Monk

Season 5 Episode 15

Mr. Monk and the Really, Really Dead Guy

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 23, 2007 on USA
9.6
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Monk must catch a mysterious serial killer, but he may have more trouble with a federal agent who prefers technology to deduction.

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  • Really a good show, feds get a taste of their own medicine.

    8.5
    Think that the feds always act as better than thou. On tv shows, and that they are left, being red-faced. Because both the feds and the cops, want to really try to solve a case. As they have differences. Wished that Monk and the PD would had stand up to the feds. As they don't want to hear anything. And the feds won't win a case for the lack of teamwork. Not just among the local or state law enforcement agencies. But among themselves even. As it is an embarassment to themselves. Monk and the PD gave them a taste of their own medicine.moreless
  • Monk vs da man

    9.0
    Monk takes on the G-man (or the FBI) or at least both pit their techniques against each other in a battle of the modern vs the past, to track down a vicious serial killer in less than 36hrs. Who will win?



    I wasnt immediately grabbed by the episode's start, even by what is a horrific crime. However, once Monk and the FBI team get on the case, it does develop into a great episode.



    The star of is undoubtably the crime. Not seeing the killer or having suspects shifts the attention on the actual buildup of drama. Its the scenes between the uber-efficient and techno-savvy FBI team and Monk's apparently antiquated method of deduction that fill this episode with simple but enjoyable screenplay. Of particular note are the scenes where all-a-phobe Monk's attempts to inteface with technology using Julie Teeger's laptop; When Monk succeeds in guiding the SWAT team to Julie's friends sleepover - that was hilarious!; Dr. Kroger's session when he bursts into song and Randy's scene as the only musician in town!



    The overall tone of the screenplay sees Monk subservient to alpha's (FBI) domination until he can Natalie provides him with a epiphany that turns this case on its head - and that it does, but not before he is made to feel even worse as he is berated by the FBIs lead agent.



    ***** SPOILERS ******







    I loved the way the writers incorporated a seemingly important piece of the serial killers MO, which proved to be the plot twist enabler at the end. Had me fooled!



    An excellent episode that continues the trend of this superb season.moreless
  • Monk vs. Technology

    9.2
    This episode I'll admit was both funny and emotionally engaging. Monk is pitted off against some super high tech agency who is trying to solve one case. In a way this show why Monk's way works best and where high tech gagetry fails.



    Sure it seems as though this agency is getting a lot of things done and results seem to be coming in faster. But there are two weekness with them. They work too fast and are overly busy. As Monk stated they don't take the time to think things though, if they did then they get things done.



    I though it was just funny see Monk trying to get into the world of technology and it looked like he was really getting use to it, the funnest moment for me had to be when Monk got the wires crossed on the muti way modum while using the laptop. And as they the FBI high tech team was getting an adress on the suspect, Monk of course types in the adress of where a slumber party Natile's daughter is in and then the FBI come busting in with guns.



    It was sad though seeing Monk being critisized constantly by the head agent who has a all too uptight mannerism is constantly critisizing Monk for his abilities and even orders Monk around. Monk begins to have that fear that may'be people like him are dated and obsolete. However as his psychiatrist soulfully states: "May'be technology slows you down." And he's right, Monk somewhat abides by the principle when you go slow, you go fast. Technology for Monk is a tool and that's what it should be. It's the wills of men that get things done and that's what happen. Sure Monk's way may seem slow but it gets the job done and on time, when Monk once again takes the time to think and then it suddenly the answer clicks in, all this without a computer.moreless
  • Quite funny and a little sad but the ending of it was nicely redeeming.

    8.3
    This was rather a good episode. It made me laugh through several parts. I could see Monk being new to the internet, even after maybe having used similar devices when he was on the police force. Years ago, my mom used a computer for data imput at her work, but has yet to get near the internet. Monk's figuring out Julie's laptop was so cute, I laughed hard as he used the open disk drive drawer as a cup holder.



