USA's hit series, Psych, celebrates its 100th episode on Wednesday March 27 with a special episode called "100 Clues." BuddyTV was on the line when stars Timothy Omundson and Maggie Lawson sat down to talk about what it was like to film the 100th episode, and give details on what fans can expect from the rest of Psych season 7.
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"What aren't you going to see in the 100th episode?"
Asked what we're going to see in "100 Clues" - a tribute to the 1985 classic film, Clue - Timothy Omundson joked, "What aren't you going to see in the 100th episode?"
Maggie Lawson added, "Exactly. It's going to be fantastic. It's going to be silly. It's going to be like non-stop. And there's some some crazy thing we're doing where I think it's that the fans choose the ending. Am I right Tim?"
Omundson jumped in, saying, "Yes, that's what it's going to be - which is super-awesome.
Lawson added, "You're also going to see a cornucopia of some of the greatest guest stars or certainly the greatest group of guest stars ever put together for our show in one thing."
After 100 episodes, you'd think that Lassiter would have changed a lot, but Omundson said that's not necessarily true. "In many ways Lassiter is the same guy. It's just we have now gotten to see - because these writers have given us the opportunity, and I've gotten to play - the other facets of him."
"Shawn maybe has changed [Lassiter] for the better."
"He's still that same, you know, by-the-book lovable d*** that he was in the pilot. But of course like any human being he's evolved and he has relationships that change him. And they've all changed him for the better. You know, I've never really thought about this but Shawn maybe has changed him for the better. Certainly Marlo has, certainly O'Hara has." Omundson shared.
Getting to 100 episodes is a dream for most actors, Maggie Lawson included. "It's just something you dream about, but you don't actually believe or know that it's going to happen. The whole experience has just been magical. And I think that we're just all so grateful. It's unbelievable and incredibly special." Lawson said.
On the same theme, Omundson said that the most surprising thing about the journey to reach 100 is "just the fact that there's been a journey. Because so often in television you play the same beats, the same thing episode after episode after episode. And there's such resistance to any kind of change, certainly on a procedural which, you know, technically we are. So I just feel so blessed that we've gotten to show colors, we've gotten to play these different things personally."
Lawson agreed, saying "That's sort of exactly how I feel as well. Like we, after season after season we've been able to like peel back layers while still having a case and still doing our jobs as detectives and as the psychic. We've been able to show other sides and grow on the personal side as well.
Our characters have grown so much. I mean I remember reading when we got the script for "An Evening with Mr. Yang," where Juliet is rescued at the end and I fall into Lassiter's arms. I fall apart basically and he's there to catch me. [There have been] these beautiful moments where you're caught off-guard and you're like 'holy cow, we get to do this.'"
"Lassiter always has O'Hara's back and O'Hara always has Lassiter's back."
Lassiter and O'Hara bonded a bit in this season's "Lassie Jerky" after Lassie was injured and O'Hara had to save the day. "Lassiter, in my opinion, always has O'Hara's back and O'Hara always has Lassiter's back. So when one person is either held up or taken by who we think is Big Foot the other person steps up to the plate. And I do think this season what's interesting about Lassiter is we see a little bit of a softer side." Lawson said about the episode.
"I think he's going through a mid-life crisis," Omundson said, adding "If you look at the Lassiter/O'Hara relationship - we've had some amazing moments on this show. We'll see later in the season she has his back emotionally. There's some lovely [moments] where she really steps up to the plate as a friend, which I think will blow everyone away."
As for Lassiter's other female relationship, Omundson promises that we'll see more of Lassiter's softer side there, too. "When Marlo came along it just turned his world upside down. And I'm so grateful James and Todd for giving me that storyline of creating this next place for him to go with the lovely Marlo, the beautiful Kristy Swanson. Yes, Lassiter finally has an emotional partner and a life partner. And we'll see where the relationship goes. I mean Lassiter's a crusty old dog so we'll see if she can truly tame it, you know?"
"[Shawn and Juliet are] going to be going through some real stuff."
But what about Shawn and Juliet's relationship? Lawson says we're going to see a lot of that this season as well. "There are definitely some Shawn and Juliet scenes in season seven, as they're getting more into their relationship, you know? But we play a lot of it very real. They're in it now and they're going to be going through some real stuff." Lawson revealed.
Fans were very happy to hear that the Psych musical episode was finally coming. A lot of work went into the episode and Lawson says "It's one of the most fun things I think we've ever been a part of. It's wild."
Omundson added, "We have done some pretty amazing things on our television program and this is the top of the most amazing."
Lawson continued, "Over the years it's something we've always sort of talked about because we all enjoy as you all know with the Psych-Outs and singing. Steve Franks just wrote and directed this unbelievable thing that we all got to be a part of which is so cool. I mean he wrote the music. It's all original. It's just crazy."
"[The musical] was a bit terrifying at first."
Playing around between scenes and singing bits of songs that might end up in an outtake one day is one thing, but what was it like singing an entire episode for real? "It was a bit terrifying at first," Lawson revealed, "and then it ended up being I think one of the most incredible and fun episodes we've done."
Lawson had high praise for her co-star's skills in the musical episode. "Tim will blow your mind, [and he's] quite a dancer I might add."
Omundson was grateful for his co-star's praise, "God bless you." He replied, adding, "I have to say it has been quite a while since I've had dance rehearsal, you know?"
"Maggie has a voice like an Angel. I'm just going to put that in there right now," Omundson added, ready to give his co-star some praise, too. "You know, I think we kind of shocked the hell out of each other because, you know, we all sing and goof around but everybody really brought their A-games to this one."
The musical episode will apparently air sometime this summer as a two-hour "Psych extravaganza" according to Omundson.
Between Psych's 100th episode, plus the musical episode, it's hard to imagine what else the cast and crew could possibly have up their sleeves for this season, but I'm sure they'll have plenty more for fans to enjoy.
What did you think after hearing about the Psych's 100th episode and the rest of the season from Maggie Lawson and Timothy Omundson? What are you looking forward to seeing the most this season?
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