Season 2 Episode 13

Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 06, 2004 on USA
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Episode Summary

A law student promises to get Monk reinstated to the police force in exchange for his help in finding the kidnappers of her beloved grandmother.

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  • An untypical, though funny episode of Monk!

    This episode is untypical for Monk. He's trying to solve the mystery of a missing granny, who has been kidnapped and a few days later she is released without a single scratch.

    This time Monk did not work for money but he did it with the prospect of getting back into regular police service. But when it comes to the aptitude test his neuroses thwart him once again.

    Favourite Quote:

    [Monk: You look familiar, Ronnie. Didn't I see you last week at the opera?

    Abrash: The opera? What have you been smoking, man?

    Monk: I've been smoking the truth, man!

    Abrash: What are you guys doing? Good cop, crazy cop?]moreless
  • Ouch. An uncharacteristically bad episode this time around.


    Monk needs to stick to murder cases b ecause the entire premise of this episode was so far fetched I found myself groaning repeatedly throughout it.

    The criminals in this episode were so unbelievably stupid, I simply could not believe it. They actually kidnap a woman in order to throw the police off the trail of the lesser crime of stealing a chair. Sure the chair is worth 2.5 million bucks, but no one besides th em knows that. The law probably would have valued it at around 40 dollars. They could have broken in and grabbed the chair and been done with it. As antique dealers, they even could have replaced teh antique chair with a look-alike. Nana probably would never have noticed. And if she did, who cares? A 70+ year old woman calling the police to tell them that her living room chair looks a bit different would not exactly have brought the long arm of the law down on their heads.

    "Calling all cars...Calling all cars...Be on the lookout for an old bat's living room is to be considered slightly different than she remembers it..."


    So they kidnap her. They KIDNAP her people....KIDNAP!!! And to make it even stupider, they carry her out of the house in the actual chair. Now, you have to remember that later in the episode, they nearly bite Stottlemeyer's head off just for getting to close to it. But it's ok to carry a 120 pound lady out of the house in it. The thing is only 225 years old or so and is only worth 2.5 million dollars.


    And then, sigh, they do a Google search or something to find radical groups of the 70's they can pin it on. They find an organization that has been defunct for 25 years and try to blame them for the crime. And to make it thoroughly believable, they make the assinine demand that $500 worth of turkey dinner must be given to some homeless people downtown. Then they let her go. Look out! The hippies are back! Viva le resistance! Why even bother?? If they were going to kidnap the old battleaxe, why not blame it on someone believable? A local gang or the frigging Al Qaeda or something believable?


    Then, just to make sure it doesn't get to be too believable or anything, they decide to try to murder Monk in the college library. What the hell the kidnapper was doing in the college library is anybody's guess, but I'll give them the benefit of teh doubt and assume he was following Monk, looking for an opportunity or something. But let's be realistic here. The guy is so overconfident at the end of the show, so damn cocky, I wanted to reach into the tv and strangle him. So why was he so afraid of Monk that he'd bother trying to kill him. Didn't he think that might get the police involved in the case? Attempted murder of a former police officer?


    And then we get to see the atheletic ability that Monk has been hiding all these years. He makes a vertical leap from halfway up a ladder to grab a pipe hanging from the ceiling at least 5 or 6 feet out of reach. Go on. Go back and rewatch the episode and look how high above his head the top of the bookshelf is and then consider how much higher the ceiling is above that. he only went a couple steps up the ladder, but when he's hanging from the ceiling, Sharona has to crane her neck upward to see the soles of his feet! Michael Jordan look out! There's a new star in town!

    Then we have to consider how easy it was to track down where the criminals were in the first place. How intimately do Monk and Sharona know their town anyway? The old hag smelled bread? So it must be the only bread store in all of San Fransisco. Naturally! They stopped for 5 or 6 minutes? Must be a bridge! The smell of cough drops? Eucalyptus trees...and they even know where those trees are. Now, I know I'm not a detective or anything, but I don't even know what sort of trees I have in my own front yard, let alone where to find any of the Eucalyptus variety in my town. But Monk and Sharona do. Hey, if this detective thing doesn't work out, maybe they can become forest rangers!


    Nana has had the chair for 20 years according to her granddaughter, but there is not a single picture of it in all her photo albums? Not even one? Where ahs it been for the past two decades? The attic? The only time they ever took a picture of it in 20 years was right before it gets stolen so they have a Lost Kitty Poster to prove they own it. How convenient. Well, i guess it's the poster's fault it got stolen in the first place. So it's actually kind of a good thing the chair never found its way into any pictures at family get togethers or holiday gatherings or anything like that the past 20 years. If it had, Nana would have been kidnapped a long time ago!


    And finally, the last sequence of stupidity in the episode. Let's say you're a master criminal. You want to steal a chair worth a few million buck. You go through this whole idiotic plot to get it and finally it's in your possession. The auction is in a few days. All you have to do is lay low and sell it and then retire to Tijuana. Where do you keep the chair? In a storage warehouse? Hidden in the attic? Somewhere way out of sight where it won't be found?

