Monk

Season 1 Episode 1

Mr. Monk and the Candidate

5
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 12, 2002 on USA
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Working as a private investigator, Monk visits a crime scene to investigate the murder of Nicole Vasquez. He finds a number of significant clues, but is not yet sure of the identity of the murderer. Later, shots ring out at a campaign rally, and San Francisco mayoral candidate Warren St. Clair's bodyguard is killed. The incumbent mayor instructs Captain Stottlemeyer to bring Monk in on the case, and reluctantly, he does. Monk soon finds the cases to be intertwined, but why?moreless
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  • A good start to a promising series.

    7.0
    "Mr. Monk and the Candidate" is a good story, in and of itself, but the best thing it does is set up a big introduction for all the characters in the series: Adrian Monk, Sharona Fleming, Randy Disher, Leland Stottlemeyer, Benjy Fleming, Monk's psychiatrist, Dr. Kroger, and his murdered wife, Trudy Ann Ellison. The episode takes place 5 years after her death, so Adrian Monk is considerably more uptight and feels more awkward than he does in the future as the series slowly, but surely, presses on.



    Maybe not as good and memorable as the episodes that follow it, (such as "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School", "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan", or "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man") but a necessary prelude that takes its time to set up all the pieces on the board before moving them in unique directions in the episodes that follow in all 8 seasons.moreless

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