‘Psych 2: Lassie Come Home’ Actor Timothy Omundson Calls Joel McHale ‘Integral’ to Stroke Recovery

Timothy Omundson is opening up about the recovery process after experiencing a stroke in 2017. Keep reading to learn why the star of Psych 2: Lassie Come Home says comedian and friend, Joel McHale, served as an “integral” part of his recovery. 

Timothy Omundson recovered from stroke during filming of ‘Psych: The Movie’

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The cast of the comedy series, Psych, reunited in 2017 for a TV movie after the show went off the air in 2014. The entire cast participated, all except for Omundson, who experienced a stroke in April 2017. He recovered while his costars filmed the movie.

Even though he couldn’t be on set with his co-stars, Omundson did make a brief appearance in the movie. He played Carlton “Lassie” Lassiter in a scene where he spoke to Juliet O’Hara (Maggie Lawson) on FaceTime. 

‘Psych’ surprised him by casting Joel McHale as his father in the sequel

As the title suggests, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home is all about Omundson’s character. When it came time to film the sequel, the actor could take a more substantial role thanks to his strides in recovery. 

Marking his official return to acting — he made a guest appearance on This Is Us and American Housewife before filming the sequel —  the people behind Psych made it extra special by enlisting the help of his friend, McHale. They kept the casting a secret from Omundson and surprised him only days before filming began. 

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Joel McHale cheered Timothy Omundson up with texts and videos ‘for weeks’

Before starring in Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, McHale helped Omundson in the aftermath of the stroke. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor described how his friend supported him. 

Joel was actually really integral to my recovery and my stroke,” he said. 

The day it happened, his wife, Allison Cowley, saw McHale at the airport on her way to be with Omundson who had been in Florida when he experienced the stroke. 

“My wife rushed to the airport to fly down to me, and she literally turned a corner in security and ran into Joel, who was flying to the East Coast,” Omundson said. “It was like seven in the morning for both of them, and Allison’s looking obviously very distraught, and she bursts into tears that I’d had a stroke.” 

After hearing the news, McHale cheered up the Psych actor with messages and videos. 

“Joel proceeded to send me funny videos and texts throughout the entire time I was in the ICU in Florida just to keep my spirits high and make me laugh,” he said. 

Then when Omundson found himself bored in recovery, McHale helped him out. 

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“Joel would send me videos of his family just to make me laugh, and then out of boredom, I would send him videos to make myself laugh,” he said before adding, “That went back and forth for weeks.” 

He continued, saying McHale “was always a big part of my recovery right from the get-go.” 

How did he and Joel McHale meet? 

In the same interview, Omundson opened up about his friendship with McHale happened. The two got to know each other as adults when their kids attended the same Los Angeles school. 

Soon, they realized they’d actually grown up in the same city, Seattle, not 20 minutes from each other. And they both had a mutual friend in Lawson. Omundson knew her from Psych and McHale worked with her in Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet

See Omundson and Hale in Psych 2: Lassie Come Home now streaming on Peacock.

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