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31 Days of Halloween Episodes: In Plain Fright (Psych)

Here at Pop Culture Spin we refuse to accept that Halloween is only one day. We’re going to be celebrating Halloween all month, by highlighting one of our favorite Halloween episodes every day. Today’s we’re looking at the Psych episode “In Plain Fright.”

Basic Info

Directed by: Stephen Surjik

Written by: Steve Franks & Tim Meltreger

Episode Number: Season 5, Episode 11

Where to Watch It: Netflix

Why It’s Great

Shawn and Gus find out that “Frightfest,” the carnival attraction they loved as kids, is re-opening. But, while on one of the rides, they witness a murder. It’s up to Shawn, Gus and Juliet to solve a Scooby-Doo-like case and find a logical explanation for why it seems like a ghost is killing the people who run the carnival.

Needless to say, there’s also some wonderful bromance stuff between Shawn and Gus, including Shawn telling  Juliet “I’ll scream just as loud with you as I do with Gus” and arguing with Gus over the specifics of how he would and wouldn’t rub his body.

Gus and Shawn’s former assistant Ken Wong has a job at the carnival and, of course, they get him fired. This dude can’t catch a break.

Plus, we get to see Shawn and Juliet at their petty best. Shawn hates one of the killers’ grammar, while Juliet is angry that he guessed her weight was 145 pounds.

Why It’s Full of Halloween Spirit

They didn’t pack in as many Halloween episodes tropes as they could’ve, but it’s fun how everything revolves around a haunted carnival. Plus, we get to see Shawn and Gus both barely hide how scared they are of Frightfest. Gus’s fears are all real-world concerns about getting injured on carnival rides, while Shawn’s concerns are in the “everyone knows that animatronic goblins can sometimes come to life” school of thought.

Costume Count

Sadly, no costumes in this one. Way to let me down, Psych.

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