Season 5 Episode 4

Mr. Monk Can't See a Thing

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 28, 2006 on USA
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Episode Summary

While visiting a firehouse, Monk is blinded by the killer of an elderly fireman.

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  • Satisfying from start to finish!

    When Adrian Monk goes to Fire Company 53 of the SFFD to have his smoke detectors checked, being blinded by a person who murders a firefighter was probably the last thing he expected to get out of his visit. He despairs his loss of eyesight, but with the encouragement of his companions, he is able to use his other senses to detect. Soon he proves that the incidents at the firehouse are connected to the death of a young woman in a fatal house fire a few blocks away just a few minutes earlier. All in all, this episode is rolling from start to finish.

    In fact, I like this episode so much that in many of my own variants on one of Lee Goldberg's Monk novels, I try to incorporate the basic plot elements of this episode in.moreless
  • He doesn’t need to see to be the best detective

    Monk get’s blind and less fobic. He realizes that being blind is the best, because he can’t see the germs and his regularly phobias doesn’t mess with him, and he is happy with that.

    This episode doesn’t focus Adrian Phobias like the last ones but the crime it self, still the episode was fun, as usually it has hilarious moments:

    - The part when Monk had to feeling a drifter's face, he was so afraid;

    - When Randy yells and said everything he was doing to Monk “see”;

    - Monk walking on the beam afraid of highs in the construction site.

    Every episode Randy id becoming dumber.

    Tony shown us that he is great actor.

  • Monk at its best

    How to make Monk an even better show.... pour more tragedy on him. As if he doesnt have enough to deal with! Here we see Monk blinded by an assailant to kills one of his friends at a fire station. We are filled with more sympathy for him as we see him lose his only function in life. We wonder if things can get any worse as Monk delines into more neurotic behaviour as he struggles to readjust. Until he crashes into despair of not being able to be the great detective that he is.

    I have to admit I joined him in his despair, at least for a little while. Then as in all things Monk we are catapluted into the heights of joy-dom as he discovers the good points of being blind, like not being able to see rats in the alley or the condition of that alley - for him its a miracle that hes even there!

    The actual murder and its resolution are just sideplots in this episode. That isnt a problem here as its a real rollercoster of an emotion ride, done well and without the viewer noticing!

    The inevitable conlcusion however is reached and with his sight back, Monk returns to type.

    Almost the best episode Ive seen of this show!moreless
  • A blind Monk

    I just watched this episode today on the Hallmark channel and freaking loved it. I thought that the whole plot line was genius and i loved that we got to see a different side to Monk because although he started to act really weird like he no longer cared deep down he did and he showed a really vulnerable side to him. O my god how funny was Randy when he was talking to Monk. "I am at your eye level, I am going to talk to you now." When he said things like that I couldn't stop laughing. GREAT episode.moreless
  • Its a funny episode!

    I just saw this episode of Monk a few hours ago. This is the first episode of Monk i saw. In my opinion the episode was pretty near as funny as you can get. After watching this episode i'm going to try to watch Monk when ever it comes on now. I can't really think of anything esle to say about the episode, other then i thought in was funny and also pretty interesting. After i watch a few more episodes, i'll do a review on the show, but right now i really can't do the review yet cause this was the only Monk episode i'v seen so far.moreless
Jamie Kaler

Jamie Kaler

Peter Breen

Guest Star

Sandra Nelson

Sandra Nelson

Dr. Jackman

Guest Star

Drew Powell

Drew Powell

Eddie Murdoch

Guest Star

Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel

Dr. Charles Kroger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • When Eddie Murdock falls to his death, before he hits, Monk is next to Stottlemeyer. After Eddie hits, Stottlemeyer looks up to see Natalie and Monk on the floor above.

    • When the firemen are gearing up to leave for the fire at Stefanie Preston's house, there are four engines in the firehouse. The camera angle changes to Monk and Rusty, but when it changes back to show Monk watching the pumper engine pulling out of the firehouse, two of the engines have vanished and there is only one truck on the right side of the garage.

    • Eddie Murdoch is not wearing gloves when he is killing Rusty with the shovel. However, when Monk was giving his statement to Disher, he didn't mention this. And the police didn't run the shovel handle for fingerprints.

    • When the engine is seen pulling out of the firehouse at the beginning, and later (in the flashback) when it is seen passing Eddie Murdoch on the street, it is a pumper engine. The engine seen parked outside Stefanie Preston's house in the flashback is a different model based on the appearance of the back of the truck.

    • In the shot of the exterior of the firehouse at the beginning, you can clearly see the number "53" on the engine and on the truck. Yet the words over the garage doors say "Truck Co. 1" and "Engine Co. 1."

    • Whereas police cars seen in this episode utilize the real SFPD paint scheme, the fire engines seen do not utilize the paint scheme used on actual SFFD engines. They have the words FIRE RESCUE printed on the sides of the vehicle, and the word FIRE printed just behind the rear wheels. The fire department seal seen on the doors of the truck's cab is partially correct, with the seal of the city of San Francisco, but around it are the words "San Francisco Fire." On real engines, below the seal would be the engine or truck's designation (e.g. it would say Truck Company 53). Although the paint scheme used on the engines is a fictional one, the SFFD shirts worn by the firemen utilize the real design (black with the words "San Francisco SFFD Fire Department" written on the back).

    • The firehouse is referred to as being home of Engine Company 53 and Truck Company 53. There is no company (whether Engine or Truck) with that number in the San Francisco Fire Department (the highest number used is 49).

    • Captain Stottlemeyer says that the house that was on fire where the young woman died is in the same area of the city as the alley dumpster where the fireman's coat and hat were found. However, the house shown is clearly in a residential neighborhood while Stottlemeyer said that the alley was in the Tenderloin which is an area in downtown San Francisco where there are SROs, not nice homes.

    • Trivia: Monk has 30 smoke detectors for five rooms, two hallways, and a vestibule.

    • The trophies from the previous episode, "Mr. Monk & the Big Game," are missing from Monk's mantel.

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Greece: November 18, 2007 on Star
      Finland: December 20, 2008 on YLE TV1
      Slovakia: February 4, 2010 on Markiza


    • Monk: I'm no Mr. Magoo.

      Natalie tells Monk that Mr. Magoo was a scientist. Mr. Magoo was actually a cartoon character who was very near-sighted. He'd frequently get in near-disastrous situations but managed to get out of them without a scratch due to blind luck.