Break out your Kleenex and your pineapples - tonight we say goodbye to USA's Psych. And we're doing it the best way possible. Last week BFTV connected with the show's leading lady - and one of our oldest and dearest site friends - Maggie Lawson, to talk about sending off her character Juliet O'Hara and what she's learned from eight seasons of hilarious goodness.
In today's TV landscape, it's uncommon for a show to last this long, let alone for an actor to stay with a series for its entire run. What was it like for Maggie to complete the journey from start to finish? "I feel really lucky that I can say that!" she told us. "Psych has been a huge blessing. We all kind of grew up together over the last eight years, and I think that's why you hear us refer to our group as a family so often. It's a really beautiful thing."
"All of the memories of playing Juliet are good ones," she continued. "I like how the writers kept peeling back layers. Every season there seemed to be something new to learn and get into about who she is, or where she came from.
"I have a lot of favorite moments," Maggie added. "The undercover business in [the season one finale] 'Scary Sherry,' I thought was a funny and clever way to get into who she is, a fun way to get into that fact that she sometimes goes overboard when given a task. I really love the clock tower scene [in season four's 'Mr. Yin Presents'] with Lassiter, when I fall into his arms. That was a huge moment for us. And also, when I find out Shawn is not really psychic [in season seven's 'Deez Nups']."
Asked if where Juliet ends up is at all close to where she envisioned her character finishing the series, she could only say, "In almost every way, yes."
Maggie knows her way around television; she was a part of several other, shorter-lived sitcoms, including Inside Schwartz, It's All Relative, and Crumbs, which was cancelled just two months before Psych premiered. But it was the role of Juliet O'Hara that finally allowed this talented, charismatic and down-to-earth actress to get the attention she deserved.
"Psych absolutely helped boost my career," she reflected. "I just learned so much from this experience as an actress but also as a team player. I feel over the years we all really looked out for each other - at work and in life - and I think it made what we do even better. And I think going forward into any other show, it's about taking the lessons and applying them and doing the best you can and hoping lightning strikes twice."