Psych 2: Lassie Come Home disproves the rule — You can go home again. Just makes sure you bring a pineapple.
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Psych 2 starts with our beloved duo coming back to Santa Barbara after their colleague and dear friend, Police Chief Carlton “Lassie” Lassiter (Timothy Omundson). He is recovering from gunshot wounds after being left for dead when ambushed on the job. Lassie though, always the detective, sees unexplained things happening at the clinic while having flashbacks of his deceased father (Joel McHale) and calls in his old team to have them check things out. Together, with the help of Shawn’s wife and Carlton’s ex-partner Jules (Maggie Lawson), they investigate the facility’s emphatic director (The Good Doctor’s and The West Wing alum’s Richard Schiff), a nurse with a crush on a certain detective’s perfectly shaped cranium (Scrubs’ Sarah Chalke), and a catatonic patient who comes from a different world than where you come from (A Different World’s Kadeem Hardison).
Omundson missed out on the first film after suffering a stroke. For the creator, Steve Franks, writer Andy Bermann, and Rodriguez to center the film around him is a testament to the respect they have for him as a performer and the love they have for each other. The script from the trio I mentioned above, Director Frank’s story that has the character’s concern for Lassie feels real and organic without being advantageous. It gives an added weight to the series that was never really there before and makes the ending even overwhelmingly emotional.
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This Psych film, unlike the musical and the initial film release, is less reliant on the show’s original run and has a clearer focus on the characters without going into the well too many times. It certainly has those elements, with a couple nicely placed Easter
pineapples eggs along the way and a few winks that only add to the film’s enjoyment for their hardcore fans. The comedy though can stand on its own, which is saying a lot nowadays with the constant reboots and remakes no one asked for. It’s one of the few spin-off films that disproves the rule — Psych can go home again.
M.N. Miller has been a film and television writer for Ready Steady Cut since August of 2018 and is patiently waiting for the next Pearl Jam album to come out.