Season 7 Episode 1

Mr. Monk Buys A House

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 18, 2008 on USA

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  • An average Monk episode. Disappointing in aspects, though the show can't be blamed too much given circumstances.

    This episode of Monk felt especially par-boiled and mediocre compared to many of the finer episodes. The incorperation of a new shrink for Monk, though very strained, was somehwat of a necessary given the tragic death of Stanley Kamel. The new shrink, however, definitely could have waited.

    As for the mystery, it had a good base and feel to it, but was in combination much too simple and needed very much to be drawn out more. The best episodes of Monk are the ones where the mystery is complex and the viewer feels as if there's actually a progression: an epidose where the mystery unravels slowly and surely rather than unfolding all at once in what seems a moment. This episode had no such mystery. However, given the loss of one of the show's main actors, these misgivings can certainly be forgiven to a degree.

    Let's hope that Monk manages to get back on its feet and toss out some really good episodes, otherwise the show may find itself slowly going downhill.