Thursday, August 22, 2013

How My Psych Obsession Began

I am a true and loyal Psych fan, I promise! But I have to admit that I was a casual watcher in the beginning. I remember laying in my bed, on bed rest pregnant with my third child, and it being my third time around on bed rest. It was November of 2007 and we lived in a 500 square foot apartment, so my other children who were 4 and 2 constantly wanted my attention, and work kept calling with questions. My replacement for my maternity leave had a nervous breakdown trying to do my job. So I was incredibly cranky to say the least. I was flipping through channels because the food network was no longer holding my interest as I couldn’t even attempt to stand up to try and cook. I was channel surfing and getting frustrated at my choices; and then I see this white guy and black dude acting incredibly childish, and it caught my attention. Now to be completely honest with you, I was on a lot of drugs that were keeping me from having a stroke as well as IV therapy to keep me hydrated and with medicine to keep me from losing anything I was able to eat, so after this viewing the only thing I remembered was that the show was called Psych, and it cheered me up when I really needed it. Unfortunately, I was too drugged up to remember the network to look it up online, and I didn’t have much luck in finding Psych until a little over a year later.

We had moved, I now had a healthy baby girl after we had spending 5 weeks in the newborn ICU and she had just turned one and life was becoming normal again and we finally got our cable back, after going a few months without it. Then it happened again, this time I was bored though not forced into bed, and I see these two guys again and I immediately stop. It was the spring of 2009 and a Psych marathon was playing all day. I sat with my husband and we watched for a good 9 hours straight. We were hooked, this time I had at least learned that Psych was on the USA network and that it was awesome. So we whenever we saw it on the guide we would watch, but without a DVR or Netflix, and our library actually charges to get a card since we don’t live in a town with a library, so we watched when we could, but it was limited. We did finally get a DVR and Psych was up there on the list of shows to record and we watched it every time we saw a new (or old) episode had been caught. But since I wasn’t the obsessive type, or at least I didn’t think that I was, Psych was just that show that made me laugh and one that I could turn to when I was in a bad mood and it would cheer me up. Although, I will admit by this time having not watched the show in sequence I did have a few questions, and there were some definite things that I wanted to see happen. Mainly, I wasn’t a huge fan of Shawn being with Abigail and I thought that he and Juliet really should be together. Honestly I really am a true romantic at heart. I guess I have to be seeing as though I married my husband a month after our first date, we got engaged on our fourth date. We really did fall in love at first sight, so basically I am a huge romantic and love to see a good relationship flesh itself out.

