Spoiler Alert – You’ve been warned
And seriously, it’s almost been a year since this episode aired.
S8x10 – “The Break-Up”
Aired: March 26, 2014
Truth be told it’s been almost a month since I watched the final episode, but I’ve been putting it off to do my best to delay the inevitable; admitting that this is the last episode of one of my favorite television shows of all time. Sighs.
There are few shows that I actually wanted to watch the series finale and few still of shows that I’ve actually watched from beginning to end. I have to say, I loved how this show ended. I mean, there are shows that get cut off so you never get closure (like Secret Circle because the season finale which turned out to be the series finale really got me wanting to watch Season 2 … and it will never happen!), shows where the ending just leaves you wondering “what in the world did I just watch? (I’m looking at you Seinfeld),” and then there are shows that know their audience and gives them both closure and a good time. “The Break-Up” falls into the last category.
After eight seasons on air, Juliet has moved to San Francisco because Lassiter was forced to hire someone else as his lead detective so Juliet followed Chief Vick who offered her the job before she left. Shawn and Juliet are trying to have a long distance relationship and it’s just not working out so Shawn decides to make the move and follow Jules except he doesn’t know how to tell Gus that he’s closing up shop to follow her. The episode is mostly about Shawn and Gus. Shawn is trying so hard to find a way to tell Gus and in the end he couldn’t so he made a video recording and left the DVD in his office. In fact, Shawn had a hard time with good-byes period so he leaves DVDs for his dad, Lassiter,Woody, and even McNab.
The whole episode is equal parts laughs and equal parts sad. It’s sad to think that Lassiter will be stuck in Santa Barbara while most of the gang is moving to San Francisco. It’s also sad that I won’t be seeing any more new episodes of my favorite on-screen duo. But we got to laugh as Shawn and Gus solves one final case. We cheered when Lassy got the Chief position. We were happy to know that Shawn and Jules were continuing on. And we were so stoked when Gus dropped everything and followed Shawn to San Francisco. That’s right, our duo wasn’t separated in this series finale. In fact, we got a happy ending for everyone and I absolutely love that! Henry finally let go of his failed marriage and is moving on. Lassiter got to be Chief and be a father. Jules got to be head detective under Chief Vick. Shawn and Jules are getting married. And best of all, Shawn and Gus will get to share that pool. It’s the best and the closest to a happily ever after we can ever hope for. Oh, and did you catch that reference to Monk at the end? To me, they were referencing Monk and I loved that! After all, Monk did take place in San Francisco (and I still miss that show, 🙁 )
So, we say good-bye to another great TV series. It ran a good course and came to a great close. I will miss the laughs, all their pop culture references, and looking for that darned pineapple.
Thank you for the good times, Psych! Best of luck in whatever your future holds!