The Clue is in the Title

Psych celebrated its 100th episode with fan appreciation and their take on the movie Clue.

For this special episode, The Psych did a theme James Roday and Dule Hill had been wanting to do for some time: celebrate the movie Clue based on the Parker Brothers/Hasbro board game. The movie came out in 1985 and featured three endings that were shown in different theaters. The crew filmed three different episode endings with different killers and let fans decided on which suspect would be the perpetrator.

100 Clues featured several of the original cast members including: Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren and Christopher Lloyd.  The episode loosely followed the original movie plot. Party members are invited to a creepy mansion for a party with a hidden agenda. When the guests start to die, everyone becomes a suspect.  Gus and Shawn find themselves in the middle of revenge gone wrong when a local rock star gets out of prison for the death of his wife. The psychic must figure out if the author of the rocker’s biography, his manager or the butler did it.

In an effort to tell their own tale, the plot loses the parody focus. The action follows the rock singer and not one of the movie alums. These character quickly become background and are not used to their full potentials. The plot loosely spoofs the events of the movie (there is a singing message girl and a chandelier fall) but the episode loses the feel of the movie. The humor waned as the writers failed to capture the magic of the Twin Peaks episode.

This is probably why the episode was such a disappointment. Dual Spires was a wonderfully parody/homage to the ninety’s drama. I personally thought this episode would eclipse Dual Spires in references and laughs. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Clue was filled with fabulous one liners that were obviously left out (you got a letter, you got a letter….) while others barely registered on the honor scale (one plus one plus….). The best part of the whole episode is when Roday emulates Tim Curry’s famous “no.”

Even the slap stick loses it humor. It is tedious to watch Shawn run back and forth to describe how people were killed or injured. The weapons each suspect carried ranged from insanely dumbly to moderate useful (I would use the baking torch). But when Shawn comes out with a saxophone as a weapon, it falls flat.

Its greatest selling point is letting fans choose the ending live. In the East Coast version (the one I watched and voted for) fans voted for the “What really happened” option from the movie: the butler did it. West Coasters mixed it up and showed favor for the most famed alum: Lloyd (the author did it).

This concept was amazing for fans and more rewarding than reality TV. Built the humor is off the mark. The most stunning tribute? Dedicating the episode to the late, great Madeline Kahn.

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