Psych: Bollywood Homicide

So it was a special Bollywood-themed episode of Psych tonight, with the theme song remixed in Hindi and a guest appearance by beautiful Heroes star Sendhil Ramamurthy. I’ve been Sendhil-deprived as of late, so this was a balm on my troubled soul.

Recapping Psych is something of an exercise in futility, since the episode plots are frippery and frothy and inconsequential, and since the great charm of the series lies in the rapid-fire jokes and the self-amusing sight gags, but here goes: Sendhil plays Raj, the impossibly beautiful fiancé of Mina, an actress in a local Bollywood-esque musical theater production. After Mina narrowly escapes injury when a runaway truck backs into her, Raj turns to the Santa Barbara Police Department for help. Raj believes he’s cursed: his last four girlfriends have all met with near-fatal accidents. Somehow this confession results in Shawn hugging Raj and telling him he loves him. Shawn, hon, I’d’ve done the exact same thing.

(Granted, I have a well-established pro-Sendhil bias, but strictly viewing this episode from a clinical and dispassionate perspective, it’s hard to shake this conclusion: Sendhil is smoking hot.)

Via strategic use of dry ice and a plasma sphere, Shawn and Gus try to convince Raj they’ve lifted his curse. Raj buys it at first… until Mina is almost injured when she falls through a malfunctioning trapdoor during a performance. After Shawn discovers the trapdoor was sabotaged, Gus and Shawn stop by Raj’s house to tell him he’s not cursed: Someone is actively trying to kill Mina. They end up joining a dinner in celebration of Raj’s brother Jay’s upcoming wedding. Jay, by the way, is played by actor/writer/director Jay Chandrasekhar, who: a) directed this episode (and, y’know, the Dukes of Hazzard movie -- thanks, Jay!), and b) is Sendhil’s real-life cousin. Shawn and Gus fumble their way through an authentic Indian dinner (“My God! Even the water’s spicy!”), until Lassiter and Juliet arrive and arrest Jay, the musical’s director, for the attempts on Mina’s life.

Shawn clears Jay of suspicion and continues his investigation. Gus and Shawn realize the attempts on all of Raj’s former girlfriends’ lives happened only after each relationship grew serious, so Juliet goes undercover as Raj’s new girlfriend to lure the attacker out into the open. The culprit turns out to be Sita, Jay’s fiancée, who secretly loves Raj and sabotaged his relationships in an attempt to win him for herself. Sita is arrested, and Raj and Mina are free to marry in peace.

I only joined the Psych bandwagon this season, and I’m embarrassed it took me so long. It’s fun, it’s clever, it’s genuinely funny, and stars James Roday and Dule Hill appear to be having a blast together. Throw Sendhil and his impeccable bone structure into the mix, and it makes for a pretty damn good Friday night.


Lou said…
Great review Morgan. I never knew Psych was so fun, it's now duly being added to my fall season viewing. Throw Mr Cheekbones into the mix and it's a perfect hour of frothy entertainment. I think what I enjoyed the most was seeing Sendhil in something lighthearted for a change.

The interaction of Shawn and Gus is great, they were really cracking me up during the dinner scene ("I cant see anything out my left eye!", "I see dead people"). I married into an Indian family and Im still getting used to the spice. Also a Kajagoogoo reference from Jay, what's not to love?! I just wish it was a 2 hour season premiere.
Morgan Richter said…
I am a sucker for a gratuitous Kajagoogoo reference. Loved the whole dinner scene, actually. Loved seeing Mr. Cheekbones in something light and frothy where he got to smile a lot. If Sendhil were to make a permanent transfer from Heroes to Psych, I don't suppose I'd have much to complain about.
Lou said…
Oh and I loved the line "He's like a Puma". Indeed he is Gus. Indeed.
Lou said…
I agree it would be much better for him than Heroes. They might actually give him some screentime too. Im looking forward to seeing him in the Ealing comedy style film he has coming up.
Morgan Richter said…
I've always thought of Sendhil as a puma.

I'm looking forward to his comedy coming out, too. Hey, if Heroes can't be bothered to give him anything to do, I'm glad other projects aren't letting him (and his magnificent bone structure) go to waste.
levitatethis said…
The Canadian network that airs "Psych" only does so once in awhile with no rhyme or reason as to when. So I spent the weekend ripping my hair out trying to find it online and finally last night was rewarded.

Not only was the episode very funny but I thought Sendhil did a really good job on it. Also, on a purely superficial note, he looked smoking hot. My goodness. The person who chose his clothes was on point and "Heroes" needs to take note the awesomeness they have with him but refuse to see.

It was also a bit sad seeing Lisa Ray (she played the killer). Recently she was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer.
Morgan Richter said…
That's awful news about Lisa Ray. I'll hope for the best.

Sendhil was great. Loved his outfits, particularly his traditional garb. Loved how he was so lively and animated. Loved seeing him actually getting, like, dialogue and stuff to do. It was just a fun episode across the board. I'm hoping tonight's season premiere of Heroes manages to produce a similar level of entertainment value, though I'm not too optimistic.
levitatethis said…
The great thing about Sendhil's appearance on "Psych" was that people got to see him take on a very different role and do it well. I'm hoping that bodes well for him in terms of new projects because "Heroes" obviously doesn't give a crap.
Morgan Richter said…
One of the (many) great things about Sendhil's Psych appearance was that he nailed all the areas he sometimes gets slammed for on Heroes. He was funny, endearing and energetic -- a nice change of pace from poor glum Mohinder, who spends so much of his time sitting in dark rooms talking into tape recorders (I have no idea where Mo was during yesterday's Heroes, but I feel pretty certain he was sitting in a dark room somewhere, talking to himself. Or possiby lying unconscious after getting whacked over the head). This can only do Sendhil's career good.
levitatethis said…
I agree that he nailed all the things he normally gets attacked for when playing Mohinder. It felt like a nice jab back at the naysayers because he showed that he does have more range than "Heroes" allows.

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