Long time fans of USA’s Psych know just how hard Shawn fought to win the fair Juliet’s heart, but now that he has finally succeeded, many of us are wondering why? What began as a fun, flirty romance is starting to turn into a very generic love story that relies on drama to keep interest. Alas, it seems that there is only one solution; give Juliet the boot. It sounds extreme, I know, but it is not stated without reason.
Juliet’s character fulfills the same basic role in the show that every other character does, but without the quirky personality.
When you examine the show Psych at its most basic element, it’s a show about an intelligent, but crazy guy and all the people who have to put up with him because he’s just that good. That dynamic is certainly entertaining in many ways, but would be annoying if it weren’t for the fact that most of the supporting characters also have hilariously quirky personalities themselves. We have Gus, who’s list of phobias, interests and pet peeves keeps growing stranger and funnier as the show goes on. On the other end of the spectrum, we have Lassiter, who is the pompous, inflexible Yin to Shawn’s Yang. And Shawn’s dad, Henry, does a far better job telling him off than Juliet ever will. So what is Juliet’s great contribution to the show? Up to this point I haven’t seen her consistently show any depth or complexity as a character that would help her live above the placeholder role of the disapproving girlfriend.
Of course, this is not to say that Maggie Lawson’s performance is flat, because she has handled the role very well considering what she has been given to work with. However, her character seems to have been written more as a placeholder to fill a role, rather than an intriguing addition to the current blend of personalities.
Her begrudging ‘tolerance’ of Shawn was only sexy when she wouldn’t let him win her heart.
We all love it when a love interest plays ‘hard to get’ for a while; I know I do, perhaps more than I should. Watching Shawn’s antics and playful flirting definitely made my day, if you know what I’m sayin’, and I was perfectly fine with Psych‘s writers milking that scenario for all it was worth. But now that they are a couple, that whole dynamic has disintegrated, and we are left disappointed with a tamed Shawn and a still-disapproving Juliet. Now that Juliet’s heart has been ‘conquered’, the Psych writers seem content to let Juliet play a faded version of the role we once loved.
Shawn’s character would benefit from a more complexly written love interest.
Now, I would like to say that this whole mess could be fixed if the writers would take a moment to reevaluate Juliet as a character and somehow make her more interesting, but I don’t think that that is going to happen. It would be very hard to change her into the optimum opposite for Shawn because her personality has already been so deeply established and the fans would never buy it. What the writers really need to do is to create a red blooded woman who can challenge Shawn in more ways than one. She needs to know who he is from the beginning, so we don’t have to go through that particular complication again, and she needs to be someone who can actually have fun with Shawn instead of being a stick-in-the-mud.