Season 8 Episode 14

Mr. Monk and the Badge

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 20, 2009 on USA

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  • bittersweet.

    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.
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