Season 3 Episode 4

Mr. Monk Gets Fired

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 16, 2004 on USA
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Karen Stottlemeyer has decided to film a "cinema verite" documentary about her husband's work, but her timing couldn't be worse.

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  • Smooth sailing...

    After the aforementioned brief lapse (see previous reviews), which to date hasn't amounted to more so-so episodes per season then any other, Monk seems firmly back on track. Monk doesn't have long repetitive self-dialogues ("Lobby, lobby, lobby, lobby...") this week. The focus really isn't even entirely on him - notice that he doesn't appear in the last little "tag" scene.

    Certainly Monk has things to do in the episode, and it's certainly "about" him. But there's more then Monk losing his job and going on endlessly about it. Mrs. Stottlemeyer is back (sans the children, unfortunately) and her and Stottlemeyer's relationship seems much more...normal, then when we've seen them together the last two times. Ted Levine gets a few chances to shine here for once, professing his love, desire to impress his wife, frustration with a jerk of a boss, friendship for Monk and willingness to slip him in both to get the case solved and throw his friend a bone, etc.

    Sharona has surprisingly little to do (and Benjy is absent - I'd rather have seen him here with Monk then wasted in last week's "Blackout"). Tackling the Commissioner based on Monk's "odds" is a nice Sharona moment, but otherwise we don't see much of her.

    Disher isn't a total idiot this time out, although he does drone on a bit. That does mean he has more dialogue in this one episode then in the rest of the season to date.

    While there isn't any real "mystery" per se, there's something to be admired in the elaborate mechanism of the plot - writer Peter Wolk scatters all the elements leading up to the denouement.

    The Commissioner (Saverio Guerra - Willy on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is suitably sleezy - the rest of the cast is pretty much forgettable. Kroger shows signs of life, btu really doesn't contribute much.

    "Gets Fired" is certainly the best episode of the season to date - they've got Tony Shalhoub under rein and avoided the overacting embarassments of "Panic Room," and we get a little more of Stottlemeyer and Disher and not so much of Sharona but just enough.moreless
  • Mr. Monk Gets Fired In this Episode there is a person stealing hat's, arson, a murder by chainsaw, & of course Mr. Monk loses his license to be a detective.

    I gave this episode a high score. It really made me feel bad when Mr. Monk lost his private practice license. It's hard to believe that all the deleted forensic evidence is not backed up daily. Mr. Monk has used his detective work as a way of dealing with both his wife's death and the loss of his job on the police force. This made it a devastating loss. However I did not find the character of the commissioner to be so amusing. He was very uncaring and empathetic. This episode is worth seeing as Mr. Monk finds a link/connection to all the crimes and gets his license reinstated.

Andrei Belgrader

Andrei Belgrader

Old man on bench

Guest Star

Glenne Headly

Glenne Headly

Karen Stottlemeyer

Guest Star

Jeff Van Atta

Jeff Van Atta


Guest Star

Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel

Dr. Kroger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • In "Mr Monk Meets Dale the Whale"; the nurse who trained Sharona is established as someone who speaks very shrill and whiny but in this episode we see her and she sounds totally different.

    • Throughout the series, it has been mentioned several times that Monk never takes off his shoes. Sharona has commented on it a couple of times, when Monk has been asked to remove his shoes (she says things like "That's true. I've never seen him take off his shoes."). In this episode, when Sharona goes to Monk's apartment to check on him and she finds him standing in the living room, staring at the wall, he is wearing his pajamas. When he realizes that he's solved both cases and they are connected, he smiles and starts dancing. Sharona asks him what he's doing and he replies that he's doing a jig. She says he's not doing a jig. She doesn't know what he's doing and doesn't want to know and gets up to leave. During this exchange, the camera focuses on Monk's feet, which are bare.

    • In the coroner's office, Monk says that the pox vaccination indicates that the woman must be from the Baltic states and at least 26 years old because the pox vaccination ended in 1978. In Estonia they still had the pox vaccination in 1988 and maybe in the other Baltic states, too, so Monk's conclusions were slightly off.

