Season 1 Episode 3

Mr. Monk and the Psychic

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 19, 2002 on USA
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Episode Summary


A husband disposes of his wife, and only a psychic can lead the police to the killer... but Monk is skeptical.

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  • A clever 'story reinforcement' episode. A fair sequel.

    "Mr. Monk and the Psychic" is best enjoyed if viewed in the context of the 'white moves first' rule on a chessboard. Viewed in light of the overall series, it's quite forgettable, but when viewed for what it is, as the first sequel, it actually has one or two merits: It shows that Monk hasn't lost his touch for solving mysteries, and it introduces Monk's skeptical, but perceptive insight regarding frauds, and as any rational viewer could deduce, Dolly Flint the psychic was obviously a fraud from the beginning. Linda Kash conveys that in her acting quite well.

    Not the best, but not bad.moreless
  • One of the worst Monk episodes. Unbelievable crime solving. Impossible to suspend disbelief.

    One of worst episodes. "Monk" is great for its characters and humor. It is weak in the detective area. I groaned when they staged that silly seance (at the end of the episode, at the "murder scene" of the girlfriend) to get the experienced ex-police commissioner to confess to driving the phony psychic to the car crash site. I can forgive some of the other silly plot ploys -- the ramp so the wife's car would shoot over the cliff, the mudslide that buried the car, the need to chloroform the psychic and drive her to the scene to find the car for insurance purposes, the unique pebble gravel, the convenient returned package in plain sight, etc. But so many of them? The only good things in the episode are the quirky psychic and Sharona's belief in psychics for boyfriend hunting.

    Let me repeat that so many things were unbelievable and silly in this episode that it was impossible to "suspend disbelief," much as I'd like to. The two worst aspects of the episode are (1) the phony seance at the end to unbelievably shock and unravel the murderer; and (2) that the ex-commissioner/murderer, who was to inherit from his wife who was said to be "as rich as all of Canada," would undertake to chloroform and drive the psychic to the crime scene so the body would be discovered so he could put in an early claim for the measly $2,000,000 insurance money. Brother!moreless
  • Monk , a psychic, crooked commish, Man kills wife for some insurance money, you know the bit.

    Well to be fair there were some entertaining moments in this episode, however just too thin a plot to rate it a winner in my book. Tony Shalhoub is really good as Monk as he battles his disbelief that a psychic could actually find the missing women in this case. Monk doesnt fail to keep your attention with all his little quirks and Tony Shalhoub does the best he can to carry the episode along. The police were too inept to be believed here, um, check the cell phone records, everyone does that. Even the solution to the case, um, entrapment, anyone?, wouldnt hold up in court.

    Seemed like a flawed episode with a plot rehashed from any other detective show you would like to name here except it has Tony Shalhoub, and that is enough to keep me from being too hard on the rating here.moreless
  • The episode was ok. But the crime solving wasn't that surprising...

    This episode is a average episode cause the ending wasn't as cool as it was in the first episode or in some other episodes that I have seen in Monk.

    The episode still had the classic Monk stuff like making Sharona go into a huge waste basket just to find a pebble which wasn't really there and when he was shaking the Commissioners hand the way his mouth turned was so funny. So the reason i didn't like this episode as much as the others is that this episode didn't have the main Monk styles in it. What i am saying is, he always will go somewhere and do something stupid or crazy and then suddenly he will found out a clue and there it is. Everything will be there, the people watching will have no clue of what happened. But this episode was not like that. It didn't have a lot of Monk's magic in it.

    So all i can give to this episode is an ok 7.8.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep monk must figure out what happen to a old police chifs wife. and he must figure out if he deposed of her and had the phyce find her or did the phcyh really find her and phyches and can really be led to things from there dreams. monk figures it out at the end like he always does and i think this wasa nother really good ep and it shows more and more info on his life . its also pretty funny and i enjoyed it so that is why i gave it a 8 point 0moreless
Linda Kash

Linda Kash

Dolly Flint

Guest Star

John Bourgeois

John Bourgeois

Commissioner Harry Ashcombe

Guest Star

Kate Trotter

Kate Trotter

Kate Ashcombe

Guest Star

Max Morrow

Max Morrow

Benjy Fleming

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When the victim is on the stretcher, why is she given neck support as if she were still alive?

    • On the widescreen DVD version, the dissolve-scene still image of the house and cars at the 00:13:20 mark is filmed in fullscreen and stretched to fit the widescreen frame. Look for the Cadillac skateboard in the driveway.

    • Monk turns off the tap with a towel to protect himself from germs, then dries his hands with the same side of the towel. What about the germs on the towel?

    • In the scene shot from inside Monk's refrigerator, just after he says, "Relax, I've been handling refrigerators since I was fifteen", you can see Sharona's boom mike drop briefly into view to pick up her response (19:23 in the episode).

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Stottlemeyer: Monk, what are you doing here?
      Monk: I want to help.
      Stottlemeyer: You want to help, say a prayer for the man.
      Monk: I can do more than that, Captain. You know I can.
      Stottlemeyer: Can you imagine what that man's going through?
      Monk: Yes, I can.

    • Sharona: Adrian, don't you want a closer look?
      Monk: No, I--I can see from here.
      Sharona: Would you like us to move the crash site a little closer to you.
      Monk: No, I'm fine.

    • Stottlemeyer: Oh, I'm sorry, I thought this was my office. Yeah, see, I'm confused because my name is on the door.

    • Monk: I'm not good at parties.
      Sharona: It's not a party. It's a memorial service. This is a nice place. Obviously whoever lives here doesn't work for you.
      Monk: The late Mrs. Ashcombe was richer than Canada.

    • Ashcombe: You understand, right? I mean, you lost your wife.
      Monk: Uh, understand what, sir?
      Ashcombe: The natural desire to pack her things away. You don't want them around to... remind you.
      Monk: I guess I had the opposite reaction. I haven't thrown anything of Trudy's away. Not even a hairbrush. Not even a hair from a hairbrush.

    • Sharona: What are you doing? You can't look through people's mail.
      Monk: I'm not stealing anything. I'm just combing through. I don't want to live in a world where a person can't comb through another person's mail.

    • Jennifer: Are you a psychic, Mr. Monk?
      Sharona: He's a psychic who doesn't believe in psychics.

    • Sharona: The former Commissioner isn't just another suspect, Adrian. He is connected. He is the Man and you'd better be sure about this.
      Monk: I'm as sure as I can be without any, you know--proof.

    • Dolly: You know what you are, Mr. Monk? You are what we in the spiritual world call a buzz kill.
      Monk: Thank you.

    • Monk: There is a very valuable piece of evidence somewhere in this store. It's a small pebble. It's about the size of a--small pebble.

    • Dolly: This time I am telling you the truth. What is wrong?
      Monk: You want to know what's wrong? I'll tell you what's wrong. I believe you.

    • Monk: You've got to be a little skeptical, Sharona. Otherwise you end up believing in everything--UFOs, elves, income tax rebates.
      Sharona: Well, that's better than believing in nothing. I feel sorry for you.
      Monk: Thank you

    • Daniel: Adrian--Adrian, I noticed you touching all the poles. Is that an American thing?
      Monk: Yes, it's an American tradition. I'm touching all the poles because I'm proud to be an American.

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