Season 6 Episode 16

Mr. Monk Is on the Run (2)

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 22, 2008 on USA
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Episode Summary

Stottlemeyer must keep up the pretense that Monk is dead, while Adrian tries to determine who framed him for murder.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • THIS is great television!

    Great episode. One of the best so far.
  • I expect better.

    Fair episode. As always, good to see some progress in the case of Monk's late wife's murder. That said, Sharona's departure never sat well with me and Natalie's not half as interesting. Now we find her jeopardizing Monk's life simply because she can't keep a secret. Then, at the very end of the episode, we find a third actor playing "Dale the Whale". I can't decide if I prefer Tim Curry to Adam Arkin or vice versa but I would've preferred either of them to this Ray Porter.Small as the role may have been in this episode, he still sucked. Not impressed.moreless
  • Interesting story with interesting characters. It was a really great episode.

    I really enjoyed watching this season as a whole but I think this was the best episode yet. The whole plot of the story was interesting but it was kind of obvious that Mr. Monk faked his death, at least to me. I was surprised that Natalie was so upset with the cheif but I guess it makes sense. I thought the song that the one guy (forget his name at the moment- which is horrible) wrote for Monk's funeral. It was really funny. Overall, I was happy about this season and this was the perfect season finale in my opinion.moreless
  • My personal opinion of the season six finale

    That was an amazing season finale. While some of the episodes of this season held much room for improvement, this one made up for most of it. We are finally revisited Trudy's case, something I've been waiting for a long time. It managed to keep me guessing as well as making me laugh. I love the fact that they made it a two part story since it would not have been nearly as good if they cramped all of it into just one episode, so kudos for that. Sadly this once again marks the beginning if a months' long waiting period before we get to enjoy the genius of Adrian Monk once more.

    So as I said, this was a truly great episode.moreless
  • part 2

    Part 2 of the sixth season finale for Monk sees Stottlemeyer go to extraordinary lengths (lengths at which I do not believe his character would go as far as bending the law is concerned) to protect his former detective. The episode was not as good as the first half, but was still an exciting capper to another strong season of USA Network's signature show.

    While the whole premise for this show is a little crazy (a cop who is afraid of just about everything) this storyline just takes the cake. While it is still entertaining, I have to point that out.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Riverton, California is depicted as a small town. There is a place in California along U.S. Highway 50 called Riverton, but it is merely a very small unincorporated community.

    • When Disher plays his commemorative song before Stottlemeyer breaks down and tells him the truth, it's clear that his left hand is almost entirely motionless when he should be fingering the guitar's neck, despite the fact that he plays different chords.

    • It was foolish of Stottlemeyer to disclose his secret to Natalie in a room with a two-way mirror and speaker.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Stottlemeyer: (becoming annoyed from hearing Disher's song to honor Monk) Randy, he's not dead! We faked it. Monk jumped off the pier. He was wearing a bulletproof vest.
      Disher: He's alive!? He's alive.
      Stottlemeyer: Yep, he's in hiding till we figure out what the hell's going on.
      Disher: I can't believe it!
      Stottlemeyer: You okay?
      Disher: Yeah, I'm thrilled. Yeah, yeah, I just...
      Stottlemeyer: You look disappointed.
      Disher: Th-this is the best song I ever wrote.
      Stottlemeyer: Well, save it. It's a great song. He's going to die one day.
      Disher: Oh, yeah. You're not gonna shoot him.
      Stottlemeyer: You never know.

    • Monk: Hey, thanks. Thanks for killing me.
      Stottlemeyer: That's what friends are for.

    • Stottlemeyer: Not too shabby for someone who can't swim.
      Monk: I was highly motivated.

    • Monk: (about Dale the Whale) If he's thinking of squeezing through the bars, he's got 400 pounds to go.

    • Dale: Are you having fun?
      Monk: No, but it's as close as I can ever get.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Ray Porter is the third actor in the series to play Dale the Whale. Previously he was played by Adam Arkin (in "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale") and Tim Curry (in "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail").

    • International Airdates:
      UK: May 3, 2009 on Universal Channel
      Finland: February 27, 2010 on YLE TV1
      Slovakia: November 3, 2010 on Markiza