Season 4 Episode 7

Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Aug 19, 2005 on USA
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Episode Summary

Needing a date for her brother's rehearsal dinner, Natalie resorts to asking Lt. Disher.

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  • Natalie's date cancelled at the last moment to go to her brothers wedding, now she must go with Lt. Disher. But Disher gets hit by a car.

    I enjoyed this episode. I watched it a dozen times because the words in it are fun to repeat and I like the whole story line that went with it. This episode ( Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding) is filled with little bits of humor through out it. Like what Monk says and the spittle shield, and of course Randy Dishers mustache in the picture of the news paper. I also liked this episode because it was entertaining. Overall in my opion it was a great episode and really worth watching. I think there should be more episodes like this next season.moreless
  • "Monk" has come too far too consistently for something like this.

    Monk keeps getting roped into things.

    Even absolutely refusing to attend a wedding with Natalie as her date (bringing Disher into the picture) Monk can't stay away when Disher is the victim in a hit and run.

    And the body of a blackmailing photographer is discovered in the spa.

    Monk pulling a stripper in to help with the investigation and refusing to believe he's a stipper for a while actually [i]is[/i] in character -- he's proven to be very naive in the past.

    But his initial refusal to attend a wedding is not well explained -- nor is his subsequent acquiescence. And Natalie's mother's imperious nature is not sufficiently "earned," so to speak. I didn't get the sense that anything significant changed in her when she decided to put the photo of Natalie and Mitch on the piano.

    Monk's hijinks are funny as always, but the story isn't up to the standards this show has achieved recently. The bride wasn't sufficiently menacing, there was too much lampoonery in getting Disher to the scene, and too much cruelty in Monk pulling Julie onto the stage to recite a poem she might not be ready with.

    Structurally, it was an OK mystery which is generally sufficient.

    But the story they wove onto that frame was not up to standards.moreless
  • Natalie's brother gets married.

    This episode centered around Natalie's brother getting married. This was a great episode as far as character development goes. We learned that Natalie's folks are wealthy; they make toothpaste. When Adrian and Captain Stottlemeyer find out about it, they're shocked; they had no idea about her family's wealth.

    Since Natalie was going to attend the wedding, she felt she should have a date, and Lt. Disher was the lucky candidate. After being there for less than a day, he was struck by a car, leaving him laid up in bed with several broken bones.

    Adrian and Captain Stottlemeyer arrive to help with the investigation, and after some digging determine the culprit was the bride.

    I thought the episode was pretty good. Natalie's family seemed interesting, perhaps they'll be involved in future episodes. The ending was touching.moreless
Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams

Theresa Scott

Guest Star

Michael Cavanaugh

Michael Cavanaugh

Bobby Davenport

Guest Star

Ryan Bollman

Ryan Bollman

Wedding Photographer

Guest Star

Emmy Clarke

Emmy Clarke

Julie Teeger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: The closing scene is unusual, in that Monk does not appear.

    • Lt. Randy Disher is hit by the car right above his knees and then he slumps to the ground. Yet he is later shown to have a cast on one leg and one arm. It is more likely that he'd have two broken legs and no broken arm since the arm wasn't hit by the car and he didn't use it to break his fall to the pavement.

    • When the body surfaces in the mud bath, its arms are outstretched like a zombie, presumably due to rigor mortis. But when the body is examined shortly thereafter, its arms are on its chest. Stottlemeyer said the coroner estimated that the body had been dead for about 36 hours, but rigor mortis takes about 72 hours to resolve.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Stottlemeyer: Of course we remembered [your birthday]. How could we forget?
      Disher: My mom called you, didn't she?
      Stottlemeyer: Every day for the past month.

    • Monk: (to Natalie) Is there anything I can do (pause) that won't inconvenience me?

    • Stottlemeyer: You're always kissably fresh with Davenport. Like the toothpaste.
      Natalie: Not like the toothpaste. We are the toothpaste.

    • Disher: (about Natalie's father) What does he do?
      Natalie: He inherits money.

    • Monk: Captain, I'm not a baby. I'll be fine. Here. Alone. All day. Here. . . .

    • Stottlemeyer: I love weddings. Did you know that I met Karen at a wedding? (Pause.) I love weddings, anyway.

    • Monk: I remember during the service she [Trudy] was crying so hard she couldn't even say the words "I do." Have you ever seen anybody cry so much?
      Stottlemeyer: That was you, Monk. And, no, I have not.

    • Natalie: Can he [Disher] identify the driver?
      Stottlemeyer: He can't identify me. I'll try again later.

    • Monk: Here's the thing.
      Natalie: Here's the thing! I can't go in there alone. You're my date.

    • Natalie: Mr. Monk, he's not a real cop. He's a stripper.
      Monk: I don' t think so.
      Natalie: Didn't you see his badge? It says "Officer Feelgood."
      Stottlemeyer: Monk, the guy's got dollar bills sticking out of his belt.
      Monk: I thought he'd lost his wallet.

    • Monk: (to Natalie, as Hondo tosses his shirt for Monk to use as a "wipe") Maybe you're right about him.

    • Stottlemeyer: You don't need a search warrant to go into a hotel room if it's after checkout.
      Monk: Is that true?
      Stottlemeyer: I don't know.

  • NOTES (1)


    • The name Darlene was used by Uma Thurman's character at her wedding in Kill Bill, Vol. 2.

    • Julie: You are old, Father William, the young man said . . . .
      Julie is reciting a stanza from a poem in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), commonly known as Alice in Wonderland. The verses, recited by Alice to the Caterpillar, are a parody of Robert Southey's sentimental poem, "The Old Man's Comforts, and How He Gained Them" (1799). Julie slightly misquotes a line, "Do you think, at your age, it is right?" substituting "this" for "it." Monk repeats the misquoted line, evidently with the implication that what the person he's addressing is doing isn't right, either, at any age.

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