Season 4 Episode 15

Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 10, 2006 on USA
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Randy Disher goes to the dentist and witnesses a crime while under anesthesia. When Stottlemeyer won't believe him, a furious Disher resigns and hires Monk to solve the mystery.

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  • An OK episode of Monk but the standards are slipping

    In it; Randy Disher goes to the dentist where he sees a man murdered whilst partially sedated. Monk's intense fear of dentists makes it hard for him to look into it. When Disher quits the Police after being ridiculed for his accusation; he accidentally solves both the Dentist case and the murder of two armoured car drivers. The episode is basically divided into three; the armoured car case, the dentist case and Disher's emotional sub - plot and while all of them tie together well and contains some nice moments; it's an obvious yardstick of how the show's mystery has slipped to the point where it's solved with merely pronouncing two words differently, it's pretty unbelievable that the still - adolescent Disher solved it before Monk. Monk doesn't really play a part in any of the three stories until the final, drawn - out nod to "Marathon Man" that feels like a desperate attempt to include Monk's antics into the episode when they aren't strictly needed. Jason Gray - Stanford gets to express his funny, dramatic and musical side in this episode and excels in all three, (maybe not the musical as much when you see his band's awful song). Ted Levine as the Captain, Traylor Howard as Natalie and Tony Shaloub as Monk are their usual reliable selves. Brooke Langton is the Dental Assistant from hell who piles on the sweetness act before becoming the evil henchwoman. Jon Favreau proves he can be just as creepy as he is solid at directing superhero movies. This episode is one of many examples that the longer Monk continues; the lower the writing quality dips although ever so slightly.moreless
  • An armored car is hijacked, and Randy thinks that he\'s found a clue at his dentist\'s office, which means that Monk has to pay a visit to the dentist for the first time in 35 years.moreless

    While the acting is always fun to watch, I find that the storylines have become increasingly disappointing. In this episode, not only does Monk have more or less nothing to do with solving the mystery -- the big clue that Randy is telling the truth (the meaning of \\\"Barry Bonds\\\") about what he saw at the dentist\\\'s office is totally obvious from the start, and yet everyone, including Monk, completely misses it. Not only that, but the question of how the hijackers obtained the trucks they used to hijack the armored car is never answered. As Raymond Chandler once put it, that\\\'s because the story couldn\\\'t stand it. Even the emphasis on Randy\\\'s character fell flat; instead of using his quitting the force to give his character some kind of depth, they just used it to indicate that he really never stopped being an adolescent. How did he ever make lieutenant, anyway?moreless
  • Classic episode with lots of Monkish scenes and Disher showing strong character advancement.

    This show really does succeed because of the supporting players. Disher is great in this one, and Stottlemyre's visit to Randy's garage is a wonderful piece of acting by Ted Levine. He wants to show some respect and compassion for Randy's position, but he is clearly offended personally by the song that he hears. And of course, Monk in a dentist chair works for everyone, especially with the 'Marathon Man' allusions. The plot is a bit of a retread, though. Several Monk episodes have been crimes of opportunity, where someone overhears details of a robbery or a reward, then takes action on their own. I hope they can come up with some really juicy plots next season, because this series deserves it.moreless
  • Randy is Top Cop!

    Randy finally stood up for himself and proved that he is a good detective. But it is hard for people to accept the credibility of someone under anesthesia. For all we know it might have most likely been a hallucination brought upon by the anesthetic. Randy quitting his badge was a change in character development. It shows that he is serious about his job and his intelligence. Luckily Monk looked further into the murder and solved the case, but after he was captured and almost tortured Randy saved the day. And that’s a proud moment in the Monk storyline.moreless
  • Randy is writen and performed greatly, like every other character in this show. (spoilers)

    Can we download the Randy songs? Or video? The show was based around Randy and the general disrespect he usually gets. Though he did stand up for himself, fortunately I don’t think the show is going to make a soap-opera out of it and ruin one of the finest, fun, and enjoyable TV shows currently airing. Natalie defended him really well, and she has a good relationship with him that’s fun to watch, like the soar tooth/sad misunderstanding at the beginning of the episode. Monk did his exceptional and common performance that makes this show so fun to watch as well, but the entire cast really brings this show together. Looking forward to next episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Natalie is at the waiting room she has her legs crossed but when she picks up the activity book her legs are crossed the other way.

    • Trivia: Randy Disher formed his band, the Randy Disher Project, seventeen years ago when he was in twelfth grade, which makes him about thirty-five years old.

    • Trivia: Monk 's last (and only) visit to a dentist happened thirty-five years ago, when he was twelve, which makes him forty-seven years old in this episode.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Natalie: (asking Monk about his fear of dentists) Okay, how afraid are you? On a scale from 1 to 10.
      Monk: Ha, 10? I'm so far beyond 10, I laugh at your 10s. I lie awake at night, dreaming about 10s!

    • Monk: Well, these two bruises - 10 inches apart. There's another set of bruises exactly 10 inches apart.
      Stottlemeyer: Yeah! What caused that?
      Monk: Well it must be something 10 inches apart.
      Stottlemeyer: Thanks a lot.

