Season 2 Episode 7

Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Aug 08, 2003 on USA
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Episode Summary

Monk suspects that the killer in a recent bombing is a man who has been in a coma for four months after a police car chase.

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  • this was a good ep

    mr monk starts to investgate string of bombing and monk and the captain must figure it out and they go and learn that the family has problems over large amounts of money and that one brother attached bombs in the mailboxes and got into a comer when he was hit by a buch of vecicles and turns out he was not planing that but he wanted to kill his family and have the perfect abliby to be locked up at the time of the murders this was a good ep i thought and that is why i gave this ep a 9moreless
  • Monk is called in to solve a murder with mail bombs. He automatically knows the suspect, but the suspect is in a coma. How did he do it? Or did he do it?moreless

    It is fair to say that the best word to describe this episode is hillarious. Of all the Monks I would have to say this is the funniest. Even if you don't laugh hard you're still always laughing. The episode also contains great drama and extreme mystery ( maybe a little too extreme). I especially enjoyed the howdy doody bit, even if it was a little out of character. The rock polishing kit was a great way of asking why they even exist. Overall the episode was hillarious and if you'v e never seen it, it's a must see. If you know someone who usually solves the cases before Monk, see if they can solve this one. I can almost guarantee they won't solve it. Anyway, all the characters had the right amount of screen time, and the script was well written. I sure do hope they start making episodes like these classics this season or next season, it would sure add quite the audience.moreless
  • Monk suspects a man in a coma of a crime.

    Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect is one of my personal favorite episodes. I loved the humor in it with the vacuum when he's in the coma patients room. It was a typically hilarious Monk moment. I also enjoyed the concept of the ketchup bottles. This episodes crime and solution was terrific as was the acting. I have seen every single episode of Monk and I really enjoyed this episode I think they should make more like this in the future. It was great and defiantly worth watching. I really liked this episode and if you haven't watched it yet you should.moreless
Frank John Hughes

Frank John Hughes

Trevor Howe

Guest Star

Chad Donella

Chad Donella

Ricky Babbage

Guest Star

Matt Winston

Matt Winston

Brian Babbage

Guest Star

Kane Ritchotte

Kane Ritchotte

Benjy Fleming

Recurring Role

Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel

Dr. Charles Kroger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Dr. Kroger says that him and his wife are going to Costa Rica but how come he's the only one in the taxi coming home?

    • Why would the killer possibly use something as messy as ketchup to test his scheme?

    • Monk reaches under the comatose patient's blanket to retrieve his dropped pen and exclaims, "Oh, it's leaking." He then pulled the pen up and it definitely was not leaking. He even pocketed it, something he would not do with a messy, leaking pen.

    • For obvious reasons, life-support apparatus used by hospitals does not connect to standard electrical outlets.

    • I don't think a knot, even for Monk, is enough to determine whether or not someone committed a crime. For all he knew, the brother could tie a package differently from a surfboard.

    • Because of incompatibility with their machinery, the United States Postal Service will not process a parcel tied with string. The USPS also requires all articles weighing more than one pound to be submitted via a counter, not a mailbox. A package violating these regulations would be held at the local post office until the sender (notified via postcard) resubmitted it under the proper guidelines.

    • When Sharona catches the partially opened bomb, she's holding with the opened top pointing away from her. After the commercial break, it shows her with the opened part pointing upwards. Considering how sensitive the bomb was to motion, I don't think she could have moved it that much without it detonating.

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  • NOTES (0)


    • Agent Grooms: I don't believe it. You still think it was Rip van Winkle?
      A reference to the story by Washington Irving about a man who falls asleep for 20 years.

    • Nurse Stemple: Like the Addams Family...
      The creepy clan later known as the Addams Family began with a 1938 New Yorker cartoon, whose characters frequently reappeared (and evolved) over the next several decades. In 1964, the cartoon was made into a live-action TV series. Cancelled in 1966, the series went into syndication. It was later remade (twice) as a TV cartoon series and was the subject of two theatrical movies and one video. It's hard to imagine Monk reading the cartoons or watching any version of the movie or TV series. Tony Shalhoub had a small role in the second theatrical movie.

    • Agent Grooms: (referring to Monk) Who the hell is that? Marian the Librarian?
      Marian Paroo, aka Marian the Librarian, is the love interest of the main character, Harold Hill, in the Broadway musical The Music Man. Marian was portrayed by the unMonklike Shirley Jones in the 1962 film version.

    • Monk: (to Stottlemeyer) Howdy Doody? . . . Wasn't he a puppet?
      Howdy Doody was a red-haired marionette, the star of a long-running children's TV show (originally Puppet Theater but later changed to Howdy Doody), which ran from 1947-1960. If Stottlemeyer and Monk are the same ages as the actors who play them (45 and 49, respectively), little Leland would have been too young to remember watching the show, and little Adrian would have been terrified of both Howdy Doody and Clarabelle the Clown (a human character originally played by Bob Keeshan of Captain Kangarool fame). And we now know that Monk is younger than Tony Shalhoub and is supposed to be 45 as of season two.