Psych Episode Review: “And Down the Stretch Comes Murder”

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 2 television episode that first aired in August 2007.

Synopsis: Shawn and Gus (James Roday and Dule Hill) are visited by their school yard bully Jimmy Nicholas (Ben Giroux), who is now a jockey and wants to hire Shawn to use his psychic powers to talk to the horses and find out why he has been on a losing streak. However, their simple case turns complicated in a hurry when another jockey dies after his race, it is ruled a homicide and Jimmy becomes the prime suspect.

Review

Since it worked out so well for me yesterday, I decided to turn on Netflix and watch another episode of this series when I was home for lunch today. And, since it had been a while since I had seen this particular one, I figured I would give it a try again. As it turns out, it was a good choice.

There were a couple things I found I really liked about this episode. The first was the murder mystery. I was able to lock in on a suspect right away and, as it turns out, I was right (or, at least partially right). However, even though I figured he was involved in some way, I honestly wasn’t really sure what his motive was or how he managed to pull off the murder until it was all explained toward the end. That did keep me much more interested and entertained than I thought I would be.

Another thing I like about this episode was their former nemesis, Jimmy. Not only did the evidence all point to him, he was actually kind of a jerk and, because of that, there was part of me that really did want him to be guilty. Or, at very least, if he wasn’t guilty, not come out of all of this and be completely unscathed. In fact, I actually kind of wish we would have seen him in later episodes as a result of that.

The part with Shawn feeling guilty about getting Jimmy kicked out of school and trying to figure out who really shot a spitball at a teacher was also entertaining, especially the way he recreated the crime scene in his head. Even though I was able to figure out the answer before it was revealed on the episode, I thought this was interesting, mostly because it was very impressive just how good his memory of that day was.

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Final Opinion

This is a funny episode with a good mystery. I was able to guess at part of the solution but was, for the most part, stumped a bit until the end and, as a result of that, did find myself entertained. I recommend watching this one if you haven’t seen it.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 10/09/2015, StevenHelmer
 
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