Season 6 Episode 4

Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Aug 03, 2007 on USA
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Episode Summary

Monk suspects that Linda, Captain Stottlemeyer's girlfriend, is a murderer.

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  • A first-rate mystery classic! Very original!

    "Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend" has got to be one of the most unique, intriguing, and memorable episodes in the entire 'Monk' series. In terms of setting, more beach fun after the previous success, "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man", is very warm and satisfying. Now, getting back to the main review, I personally think this story should be rated among the best mystery stories ever. In fact, I just got finished watching it on my Season 6 DVD for my fourth time, which lead to my leaving a review here:

    Apart from realizing that Adrian Monk is 99% right all the time, the fact that Linda Fusco first got be a recurring character on the series made her sudden shift to unlikely murderer very dramatic. Probably what makes it so shocking is that it defies the basic rules of other TV shows: Since Linda is a recurring character, we're meant to assume she has to be innocent. The plot itself is perfect, but what really would have been cool (which, from a certain point of view, isn't a drawback at all) would be if Linda had appeared more than just 3 episodes in the series before this one! The more frequently a recurring character appears on a show, the more comfortable we get around them, and less we suspect that some shocking surprise is in store for them.

    I would estimate that this episode, just because it was made for TV, instead of a theatrical Hollywood feature film, will probably go down in history as somewhat underappreciated, but I for one must say that I have seen theatrical films with less taste and story quality than this little gem of an episode. In fact, theoretically speaking, If I was a professor or teacher doing a lecture on studying mystery/crime thriller books or movies of any kind, "Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend" would DEFINITELY be on my 'required curriculum' viewing list for my audience! That's how good the story is!

    Love it... couldn't get tired of it. Just make sure you see "Mr. Monk, Private Eye" (Season 5, Episode 5), and "Mr. Monk and his Biggest Fan" (Season 6, Episode 1), before viewing!moreless
  • Not Bad

    Just kind of ho-hum. Wasn't one of the best episodes.
  • Awesome Episode!

    It is really cool that Monk quickly suspected Linda as murderer! WOW! But I love Linda's character On Monk. I am going to miss her, because she is off the show or kill off characters in the this show. It is very awesome episode every I watched because it made me motives for who is suspect for murderer or people who did it! Linda killed him because he is making his own business and plans to quit working with Linda. Linda is smart enough have a ablili on her and truck rental. Monk and Natalie are great characters on MONK. I love it!moreless
  • Best Monk since Natalie came along (no offense to Natalie)

    A rather sad episode, how much more heartbreak is Leeland going to have to take? Thank goodness for Randy at the end providing a little comic relief in the midst of sadness.

    Nonetheless, best Monk since Natalie came along, no offense to Natalie but this was the first time it felt like they had any chemistry between them. The motorcycle scene was one of my favorites, she seemed more laid back, and Monk seemed, still like Monk, and they just seemed to go together so well.

    Mystery was predictable and obvious, but still good, not far fetched or unsatisfying.

    Overall, superb, I hope to see many many more like this.moreless
  • Not really a big surprise

    When she first appeared I didn't get a good feeling off of her. I mean in the episode, Mr. Monk, P.I. she hired Monk to find the man who dented her car doesn't that make extremely egocentric. So it didn't surprise me that she would commit murder, I knew it was a matter of time. It's just too bad for the Captain, he found someone he thought he could spend the rest of his life with and this happens. Monk did this a lot with Sharona when he exposed her boyfriends' quirks, so why would he stop at her. I'm surprised he hasn't done it with Natalie.moreless
Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

Lt. Hendrix

Guest Star

Erica Yoder

Erica Yoder

Helen Hubbert

Guest Star

Laura Margolis

Laura Margolis


Guest Star

Sharon Lawrence

Sharon Lawrence

Linda Fusco

Recurring Role

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