Mr. Monk and the Badge

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  • 8.5

    Shameless rip-off of Monk book; I repeat, shameLESS

    By FaizanKhan0, Nov 23, 2009

    Despite the story of this episode being based off of Lee Goldberg's third Monk book, "Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu" I believe the writers handled the unresolved story arc of Monk's reinstatement amazingly. It was clear that Monk was not the same man he was twelve years ago, and I'm glad Mr. Monk and the Badge pointed that out. The climactic scene on the building made me feel like they were being symbolic; showing how far Monk has gotten from the first season. The episode was also sprinkled with good humor, always bringing a smile to my face. Overall, great episode; can't wait for the big finale!moreless

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  • 7.2

    Monk is reinstated.

    By thefanof, Nov 22, 2009

    In a move that should have been saved for the series finale Monk was reinstated to the police force, yet in predictable fashion, he ended up reverting back to his position as a freelancer.



    The episode was exciting when the final scene came around and we had Tony Shalhoub in an actual action sequence. Very well-done and Monk surprisingly held his own in a somewhat believable manner.



    But the show is just not humorous in the way it once was and these past few episodes are more about nostalgia than comedy. That's the case for most shows, but I just wish they tried a little harder.moreless

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  • 9.5

    bittersweet.

    By sramv9, Nov 22, 2009

    this one continued in the fine form that has been the standard for this season, and brought a nice bit of closure to one of the most important ongoing arcs of the series - Mr. Monk's efforts to get reinstated. I love (spoilers follow) the way that he realized that he had been so busy pining for the life that he had lost that he had not realized that in fact his current life is pretty good and makes him happy. I loved the Oscar Wilde quote Dr. Bell used when Monk revealed his epiphany as to being unhappy as a cop now and realizing he had been truly happy being a private consultant -- "When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers." I love that Monk demonstrates the fruits of a lot of personal growth, by the way that he handles things quite well, from kicking in the cat lady's apartment door like a real cop, to getting the better of the window washer in a man-to-man life or death struggle. ah monk, you've come a long way & i'm gonna miss you.moreless

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  • 9.0

    Monk comes full circle.

    By costas22, Nov 22, 2009

    With 3 episodes left, there was bound to be an episode that focused on Monk's career as a detective. Having been a long time fan of the show, i was intrigued about how they would handle this. I think they made the right call. Monk is truly not the same man he was 12 years ago and having observed him throughout the years, it was hard to imagine him working in a restricted environment. He tried to fit in, but it couldn't happen. And i liked that he abandoned the dream on his own terms(Dr Bell also helped by providing some much required clarity). Now he is probably back as a private investigator with his loyal assistant at his side and getting ready to solve his most difficult case. I can't wait for the last 2 episodes!moreless

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