Season 2 Episode 12

Mr. Monk and the T.V. Star

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 30, 2004 on USA
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Episode Summary

Monk suspects the star of a hit TV crime show of killing his ex-wife. His only problem: the actor's rock solid alibi.

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show monk there is a tv star whos been in the news at the bar puching him and so the poparize was out side his hosue when it seemed his ex wife was murderd and monk starts to investgate and they belivie monk that he is the suspect and since there all caught in the tv hype and so monk realizes how he fanked the lie detector test and they go even more digging when they realize the sceams they heard that morning were from the movie she did years ago and when he went to check that is when he killed her and they could hear the screams that were on the movie tape on the killing. and he did it so he would not have to pay his wife this was a good epmoreless
  • One of the greatest and funniest episodes of the earlier seasons.

    I usually enjoy the episodes about making a tv serie or a movie since they are filled with little inside jokes. This wasn't an exception. I found myself laughing out loud in my bed in the middle of the night. Good thing my family members are deep sleepers.

    The mystery itself wasn't too hard to see and all through the episode I could guess where it was going but I very much enjoyed the ride, and in the end that is what matters the most. I'll be watching this again tomorrow since I just have to show it to my spouse.moreless
  • Monk investigates the murder of a TV star's ex-wife. When she was murdered, he was right outside the house being interviewed by reporters. But Monk's not so sure.

    Sarah Silverman's character is hilarious. So is the ongoing debate about the theme song. There's not much character development in this episode, it's just solving a murder. It is one of the episodes where everyone doubts Monk. In this one, they doubt him because they find the TV star charming and attractive and he invites them to parties and offers perks. But they come back to Monk quickly, knowing as we do that all the charm is just a facade. Monk is amazed to see, near the end, that the actor can lie without his pulse changing, but I don't know if most actors are really that calm and collected. Who was it that said being an actor is about coping with uncertainty? I think they sweat.moreless
Ed Fusco

Ed Fusco

Sgt. Green

Guest Star

Vic Chao

Vic Chao


Guest Star

Dave Matos

Dave Matos

Assistant director

Guest Star

Kane Ritchotte

Kane Ritchotte


Recurring Role

Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel

Dr. Charles Kroger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Although the polygraph does measure your pulse, it also measures many other physiological responses to lying, such as respiration rate and galvanic skin response (sweating). Even if Brad managed to fool one of the sensors, it's extremely unlikely that he would fool them all.

    • Marci starting a petition to save the old theme song is reminiscent to something that happened in real life soon after the series itself changed its theme song from the rhythm, instrumental version to the Randy Newman version.

    • As in "Mr. Monk Goes To The Theater," the scenes that are viewed through the prison glass always reveal the editing process. When they cut from one actor's face to the other, the reflective glass shows both faces (and the lip sync) at all times.

    • At the crime scene, Disher turns off the VCR without gloves or any kind of protection, even though VCR buttons are a good spot to lift fingerprints from. When he handles the tape, he uses a handkerchief.

    • When Sharona has Monk take her picture with Brad Terry, he doesn't go through the elaborate nitpicky taking-and-retaking of pictures we've seen in previous episodes, such as "Theater."

  • QUOTES (8)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Marci warns Monk that if he ever gets his own show, he should never change the theme song. Immediately following this line, the end credits roll, accompanied by Jeff Beal's old Monk theme.
      This scene caps the self-references that pervade this episode, but it also emphasizes USA's sensible solution to the theme song debate: Use the new song for the opening credits and the old one for the closing credits.

    • The uncredited writer who walks past the cart is David Breckman, brother of series creator Andy Breckman, who wrote some of the episodes ("Back to School," "Asylum," and "Married").


    • Crime Lab S.F.:
      The of the show and the methods used by the detectives to solve their cases are very similar to CSI and its spinoff CSI Miami.

    • Club Car:
      When Sharona and Monk are taking a tour of the studio, note the name on the front of the cart: "Club Car." The Club Car was also the name of the bar/restaurant where the characters sometimes hung out on Wings, the NBC comedy series in which Tony Shalhoub played the cab driver Antonio.