Season 6 Episode 2

Mr. Monk and the Rapper

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 20, 2007 on USA
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Monk helps a famous rapper clear his name after the rapper is accused of murder.

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  • What?????

    Okay... having a rapper as Monk's client? Granted. Using Daylight Savings Time as a plot device? Granted. The ACTUAL mystery plot is perfectly fine with me, and it's an okay story, but changing the main theme "It's A Jungle Out There" into a cocky rap number?! RRRRRRRRRR......... I remember the first time my Mom saw this on TV. It was before we started buying the DVD seasons, and she told me from another room, "The theme song is changed!", and I was like WHAT?!?! When I actually saw it months later on the DVD, my jaw dropped and I think I froze in time....... It just didn't fit. The rappers should fit into the story, not the story fitting into the rappers (and no, I don't mean one scintilla of prejudice by this).

    By extension, it didn't help to have Monk suddenly frisked a SECOND time, which, in my eyes, was just an annoying callback to the Mafia frisk scene from "Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather" (Season 3, Episode 5), as if that wasn't annoying already. You have to pay exceptionally close attention to Murderous' relayed Monk summation, because he describes the events in jive, using phrases like 'serving murder on the plate', and other odd things that arguably aren't as comprehensive as when Monk himself presents the summation.

    As if to make SURE to draw it out even longer for those of us who were ready for this episode to hurry up and finish, so we can move on to "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man", we have to see Natalie and Adrian walk.... and walk.... and walk.... and walk.... and WALK.... with the same camerashot on them for what feels like an eternity, while we hear ANOTHER reprise of Snoop Dogg's rap version of "It's A Jungle Out There".

    "Mr. Monk and the Rapper" is possibly one of my least favorite episodes in the series (second only to "Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist", in my opinion, which is my least favorite of all). Once you've watched this episode in your 'Monk' DVD marathon, take a deep breath and relax, because the next episode is wonderful, and infinitely better...moreless
  • This episode gets a bad rap.

    I once heard Monk referred to as "your parents' favorite detective show," which I found somewhat insulting at the time, but in hindsight, I can see that whoever came up with that description may have had a point, especially after reading several reviews in which people bemoan the idea of their nice clean family show about murder being sullied by those awful, awful rap people. When I heard the theme tune being rapped by Snoop Dogg instead of sung by Randy Newman, I thought it was kind of a cute touch in an episode that has to do with the rap industry, but I just knew a few viewers must have blown a gasket, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised about the negative reviews. I'm certainly not surprised that none of those same people felt the need to express moral indignation over the episode set around a Playboy-style mansion or the episode with Willie Nelson in which the singer's pot smoking is implied. I must concur with the reviewer who expressed the opinion that the main reason this episode garnered such vitriol is because of a prejudice against rap. I may even go so far as to speculate that there may even be a deeper prejudice at work in some cases. I really don't care for rap myself, but I found this to be a pretty average episode of Monk with very little that could seriously offend- not unless you're so uptight that diamonds could be produced from sticking coal you-know-where.moreless
  • Absolutely Atrocious

    Please, I am begging whoever is in charge, pull the plug asap. It is so sad and such a shame to be watching what used to be one of the greatest shows of all time rotting away like this. During Season 5 I thought it's humanly impossible to get any worse, but they did it. This episode is the epitomy of absolute atrocity, and to frost the cake, they even replaced Randy Newman's song with some rap remix. Monk hasn't just hit rock bottom, he's actually been given a jackhammer to dig even lower. Please, leave us with the sweet memories of the first 3 excellent seasons on DVD and put this show out of its misery. It's heartbreaking.moreless
  • Snoop Dog is a gangsta rapper who is implicated in a murder. Blah, blah, blah...

    Stunt casting more often than not equals a crappy episode. This one was no exception. My guess is that the Studio told the producers they wanted Snoop in a show. I expect the poor writers then went about trying to create the vehicle accordingly--It showed in the quality (or lack thereof) in the work. For a good example of stunt casting see the Sarah Silverman episode. For a bad example see this one. Oh, and please, please, please don't let guest stars near the theme song again! Ugh. That was embarrassing for both Snoop AND the show. Only redeeming quality was Monk's "motive, yo" line. Worth a chuckle--Without it this episode would get a 0.0.moreless
  • Repulsive Monk episode. I couldn't stand to see Monk fawning over these sexist, criminal, rapper-types. Even the detective-mystery aspects wer weak.

