Season 6 Episode 1

Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 13, 2007 on USA
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Episode Summary

Marci Maven, an obsessed fan of Monk, asks for his help as her dog has been implicated in the murder of her neighbor, though it died several days prior.

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  • Mr. Monk and Sarah Silverman

    I enjoyed the first episode that featured Sarah Silverman, and thought it was the funniest of that season, and this one is probably going to be the funniest of this season! Especially liked the monogrammed wipes ("doesn't that defeat the purpose?") I have a love/hate relationship with Sarah S. in general. Sometimes I think she is one of the funniest female comediennes, and other times (during the ruder, cruder humor) I think she is painfully unfunny. Since Monk keeps her clean, I think she is amazing in this setting. I want to make a comment about someone else's review. They noticed that it was easy to tell who did it in this episode. Interestingly, I think that is true of most of the episodes. 70-80% of the shows pretty much come right out and tell you who did it in the first few minutes of the show "He's the guy"... It is about the process and the humor, not usually about suspense and mystery. I do like the ones that keep me guessing up to the end as well, but it doesn't matter to me.moreless
  • Monk's stalker (played by Sarah Silverman) seeks out Monk to help her with a case.

    I usually love Monk. In fact, this is one of the few episodes that I have not been thrilled with. It seemed more like the Sarah Silverman show instead of the Monk show. There was not nearly enough Monk and way too much crazy Sarah. Natalie also seemed a little flat for me. I want to know when they are going to get back to Monk searching for Trudy's killer. It seems as though they have put that on the backburner for a couple of seasons and it would be good to get a Trudy episode now and then. This episode seemed very blah in comparison to the rest. I hope next week's episode with Snoop Dogg is much better!moreless
  • Pretty good Season Premire with lots of funny moments.

    I enjoyed the Season Premire a good bit and I dont think its just because it was one of the first episodes I have seen. I thought the whole Marci concept was funny and when Marci kept naming title such as "Mr. Monk and the Astronaught." I also liked the murder plot with the dog and Monk being extremelly annoyed by Marci. Overall I thought the episode was good and Im looking forward to more episodes.moreless
  • Season premiere and it really kept me laughing, and that's what I love about Monk. It has the mystery, but contains also the laughs and this one was exactly why I watch.moreless

    This season premiere simply was hilarious, even my sister who doesn't really enjoy Monk laughed like crazy. It didn't have the greatest mystery case, but it sure kept you laughing with Marci and Monk. Marci was hilarious, especially that bobble head (reminds me of The Office). This episode made me laugh most of the time, and it was a good season premiere. It made me want to watch the next episode and that's what I think season premieres are suppose to do. Even though Marci gave up her fanatic over Monk, she made me love the show and his odd compulsive way more. That's why Monk is so lovable.moreless
  • The funny stuff was funny. The mystery stuff was not mysterious.

    I have been a big fan of Tony Shalhoub going back to his days on “Wings”. He also showed a strong dramatic side in his role in “Perfect Murder”. So, it wasn’t hard for two friends to talk me into watching this season premiere.

    The character, Marcie, played by Sarah Silverman, has, apparently shown up before in this series. But, if there was a restraining order, why was it ever lifted? Marcie is a non-blue version of Sarah’s character on her Comedy Central show. She is funny and quirky (to say the least). Those parts I liked.

    The murder plot was shabbily transparent. As soon as that shed door opens and we see the body, I thought “husband did it”. As soon as the police show up and say “dog”, I thought “dental impressions”. True. Why it took anybody an hour to figure that out is beyond me.

    The police procedure as depicted is so wrong in every aspect that it has to be intentionally insulting rather than unintentionally stupid.

    And I’m sure that somewhere along the line more than one person has pointed out that Monk is a direct rip-off of Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.moreless
Anne De Salvo

Anne De Salvo


Guest Star

John Mese

John Mese

John Ringel

Guest Star

Anthony Santa Croce

Anthony Santa Croce


Guest Star

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman

Marcy Maven

Recurring Role

Sharon Lawrence

Sharon Lawrence

Linda Fusco

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Trivia: The guitar used by Marci to sing her Monk song is later used by Randy in "Mr. Monk on the Run (2)" for his Monk memorial song.

    • The basic plot of this episode is that Marci's dog (which died three days earlier) was the dog that allegedly mauled her neighbor to death. According to Stottlemeyer, the dead dog's bite marks match those on the victim. This leads him to think that Marci put down her dog after the mauling and then buried before the police arrived. Surely the medical examiner who did the cast impressions of the dead (and buried) dog's jaw could tell that the dog had been dead, buried and decomposing for days and not (at most) a couple of hours.

    • Natalie makes a comment that she and Adrian have been working together for "three years." Monk later says "three and a half years." In reality, Traylor Howard's first episode as Natalie Teeger aired in January 2005, two-and-a-half years ago.

    • In Marci's diorama, Monk's assistant is Natalie. But in "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies," which takes place in Season 2, Sharona is Monk's assistant. Also, despite Marci's insistence that the adventure was "last year" it was actually closer to 3 years ago.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Natalie: Don't you want to be a team player?
      Monk: No.
      Natalie: Don't you want to appear to be a team player?
      Monk: Sure.

    • Natalie: And the dog was definitely dead when you buried him?
      Marci: Yeah, the dog was definitely dead when I buried him. What, do you think I'm a nut?
      Natalie: Uhhhhhh...
      Marci: What do you think, Adrian?
      Adrian: I stopped thinking an hour and a half ago.

    • Marci: It's like "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut." Or "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School." Oh, remember that one?
      Monk: No. Where are you getting these names?!?

    • Marci: You have the best job in the world.
      Natalie: Not today I don't.

    • Monk: What are you doing?
      Marci: Clue hug!

    • (Marci approaches)
      Monk: Clue hug?
      Natalie: Take it like a man.

    • Monk: I think we might have an actual murder on our hands.
      Marci: Oh, woo-hoo!
      Monk: Exactly. "Woo hoo."

    • Natalie: Mr. Monk, you're not flustered. You're flattered. Who wouldn't be? She adores you, she knows everything about you. After all, you're only human.
      Monk: There's no need for name-calling.

    • Monk: Marci, what are you doing? There's no hugging during the "Here's what happened."

    • Marci: What do you want to call this case?
      Monk: I don't know, shut up!
      Marci: How about "Mr. Monk is friggin' awesome!"? How about "Mr. Monk and Marci: The Adventure Begins?"
      Monk: It doesn't matter. Nobody cares about the name. Just shut it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • For this episode, Sarah Silverman was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series.

    • Anthony Santa Croce, unit production manager and producer, has a brief cameo as a heckler.

    • In-Joke: Marci chooses to be F. Murray Abraham's number one fan over Monk. F. Murray Abraham and Tony Shalhoub starred together in the 2001 film Thir13en Ghosts. Shalhoub played Abraham's nephew.

    • International Airdates:
      Switzerland: Thursday, March 6, 2008 on 3+
      Germany: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 on RTL
      Greece: Sunday, September 21, 2008 on Star
      Finland: Saturday, November 14, 2009 on YLE TV1
      Slovakia: October 12, 2010 on Markiza


    • Stottlemeyer: Animal Control warned her about Cujo at least twice.
      Cujo refers to a fictional dog in a horror story by Stephen King. This vicious, rabid Saint Bernard kills characters by mauling them in the book.