Monk

Season 5 Episode 8

Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Aug 25, 2006 on USA
9.6
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Monk goes to a rock concert to look for Captain Stottlemeyer's son. While there Monk investigates a murder.

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  • Such a perfect way to end a season...or whatever they did with this episode.

    10
    This eppy of Monk was so very... Monkish. You know what I mean? Mr. Monk going to a rock concert... I don't know where the producers come up with everything they do, but I pray that they never stop. This episode was not a particular sentimental episode, so if that's something you love about Monk, then this one is not for you so much. But if you watch Monk for the comedy, then you will find no better example, than perhaps the one before this, but this one is still unbelievably amazing. The whole Monk goin into a "phone booth" when it's really a porta-pottie, is probasbly the least funny thing you will see in this eppy, which is really saying something since it can still make you laugh out loud. Watch this one if you have not already, seriously, you'll love it!moreless
  • Did someone say "Rock" Concert?!

    9.4
    Another high quality episode. The location is almost all at a Rock Concert called Rock Jam. Its an interesting tale of betrayal, revenge, murder. In usual Monk style, he must overcome his environment in order to solve the case. And a good portion of the episode is crime solving (a change).



    The subplot between the capt. and his son provides a good diversion and a nice feeling of resonance at the end. Dialogue is above average for a Monk episode while the actual storyline is quite interesting. The plot develops at a pace and the events/scenes build up tension quite well.



    I did find some of the scenes visually confusing though, with so many people in the crowd.



    However, its definitely a superior example of this show.moreless
  • Monk at a concert

    9.5
    I loved that Monk thought that a rock concert meant stones and bricks and scenery stuff, not the music. I swear to god when he said that he used to go to rock festivals as a kid and he went to go see the 'stones, I thought wow was Monk cool once. Turns out he didn't mean music. The best part of this episode was definitely when after Randy called in sick Stottlemyer sees him at the festival and calls him and Randy pretends to be sick and to have the radio on. He thinks he's gotten away with it as well but gets a nasty shock when Stottlemyer taps him on the back and he turned around. Funny.moreless
  • This show just went nowhere and the very loud music track just never ended.

    5.0
    Jay Leno has an expression that "all jokes must go of Fridays" and I guess on Monk they saved the worst script for the last show of the first half of the season. More bad

    shows like this and I'm going to give up on this show.



    There was about 10 minutes of actual plot. The bad guy was so unlikable that there was never any doubt about the resolution. The only one that came out worse than the wrtiers of this script were the rock fans who were portrayed as mindless boobs. A total waste of a good group of actors.moreless
  • Monk goes to a rock concert, as the title suggests, to help Stottlemeyer look for his son. While at the concert, they receive a case.

    7.4
    Cleverly plotted? A little. I thought that the asthma was pretty forced into the plotline just so Monk could "somehow" save the day. Although I did like the story, the whole murder and how it was uncovered. It was nice to see a Stottlemeyer story, and how Adrian and Natalie and... Randy tried to help. Funny speech by Monk near the end, disrupting a rock concert, getting booed by the crowd, trying to get hold of a blue ball. I wouldn't say this was the best mystery, or furthered a lot of character development, or made me laugh a lot, but it was a nice episode that I would make the time for to watch again.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • At the start of the scene, Natalie's purse is over her shoulder. After she starts to lead Monk away, it's over her elbow, and then as soon as the dead body falls out of the port-a-john and Natalie recoils, it's back on her shoulder.

    • Lighting conditions change significantly throughout the episode. For instance, when Monk is making his way through the crowd to the port-a-johns, the lighting suggests that it is the middle of the day. However, minutes later, at 12:15, when Monk and Natalie discover Stork's body, the sun is lower and it looks like the sun is setting. Later on, when Monk and Natalie are at the first aid tent, the lighting suggests that it is midday.

    • When Monk and Natalie are at the police station and Stottlemeyer is grabbing a file from the filing cabinet, there is an angle change where Natalie instantly goes from looking at Stottlemeyer to looking over her shoulder at Monk.

    • When Stottlemeyer answers his cell phone at the police station, the uniformed cop at the desk directly behind Monk and Natalie changes position during a change in angles.

    • There are some continuity errors with the songs that are played on stage during the episode. The one that is being performed when Monk, Natalie and Stottlemeyer are walking through the parking lot is being performed again when we see the medical examiner looking at the body. A song that plays when Monk is in the parking lot amongst the tailgate parties is later heard again in the scene where Monk and Natalie first meet roadie Kendra Frank, despite the fact that one other song has been performed. It seems very unlikely that any rock concert would do the same song twice in one event.

    • There would be DNA in the beach ball matching up to the killer.

    • Based on the opening scene with Stork, it appears that the San Francisco yellow pages lists a 24-hour copyright attorney.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Crowd: You suck!
      Monk: I know. It's true, I am a straight. But I have a dream. A dream that someday, all the hippies and all the straights will live together side by side... not too close.

    • Monk: I skipped school to go see the rock show. Yea, I went to see the "Stones."

    • Natalie: You thought they were real rocks. Like a geology exhibit, like a museum?
      Monk: Maybe. Perfectly understandable mistake.
      Stottlemeyer: No, not really.

    • Monk: It was rough, it was like some kind of medieval torture device.
      Natalie: Yeah, I know. I actually read that the Spanish Inquisition used to lock people in portajohns.
      Monk: It wouldn't surprise me.

    • Kendra: Excuse me, excuse me. Hi, I heard some cops talking back there. They said you were some kind of detective?
      Monk: That's true, I am some... kind... of detective.

    • Monk: Oh my God! What was I talking into? Oh my God, where's...where did I put that quarter? For the love of God, Natalie, where did I put that quarter?!

    • Stottlemeyer: (to a silent Natalie) What? You think I don't spend enough time with Jared. Why, because I haven't got a bunch of pictures of him? Doesn't mean anything. How many pictures of Julie do you walk around with? Oh, I get it. You think I'm avoiding the boys on purpose because I feel guilty about the separation and the fact that I'm dating Linda. Is that it? Don't you ever shut up?

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Acupuncture Lady: I guess he's with Kurt, Jimi, and Janis now.
      These names belong to Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin, famous musicians whose notoriety stems from their music and premature deaths at the age of 27.

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