Season 4 Episode 9

Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 02, 2005 on USA

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  • Festive Phobias

    In this special Christmas episode; a detective is killed from drinking spiked port that was meant for the Captain. It's up to Monk and Natalie to feel out the Captain's enemies and at the same time, get through the misery of the holidays. The key problem with this episode is that they try and extract too much sympathy from the viewers and it could be interpreted as christmas messages, i see it as blatant emotional blackmail. Admittenly; the clue involving the greeting card was clever but the killer is basically shown in flashing lights leaving any form of mystery absent. We're meant to believe that a character who's in every scene but has never been in any previous episode has nothing to do with the murder. Stottlemeyer and Disher are given enough screentime but are stuck with the acts of contrasting stern with idiotic and it is getting tiresome. The "moments" they do have involving Frank and Terry just went nowhere. Laughs in this episode are few and far between with the scene that has Monk as a department store Santa providing the heartiest chuckles leaving pretty depserate alternatives. The final scene of Monk outside in the snow was genuinely heart - warming and whatever potato flakes or flour or bits of paper were used as the snow managed to pass off as the real thing well. Monk is better off with episodes based during working days as this weepy Christmas episode is not the best bauble on the show's Christmas Tree.