01/23/2014 04:05 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

'Psych' Remakes A Season 1 Episode For No Reason, And It's Hilarious

There are remakes of films, television mini-series and occasionally entire television series. But has there ever been a remake of a single episode ... in the same show? Leave it to "Psych" to break new ground, and to do it just because. This week's episode is a redo of a fairly standard Season 1 episode called "Cloudy With a Chance of ... Murder." Now dubbed "Cloudy With a Chance of ... Improvement," the episode began with Shawn and Gus ranting about how much they hate remakes.

"The whole point of a remake is to choose something that showed serious promise, but failed to live up to expectations," Shawn railed. Gus was right there with him, "Oh, I feel you," he said. "They add all those new characters that are super broad." And then, of course, that's exactly what they proceeded to do. The episode was filled with past guest stars, like Lindsay Sloane, Ralph Macchio, Alan Ruck and even Kurt Fuller, who's a regular these days on the show. But this episode took place in 2006, as it kept reminding us.

Zap2It's Andrea Reiher said the episode was a treat for long-time fans, who may need to watch it several times to catch all the Easter eggs. TV Fanatic's Chandel Charles agreed, writing, "This installment clearly exemplifies why Season 8 is a gift to fans, and why this show has been so successful over the past number of years. It has no problem reaching back and saying ‘Let's do better,’ and has no qualms about making fun of themselves as they do it."

Is there any show on television having more fun than "Psych"? New episodes are Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST on USA.

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