    The Rap episode wasn't just bad, it was insulting/repulsive, what with paying homage to this most vile form of rap. If "Monk" is a sweet, decent comedy show (of which there are so few on television), this Rap episode had to be anti-Monk. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

    Dare I say "jump the shark"? (That should get a lot of fun responses.) I'm disgusted that they swoon over rap, which is largely thought to be destructive, mainly to black culture/family life (see Bill Cosby) -- especially the type of rap shown on the show (fun criminal murderous names; clear references to notorious headline murders and violence, woman hanging around like ornaments). All those who complain that "Monk" is in decline, what with all the "fish our of water" episodes, will love this one, could call it "Exhibit A". I couldn't take all of the gushing about black rappers and imitating their lingo horrible and condescending.

    One of Dogg's entourage says "I hate the mother.... 'er ... ... feller." There's a long discussion, involving even Natalie, as to whether a rap song sounds better if a girl's "booty" is either "bangin or poppin." Dogg's home/office is like a brothel; there was even one woman lying around unconscious (from a drug stupor?). Dogg tells Monk he could put a lump of coal up Monk's "butt" and get a diamond out of it. Lovely family show.

    About Natalie and the ep.: (1) I am beginning to wonder if some Monk-Natalie romance is in the works. (2) As to those who complain that they make Monk look too dumb lately, this ep is a good example of sorts -- minor example, but as to Natalie's Secretary Day flowers, anyone in Monk's position would simply defend himself by saying that when he heard it was Secretary's Day, he took advantage of it to show his appreciation of Natalie's performance, that there is no "assistant's day", that obviously she was more than a secretary. Monk floundered about, was tongue-tied, didn't even defend himself, seemed like a bewildered jerk. It went on for too long.

    A few small qualms ***SPOILERS***:

    1. wouldn't the cops have the limo driver guarded in the hospital?

    2. why would the murderer want to kill the limo driver, in the hospital? The murderer thought the limo driver was sleeping in the limo when the bomb was placed. 3. If the white partner was killed, wouldn't his estate then own his share of the partnership, half of the recording deal?

    4. Why would the bomber keep bomb-making tools in his basement? (He's not a professional bomber who would even need those items in the future.)

    5. If the watch-bomb-timer could only go up to 12 hours, why would the bomber lie that someone looking like the Dogg character was seen near the limo at 7 PM (the bomb went off at 8 PM on the watch [9 pm in daylight savings time]. Either way, 7 PM was an impossible time for anyone to plant that bomb.moreless
David Banner

David Banner

Snake Da Assassin

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RonReaco Lee

Denny Hodges

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Marcello Thedford

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The only witness in a homicide would not be left in intensive care without police protection, especially after Stottlemeyer pointed out his existence to the primary suspect in the crime. In fact, the discussion would have been a good setup to catch the killer--if police had been posted at the victim's hospital room.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Natalie: You get hunches all the time, people don't laugh at you.
      Monk: People laugh at me plenty.
      Natalie: But not about that.

    • Stottlemeyer: Randy's upstairs talking to our medical examiner in rap.
      Monk: Why?
      Stottlemeyer: I learned a long time ago not to ask Randy why he does anything.

    • Stottlemeyer: Apologize, but don't cry.
      Monk: Don't cry?

    • MurderUss: I bet if I put a lump of coal in your butt and let it sit there for ten minutes, I can get a diamond out of it.
      Monk: D-diamond? MurderUss... listen to me. You gotta believe me... That wouldn't work!
      MurderUss: Man, what are you talking about?
      Monk: I mean, there's no way you could get a diamond from a lump of coal up there. I...It's not physically possible.

    • MurderUss: My name is MurderUss.
      Natalie: MurderUss. I've heard of you. I've taken your records away from my daughter.

    • Disher: Huh, you know what, you're not the only musician in the room...
      Stottlemeyer: Randy.
      Disher: Russ! Actually, I'm in a band too. We have a very eclectic repertoire.
      Stottlemeyer: Randy!
      Disher: We do Rap. We also do Folk, we do Metal...
      MurderUss: What is this? Good cop, demented cop?

    • MurderUss: I am not going to be putting a bomb under somebody's towncar. You know me, I'm up close and personal, face-to-face.
      Disher: Not according to this. Track 4. Your song called "Car Bomb." (Disher trying to rap the following) "Ch, ch, uh, put a bomb into your limo, that's what the surprise is; under your seat like Oprah giving prizes." (stops singing) Sound familiar?
      MurderUss: Not the way you do it.
      Disher: Yeah, well, I wasn't really performing it.
      MurderUss: Look, you got to be one of the whitest white boys I've ever met. And I've met Kevin Costner!

  • NOTES (3)