    The feds stepped into the episode's case and the head agent was quite nasty to Monk. I so wished he would have adamantly refused when the guy ordered him to not say anything but turn around and leave the scene when Monk made a mistake and sent the agents to the wrong address. Instead he simply walked away in quiet embarrassment, which was sad, but more like the character. Thankfully though our hero got the last word with putting the agent in his place without any effort as he solved the case in his usual style. Something I wasn't sure in character was Randy's one-man-band. It was funny, but a little on the silly side and had me wondering why wasn't he playing a singular instrument as he'd previously mentioned being in a band (The Randy Disher Project). A guitar or a horn of some kind would have been good.



    Stottlemeyer summed it up really well by throwing that one agent's hand-held computer device at the escaping bad guy, resulting in knocking him down and stating how the feds' high-tech gadgetry did capture the criminal.moreless
  • Low tech Monk must work with high tech feds.

    6.5
    This to me is the worst episode of Monk so far. It had it's moments, but to me it was way out of character for Monk and I chalk it up to poor writing. It was also a bunch of little things.



    Monk is not oblivious to technology. He is a very smart individual. He's seen Natalie and Sharona use cell phones but when he tries to use one he can't do anything with it? Monk is a master of observation and he can't recall one tiny thing about the operation of a cell phone? Monk not caring to use technology is one thing, being oblivious is another.



    Monk has never used a computer before? He was a police officer. He'd have to use one to submit reports on arrests and such. Not being familiar with the internet I can kind of see as he wouldn't really need it. But never touching a computer before? I find that hard to believe.



    In the tech van the feds treat monk as if he was a complete moron. They act like everyone would know that what Monk was writing on was a plasma screen tv. Well if it was off it looked like a clear blackboard. Then they scream at monk for using the HCL acid on the screen. Why in the world was it just sitting out in the open like that and why wasn't it clearly marked?



    The show did have some funny moments in it don't get me wrong. A great one was Natalie making fun of Randy's line about the co-pilot not having responsibility when it is exactly like him. The funniest part by far was the SWAT team accidentally storming the girls slumber party which oddly enough looked like it was at 3 or 4 in the afternoon... and Randy's one-man-band.



    Overall it was a decent mystery, poor portrayal of Monk, with some funny bits. Just shoddy characterization severely hurt this review.moreless
Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Agent Thorpe

Guest Star

Peter James Smith

Peter James Smith

Agent Keao

Guest Star

Andrew Rothenberg

Andrew Rothenberg

Medical Examiner

Guest Star

Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel

Dr. Charles Kroger

Recurring Role

Emmy Clarke

Emmy Clarke

Julie Teeger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Disher is standing next to a display case of drinks at the crime scene, all the drinks are flipped around so the labels aren't showing.

    • This episode takes quite a few liberties with computers. For example, passwords do not appear when typed, and some switched cables would not have caused the call-tracing mixup as shown.

    • Trivia: Mr. Monk gets his first mail message, which is spam, from "bigmanoncampus." The subject of the mail is "Bigger! Guaranteed!"

    • When Monk calls Natalie at 2:55 in the morning to tell her about winning computer solitaire, you can clearly see daylight in the window behind him.

    • Trivia: The song that Randy was singing was the same song that he used in "Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist" but with different lyrics.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Julie: There you go, you're online.
      Monk: Oh… oh… I'm on the web, the world wide web.
      Julie: Welcome to 1998, Mr. Monk.

    • Natalie: (about Monk) He's just never seen an earpiece phone before.
      Thorpe: Where's he been, in a coma?
      Monk: In a coma? No. I wish.

    • Julie: So this is called a mouse.
      Monk: Oh , God! I know that, I haven't been living in a cave!
      Julie: And this is a mouse pad.
      Monk: Wow... it is so rubbery... it's outstanding.

    • Monk: Was it him? Call him back.
      Natalie: It's a private number, why didn't you answer it?
      Monk: I couldn't, I don't know how.
      Natalie: (overlapping Monk's words) Mr. Monk, that was important to me, how do you not know about cellphones? Everybody has a cell phone. How do you function in the world?
      Monk: I don't.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Germany: October 16, 2007 on RTL
      Greece: February 10, 2008 on Star
      Finland: March 7, 2009 on YLE TV1
      Slovakia: February 19, 2010 on Markiza

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