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Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast
Season One, Episode Fifteen
1.15
Air date: March 2, 2007
Guest starring: Chelan Simmons
Alex Breckenridge
Shannon Woodward
Crystal Lowe
and Mercedes Ruehl
Written by: James Roday
and Steve Franks
Directed by: John Landis
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"Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast" is the fifteenth and final episode of season one. Shawn and Gus step into a real life urban legend, as they investigate a death suspiciously like the tale of "Scary Sherry," who met her untimely end at the now haunted Wispy Sunny Pines mental institution.

Plot SummaryEdit

On Halloween night in 1987, Shawn and Gus witness a troubled girl throw herself from her window at the Wispy Sunny Pines mental institution.

From that moment on, "Scary Sherry" has haunted the halls of the now abandoned facility where we find a girl, Doreen Harthan, being chased by what appears to be her ghost through the halls of Wispy Sunny Pines, falling through the same window to her death below.

Shawn and Gus return to the  Psych office from a tennis match to find  Juliet there waitning for them. She is undercover as Mary Lou Baumgartner, national alumni vice parliamentarian of the Beta Kappa Theta sorority, of which Doreen was a pledge. The going theory is that Doreen killed herself in a copycat of Sherry's original suicide but Juliet thinks there is more to the story. She's sure Doreen's sorority sisters know more than they are letting on. She needs a psychic to read the sorority house because the girls think they are being haunted by Doreen's ghost.

Meanwhile, Lassiter has been temporarily reassigned to train a rookie detective from another department. It turns out this rookie, Goochberg, is the oldest rookie in department history. She took the test 14 times before she passed and, despite Lassiter's tutelage and her complete lack of experience, has her own set way of doing things.

At the sorority house, Shawn and Gus are having their best day ever "reading" Betty, Bianca and the rest of the sorority sisters in the middle of their pajama party. As the girls start to describe the creepy unexplainable things that happen there at night, the lights flicker on and off and Doreen's ghost appears screaming "acnaib" outside the window - which sends Shawn and Gus running for their lives.

Gus, the quicker of the two, takes off, leaving Shawn to investigate. He finds evidence that the phenomenon was man-made with speakers and wires. Juliet says anyone could have done it but Alice Bundy, Doreen's best friend from childhood, definitely has a score to settle.

Back at the Psych office, Gus has been doing some investigating of his own. By all accounts, Doreen had too much to live for. She wouldn't have committed suicide. Plus, from a picture of the crime scene, it appears the latch on the window Doreen went through was broken - suggesting she fell backward out the window by accident. Shawn then realizes that the word "acnaib" the supposed ghost was yelling is "Bianca" backward. Bianca is in danger. He calls Juliet and they all rush over to the sorority house but it is too late. Bianca has been murdered.

At the police station, Vick grills Betty who admits Doreen's accident was a haze. Doreen was supposed to spend all night at the haunted asylum and they pretended they were Scary Sherry to scare her. As Doreen accidentally fell through window, Bianca tried to grab her arm to catch her but was too late.

At the Psych office, Gus tells Shawn that Alice Bundy, now the top suspect for the murder of Bianca, has an airtight alibi. She lives with Doreen's family and was upstairs in her room all night. Shawn doesn't believe there is such a thing as an airtight alibi. He knows Alice did it. He just has to figure out how.

Shawn and Gus go to the Harthans to investigate. Gus distracts the housekeeper, who tells him that Doreen's parents are at the cemetery, while Shawn sneaks in the back. While there, Shawn gets a call from another sorority sister who tells him that Juliet went to a candlelight vigil at the asylum hosted by Doreen's parents. He also discovers exactly how Alice was able to get out of the house the night Bianca was killed without being seen. When Gus rejoins him, he tells Shawn that Doreen's parents aren't at a candlelight vigil. Shawn realizes Juliet is being set up. They race over to the asylum, calling Lassiter for back up on the way.

At Wispy Sunny Pines, Alice attacks Juliet with an ax, but Shawn and Lassiter, without Gus because he's stuck in the floorboards, arrive just as Juliet gets the upper hand.  Alice is taken away in handcuffs, Shawn goes back inside the hospital to rescue Gus, after teasing him with a sound system

The next day at the police station Carlton explaines to the chief why he can't work with Goochberg again. Since her pacemaker has put her in the hospital, Lassiter's temporary reassignment is thankfully over. He then walks out to see Juliet with Gus and shawn laughing at eating Chinese food at her desk. Right as he walks away Gus throws him a fortune cookie. Shawn and Juliet turn and smile at him and he then turns and opens and smiles at the cookie. [1]

TriviaEdit

  • Once more the title is a play on words, evoking both the original victim and the fortified wine of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain which gives us the English word 'sherry'. The toast is presumably Bianca's 'salute' to the first crime.
  • Also, "Bianca's Toast" is a reference to Bianca's death by a toaster put in her bathtub
  • A pineapple appears when Shawn holds up a pineapple and asks Alice if she would like to split it.
  • According to USA Network's "Psych All Night" event, this is Maggie Lawson's favorite episode.
  • Alice Bundy is mentioned briefly by Shawn in the Season 3 episode Ghosts, when he mentions that he visited her in prison for tips on haunting Gus' boss. 

QuotesEdit

Henry: I have no idea how that ridiculous  urban legend got started in the first place.

[Henry walks away and Shawn and Gus lean in to whisper to each other]

Shawn: You've got a big-ass mouth!

Gus: I wanted to keep it a secret! You're the one who was broadcasting it at the lunch table!

Shawn: I can't believe this.

Gus: We actually started an urban legend!

Shawn: That's dope!

Gus: What! [They bump fists]


Shawn [using the scary voice intercom]: Wooooork theeee laaaaaceeees!

GalleryEdit

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The gallery for "Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast" can be found here.

SourceEdit

  1. http://www.usanetwork.com/psych/episodes/11-11-6

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