Monk

Season 5 Episode 6

Mr. Monk and the Class Reunion

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Aug 11, 2006 on USA
9.6
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Going to his 25-year college reunion, Monk deals with his memories of Trudy while trying to keep one of his former classmates from being murdered.

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  • Monk and Natalie go to Monk's college reunion.

    10
    This episode starts with a murder - in this case, that of a beloved clinic nurse from Berkeley who is shoved down a flight of stairs to her death.



    The police believe that it was an accident, but Captain Stottlemeyer has obviously picked up some tips from his colleagues and quickly proves otherwise.



    This leads Stottlemeyer and Lieutenant Disher to UC Berkeley, where, coincidentally, Adrian Monk and Natalie Teeger are attending Monk's 25th college reunion. As Monk tries to enjoy his reunion, he begins to suspect that the husband of one of his old acquaintances is up to something bad.



    Sure enough, the episode is riddled with nice humor:



    1. Natalie notices that Monk has filled out his registration form with the nickname "Captain Cool." Monk strikes a Macho pose and tells her that that was his nickname, and leaves her wondering why he was called that. As Natalie leaves, she strikes a mirror image of Monk's pose.



    2. When Monk and Natalie are in the college cafeteria, Natalie notices Monk's name on several of the spit-shields. She initially thinks that Monk donated all of them until Monk reveals that actually they were the work of a lawsuit that took up a lot of his spare time.



    3. Dianne Brooks (Cynthia Stevenson), the acquaintance I mentioned earlier, finds Monk in the cafeteria. She initially thinks that Natalie is Monk's girlfriend, a relationship that both Monk and Natalie deny having.



    4. Monk defrosts the refrigerator (which has a big wall of snow building up inside it). Midway through doing it, Stottlemeyer comes in, and mentions that he was about to give up looking for Monk when he heard about a guy up here defrosting a refrigerator.



    5. Disher informs Stottlemeyer that he's ruled out a possible suspect in the murder, as 1) the man got to join the U.S. Olympic swim team as an alternate, 2) he died in 1995, and 3) he moved to Europe in the 1980s. Stottlemeyer interrupts Randy and informs him that he would have started by reading Number Two first.



    6. As Stottlemeyer addresses the reunion-attendees at the reunion dinner, the projector starts showing some really embarrassing photos of him in riot gear harassing protesters at an anti-nuclear demonstration in the 1970s. He tries to explain to the booing crowd that their protest permit expired at Noon.



    7. Monk tries to remember what Dianne wrote on his back, but has a hard time knowing where the "bottom" is.moreless
  • Monk back in college with murder close on his heels as always.

    9.2
    Monk attending his 25th college reunion at Berkley gets envolved in murder. We learn alot about his college days amongst other things his nickname being Captain Cool. Not for being cool but for cleaning the freezer all the time. All the actors are realy wonderful but as always Monk steals the show. Especially when he gives new meaning to sensitive skin. The scenes with Trudy are truly very cute I hope we get to see more of them some time. I just love this series from the first episode to the last it has not let me down yet in anyway.moreless
  • Very Sad .. and very FuNnY !

    9.8
    how is very sad and funny ? ok let me tell u ,, it was sad from the point view of Monk's past .. how he wasn't rememberd from any of his college mates .. Captin Cool :p

    but at least he met trudy who was the best thing happend 2 him ,,



    Funny that we know he was able 2 complete his life :p .. if I was in his satuation I thnk I'm not gonna make it ..



    good luck Monkmoreless
  • Captain Cool!!

    9.8
    Starts slow but about early-midway the episode really comes into his own. For me any episode that reveals that little more about what Monk was like pre-Trudie's death or how they met is going to be special. This one is. The crime plot is just a sideshow compared to this storyline.



    The way in which the writers have Monk reminscing really allows us to journey with him. Natalie has a very important part in this by just being at his side, when we learnt that life was not easier for "Capt. Cool" even at college. However, the few moments we get with both Trudie and Monk are expertly handled and are really emotional - at least I felt so. For those scenes alone it should get a 10.



    As for the crime, its fairly pedestrian and if you watch closely the culprit is fairly obvious. Yet, the elboarate methods by which the killer intends to commit his "real" crime are splendid. Very cunning. Very cunning indeed!