    • Stottlemeyer: Randy, you're no good to me like this. Go to a dentist.
      Disher: I have an appointment. Saturday.
      Stottlemeyer: Oh, I get it. You don't want to use up your sick days. You're saving your sick days for when you're not feeling sick, is that it? (pause) Let me go talk to Monk. You make me want to talk to Monk.

    • Natalie: (to Disher) Sweetie, it's okay to cry. It means you have a heart.

    • Natalie: If anyone says anything, we'll say that--
      Disher: My tooth hurts.
      Natalie: Yeah. Perfect. You have a toothache.
      Disher: Oh, God, God, this hurts!
      Natalie: I think you're overdoing it.

    • Stottlemeyer: You saw it?
      Disher: Sort of. I was sedated.
      Stottlemeyer: You were sedated? Randy, one time I was under anesthesia. I thought my mustache was a chipmunk.
      Detective Patterson: I was the Green Lantern once. It was great. I didn't want to wake up.

    • Disher: It was as real as you are right now, standing in front of me.
      Monk: I'm not standing.

    • Natalie: This is Randy we're talking about. He'd do anything for you.
      Monk: And I'd do anything for him. Except this, Natalie. I can't do it. I have a thing about dentists.
      Natalie: You have a thing about everything.
      Monk: That's true. But dentists are in a separate category altogether. Okay? I can't even discuss it. I can't even think about discussing it. I can't even talk about thinking about discussing it.

    • Monk: (to Natalie) I don't get cavities. I brush my teeth twelve times a day and I floss every ninety minutes.

    • Monk: What's that?
      Little Boy: It's a drill.
      Monk: Don't be afraid.
      Little Boy: I'm not afraid.
      Monk: Don't be afraid. Don't be afraid.

    • Monk: (referring to a wall chart showing gum disease and rotten teeth) I'm pretty sure this is how the Nazis decorated their bunkers.

    • Dr. Bloom: (offering his hand for Monk to shake) The Adrian Monk? The detective? It's a pleasure to meet you.
      Monk: (cringing) Unh! Unh!
      Dr. Bloom: Apparently, the pleasure's all mine.

    • Monk: (to Stottlemeyer) I wasn't really on my game. I have this thing about dentists. Kroger calls it a supermegaphobia. If germs are here and snakes are here, dentists are--You see that branch up there, the second one from the top? The one above that one.

    • Stottlemeyer: Monk, cut it out. I mean it. This is a floss-free zone.

    • Natalie: You miss him. I can tell.
      Stottlemeyer: Look, Natalie, it's not like we were going steady, okay? We worked together. He was just another cop.
      Natalie: That is not true!
      Stottlemeyer: You're right. It's not true. He's not just another cop. He was the single most annoying human being to ever wear a badge. (Monk walks by, gargling.) Present company excepted.

    • Stottlemeyer: I thought you'd like to come along.
      Disher: Why? You know, I'm not a cop anymore, Leland. Captain. Look. It's my notebook. No more witness statements. Just lyrics and song ideas now.
      Stottlemeyer: You're writing songs?
      Disher: Yeah, I wrote seventeen last night. I'm on fire.
      Stottlemeyer: I'm sure you are.

    • Disher: (to Stottlemeyer) I should warn you. You might not like what you hear. It's pretty powerful stuff. You might not be able to handle it.

    • Disher: (singing)
      I don't need a gun
      To make me feel strong.
      I don't need a captain
      To shoot me down all day long.
      I don't need your mustache,
      Don't you condescend to me.
      I don't need nobody,
      'Cause, baby, I am free.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Detective Patterson: I dreamed I was Green Lantern once. It was great.
      Green Lantern is the name of several heroic charcters in the DC Comic universe. Created by artist Martin Nodell in 1940, the first Green Lantern was engineer Alan Scott who discovered a mystic lantern and after fashioning a ring from it was empowered with a variety of powers. The character was reimagined by writer John Broome and editor Julius Schwartz in 1959 in a sience fiction vein as test pilot Hal Jordan became a member of a vast interstellar police force called the Green Lantern Corps. A number of other Earthmen have followed in Jordan's footsteps over the years, including John Stewart who is featured in the current Justice League animated series. Green Lantern has always been one of the most colorful and powerful superheroes. He also receives a prominent mention in Donovan's 1966 hit song Sunshine Superman.

    • Dr. Bloom: Ever see the movie Marathon Man, Mr. Monk?
      Marathon Man (1976) is a thriller about a graduate student who is drawn into a plot involving a secret organization headed by a Nazi criminal. In one scene, the main character (Dustin Hoffman) is tortured at the hands of his dentist.

    • Given the in-jokes that permeate this series, it's possible that Randy Disher's brief attempt to ditch the force for a career as a rock musician reflects the situation of Ted Levine's character, Frank Holman, in the '80s series Crime Story: Holman trades the life of a safecracker/thug/hit man for a successful career as a rockabilly singer in Las Vegas.