I have never seen an episode of Pysch. I have nothing against the show really. It does star Dule Hill who played President Barlett’s assistant on The West Wing which was one of my all time favorite shows, but I’ve just never been that interested in it. Truth be told, once I get a hearty list of regular shows to watch I rarely pick up a new one because who has the time? But when I heard that this week’s episode was an homage to Twin Peaks I hastily set my DVR.
Twin Peaks completely dominated the early 90s for me. My friends and I watched it over and over and over again when it was released on VHS and I still rewatch the entire 30 episode run every other year or so. It never gets old.
Not only is the Pysch episode, entitled “Dual Spires” (see what they did there?) an homage to Peaks, it also stars many of the original cast. Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook), Lana Milford (Robin Lively), Harold Smith (Lenny Von Dohlen), Leland Palmer (Ray Wise) and The Log Lady (Catherine Coulson) all make an appearance, albeit not as their Twin Peaks characters.
According to James Roday, who plays Shawn, “Die-hard Twin Peaks fans are in for 48 minutes of bliss.”
The episode revolves around Shawn and Gus heading to a tiny and quirky Northern California town after they receive a mysterious e-mail informing them of the cinnamon festival held there. When they arrive they are almost immediately tangled up in the death of high school student Paula Merral, which if you notice is an anagram of Laura Palmer. Apparently Paula is found wrapped in plastic and Laura herself Sheryl Lee gets the honor of unwrapping her.
I have heard mutterings in dark alleys lately that David Lynch is tossing ideas around for a possible Twin Peaks revival. I don’t know if that is true or not, but any trip back to that world is fine with me. I’ve read more than once that Kyle Mclachlan, who played Agent Dale Cooper, is enthusiastic about the idea as well. I hope they work something out. How can you not love a show that gave us David Duchovny in drag and a dancing midget? Naturally I have already worked out a plot in my head but I won’t go into that now. I’ve even figured out how Laura can make an appearance, and not in flashback.
Whatever intentions David Lynch has for his Twin Peaks empire he needs to act soon while the primary cast is still alive and willing to act.
Psych airs on USA Wednesdays at 10pm/9 central. And check out this great moment from Twin Peaks.