Season 7 Episode 2

Mr. Monk and the Genius

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 25, 2008 on USA
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Monk must match wits against a grandmaster chess player that he suspects of murder.

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  • An homage with Sherlock Holmesian proportions...! Brilliant!

    Bravo! Great episode Monk! I was watching some old Sherlock Holmes episodes over the weekend and noticed a very similar plot from a 1955 episode. I considered Monk's take an homage to this earlier work. And the 'chess-champion' twist is just what the doctor ordered. Loved it!


    Mr. Monk and the Genius (2008)

    Monk takes the case of a brilliant chess master's wife, who believes that her husband is about to kill her and wants him caught - posthumously.

    "Sherlock Holmes"

    The Case of the Perfect Husband (1955)

    Russell Partridge announces to his wife Janet one day that he is in fact a killer who has murdered his six previous wives, and notifies her that she has one day to live and get her affairs in order before he murders her, too.moreless
  • Mr. Monk tries to find proof a grandmaster chees playing genius murdered his wife.

    This is definantly one of the best episodes of the series. There was no doubt he killed his wife, he just had to prove it. Throughout the whole episode, Tony Shalloub is amazing,(as always), and was proving he earned his Emmy Nomination. The plot, the acting and everything else are great, as with most Monk episodes, but this one is special. It's definantly a series classic, and a TV classic. It also proves Mink is one of the best shows on TV, and this one delivers. It is just such a great episode it definantly deserves a 10 point score. Perfect episode.moreless
  • OK episode.

    The episode is mainly about a chess grandmaster who admits to his wife he will kill her and get away with it. She fears for her life and pays Monk to prove he is the murderer. Unfortunately, the wife dies soon afterward. Being a chess genius, Monk and the police department are unable to prove he killed his wife. Monk and the cops do discover that he had been married before, and the first wife died in a similar unexpected way. Monk soon becomes angered that he can't prove anything that he considers planting evidence.

    Overall, I thought this episode was pretty good. David Strathairn was excellent as a cold-blooded killer. Obviously, Monk does manage to prove the wife was murdered. My one complaint was the ending though. I thought that a chess champion would find a more clever way of killing his wife, however.moreless
  • At last - Monk best in shape.

    A brilliant chess player against Mr Monk. It's an extraordinary battle which seems that Mr Monk can't win anymore. But it wouldn't be Monk if he couldn't catch the bad people at all. The chess player's wife paid Monk to catch her husband when he would have killed her. The plan seemed to work out and Monk has nothing in his hand against him - except for the recipe how the player did it. But where there is no proof there is no accused. It seems as if the chess player is continuously ahead of the enemy.

    In this second episode Mr Monk is back at best. He is brilliant, his brain seeems to work at highest level and like in a jigsaw puzzle he brings together all the tiny parts and doesn't give up - until he can say "I have solved the case".moreless
  • Victim pays Monk to solve her murder - Nice twist

    This was one of the best episodes of Monk in a while. The plot kept us trying to figure out how the killer pulled off the murder. At times, we wondered, could Monk's detective work solve this one? Other aspects of the show were also more interesting than usual. In particular, the victim was very compelling. She brought out Monk's empathetic side over the course of the entire episode. Finally, a victim we could care about. But there was one unbelievable thing in this show - what was a beautiful woman like that doing married to the geezer chess player?moreless
Evan Peters

Evan Peters

Eric Tavala

Guest Star

Lawrence O'Donnell

Lawrence O'Donnell

Judge Lawrence Barr

Guest Star

Elena Evangelo

Elena Evangelo

Linda Kloster

Guest Star

Emmy Clarke

Emmy Clarke

Julie Teeger

Recurring Role

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