Season 8 Episode 11

Mr. Monk and the Dog

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 30, 2009 on USA

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  • Mr. Monk befriends a dog after the owner was killed.

    With such a mixed bag this season it is good to finally see an episode that while it's not good in the crime solving aspect,this episode was a delight for character development. -Spoilers Ahead- We start off the episode with a guy having a discussion with his companion over whether he has a wife already or not. The fight escalates as the woman finds some picture and a ring and tries to destroy them. Trying to stop her, the guy throws her aside resulting in her hitting her head against the kitchen counter. She is still alive and tries to call 911 but she goes unconscious. He stops the call and watches her die. We see the scene through her eyes as she fades away which was something very dramatic. The next day Monk is shown attending a family party with Natalie, where the girls makes him feel lonely by talking about family. This of course is a good setup for later Monk having a reason to want to adopt a dog named Shelby that belonged to the woman that died. This of course triggers a series of funny and touching moments of Monk bonding with a dog that right now has no family same as he. As it turns out, in the end Shelby turns out to give birth, literally, to evidence that their owners had met for some time. In the end the guy that killed the owner repented and admitted it was mostly an accident and he loved her. Something rarely seen in the series.

    Not going into more details, saying all this involving the dog are really big steps for Monk. One, he coped with his fear of birth and human nature, as he was there to witness the moment Shelby had puppies. Also during the episode Monk used gloves to touch and pet Shelby, but in the end, he took them off and petted her in a very touching scene where we see portraits of Trudy in the background helping highlight the fact that Monk for once is feeling affection and caring towards something other than her, even if its a dog. A cute dog that is.

    All in all this was a nice episode, part of the mixed bag that all the season has been. Here's hoping the end shows as good writing as this episode had.
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