    The ending is well executed bringing an exciting finale into play hitting us with a knockout punch.



    An excellent episode that just starts a tad flat. Almost a perfect score!



    Definitely watch it.moreless
  • freezer

    9.7
    Seeing Monk at college when he met Trudy was a really nice touch to this episode. When Natalie found out that Monk was nicknamed Mr Cool in college I thought is this the same guy or did they mail the invitation to the wrong person. It wasn't until later that we learnt that he got his nickname from defrosting the refridgerator and freezer. I thought it was so funny when he went to go and show Natalie the fridge/freezer and then cleaned it out. The most funniest part of this episode had to be when Monk and Natalie walked past Monks old dormroom with a tie on the door and Monk thought it meant that the people in there were rearranging their furniture. Classic Monk.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • After the photos that depict Stottlemeyer subduing protesters start showing up on the screen, Stottlemeyer attempts to control the booing crowd. He is holding out his left hand during a shot from behind him, but when it cuts to show Stottlemeyer from in front, his left arm is at his side.

    • Trivia: Monk graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981. The episode was not filmed there, but in one of the slides showing Stottlemeyer at the anti-nuclear demonstration, the Campanile (the carillon tower that dominates the campus) can be seen in the background.

    • The plan to kill Diane and use the suicide note she wrote in college to cover it up could never have worked. Paper ages and the note was written over 25 years ago. Plus, the hotel was booked full that night, there would have been plenty of witnesses that would hear Diane screaming, indicating that her death was not a voluntary thing. Furthermore; the police would've detected the murderer's fingerprints all over the victim which would confirm that she didn't commit suicide.

    • Diane's eyes were open when she died but later her eyes are closed.

    • When the woman falls down the stairs and dies, she's laying on her stomach with her head twisted to the side. But when the police run the investigation at the stairwell, she's lying face up on her back. The police wouldn't move the body that much even if they suspected an accident. At the very least they would mark the body's original position with tape or chalk.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Stottlemeyer: Well, that's what the kids call a motive.
      Natalie: Then he waited 25 years to do something about it? Who could hold a grudge for that long?
      Stottlemeyer: I could. And have.

    • Disher: I tracked down Kalamerackas. I don't think he's our guy. Number One: it turns out he was allowed to join the Olympic swim team as an alternate. He got a waiver.
      Stottlemeyer: So there's no motive.
      Disher: Right, Number Two: he's dead. He died in 1995. Number Three: He moved to Europe in the late 80s, so there's no record of him ever returning...
      Stottlemeyer: Randy, excuse me, Sorry to interrupt you but can you read Number Two again?
      Disher: Okey-doke. Uh, he's dead.
      Stottlemeyer: Right, See I probably would have stopped reading after Number Two. In fact I would have read Number Two first.
      Disher: You would've switched them?
      Stottlemeyer: Yeah but that's just me and probably every other adult on the planet Earth.

    • Natalie: You mean when he wrote it on your back, you could feel it? Y-you could do that?
      Monk: I have very sensitive skin.
      Natalie: That's like a super-power. Like a really weird, not very useful super-power.

    • Monk: Uh-oh, tie on the door knob. My roommate and I did the same thing, it's code.
      Natalie: Yeah, I think I might know about that.
      Monk: Yeah, means don't come in I'm reorganizing my closet.
      Natalie: Your closet?
      Monk: Yeah, My roommate freshman year, Greg, he reorganized his closet 4-5 times a week.
      Natalie: Uh-huh. And did his girlfriend ever come over to help?
      Monk: Oh yeah all the time, they were real neat freaks, I used to tease them about it. "Neat freak!"

    • Disher: Captain, the lapel pin, I just remembered where I saw it.
      Stottlemeyer: Where?
      Disher: Just now at the desk.
      Stottlemeyer: No I mean...tell me about the pin.

    • Monk: The last time I saw you was Mischief Night 1981. You and your friends were throwing toilet paper everywhere.
      Todd: Mischief Night.
      Monk: That's right
      Todd: I don't remember you.
      Monk: I wasn't with you. I was following you. I was cleaning up.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air dates:
      Greece: December 2, 2007 on Star
      Finland: January 3, 2009 on YLE TV1
      Slovakia: February 8, 2010 on Markiza

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