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The interim police chief warns Shawn that if his "powers" are fake, he will be prosecuted.
With no choice but to keep up the act, and having proven himself an effective aid to the police in solving crimes, he establishes a psychic detective agency, Psych, and becomes an outside consultant to the police.
Head detective Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), playfully named "Lassie" by Shawn and Gus, quietly respects Shawn's crime-solving skills, but doubts his psychic abilities and is constantly exasperated and/or infuriated by his antics.
However, junior detective Juliet "Jules" O'Hara (Maggie Lawson) and Chief Vick (Kirsten Nelson) are far less antagonistic – with O'Hara expressing belief in Shawn's abilities, while Vick is mum on the subject – and usually willing to give Shawn the leeway he needs to solve cases.
And secondly, the best way you convince people you're Shawn Spencer was drilled from childhood by his father, a police officer, to have a strict attention to detail and other detective skills.
The two frequently collaborate with the real detectives Carlton "Lassie" Lassiter and Juliet "Jules" O'Hara.
This backfires on him when he is arrested as an accomplice.
The police are suspicious of how good his tips are, so therefore he must have been involved with the crimes.
Santa Barbara is on a mountainous coastline without bays and just has the few Channel Islands miles offshore.
Many of the overlooking helicopter shots and set-up shots (in which the exterior of the Santa Barbara Courthouse is shown) are actually filmed in Santa Barbara. The music, effects, and sound design for "The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus" were created by Fred Weinberg.Henry and Shawn have a difficult relationship, but despite this, Henry reluctantly helps Shawn on various occasions.Psych also incorporates Vancouver and various locations around the Lower Mainland of British Columbia as a backdrop.In order to avoid jail time and continue his lucrative-but-lazy crimebusting, Shawn tells the police he's a psychic.