"Woman Seeking Dead Husband: Smokers Okay, No Pets" is the fourth episode of Season One. Shawn must communicate with the spirit world in order to recover a dead bank robber's stolen cash and save his widow's life.
Raylene Wilcroft, the widow of notorious bank robber David Wilcroft, is brought into the police station by Lassiter and Juliet to warn her that her husband's partners are being paroled. Since the money was never found, the police figure the convicts will come after Raylene for the cash, but she insists that her husband was the only one who knew where it was hidden, and he died in a car accident before he could divulge its location. Luckily for Raylene, Shawn and Gus happen to be at the station, and, overhearing that she is a psychic enthusiast, introduce themselves to her. Raylene then becomes their first real client to hire them for a case. She asks them to contact her husband's spirit to find out where he hid the money, believing it will save her life from her husband's partners.
Meanwhile, Lassiter and Juliet are tailing the bank robbers in the hopes they will lead them to the missing money. Having arrested them the first time around, the cash is the last thing Lassiter needs to close the case for good.
Back at the Psych office, Shawn conducts a séance with Raylene, David's sister, and some other friends, using the guise of contacting the spirit world to gather information on David's final days. Shawn discovers that the last time anyone heard from him, he was in a town near where his cousin Roger lives. During the séance, Gus displays his skepticism until a car drives by and shoots out one of the windows of the office. Shawn ends the séance and tells Gus it's time for a road trip to visit Roger.
It turns out that Roger runs the cemetery where David is buried. But when Shawn and Gus arrive to talk to him, they discover something much more unexpected: David Wilcroft, alive and well! David tells them that he's not a hardened criminal. He got in over his head. His partners trusted him to stash the cash, which he buried that night during a heavy storm. Only problem, when he went back to look for it, he had lost where he buried it. All of his markers had been washed away. At that point, he figured he'd be better off dead. He staged his car accident and ever since has been looking for the missing money.
Because Raylene is still in danger, Gus decides to tell her that David is still alive. But not to worry, they have a plan to put the robbers back in jail, where they can't hurt her. Shawn goes to see Lassiter and Juliet, who are still tailing the robbers. He tells them they don't know where the money is, that David buried it and lost it, and they should just nail the convicts for the parole violations they no doubt have witnessed. Not surprisingly, Lassiter opts against taking his advice. Thanks to Shawn's distractions, Lassiter and Juliet lose the two robbers they were tailing, but Gus was able to catch details as to where they were going.
Shawn and Gus drive to the motel where the robbers are staying and are caught trying to break in. Shawn introduces himself as a psychic, but the robbers unsurprisingly don't believe him. While held at gunpoint, Shawn is able to "psychically" figure out how many fingers one of the robbers is holding behind his back. Now on the robbers' good side, Shawn is informed that David was the wheelman and realizes that he faked his death to get away from his wife. Raylene, as it turns out, was the mastermind of the whole plan. Nicknamed "The Viper," all three men were scared of her and what she was capable of.
Shawn and Gus realize they've led Raylene right to David, and rush to go warn him. But when they get to the mausoleum, they find her already there with a gun on David, demanding the money. Shawn falsely informs Raylene that the money is in the crypt. This stalls Raylene long enough for the robbers to get there, followed close behind by Lassiter and Juliet.
With the Wilcrofts on their way to jail, the only thing the police need to finally close the case is the money, which, of course, Shawn's already got a fix on and is halfway to miraculously locating for the authorities.
- The title is essentially couched in the language of a 'lonely hearts' advertisement, although the 'dead husband' aspect might put it rather in the 'services wanted' section under 'Psychics'.
- Pineapple is mentioned when McNab brings Shawn a pineapple smoothie.
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