Season 5 Episode 16

Mr. Monk Goes to the Hospital

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 02, 2007 on USA

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  • A funny and touching episode that any fan of the series should see.

    Mr. Monk goes to the hospital for a nose bleed, and is left alone by Natalie, who has her first day off in weeks and wants to spend time with her date. Monk shortly thereafter discovers a murder of a doctor. Monk then discovers that the oxygen tank of a geriatric patient was used as the murder weapon, but that the patient was too weak to lift the tank.

    Monk discovers who really commited the crime early on, but he is having difficulties figuring out just how the killer kept his heart monitor reading his heart rate while the crime was commited.

    This episode had a ton of humor in it, and it all fit the characters perfectly. Randy Disher was particularly funny in this episode, as he thought that his wacky theories on the murder were the same as those thought up by Monk. The geriatric patient was also quite humourous, calling Monk "soft serve like the ice cream - soft and squishy".

    At the end of the episode, the humor took a back seat to suspense when the geriatric patient told the killer that Monk was accusing him of murder. When Monk was attacked and hospitalized, Natalie comes back to the hospital realizing Mr. Monk needs her, and saves him from being poisoned by a medicine Monk to which Monk is allergic.

    This is a great character defining moment between Monk and Natalie, as Natalie realizes that with all of Mr. Monks nuances, she still cares for him a great deal.

    All in all, this was a very good episode. Although it doesn't advance Monk's search for his wife's murder or give him a breakthrough from his phobias, it is a touching episode that any fan of the series should see.