Season four had just ended and the absolutely incredible episode of Mr. Yang Presents had me very excited to get to the summer so season five would start. (Remember when we only had to wait a couple months for a new season and not a year) I still hadn’t become overly obsessed yet, but I was happy to see the Shawn and Abigail story line go away, and looked forward to Shawn maybe finally being able to tell Juliet how he feels. But bad luck struck again, exactly one month after Season Four ended, I was laid off from my job, and since my husband went to school full time, justifying paying for cable wasn’t an option, but since USA was pretty good at putting the episodes online, I agreed that cable needed to be taken off of the list of bills. But as summer came and Season five started, the more obsessed I got. My husband hadn’t seen anything like it, I was constantly talking about what was going on with Psych, and then the one episode that made me a true 100% Psych-O came. One, Maybe Two Ways, Out and the romantic in me completely freaked out. Between what Shawn told Gus while Juliet was listening in the van, and that final moment when Shawn tells Juliet to take lots of pictures and she just takes him and kisses him. I was going completely crazy, and that was putting it mildly. I swear I watched that episode over and over again. Now I was starting to worry my husband. I’m not sure how or when I found out when Psych would return, but I told my husband that it was a requirement that we have our cable and DVR back by then. I was not going to come even a little bit close to missing the next episode. Luckily I had found a temp job just in time and we got the cable back up and running just in time. During that summer I do remember watching a lot of you tube videos and finding out all I could about the actors who played them. Now trust me when I say that I became kind of overly happy and giddy, almost a little scary when I found out that James and Maggie were actually dating. Talk about a romantics dream come true, your ideal TV couple is actually a real life couple. Keep in mind that I am a mom and I really didn’t watch that much TV. In the years since learning this I now see that it isn’t that uncommon, but it still makes me happy when it happens. 
Once I saw the fall premier I was beyond ecstatic. There was no coming back from Psych-O land now. So really I am a true Psych-O, it just took a romance and not just the bromance to do it for me. One day while I was at work, but actually not working I saw an update come through on Facebook if I remember correctly that James was directing a play and that Maggie was in it along with a few other people who had guest starred in the show. It became a priority to me that I see this play; after all I was a theater major in college before dropping out due to the first time being on bed rest. But after dragging my husband along with me to a few plays after we were married, he flat out refused to go see any more plays. So I convinced my parents to come along as well as my brother who lived in LA. I really enjoyed the play, probably not one that I would see again, not all that romantic. It was a tiny theater and when we got in there we had limited seat choices because of all the reserved seats, but once I saw the names on the reserved seats I was okay with it. We ended up sitting on the front row, and my feet could easily rest on the stage. As I was waiting for the show to begin I heard a conversation behind me and I listened in. I don’t remember everything that was said, but it went something like this; so you must be Maggie’s mother, I just love her. I’m James’s mother by the way. I found it oddly interesting that I witnessed their mothers meeting and not them. I also watched the other audience members start to trickle in, as well as James going in and out of the lighting booth. But Dule was there, and many other Psych guest stars I think that in that theater there were actually more celebrities, than non-celebrities Definitely a night to remember, granted I don’t think that I could forget Kurt Fuller standing less than a foot away from me wearing just his boxers with socks and sock suspenders. A couple months later my old job called and asked if I wanted to come back, but in a sales position instead of an administrative position. Since my temp job had ended and the thought of being able to fly for free again did sound tempting I agreed and I am still with them selling airline tickets between watching TV at home.
That summer was also around the time that we got Netflix and I finally sat down and watched the entire series, I couldn’t believe how funny the pilot was, even if Maggie wasn’t in it. I also had all the DVD’s sent out so I could watch the entire special features, I love listening to the DVD commentaries. Those are the best! It was around this time that I decided that as soon as my husband finished school I wanted to go to school to become a producer. Thank you Kelly Kulchak for helping me make that decision. Now I was back at the airline when they announced Psych Fan Appreciation Day I had to go. I didn’t get the official email, but I figured not everyone who gets the email will actually be able to go, so I grabbed my husband, found a babysitter and we flew to New York for the Psych event. Since they didn’t allow us to line up before 2pm, we wondered over to the NBC store to pick up a few souvenirs. I had already begun my Psych collection and needed to add to it. As we were walking in, I came to a complete stop, I couldn’t believe my eyes, but it was pretty hard to miss. Steve Franks was there. I had a mini freak out moment to my husband and then I calmed down and went over and talked to him. He was there with Kelly Kulchak and Chris Henze, and we ended up talking for a few minutes, they were a little surprised to find out that they were really my favorite people in the production, but figured out when I told them what I wanted to do, and they even gave me some advice. That was a great moment! Steve Franks did ask if I had tickets, and we told him we were lining up for Stand-by so he told us that he would see what he could do. Back at the theater a while later, he waved to us and told us he was still working on it. If you watch the 1st part of Psych Fan appreciation day, you will see him come up to me while Andy Berman was talking to me and give us the confirmed tickets. Overall one of the best nights of my life, if you exclude my wedding and the days my children were born.
 I now own almost everything that the Psych store has to offer, have seen every episode multiple times and actually cried when Shawn and Juliet broke up. When the Musical preview was announced we knew that with Comic-Con there would be no chance of being able to fly standby, and we couldn’t get a sitter. So I drove from a small town near Salt Lake City UT, to LA, spent a day being a tourist there and seeing some sights from Alias, Netflix recently recommended it and they romance there really took me by storm, so I am a little consumed with that show as well. But after my day in LA, I drove down to San Diego, I was the 20th person in line and I got there at 12:30, the no line forming rule that they had in New York, wasn’t enforced as closely this time around. But I had a ball hanging out with a bunch of other Psych-O’s all day. The ten hours in line really didn’t even seem too bad being able to make new friends and with all the swag they provided. 
So that is the story of how I became a Psych-O. Now I guess I should tell you why I am starting this blog, as I stated above I plan on going to film school, and I spend many, many hours watching TV in-between taking calls for my job in the middle of the night. So it started with Alias, and I stared watching or realistically re-watching for the 5th or 6th time every episode, and analyzing how Sydney and Vaughn from Alias became the perfect TV couple. I figured that once I go to film school I will have some assignments where I will have to watch a movie and analyze it and try to figure out what their motives were and why they made the choices that they did, so why not practice with a show that I loved and concentrate on two of the characters. By the way in case you are wondering, Alias drew me in, when I was upset with Psych for breaking Shawn and Juliet up. Then when I finally got over the embarrassment of doing that, my husband suggested that I do the same for Psych, using Shawn and Juliet. So here I am, hopefully I can contain myself and not overwrite and bore you. But I’m not promising anything. Also I am not promising a Spoiler free blog. Since I know the future, at least some of it, I will refer to it sometimes. Also you should know that I am not a writer by any means, I can kinda write, but only about something that is already mostly there and created. I’m not going to be writing fan fiction, I may infer that when we don’t see them something may have happened to make the next scene possible, but that it far as I go, well I also talk about what the characters might be thinking as something’s happen. So hopefully you will enjoy! Please leave comments and let me know what you think. Also if you want to see an idea of what the blog may look like as it builds, you can always take a look at the Alias blog, I will be doing them in a similar style.

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