Season 7 Episode 5

Mr. Monk Is Underwater

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Aug 15, 2008 on USA
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Episode Summary

A friend of Natalie's late husband comes to Monk asking for help when his friend supposedly commits suicide aboard a locked cabin on a submarine. Monk agrees to investigate, despite his phobia about being on--and beneath--the water.

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  • Love me some Monk. But this episode eas just ok.

    Love me some Monk. But just episode was just ok.
  • Any Monk is better than most TV, this one has too many holes in it.

    I love this show but this was a very poorly done episode in relationship to how things are in reality. One thing that is accurate, a sub skipper is God. Then the problems begin. Subs do not leave on a moments notice, and they do not dive immediately, they are in shallow water. Also before getting under way there are countless announcements over the loud speaker.

    They did not even begin to get into the phobias he could have on a sub. The communal bathroom is one that you could do a scene on.

    Then the ballast tank, which are not open to the inside of the sub, if they were, going into one you would smell the algae and the stench of the water that never gets blown out and the bacteria gets a chance to feed. It would not be a pleasant smell. Then there would be no lights inside.

    Also this episode was without Leyland, where was he.moreless
  • Why do I keep disagreeing with people. I thought this episode was very funny.

    I thought this episode was superb. Very funny!! This episode was about an old friend of Mitch's(natalie's late husband) coming to Monk for help. It's because one of his friends(on a submarine) was shot to death and everybody thinks it's suicide. Except the old friend thinks it's murder and wants Monk to investiagte. Monk's scared at first while he's on the non-moving sub but when an emergency drill starts while he and Natalie are on the sub, Monk starts to freak out. So, Monk must face his claustrophobia and other fears while trying to figure out a very unusual case. I found this Monk episode very funny and engaging. It made me laugh a lot and I found it to be more entertaining than gets lotto fever and takes a punch. Great episode!moreless
  • Monk goes underwater in a submarine.

    "I'm not even sure I know how to swim. I did some lessons once, but not in water."

    Not a great episode of Monk, but it was certainly an entertaining one. Tony Shaloub completely escaped into his character and his comedy was top-notch this week. I loved the ongoing bit with him thinking he could see his therapist.

    Traylor Howard is starting to grow on me as well. She complements Monk well, and her Natalie character is both funny and does a good job of advancing the story.

    This was a well-written episode that moved at a fairly reasonable pace. Some of the scenes were not really needed and I could have done without the forced romance between Natalie and the navy officer. Still, the pros outweighed the cons and this turned into a decent episode of Monk.moreless
Casper Van Dien

Casper Van Dien

Lt. Steven Albright

Guest Star

La Monde Byrd

La Monde Byrd


Guest Star

Rob Evors

Rob Evors


Guest Star

Hector Elizondo (I)

Hector Elizondo (I)

Dr. Neven Bell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The victim's rank is referred to inconsistently throughout the episode. Initially he is referred to as "Lieutenant Pierce," both by name and by the sign on his door. Also, when the victim is shown, he is wearing the rank insignia of a lieutenant. However, once Monk is aboard the sub, he is referred to as "Lieutenant Commander Pierce." While Lt Cmdr is a more appropriate rank for an XO, the proper term of address would be "Commander," not "Lieutenant."

    • Albright loans his unloaded gun to Monk for Monk to see if a cream soda bottle works for an improvised silencer. The gun seen is a Walther P38. Navy soldiers actually use standard issue Beretta 92FS handguns.

    • When Lt. Albright is standing and talking to Mr. Monk in his house at the beginning of the episode, at one point Albright puts his right hand down in front of him (he grabs his left hand, which has been down the whole time holding his cap). In the very next shot, his right hand is by his side - way too quick for him to have moved it there.

    • While in the ballast tank, Monk tells Natalie that he doesn't know how to swim. Yet when he and Stottlemeyer fake Monk's death at the end of the first part of "Mr. Monk is on the Run," Monk falls into the ocean when Stottlemeyer "shoots" him and, presumably, swims to shore.

    • There are a couple of problems with Monk and Natalie being trapped inside the ballast tank. First, the ballast tanks are not accessible from the inside of a submarine. The other problem is that the ballast tanks are only used to take the sub above or below water; once below the water, the ballast tanks are full. So, in order to go deeper or higher, the submarine moves devices called "dive planes" up or down.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Natalie: (trying to convince Monk to go on the boat) Mr. Monk, I've been on these boats. These boats are so big, they don't even feel like boats. They're like islands. You've been on islands before, right? You like islands. It's like Hawaii. Think of it like that: We're going to Hawaii.
      Monk: (short pause) I believe you are the Devil.

    • Albright: I've never talked to a detective before.
      Natalie: Well you can speak to Mr. Monk the same way you'd talk to a normal person.

    • Monk: Nobody's shaking hands. Everybody's saluting. Maybe I should enlist.
      Natalie: No.
      Monk: Why not?
      Natalie: Because I love America.

    • Natalie: Mr. Monk, be brave.
      Monk: Why? What's in it for me?

    • Monk: I'm pretty sure he killed himself.
      Albright: How do you know?
      Monk: I've been on board 15 seconds and I'm feeling suicidal.

    • Monk: I have my share of problems, I admit it. But when I'm on this case, I'm not delusional. (to an imaginary Dr. Bell) Tell him. (long pause) Does that sound like I'm delusional to you?

    • Natalie: Mr. Monk, it won't help if we both panic.
      Monk: You're right, you're right. We'll take turns. I'll go first.

  • NOTES (2)