Season 5 Episode 10

Mr. Monk and the Leper

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 22, 2006 on USA
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Episode Summary


Monk becomes involved in a murder plot when a reclusive millionaire suffering from leprosy hires him to do a job.

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  • In black and white or color, its still the best television in the universe!

    I thought this episode was terrific in B&W. It was so well crafted that by the end, I felt that I was seeing a color show. As a matter of fact it was interesting to see the color version and compare what my mind saw with what was the actual pallette.

    This episode was just fabulous. All of the humor was back, Monk in a state of panic after shaking hands with the leper, and Natalie the last word on tolerance rushing into the kitchen after her date with the doctor, grabing Julie and telling her to draw her a listerine bath!

    I think we should campaign for 52 weeks of Monk!moreless
  • The Black and White version was the best!

    I really liked the idea of the episode being aired in Black & White and then in Color. I like the Black & White version the best! The quality of the film was excellent! I thought the storyline was funny, but still think that the writers are continuing to take Monk in and out of character. I enjoyed the actor choice for the femme fatale and particularly enjoyed seeing Natalie freak out when she realized that her date was previously stricken with Leprosy. Natalie always plays the calm part, which can become dull, so it was great to see that she can play the comedic role as well. In between the Black and White and Color episodes, it was funny to see Randy and Stottlemeyer appear in black and white and then see the color come in. Randy was true to character with his comments about which episode he likes better. Very funny! More of Julie would be a plus! She plays well to Monk's OCD.moreless
  • Monk gets the wool pulled over his eyes

    A great and realistic (for once) crime plot make this a classic. The story is straightforward tale of greed and subversion, this time of Mr. Monk.

    The first act does a great job of leading you cleverly up the garden path. Several scenes between Monk and the leper do a bang on job of showing you why Monk has been selected (given the oversight that he is a bloody good dick).

    There wont seem much arwy, until the scene where Monk meets the wife and them your suspicion radar will be working overtime. As usual the scenes with Randy and the Capt. are more for misdirection than anything crucial so pay attention.

    When Monk makes a goose of a judge in his office, will no doubt make you laugh if you are a true fan of Monk. Once this scene is played out, you will be able to guess whats going on. This wont spoil your viewing pleasure as Monk is thwarted a few times before the inevitable ending.

    If you are in the market for shows with simple endings, but take you on an enjoyable story then this episode is for you.

    A good balance to everyones aversion to leprosy is the Doctor who provides the vehicle for Natalie's daughter to show Monk and her mother just how ridiculous they are behaving.

    One of the more action packed episodes for a while with a decent crime story from which Monk gets to play his usual neurotic self, get taken for a ride and still solve the crime. And at the end live with his inability to touch the worst imaginable thing in the world - at least in his eyes.

    An excellent watch.moreless
  • definitely memorable

    it definitely is different seeing modern tv in black and white. I think it worked for the scenes in the bar, since it's like those old 1940s spy movies, but for the rest of the show, it should have just been in color. The storyline was good; i had no idea that leprosy was still around! I thought it was cute how Randy started playing part of the Monk theme and Stottlemeyer said it was annoying (or something like that). It reminds me of an episode of the kids show "Arthur" when one of the characters says some of the lines from the show's theme song and says he heard it somewhere but doesn't remember exactly where. Anyway, I felt the ending was kind of weird. It wasn't as good as other episodes, but I can't wait til the show actually returns each week, instead of these "specials".moreless
  • Adrian gets involved in a murder when he is asked to help a billionaire who has leperosy.

    This episode was great. It was first aired in black & white, then in color. I would have to say that I liked it better in black & white. There is something to be said for the old mystery style. Anyways, Adrian helps a man who is supposed to be dead...but has leperosy.

    A mystery develops when the wife has Adrian testify so that she will get to keep her property and money. Adrian gets involved when he agrees to help the man. In the end, it turns out that she had killed her husband anyways and then got someone to impersonate him for Adrian. Then she killed him so she could live with the money.

