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Bravo to Psych - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Bravo to Psych
I winced at the previews of Psych last night, showing the main characters going to a con and mocking everyone there. The mocking lines did end up being there from Shawn, but Shawn mocks everyone and everything--sort of like House, except with less compassion (and no, for those who don't watch, I'm not kidding)--but ultimately, his goodbuddy Gus tells him off, and his theory that the blog Gus reads isn't really very important is blown out of the water. The people are mostly normal con people, and the only drama queen was George Takei in a very funny self-mocking performance. The con turned out to be--shock of shocks--just one more place they have their crime take place and go to solve it on its own terms.

I didn't check the writing credits, but whoever wrote it definitely has some serious con time in.
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sparkly_stuff From: sparkly_stuff Date: August 26th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Psych. It's a great show. I am starting to strongly suspect that at least one of the writers is a big nerdy dork, because Gus does a lot of nerdy things but he's always portrayed as being cool in the end; his character isn't meant to be the Token Nerd or only for comic relief. It's just part of his personality and I love that. There was a previous episode where the crime took place at a national spelling bee, and we found out Gus was a former spelling bee champ who followed the spelling bee like a sport. And just like comic con episode, Shawn mocks him, but in the end it's just another backdrop for a crime.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 26th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I liked that one, too. And just as much to the point, it's a comedy, so all the foibles are there, but they're around in every other setting, too. I liked the historical re-enactment one as well.

It's a good show, and I agree... some wonderfully nerdy, uncloseted dork is involved in it somewhere!
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: August 26th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had the same fears, or would have done had I stopped to think about it, but I was really pleased by the episode. The fun really comes through in every aspect of that show--I just love it! And as a former county spelling bee champ (placed 17th at state!) I really enjoyed that episode, too.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 26th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm still bitter that I came in second in my school and couldn't go any further. I had a fever that day, dammit! A fever! I came in for it anyway! Shouldn't I have gotten a second chance? ;p
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: August 26th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
:D I got out in the first round every year but that one. 5th grade I was nervous and mixed up two letters in 'turtle.' 6th grade is the year I went to state and finally got out on 'communique' (a word Mom was sure I'd know, but I'd never heard of it before and though I should have been able to figure it out, my brain was frozen. I remember that I won the county bee with 'rattan.' 7th grade was 'separate,' which makes me unsure even now. I'm always thinking that there's supposed to be an e in the middle. Then 8th grade my downfall was 'afghan.' I thought the word only had an h when it referred to the country, and I didn't think the blanket had the same derivation. Oh, well.

So, obviously, I don't find it strange that you should still remember this! I think I was sick the one year my school did geography bee, although I probably wouldn't have done that well anyway as we never really learned geography, and Mom still remembers that she was sick the day she took the PSAT, which is why she wasn't a National Merit Scholar while Dad was. I come by my nerdiness from both my parents!
sparkly_stuff From: sparkly_stuff Date: August 26th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I came in 6th in a city-wide competition in junior high (we were competing for a spot in the famous Scripps National Spelling Bee) I lost on "melancholy." I had never even heard that word before. Now every time I hear/read it I automatically cringe.
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