American Duos
Season 2
Episode 1
Air Date July 13, 2007
Written by Steve Franks
James Roday
Directed by John Landis
Guests Tim Curry
Cristián de la Fuente
Gina Gershon
Previous episode "Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast"
Next episode "65 Million Years Off"

American Duos is the 16th episode and second season premiere of the USA Network television drama Psych.

Plot synopsisEdit

Shawn gives his protection to a talent-show judge after multiple failed attempts to kill him.

When the latest incarnation of American Idol shows sets up shop in Santa Barbara, the requisite cruel British judge Nigel St. Nigel (Tim Curry) finds himself in a panic after a series of near-miss attempts on his life and hires Santa Barbara's most reliable psychic detective to protect him. Nigel believes that the police are in on the conspiracy, so to protect him Shawn and Gus go undercover on American Duos. While exiting his trailer, Nigel is stopped by Shawn before he walks in an electrified puddle when Shawn notices a live wire in the puddle. Shawn then stops Nigel from eating a specially ordered sandwich when he notices that the toothpicks aren't the ones the hotel uses. When the toxicology report comes back from the police, it turns out the sandwich was poisoned with Emilina's prescription drugs.

The culprit turns out to be repeat contestant Bevin Rennie Llywellen (Perrie), who would flop on purpose for the sake of being able to audition in another city should his attempt on Nigel's life fail in the current city. The plan was orchestrated by Zapato (de la Fuente), one of the other judges. Zapato was a Latin pop star and singer of "Mírame," whose comeback was ruined by Nigel, who would never let him speak during the judging -- Nigel actually believed Zapato could not talk or think at all. Zapato was so overshadowed by Nigel he even received fan mail addressed to other Latin artists such as Ricky Martin. After this revelation, Nigel is not shocked, and becomes an even bigger jerk, calling Zapato the "worst murderer ever."


  • Beginning with this episode, Kirsten Nelson (who plays the character Karen Vick) is credited in the opening title sequence. For all of the first season (except for the one episode she wasn't in), she was listed as a guest star.
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