Season 6 Episode 8

Mr. Monk and the Wrong Man

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 07, 2007 on USA
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When a man he sent to prison years ago is cleared based on new evidence, a guilty Monk tries to help him adjust to life on the outside.

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  • Mr. Monk testifies at a parol hearing of a man he helped sentence 14 years ago and sees him released because new DNA evidence. Now he tries to make it right with the Wrong Man.moreless

    I liked where the writers were trying to go with this storyline, but it seemed too out there. I know Monk is not the most confident man but he usually has much more confidence in his ability to see everything. I would like to have seen some flashbacks of Monk investigating, and maybe a scene with Trudy from that time period. This would have helped the viewer see how he messed up by not seeing the second persons involvement. It would also give us a chance to see how he has changed since Trudy's death. These scenes would be so much better than where he constantly helps out someone we know is guilty. (That's the other thing that bothers me, Monk usually shows the viewer what happened so we cannot try to figure out everything with Monk).moreless
Nancy Mette

Nancy Mette

Sherry Barton

Guest Star

Angela Gibbs

Angela Gibbs

Barton's Lawyer

Guest Star

Bradley James

Bradley James

Prison Guard

Guest Star

Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel

Dr. Charles Kroger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The legal effect of the exoneration is the defendant has asked that his first trial (his conviction) be erased--as if it never happened--allowing a new trial on the original charge. Double Jeopardy is not an issue, since it is at the defendant's request. Unless the trial is erased, the conviction stands. What the Fifth Amendment prevents is the reverse. If a defendant is acquitted, the state cannot ask to have that trial be erased.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Monk: You should have seen him at that hearing. Staring at me, he hates me. At least we have that in common.

    • Monk: All right, Max, this is for you.. Ah, it's… it's a little something
      Barton: Yeah? Fourteen years of my life in there.
      Monk: No, just mostly caramels.
      Natalie: Pretzel.
      Monk: And a chocolate pretzel.

    • Natalie: Mr. Monk, I don't think he wants your help.
      Monk: How do you know?
      Natalie: Well, the "curl up and die" thing was kind of a hint.

    • Natalie: Mr. Monk, I'm kinda of choosey about who I make out with.
      Monk: What? You made out with a leper!
      Natalie: That's different. You sent him to prison, why don't you make out with him?

    • Monk I could be wrong, Max, I am not an expert on toilet seats. Did she stand up when she made water? Look, I could be wrong.

    • Monk: This is a bad, bad, bad man. Sherry, I made a mistake, and then I compounded the mistake. Don't you make the same mistake, by compounding… my other… mistake… my first…

    • Disher: (repeatedly) It wasn't me!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Monk: Glass door
      Referencing the scene from the movie The Graduate (1967), starring Dustin Hoffman, where his character Benjamin Braddock tries to interrupt a wedding.