Monk

Season 7 Episode 16

Mr. Monk Fights City Hall

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 20, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

Monk becomes involved in the disappearance of a city official that could have ramifications concerning Trudy's murder.

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  • Monk fights to save the parking garage where his wife was murdered.

    9.0
    This episode looked really good in the previews, but it wasn't as good as I thought...Monk only tries to solve the Council woman's murder because he wanted her vote. He didn't appear to care for her as a person, but as a vote. That was really callous and mean of him. It was pretty funny when Monk started calling her secretary a bimbo and stupid girl XD That was hilarious! And the part when Natalie spat all over Harold when he correctly (and unknowingly) guessed Monk's therapist was classic! I loved it! In the end, Monk lost his battle against City Hall, and the garage was torn down to make a park for the children. In honor of Trudy, the park was named after her. How sweet! =Dmoreless
  • Mr. Monk Fights City Hall was a fantastic episode, but I expected a little more for the Season Finale.

    8.5
    Mr. Monk Fights City Hall is filled with humor, grief and engaging moments. Overall, the episode was put together in a well and interesting way, typical Monk. However, I expected a bit more from a season finale. The humor was good but had a repetition in jokes (a new trend for the Monk series) including, making references to a particular event in the series past and Monk not understanding a concept of life, over and over and over again. It almost (ALMOST) feels like USA is forgetting that they have used the same joke before or they are getting lazy (tisk, tisk not like them whatsoever) Pushing aside that very minor negative, Mr. Monk Fights City Hall included the whole spectrum of Monk-iness that makes every episode engaging and fascinating all by itself! Monk...i'll see you in the summer, and I hope you go out in style!moreless
  • As funny as the show used to be.

    8.0
    The plot device was silly, the councilwoman's reaction in the beginning was ludicrous, but this was still the funniest Monk of the whole season. There were a number of great scenes, most notably the one in the hot dog place, and the reveal in which Monk displays his usual tactlessness. I'm on the fence about Monk most of the time, since episodes range from mildly amusing to painfully stupid, so it was refreshing to see a show a good as those of the series' first year, before it because such a mess. I wish there were more episodes like this.moreless
  • Funny, enjoyable episode. Dozens of funny remarks and scenes. Deserves numerous, careful viewings.

    9.5
    This is a terrific "Monk" episode -- a serviceable crime and detection, dozens of funny scenes, and --thank God-- Monk as a slapstick, helpless caricature is kept to a minimum. To use the phrase of one reviewer here, I am happy that it is a "filler" episode. Viewers will be cheating themselves if they don't concentrate on the simple humorous things in the episode (the criminal investigation, the receptionist and the vote on the garage), and instead worry about "finale worthy" things like a big story arc, some spectacular discovery, some great lesson or turning point in Monk's outlook, etc. You won't find those things here, and just as well IMHO. A lot of effort went into writing this episode; they sure aren't coasting to the end of the series!



    Among the many funny scenes are: Harold trying to learn the name of Monk's new therapist; the receptionist, whose vote Monk needs, making one stupid-funny remark after another -- like "who told you today is Friday?", and her pointing to Natalie when frustrated Monk asks who else in the office he can talk to; Monk romancing the receptionist to get her vote and then losing that vote when he forgets himself and publicly ridicules her; the whole hot dog warehouse scene was a riot -- just one joke is the talk of hiding the missing councilwoman in the hot dogs while Randy is eating one; the love nest replete with cheerleader and French maid outfits and "the drawer" full of..... (don't ask!); Councilman Harold's prayer that the murder of the councilwoman be personal or random, not a vendetta against the city council; etc.moreless
  • Wonderful.

    9.5
    This particular episode is just what I love about the show in general- wonderful acting, terrific writing, and above all good old fashioned entertainment. The plot is wonderfully intricate and silly, the actors are all in top form. If you haven't watched this show in a while, this should bring you back.

    My particular favorite moments in this show are the incredible PAUSES- watch as Monk tries to decide whether or not to pay for a woman's hot dog... one of several lovely quiet moments filled with lovely behavior.

    Guest stars are all great- the amazing Hector Elizondo, Joe Polito as a corrupt hot dog salesman, the list goes on.



    Just a wonderful show.moreless
Tim Conlon

Tim Conlon

Paul Crawford

Guest Star

Jon Polito

Jon Polito

George Gionopolis

Guest Star

Tamlyn Tomita

Tamlyn Tomita

Eileen Hill

Guest Star

Tim Bagley

Tim Bagley

Harold Krenshaw

Recurring Role

Hector Elizondo

Hector Elizondo

Dr. Neven Bell

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Monk: Look, you've got to help me, come on. Hell no, we won't go. Hell no… come on.
      Natalie: Mr. Monk, I'm not going to chant with you.
      Monk: You have to. Otherwise, the "we" part doesn't make any sense.

    • Disher: Okay, well, they were tourists. Probably German.
      Stottlemeyer: Really? Why do you say that?
      Disher: Because they were German.

    • Disher: (examining two corpses) I, uh, talked to a clerk at a hotel. They were staying downtown at the Best Western. He said that they were a pretty quiet couple.
      Stottlemeyer: Yeah, they look pretty quiet.
      Disher: Yeah, but they weren't this quiet. I mean, before last night they were just regular quiet, like, when they checked into the hotel.
      Stottlemeyer: Randy, I know what you mean. I was trying to be wry.
      Disher: Oh, sorry, my bad. Do you want to say it again?

    • Maria: I'm new here.
      Adrian: Really? I never would have guessed that.
      Maria: Are you patronizing me?
      Adrian: No, I'm insulting you.

    • Monk: (in an unsanitary hot dog factory) I was buried alive once.
      Natalie: Yeah, I remember.
      Monk: I was in a box. I was underground for three hours. And that box is now the second-most frightening place I've ever been.

    • Disher: (eating a hot dog) Boy, that's good. What is that, beef or pork?
      Al the Vendor: We use "meat."
      Natalie: Why do you say it like that?
      Gionopolis: Uh, we are required by law to put it in quotes.

    • (speaking about a fellow council member)
      Harold: As you all know, we lost a dear friend this week. Eileen Hill's body was discovered earlier this morning. Let us pray that the San Francisco police catch her killer and bring him or her to justice. Or if they don't catch him, let us pray that Eileen's murder was the work of a random nut job, or frustrated ex-boyfriend, and not some kind of masked vigilante who, for some reason, has a personal vendetta against the city council, and is determined to slaughter us, one member at a time, picking us off when we least expect it, using a different, yet somehow appropriate method for each of his grisly killings! Amen.

    • Monk: I can' t believe I won! I can't remember the last time I won anything.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: March 2, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: November 26, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: December 24, 2011 on YLE TV1

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