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Lynda Haas Writing 37 18 February 2014 A Dream Team Most of the mystery movies or shows we see today are very similar to one another. The mystery genre was created very long ago and perfected by the author known as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote the Sherlock Holmes series, which was considered the "father" of the mystery genre (PBS). The mystery genre follows many guidelines such as, there must a detective in the story or that the detective cannot be the criminal, and so on (Dine). The job of the detective is to use his expertise to solve what most investigators, policeman, and the average person could not solve. One of the most important mystery genre conventions is that the detective has a partner. The partner or friend of the detective is usually someone who serves as a foil to emphasize the outstanding qualities of the detective (Weaver). However, the sidekick mustn't be more intelligent than the detective, "'[H]is intelligence must be slightly, but very slightly, below that of the average reader'"(PBS). Sherlock Holmes' sidekick was Watson. Although the sidekick isn't the most intelligent, the sidekick and the detective work well with each other, and are needed to solve the case. The convention of the sidekick can be seen in the modern-mystery television show, Psych. Psych is a mystery series where a man named Shawn claims to be a psychic, but in reality he just has amazing observation skills. Shawn fools everyone into thinking he is psychic and begins solving cases with the help of his childhood best friend Gus. Together, they make a perfect duo and solve numerous cases.

In season six, episode thirteen, "Let's Doo-Wop It Again," Shawn is hospitalized after his appendix burst, right after Shawn is put into the hospital, a long-time friend of theirs named Deacon is shot. Shawn is unable to investigate and sends Gus to investigate. Although Gus is very logical and capable of using deduction, he still needs Shawn's expertise. Shawn and Gus devise a plan so that Shawn can help; their plan is to have Shawn facetime via an iPad while he is in the hospital. Gus investigates while recording with an iPad so Shawn can also see via facetime. In one specific scene, Gus is investigating a gang member's home and mentions that the gang called "The Rolling Ones," were called that because they control drug trafficking from streets one hundred to one-ninety. When Shawn hears Gus mention that he recalls earlier when Gus said that the gang car's license plate ended with "2190," Shawn makes the connection and says that the license plate must be "1002190," which was a reference to which streets the gang controlled. The clue helps Gus find his friends and find the gang member and connect more dots to solve the case. (More summary/explanation of episode?). This episode had many instances where the genre convention of the sidekick could be seen. The sidekick and the detective need each other. Throughout this episode the focus was just on Gus. Shawn was rarely in the episode other than through the screen of the iPad. Also throughout the episode, Shawn encouraged Gus to think and use deduction. Gus would repeatedly tell Shawn that his efforts in solving the case were useless, but Shawn told him that no evidence or leads were useless, but that he just had to think harder or dig deeper. Although Gus felt that he could not solve the case, Shawn would help when he could to show Gus that he is capable of solving cases. At one point in the episode, Shawn tells Gus and the detectives that he is "100%" sure that a certain person is a possible victim. However, Gus told the detectives that he knows Shawn very well and Shawn would never say he is one hundred percent about

something, he would usually say something witty, for example two hundred percent or make a joke. Gus says something is wrong and that they should go check on Shawn. Sure enough, Shawn and Deacon were having their lives threatened by the real criminal. Gus' knowledge of Shawn and instinct saved Shawn's and Deacon's lives. Throughout the episode, Gus and Shawn would tell each other jokes and smile like good friends. They are truly a marvelous duo and work well with each other. Most people in the show can barely stand Shawn and his obnoxious sense of humor and odd detective skills, but Gus is the only person who can handle Shawn for who he is. This episode is really similar to a novel Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick John Watson are introduced into a case where there is believed to be a supernatural hound killing off the Baskerville family. When given the case, Holmes tells Watson to go off to Baskerville Hall and investigate the case and that he will stay in London working on other things. The only way Holmes knew of the case was through letters. By the end of the story, Holmes and Watson find each other tying together their leads and solving the case. Although the case was solved with the help of Holmes, Watson had some of the missing pieces Holmes needed to solve the case. This is very similar to the Psych episode. Gus had to go on and solve a case by himself and would tell Shawn of the leads through facetime via iPad as compared to writing letters. This comical modernization of using the iPad was made to appeal to modern day audiences. Also, compared to Holmes' relation with Watson, they had a more serious and professional friendship, while in the modern day show, Shawn and Gus had a more comical and relatable friendship to modern day audiences. Although the idea of the sidekick is still the same, it has been modernized to appeal to modern day audiences. Both the detective and the sidekick are great with each other and bring

out the best qualities in each other, but the way they express it has changed over time. InSherlock Holmes, Holmes and Watson have a very professional relationship, while the Psych duo Shawn and Gus have a more relaxed and relatable friendship to people today. They are like brothers and make numerous jokes with each other and genuinely care about each other. Many of the mystery genre conventions seen in the past can be seen in many modern day mysteries but have adapted to better suit the trends of modern time.

Work Cited: Doyle, Arthur Conan. Sherlock Holmes - The Hound of the Baskervilles. New York: Dell, 1964. Print. Frank, Steve. "Let's Doo-Wop It Again." Psych. USA. 21 Mar. 2012. Television. Weaver, Sarah. "How Smart Is Watson?" Weblog post. How Smart Is Watson? Web. 20 Feb. 2014. Dine, S.S Van. ""Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories"" Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories. American Magazine. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.

"The Mystery Genre." PBS. PBS. Web. 20 Feb. 2014.