Thursday, March 21, 2013

PSYCH: "No Country for Two Old Men" S7E4 (review)

By Morayo Sayles
This time it's Henry Spencer’s (Corbin Bernsen) turn to go on a wild and crazy ride and this adventure is Telenovela flavored!  Gus (Dule Hill) is having some massive cold feet about his relationship with Rachel (Parminder Nagra) and Shawn (James Roday) is getting to know Juliet’s (Maggie Lawson) family and trying to think up a new brand name for Juliet and himself seeing as they are both co-habitating.

It’s Juliet’s birthday and all the important people in her life are there. Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), Shawn, Henry, Gus and his family, her mother Maryanne (Susan Hogan) and her boyfriend Lloyd (Jeffrey Tambor) and some other random people.  Despite Juliet’s objections, Shawn sets his dad up on a lunch date with Lloyd, hoping that they will hit it off and become friends.  And that’s when the trouble started.

Lloyd is not the boring accountant he pretends to be, but rather a degenerate gambler who was on the path to paying off all his debts. His last debt was to a Mexican Drug Lord – Pablo Nunez (Tony Plana) who resides in Mexico.

Unfortunately for Henry, Lloyd drags him into the three-ring circus event by asking Henry to pick up a package for him.  The package alerts some very bad men to Lloyd’s location and suddenly there are two old guys running for the border to stay alive. One car chase and plane ride later, Henry and Lloyd land in Mexico where they are immediately picked up by the local law enforcement.  

Shawn and Juliet, soon realize that their fathers are in grave danger and thanks to Shawn’s psychic vision, know that both men are headed to Mexico. Gus, feeling suffocated by his relationship with Rachael (Parminder Nagra), joins them and they all head for Mexico. 

In Mexico, Henry learns more about his new best bud Lloyd. He finds out about Lloyd’s gambling problems and his relationship with Pablo Nunez.  The police apprehended the two men because they believed Lloyd was about to deliver currency-printing plates that had been stolen from the U.S. Mint earlier.  But he wasn’t. Lloyd was delivering cufflinks to one of the most dangerous men in the Mexico.  The police release the men and they are immediately picked up by Pablo’s men and take them to meet Pablo who is very excited to get his cufflinks.  He convinces them (at gunpoint) to spend the night, which the two men agree to, because, who argues at gunpoint?

When Shawn Gus and Juliet arrived in Mexico, they go straight to the police but Detective Lammas  (Alex Quijano) is reluctant to reveal the location of Lloyd and Henry, granted he doesn't know where they are, but Shawn and the gang don't know that he doesn't know, so all’s fair in war and ignorance.  Using clues from the office Shawn has a psychic vision and compels Lammas to tell him all he knows about the two men.  Lammas reveals that Lloyd owes money to Pablo and the Police were under the mistaken impression that Lloyd was bringing the plates to pay off his debt to Pablo. But since they didn’t have them, he had to let them go.  The two men were in the wind again. Leaving Lamas’ office defeated and not sure of their next move, Shawn sees a vendor who had just sold a Mexican pastry to the two men. But not quickly enough of course, Sean, Gus and Juliet arrive moments after the two old men are grabbed again. 

The next day, Lloyd and Henry leave the home of their dangerous but apparently gracious guest and on the way out, Lloyd reveals that he found the missing plates Lammas was talking about in Pablo’s home. He decided to swipe them, which of course does not go over well with Pablo and so the two men find themselves digging their graves in the mountains of Mexico. 

Thanks to a map on the wall of Detective Lamas, Shawn, Gus and Juliet know where to find their fathers and show up to save the day, reinforced initially by some humor, but eventually by the local law enforcement.  The plates are recovered, Pablo and his henchmen are off to jail, Lloyd promises to return the plane he stole and all seems to end well. 

Until Juliet, Shawn, Henry and Lassiter learn that Lloyd never makes it out of Mexico. 

Initially everyone thinks that Lloyd’s gone rogue again, however when Shawn spies a picture of one of the first shooters from the package store on Lassiter’s desk, he quickly puts together that Lloyd is not at fault. As it turns out Detective Lamas was the corrupt one; he steals the printing plates and plans to frame Lloyd.  The gang head back to Mexico again to save the day and Lloyd for the second time.

After their harrowing experience, the two old men become BFFs like Shawn initially planned and all ends well in Santa Barbara after all. Even for Gus, who realizes that he’s taking his relationship with Rachel much more seriously than either his girlfriend or her son Maximus (Mateen Devji).

Next week is the 100th episode of Psych.  A tribute to the movie Clue and likely a night that will be most entertaining I’m sure! 

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