In the opening of S05 E09 of Psych, Shawn and Gus are being chased down the pier while holding ice cream cones. Shawn throws his over the side of the pier after a second of running, but Gus doesn't, and the following exchange occurs:

Shawn: Drop your cone!

Gus: I'm not dropping my cone, Shawn!

Shawn: When are you gonna eat that?!

Gus: I don't want to die on an empty stomach, Barry!

Shawn: Who is BARRY?!


[After running a few more feet down the pier]

Gus: What do we do when we get to the end of the pier?!

Shawn: Why don't you ask "Barry"?!

There's a lot of irreverent, straight-up weird jokes on this show, but they're almost always rooted in a reference to something, even if it's another Psych moment, but I can't come up with anything.

Does anyone know what this "Barry" moment is about?

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    Maybe Gus wanted to give Shawn a nonsensical nickname, after being given so many himself? But he isn't as practiced at the art, so he comes up with "Barry?"
    – jejorda2
    Aug 4 '17 at 17:34
  • @jejorda2 valid theory, but i would argue that it was an odd situation in which to do that bit
    – Dpeif
    Aug 4 '17 at 17:53
  • Given that Gus immediately admits that he doesn't know who Barry is, despite being the one who brought it up, I'm thinking it's probably just a name he pulled out of his... If Gus were making a reference to something, that would've been the cue to explain it, at least a little.
    – Steve-O
    Aug 4 '17 at 21:32

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