    • At the beginning of the episode, a loud splash can be heard and a woman is seen swimming underwater, but there are no spreading circular ripples where she originally entered the pool.

    • When the cops arrest the perpetrator at the end, they don't read him his rights. Oops.

    • Why didn't Stottlemeyer inform the commissioner that Monk could file charges against the department for discrimination? Because of his OCD, I don't think Monk could be terminated from duty so easily.
      However Monk is now an independent contractor so the employment laws don't work here.

    • When Sharona works in the hospital, she is wearing jewelry. At least here in Sweden, nurses aren't allowed to wear jewelry when working.

    • The computer page says "1998 to present" but the Commissioner later refers to them as "ten years' worth of files." 1998 to 2004 is six years, not ten.

    • Monk theorizes that the mountain-climbing fiancé is left-handed, which he is. However, he wears his watch on his left arm. Left-handed people usually wear their watch on their right arm.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Sharona: You told her that stupid Marmaduke joke, and you got a medical plan?

    • Disher: Captain, Monk's here.
      Stottlemeyer: He's where?
      Disher: He's outside in the garage.
      Stottlemeyer: What's he doing here?
      Disher: I don't know. He's Monk.

    • Head nurse: He's out there every day, just sitting there. Kind of creepy.
      Sharona: He's not creepy; he's just sad. (Pause) And creepy. I guess he's both. I'll go talk to him, okay?

    • Job interviewer: What do you think is your greatest strength?
      Monk: (Long pause as he searches for an answer.) My decisiveness.

    • Job Interviewer: (looking at stack of papers) How many magazines did you read?
      Monk: Just one.

    • Job interviewer: Any questions for me?
      Adrian: If I get the job, would I get this chair?
      Job interviewer: (Smiles at him.) Not while I'm here.

    • Dr. Kroger: Adrian, just a little pointer here. You don't have to keep saying "car bomb."
      Adrian: Okay, I'll just say "bomb."

    • Monk: You think your house is that clean, mister? You don't know the meaning of the word "clean."

    • Monk: I haven't had a job interview in twenty years.
      Dr. Kroger: You're going to be fine. You just have to be your. . . (long pause)

    • Stottlemeyer: What did the fire marshal have to say?
      Disher: Two points of origin. And the test for artificial accelerant came back negative. Uh, positive. (To Karen) Could I--should I go back and do it again?

    • Monk: I'm doing a jig.
      Sharona: That's not a jig.
      Monk: What is it, then?
      Sharona: I don't know, and I don't want to know.

    • Young officer: (after Stottlemeyer congratulates him on solving a case) Thank you, sir. I hate these punks.
      Stottlemeyer: (to camera) We don't hate. No, we don't really hate anybody. We try to understand, um, the underlying causes. Particularly the minorities. . . .

    • Stottlemeyer: Nobody is trying to embarrass you, Commissioner, but I am going to rip that hairpiece off of your head. It is a critical piece of evidence.
      Commissioner: You wouldn't dare.
      Stottlemeyer: (to Monk) Are you sure?
      Monk: One hundred percent. (Stottlemeyer pulls the commissioner's hair.) Ninety-three to ninety-four percent. (Stottlemeyer tries again.) Seventy-four percent.

    • Monk: (to Sharona) I was a cop. That's all I ever wanted to be. Couldn't fix the whole world, I knew that, but I could fix little parts of it, one little piece at a time. Put things back together. I--I need it. I need it. I miss it. I miss it so much.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The commissioner's friend Carlos Murata has the same last name as Fraidy Cop from "Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger." Relatives, maybe?

    • Glenne Headly, who previously guest-starred in "Very, Very Old Man" and "The Captain's Wife," appears for the third time in this episode as Captain Stottlemeyer's ditzy, documentary-making wife, Karen. Their sons, Jared and Max, are not mentioned.


    • Sharona: . . .that stupid Marmaduke joke. . .
      Marmaduke is the beloved cartoon Great Dane created and drawn by Brad Anderson that has endured for fifty years, been published in more than twenty countries, and been compiled in more than twenty books that have made over $10 million dollars.