Season 8's "Viewers' Choice" episode will be determined by popular vote. "Psych" fans can vote on their favorite option from now through July 12, with the winning episode to be announced at Comic-Con on July 18.
There are three scripts in contention.
"Telethon": Shawn believes the host of a local telethon is a killer but can't find a hole in the host's rock-solid alibi.
"Dream Therapy": Gus starts having night terrors and enters therapy to find out why.
"Food Truck": The owner of a food truck is killed. To investigate, Shawn and Gus open their own food truck to get perspective on the case.
If you're a "Psych" fan who just can't choose between these three episodes, here are some compelling reasons why you should vote for the "Telethon" script.
1. Telethons are inherently funny... at least on TV
Though real-life telethons can be a bit of a snoozefest, other TV shows have had amazing success with telethon episodes. Two prime examples of hilarious telethon episodes include the "American Dad" episode "Phantom of the Telethon" and the "Parks and Rec" episode "Telethon." The "Robot Chicken" episode "Book of Corrine" also features a telethon that goes hilariously off the rails.
2. The telethon mystery is fascinating
Of the three "Viewers' Choice" options, "Telethon" has the most intriguing twist. Shawn becomes convinced that the host of the local children's hospital telethon committed a grisly murder.
However, the host was seen by thousands of witnesses on TV at the moment the murder was committed. If the host did it, how did he pull it off? And if Shawn is wrong, will he be exposed as a fraud in front of hundreds of thousands of viewers? The crime is really interesting, and the stakes couldn't be higher for Shawn himself.
3. The other two options are tired
The food truck trend isn't as hot as it was just a couple of years ago, and focusing on a food truck in 2014 may seem stale. Besides, "Psych" has already had a food-centric mystery: 2007's "Meat is Murder, But Murder Is Also Murder." As funny as it might be to see Shawn and Gus trying to run a food truck together, this script might have missed the window of food-truck trendiness.
As for "Dream Therapy," it seems a bit like a retread of previous horror-inspired episodes like "Tuesday the 17th" or "Heeeeere's Lassie." How many times can "Psych" return to the "horror movie homage" theme?
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