    In the end, Adrian must confront his fears and is forced with a dire decision. Whether to die by being dashed against rocks...or hold the hand of someone who once had leperosy. He finally grabs the hand and is saved. There are many funny parts of this episode and it is sure to become a Monk Series Classic.moreless
Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Mandy Bronson

Guest Star

Stephen Bogardus

Stephen Bogardus

Derek Bronson

Guest Star

Lawrence O'Donnell

Lawrence O'Donnell

Judge Barr

Guest Star

Emmy Clarke

Emmy Clarke

Julie Teeger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Natalie and Monk are arguing about touching a leper, Natalie mentions that she had just kissed a leper and that Monk's handshake was with a fake leper. Monk argues the point but fails to mention that when he met Dr. Polanski they shook hands and did not use a wipe either.

    • Mandy Bronson forces Monk and Natalie to take her to her husband by threatening to turn them into the police for breaking and entering. Although this would still have created trouble for them, they believed they were there by permission of the owner and should not have immediately capitulated.

    • When Randy is looking at Steiner's appointment book he notes that, "Last New Year's Eve he played a private party for Mandy Bronson". December 31, 2005 was a Saturday, but the book shows it as a Sunday. Obviously this is a 2006 appointment book (December 31, 2006 hadn't even occurred yet when this episode aired).

    • Natalie always wears high heels when she has skirts or dresses on. Not in the last few scenes of this episode. She is wearing flats. This is because Traylor Howard was eight months' pregnant at the time.

    • During the balloon scene, Adrian's hair is much thicker--obviously a stuntman.

    • As Randy leaves the doctor's office, you can see that the hole in the wall is gone and most of the pictures are back up. You also see him knocking down some of the pictures twice while prying off his own montage. The struggle to pull that montage off the wall wasn't planned and was only supposed to be a swipe, but the construction crew nailed it on so well, they had to shoot several takes and the crew had to come in to help loosen it before Randy was able to pull it off the wall. The dialogue with Dr. Polanski was shot first and a few of picture-ripping takes were stitched together, which is why there are continuity issues.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Dr. Polanski: (trying to reassure Monk about leprosy) Well, how about this: if you do contract the disease, I'll treat you for free.
      Monk: What the hell are you talking about? How 'bout this: we never call the guy back, we don't see him again, I avoid him like the plague. Yeah, you know what? Exactly like the plague!

    • Monk: There is no heart so black as the black black heart of the phony leper.

    • Monk: Is there any more soap?
      Natalie: That's it.
      Monk: I mean is there any more soap in San Francisco?

    • Monk: How did he know about that alarm system? Julie, I was duped. It was all a con!
      Julie: A leper-con.
      Monk: What?
      Julie: Was he magically delicious?

    • Monk: I can't! It's wobbly. Somebody has to hold it.
      Natalie: Mr. Monk, I can't come back, I'm already over.
      Monk: Well, it's too wobbly, look it's all wobbly. I can't climb this, why is it so wobbly?
      (Natalie pops up next to him)
      Monk: How did you do that?
      Natalie: I opened the gate.
      Monk: Good thinking. Okay, hold the ladder.

    • Monk: The leper thought of everything.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode opened with Tony Shalhoub providing an intro to the episode from the set about how how it would be airing in black & white. It closed with Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford introducing the color segment, with Ted insisting it was better in color and Jason preferring to agree with Tony.

    • While in the pianist's house investigating his disappearance, Randy starts to doodle on the piano (to Stottlemeyer's annoyance). The first few notes he doodles are the original Monk series theme from the first season, written by Jeff Beal.

    • On it's original airing, this episode was presented first in black & white and then in color. USA Network then held an on-line poll for viewers to indicate which version they preferred.

    • International Airdates:
      Greece: Sunday 29th December 2007 at 18.45 on Star
      Finland: Saturday, January 31st, 2009 at 19:45 on YLE TV1
      Slovakia: February 12, 2010 on Markiza


    • Balloon Scene
      Near the end the fake leper and Natalie fall from the gondola of the hot-air balloon. As Natalee gets up, the camera zooms in on her, and, minus the buildings in the background, forms a near-perfect mirrored image of Andrew Wyeth's famous painting, Christina's World.