Psych – “9 Lives”

Psych Season One DVD

Original Air Date: August 4, 2006
Starring: James Roday, Dulé Hill
Directed by: Matt Shakman

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains spoilers for this episode!

Synopsis: Shawn (James Roday) suspects that a string of suicides are the work of a serial killer so to gain access to the investigations he pretends to get psychic clues from the cat belonging to one of the victims.

Featured Feline: The calico-colored cat in this episode is referred to only as Little Boy Cat, although many fans have speculated online that it is actually a little girl cat (this is not mentioned in this episode but they may be referring to the calico coloring, which is more common for female cats).

Psych - 9 Lives - calico cat Little Boy Cat on couch

Little Boy Cat belonged to a male victim whom the police assume committed suicide. Shawn improvises that the cat is a witness since he’s about to be booted from the crime scene. As a result, Shawn carries the cat around with him for a good portion of the episode. His partner and friend Gus (Dulé Hill) is skeptical about the ruse.

Psych - 9 Lives - calico cat Little Boy Cat carried by Shawn James Roday with Gus Dulé Hill

Psych - 9 Lives - close up of calico cat Little Boy Cat in Shawn's arms

Psych - 9 Lives - calico cat Little Boy Cat being held up by Shawn James Roday to Gus Dulé Hill

Shawn even takes Little Boy Cat to the next suicide scene.

Psych - 9 Lives - calico cat Little Boy Cat carried by Shawn James Roday into crime scene

He places Little Boy Cat in the backseat of the car to direct him to clues, only to have the cat pee on the dead woman’s dry cleaning. Of course Shawn manages to work even this in his favor.

Psych - 9 Lives - calico cat Little Boy Cat in back of car

Gus is a bit jealous when Little Boy Cat gets to ride shotgun in the car. Shawn explains the cat gets carsick.

Psych - 9 Lives - calico cat Little Boy Cat riding shotgun in car with Shawn James Roday and Gus Dulé Hill

In Juliet O’Hara’s (Maggie Lawson) office, Shawn pretends the cat is channeling the dead girl through him and dances around, catching the attention and ire of Lassiter (Timothy Omundson).

Psych - 9 Lives - calico cat Little Boy Cat being petted by Shawn James Roday

Psych - 9 Lives - calico cat Little Boy Cat watching Shawn James Roday dancing around

Psych - 9 Lives - calico cat Little Boy Cat up close

Little Boy Cat is not present again until Shawn has Gus climb a telephone pole as part of the investigation.

Psych - 9 Lives - calico cat Little Boy Cat on grass

Psych - 9 Lives - calico cat Little Boy Cat watching Shawn James Roday and Gus Dulé Hill on telephone pole

At the end of the episode the murderer is discovered threatening police officer Buzz McNab (Sage Brocklebank). Little Boy Cat sneaks into the room and ends up jumping off a bookcase onto the killer’s shoulder, saving the day.

Psych - 9 Lives - calico cat Little Boy Cat coming into room

Psych - 9 Lives - calico cat Little Boy Cat about to jump off bookcase

Shawn proclaims Little Boy Cat to be a hero and then gives him to McNab as a wedding present.

Psych - 9 Lives - Shawn James Roday praising Little Boy Cat calico

Psych - 9 Lives - calico cat Little Boy Cat in McNab's arms

Final Mewsings: Boys or girls, cats make good investigators.


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Little Bits and Pieces (1984)

Music Artist: Jim Stafford

Synopsis: In a video made for the comedy anthology series Television Parts, Jim Stafford plays a guy who gets drunk at a party and only remembers bits and pieces of the night the next morning.

Kitty Cameo: One line of the song goes, “Did I try to kill their cat?” The party crowd answers, “Yeah, you chased him down the hall.” During this part a tuxedo cat is seen running down the hallway.

Little Bits and Pieces - Jim Stafford - tuxedo cat running down hallway

Little Bits and Pieces - Jim Stafford - tuxedo cat running down hallway animated gif

Final Mewsings: No wonder cats hate rowdy parties!


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The Bride’s Play (1922)

The Bride's Play poster

Cosmopolitan Productions
Starring:
 Marion Davies, John B. O’Brien
Directed by: George W. Terwilliger

Synopsis: Irish lass Aileen Barrett (Marion Davies) has her head turned by a worldly poet and overlooks the man who truly loves her.

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): In an early scene Aileen enters her home. She stops to play with two long-haired tabby kittens on a sofa.

The Bride's Play - Aileen Marion Davies playing with long haired kittens on couch

The Bride's Play - close up of two long haired kittens on couch

The Bride's Play - Aileen Marion Davies playing with long haired kittens on couch animated gif

The kittens are seen again later when the family is sitting down to dinner. One of the kittens crosses the room after the family is seated.

The Bride's Play - two long haired kittens in corner of room

The Bride's Play - two long haired kittens with one crossing room

Final Mewsings: Kittens know how to steal scenes from starlets.


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Shattered (1991)

Shattered poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Tom Berenger, Bob Hoskins
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Synopsis: Dan Merrick (Tom Berenger) survives a disfiguring car accident and suffers from amnesia which has him piecing together the shattered bits of his life only to find something doesn’t add up.

Kitty Cameos: Dan finds a bill for a pet store and goes there to learn what it is about. He meets the store’s owner Gus Klein (Bob Hoskins). When Dan walks in, Gus is dealing with an unhappy customer. A black cat can be seen sitting in a cage beside him (there is also a black cat on top of the cage in some shots).

Shattered - black cat in pet shop

Gus turns out to be a part-time detective and invites Dan back into his office to talk. In the office Gus has numerous puppies and animals which need special care. As Gus and Dan discuss their history together, a white cat with somewhat deformed ears is sitting behind Dan on a cat tree and is seen several times, even sniffing at Dan’s finger.

Shattered - white cat on cat tree beside Dan Tom Berenger

Shattered - white cat on cat tree sniffing Dan Tom Berenger's finger

Shattered - white cat on cat tree behind Dan Tom Berenger

Shattered - white cat on cat tree

Final Mewsings: Imperfect cats need a loving home.


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Scared Stiff (1953)

Scared Stiff poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis
Directed by: George Marshall

Synopsis: Singer Larry Todd (Dean Martin) and bumbling busboy Myron Mertz (Jerry Lewis) get drawn into a web of intrigue, murder and mystery when they meet the lovely Mary Carroll (Lizabeth Scott) who is the heir to a spooky Caribbean estate.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): At the beginning of the film there is a quick gag when Larry enters the club, coming in from a heavy rain. The clerk notes, “Boy it’s sure raining cats and dogs.” “Oh, it sure is, Pops,” Larry replies and he proceeds to take a grey and white kitten out of his pocket and place it on the desk.

Scared Stiff - gray and white kitten set on desk

He then pulls a puppy out of his pocket and sets it next to the kitten.

Scared Stiff - gray and white kitten and puppy sitting on desk

“There you are, Pop. Find a home for ’em. Brother and sister,” Larry adds.

Scared Stiff - gray and white kitten and puppy still sitting on desk

Scared Stiff - gray and white kitten and puppy set on desk animated gif

Final Mewsings: Their parents must have had an interesting relationship!


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