Season 1 Episode 8

Mr. Monk and the Other Woman

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Aug 23, 2002 on USA
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The prime suspect in the three murders of a lawyer, his assistant, and his disgruntled client is Monica Water... who bears a resemblance to Monk's dead wife Trudy.

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  • Execellent plot twist at the end! The bar has been raised a little higher!

    Oh, my! Dale the Whale (Adam Arkin) directed this one! Is that why it's so appealing? In "Mr. Monk and the Other Woman", Adrian becomes interested in a woman that closely resembles his wife, Trudy, but before long, the woman starts being accused by Captain Stottlemeyer and the others as the primary suspect in a homicide... but a HUGE plot twist is waiting in the wings as it is revealed that a more obscure, gangly-haired man that almost resembles Grima Wormtongue from "The Lord of the Rings", is revealed to have put together a phony will, and broke into a lawyer's office to ADD a file, not to steal.

    A terrific mystery, and the best Season One episode yet!moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep monk theripist try to get out and try to find out someone eles since his wife has been gone for 4 years. and in this ep monk finds a women that reminds him of trudy and understands him very well . well anyway in this story monk must figure out why a lawer was murder and the assitant and why they broke in the first the place it leads them to belive at first its a guy next store but he gets killed and then they think its the girl monk is seeing . but its a big twist at the end and its really good ep i thought.moreless
  • This is one of the funniest episodes from the first year. Monk encounters a woman who not only reminds him of Trudy but understands him so very well. The mystery is secondary to Monk's infatuation.moreless

    This is a cleverly written and very funny episode. When Monk sees Monica's garage he is in awe. Everything is organized just as he would organize it if he had a garage. when he goes out to eat with her, he asks for separate plates for each of his entrees. "You don't like for your food to touch?" she asks. With bravado he replies, "Most people don't want their food to touch, they just don't have the courage to ask.

    When asked to stay at her house to keep Monica safe, his response is a simple question, "A sleepover?" To this overnight stay, he brings two large suitcases, including his own sheets.moreless
Maria del Mar

Maria del Mar

Monica Waters

Guest Star

Patrick Garrow

Patrick Garrow

Todd Katterskill

Guest Star

Stellina Rusich

Stellina Rusich

Trudy Monk

Guest Star

Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel

Dr. Charles Kroger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Trivia: This is the first time that OCD is referenced specifically by name.

    • Monk mentions the Breinhoff Clinic in Zurich as one of the worlds most famous hospitals of psychiatric disorders, but such a place doesn't exist.

    • If the file folder had been replaced incorrectly in regards to the location of the tabs, wouldn't it also have been misfiled alphabetically?

    • Monica Waters chooses D-7 on the jukebox and "I Only Have Eyes For You" plays. If you look at the listings on the jukebox, however, D-7 is actually "Stormy" by CLASSICS IV.

    • Trivia: Monica Waters chooses D-7 on the jukebox. The song is "I Only Have Eyes For You," sung by Art Garfunkel.

    • Monk brings his own sheets on his "sleepover" but asks for a pillowcase? He would surely not sleep on someone else's pillowcase.

    • Monk knew which file was added because there were two "middle" ones in a row. But how did he know which of the two was added? It could have well been the one in front that was added, rather than the one already there. Also, file tabs would not stay in perfect alternating order unless no new files were ever added.

  • QUOTES (21)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: "Lucky Guy", "There Was A Struggle", "Pebbles And Clues", "My Hero" and "The Kiss" by Jeff Beal

    • When Monk and Sharona exit the lawyer's office in the final scene (blue door), they are in fact exiting Toronto's historical St. Lawrence Hall. Built in 1850 as Toronto's cultural centre, it was, among other things, the meeting place for the Anti-Slavery Society.

    • This episode was produced immediately after "Mr. Monk and the Psychic" and before "Mr. Monk Goes to the Carnival," which accounts for the apparent regression of Stottlemeyer and Disher in terms of their relationship with Monk. It was directed by Adam Arkin, who guest-starred as Dale Biederbeck in the first regular episode to be produced, "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale."


    • Monk: I'm not afraid of change I just don't want to be there when it happens.
      This is a send–up of a Woody Allen quote regarding death.