend Warriors: Lassiter leads a Civil War reenactment and there is a murder that takes place. Shawn and Gus are on the case.
Episode 7: Who Ya Gonna Call?: A doctor that Gus' company supplies medication to is murdered. Shawn has a client who believes they are being haunted by a ghost.
Episode 8: Shawn vs. the Red Phantom: Juliet (Maggie Lawson – Pleasantville) is left in charge when the Chief (Kirsten Nelson – War of the Worlds, The Fugitive) and Lassiter are at a conference. Shawn and Gus work on a missing person case.
Episode 9: Forget Me Not: Trish Conners (Ashley Williams – from television's How I Met Your Mother) and her father (Kurtwood Smith – from television's That 70s Show) are back in town and ask Shawn and Gus for help on a murder case.
Episode 10: From the Earth to the Starbucks: Shawn sees Lassiter at a bar drunk over a case that is driving him mad.
Episode 11: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me, Oops He's Dead: Lassiter gives Shawn and Gus a case. It does not seem like the sexiest of cases, but it is a case.
Episode 12: Cloudy…Chance of Murder: Shawn and Gus are kept busy by a case involving a woman who is thought to have killed the weatherman.
Episode 13: Game, Set…Murder?: Shawn misses Gus when he goes out of town, so he takes a case of a missing tennis player.
Episode 14: Poker? I Barely Know Her: The good news is that Shawn and Gus have a new client. The bad news is that it's Shawn's dad. Sort of…
Episode 15: Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast: A sorority girl is murdered and Shawn and Gus help Juliet out on the case.