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Season 7 Episode 9

Mr. Monk and the Miracle

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 28, 2008 on USA
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Episode Summary

It's Christmas, and three homeless men ask Monk to solve the case of their dead friend. The trail leads to a monastery where a fountain has the miraculous power to cure anyone who drinks from it.

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  • Great fun, good story and a lot of heart!

    This episode was great fun. Three bums come to Monk's home to hire him. Natalie (bless her heart) pushes Monk to investigate. The Captain

    ends up in a monastery and Monk figures out another crime. The mystery

    is good, it was impossible to guess in advance who did it. I suspected the Monk who greets the Captain. I love the Captain , he is handsome and sexy and I was really happy that this episode is about him. I always like the episodes with a lot of Leland. Ted Levin is an extraordinary actor and watching him in this episode is really moving. Tony Shalhoub is better than ever and his going to the monastery to find his friend makes for some of the funniest scenes ever not to forget the Christmas dinner with the bums which was hilarious!moreless
  • Homeless men come to Monk's appartment to hire him to solve a murder case. Monk is greatly concerned about the cleanliness level decreasing. Meanwhile, Leeland Stottlemeyer finds himself in a trap set by the local pharmacist about a healing fountain.moreless

    This episode was fantastic. I would have to say that this is one of my most favorite episodes. Funny, entertaining, and greatly put together. This episode also makes me want to watch every single Monk episode out there. I am a new Monk fan and would love to keep watching episodes like this. I love how this episode is filled with comedy, I think its the most comdey filled episode I have seen so far; Monk is a very interesting character and I love watching him deal with his OCD. Monk is my new favorite television show. Congrats to the whole cast.moreless
  • Monk helps 3 homeless men find a killer of their friend. The Captain decides to be a monk.

    This episode was a surprise, I did not think we would see one until January. I was not completely thrilled with this one. While Monk went ballistic when the three homeless came into his house it was not as total Monk as we are used to. The fact that he find a murder while trying not to help was typical Monk.

    I watched this episode twice and thought I was just so bored with TV lately that a Monk would set me right, and this one was not it.

    This was not one of my favorites by a long shot, but it was better than reruns, but not much.

    They could have done so much with this theme, it seemed to be rushed to screen and not fully thought out.moreless
  • Monk helps three homeless men solve the murder of their friend.

    In between this episode and the last of the first half of this season news broke that the eighth season of Monk would be the show's last. As disappointing as that is it is probably best that the show leave the airwaves at a creative highpoint.

    Getting to this episode, we received a good solid case and some good laughs to go along with. Monk's antics with the homeless were great and it is was entertaining to see his phobias once again become such a central part of the plot. Natalie and Stottlemeyer were amusing as well.

    The whole religious aspect of this episode seemed kind of farfetched and ridiculous but anything that ends with a guilty pharmacist is good in my book.moreless
  • Natalie forces Monk to help 3 homeless guys whose friend was murdered...

    This episode isn't the worst I've seen, but it sure as dirt wasn't the best. Monk drove me nuts. The way he treated the homeless guys was meant to be funny, but I thought it was extremely rude and cruel. Seeing Randy try to take the Captain's place was probably the only funny part of this episode. He grew a mustache to look like the Captain, and then the Captain gave him a razor and tried to force him to shave it off. Now that was hilarious! XD Seeing the Captain try to become a Monk was weird. I would never have guessed they would make him a Monk XD The plot of the episode was decent. A pharmacist kills his partner and buries him under a fountain. When he finds out they plan to excavate the fountain to build a classroom there, he paints a picture of the fountain and the word "Drink" on people's doors who are sick and aren't getting any better. When they drink out of the fountain, they get better and believe it's a sign from God.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Julie and Mr. Monk are talking about his cardboard Christmas Tree, the position of her arms changes between to the side and crossed, depending on the angle of the camera.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Julie: Is that your tree?
      Monk: Uh-huh.
      Julie: It's cardboard.
      Monk: Right. No muss, no fuss. A lot of people are doing it.
      Julie: Who?
      Monk: People... you know, who are me.

    • Monk: (adjusting his Christmas tree) What do you think?
      Julie: I think it's sad.
      Monk: I know it's sad. I mean, is it straight?

    • Julie: Christmas doesn't mean anything to you?
      Monk: Not anymore.
      Julie: Why don't you believe in anything, Mr. Monk? What are you so afraid of?
      Natalie: I'll tell you what I think. I think Mr. Monk has been afraid of so many things, for so many years, he's afraid of not being afraid.
      Monk: What does that mean?
      Natalie: Think about it.
      Monk: I'm afraid to.

    • Natalie: So would you guys like to have a seat?
      Monk: No, no no!. No, that couch doesn't work. None of these chairs do. Hey, I have an idea. Uh, why don't we all stand on some newspaper? Julie, go get some newspaper. Everybody hold it in until we get some newspaper, okay?
      Ike: Hold what in? What do you think we're gonna do?
      Monk: I don't know, I don't know. Just hold it in. Hold it.

    • Natalie: Didn't I mention? I invited a few friends to your place for Christmas dinner. Monk: I don't have any friends.

    • Monk: You wasted a trip. They make their own gravy.
      Natalie: Who makes their own gravy?
      Monk: Bums.
      Natalie: Bums make their own gravy. What does that even mean?
      Monk: You don't wanna know.

    • Ike: I love this gravy. Usually we make our own but...
      Monk: Excuse me, could you repeat that about the gravy?
      Ike: Mm. Usually we make our own.
      Monk: Huh, isn't that interesting. Natalie did you hear that?
      Natalie: Yes, yes I did.
      Monk: Good. Interesting.

    • Julie: So why do they call you The Professor?
      Natalie: Julie, it's probably because he loves to read and probably because he's curious about the world and other cultures...
      The Professor: I eat books.
      Natalie: Oh.

    • Natalie: What is that?
      Disher: What?
      Natalie: On your face. On your lip.
      Monk: It looks a little bit about a mustache.
      Disher: Well, I'm in charge. It comes with the job. (Monk and Natalie stare) Okay, you're making me a little uncomfortable.
      Natalie: You're making me a little uncomfortable.

    • Natalie: You know, I mean anything's possible.
      Monk: That's not exactly true. A lot of things are what we call impossible. It's the opposite of possible.
      Natalie: I get it.
      Monk: I'll give you an example. This.

    • Natalie: Hi, I'm Natalie Teeger, and this is Adrian Monk. Mr. Monk and the monk. Sorry. Are you allowed to laugh?
      Brother Andrew: We've been known to chuckle.

    • Natalie: Oh, god, Mr. Monk, come on, you have to believe in something. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't think I'd see Mitch again.
      Monk: What, you mean in Heaven?
      Natalie: Of course in Heaven. Where'd you think I was going?
      Monk: Well, you know, the drinking, and you kissed a leper.
      Natalie: You think I'm going to Hell?
      Monk: She kissed a leper.

    • Ike: We, uh, we wanted to give you something. We made it ourselves. It's gravy.
      Monk: I can't take that.
      The Professor: No, we insist. After all you've done for us.
      Natalie: No, no, no, he means he literally can't take it.

    • Natalie: (on seeing the large crowds at the fountain) Mr. Monk, look at all these people, they really believe in it.
      Monk: Well, they're people. They'll believe anything.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: February 19, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: November 16, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: November 5, 2011 on YLE TV1