    Keep in mind you committed multiple felonies in order to get it and all its owner has to do is notice that its missing and produce a photo of it in her house at some point during the past 20 years (we're assuming these photos would naturally exist mind you) to prove you stole it and in turn committed all these other horrible crimes thus putting an end to your life of freedom and beginning your new life as a cell mate with a fat guy named Bubba.

    Nope. You slap it down smack in the middle of your living room so it's the first thing the cops see when they come knocking on your door. Oh, but at least you have a forged receipt from a dead antique dealer. That's using the old noggin.


    Wow. I can't believe they did an episode this incredibly bad. i can't say I'm too disappointed because this show, as much as I like it, always has too many convenient things happen to make it possible for Monk to solve the case of the week. But this was so far-fetched I felt like I was bleeding IQ points through my nose.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show monk monk is tring to find a missing grandmother and this girl comes to him to hire him and gets him to do by talking to a guy that can get monk back on the force and does and they find the grandmother it was easy getting her back and monk thinks it was to easy and he has to go take a test but he could not get past the first question with out sharping and ruined the paper so he failed it and did not get back on the force and monk solves it by figouring out they did not want the grandmother they wanted the chair this was a good epmoreless
  • Monk tries to find out why an elderly woman was kidnapped from her home and held for a ransom of turkey dinners to the homeless. It's not until he realizes that it was a distraction technique that he solves the murder.moreless

    Julie is so cute and funny. I also like shows that advance the main plot as well as solving a crime. In this one, Monk tries to get reinstated to the police force. Julie shows him a loophole in exchange for solving her grandmother's kidnapping. He can apply under the ADA and take a test to show he knows procedure. Naturally, this is one of the loopholes that the show can't close and he gets distracted by the answer sheet. The kidnappers are unexpected but make sense. Sometimes Monk isn't as good because it wouldn't be possible for a viewer to solve this crime, because enough clues aren't given.moreless
Eden Rountree

Eden Rountree

Carol Maloney

Guest Star

Rachel Dratch

Rachel Dratch

Julie Parlo

Guest Star

Pat Crawford Brown

Pat Crawford Brown

Ruth "Nana" Parlo

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • This episode is the first in which Monk is not investigating a murder.

    • Julie can't remember whether forgery is a "Class B" or "Class C" felony. California doesn't classify felonies, and forgery can be prosecuted or punished as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

    • When the kidnappers call for the first time, Julie reacts to the ringing phone before it starts ringing.

    • In "Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect" when the police are at the crime scene, a cat is seen running across the wreckage. In this episode is clearly established that Randy is severely allergic to cats, contradicting that earlier episode.

    • Why bother with the high profile kidnapping in the first place? They go to the trouble of trying to frame a radical group that has been defunct for 25 years, kidnap an old woman and try to kill Monk. They should have simply broken into Nana's house and stolen the chair. There would have been just as good a chance that it would never have been missed and their crime would have been significantly less in the eyes of the law. As antique dealers, they could even have replaced it with a look-alike and it might never have been missed.

    • The chair thieves nearly panic when Stottlemeyer simply touches the chair. They are, understandably, very concerned that it does not get damaged. Why then did they carry it out of Nana's house with her sitting in it? The thing is supposed to be over 200 years old. Would they not have been concerned that it would fall apart while lugging it to the car? They could have carried it carefully to the car and walked Nana out.

    • Nana bought the chair 20 years ago and in all her photo albums there is not a single picture of the chair. Where did she keep it that whole time--in a closet?

    • Sharona triggers the suspects' car alarm and runs back to her car which is only a house or two away. The suspects come out and turn off the alarm and the man looks around trying to see what set off the alarm. How does he not see Monk leaning out of the car window snapping pictures from such a short distance when he is actively looking in all directions, searching for nearby people who could have set off the alarm? They couldn't have been more than 30 feet away.

    • Monk's leap to the pipes hanging from the ceiling above him is nothing short of superhuman. He has to reach up to push the book back in and the top of the bookshelf is another foot or two above that. The pipe he is hanging from is several more feet above that. In all, he would have had to to a spontaneous, standing, vertical leap of at least 5 feet (possibly more) to grab the pipe above.

    • At the homeless shelter, we glimpse Lt. Disher, disguised as a bag lady, being served ahead of the old man who doesn't want any gravy. Then Lt. Disher is served after the the old man.

    • In "Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny," Lt. Disher is extremely allergic to cats. However, in "Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect," Lt. Disher is in the house and a cat walks right by him. Can you just forget you're allergic to something one minute and then be sneezing like mad the next?

    • When Monk, Sharona, Disher, and the captain are listening to the kidnapper's phone call, Stottlemeyer has on head phones and the woman has the phone, but when the kidnapper speaks, the whole group reacts to what he says even though they aren't actually listening to the phone call.

    • Was there something wrong with Granny's hearing? How could she not know that the "rain" was a bunch of water sprinklers?

    • Eucalyptus trees don't smell like cough drops--at least the ones near my house don't.

    • Stottlemeyer says they only call in Monk "when they hit a wall." Maybe he's just being a little untruthful on purpose to make himself look good, but there have been plenty of times when Monk is at a police investigation from the very beginning.

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