Season 6 Episode 9

Mr. Monk Stays Up All Night

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 14, 2007 on USA
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Mr. Monk takes a walk when he can't sleep, but ends up running into a murder.

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  • Well done, unusual "Monk" episode.

    ****spoilers throughout my review*****

    I liked it quite a lot. There were no great wonderful moments or lessons for me, but it had a good pace, and the story kept me glued to the TV set. It was a nice change of pace, an unusual "Monk." It was refreshing that Monk could work a case without his assistant, Natalie . Interesting the way it didn't begin as a real murder case -- the only murder was committed by the "victim" towards the end of the hour.

    To repeat, I liked it a lot. Here, though, are three negative or clarifying thoughts, things the producers could have improved on:

    (1) as someone else said, it was getting annoying the way Monk kept missing the taxi driver by seconds.

    (2) I thought it was a mistake to have two characters look alike: one of the three original grifters in the "drug deal gone wrong" restaurant con looked very similar to Gully, the grifter who conned with the drinks and card tricks in the tavern. Both of them had leather jackets, stocky build, scruffy beard and hair, etc. I guess I wasn't paying close attention, so at first I thought they were the same character.

    (3) probably my fault, but I got confused initially about how Stottlemeyer solved the case on his own with the napkins. His napkin realization came about while he was drinking at the bar in the TAVERN. At first I thought he spotted one of the two napkins in the tavern, but the tavern had nothing to do with it. After Monk told him that the coin dealer was a murderer, Stott hung up on Monk and said it could all wait till the morning. Then as Stott went to blow his nose on one of the napkins (which he had kept in his coat pockets), he realized that the coin dealer, who said he had never been to the restaurant, had given Stott the same kind of napkin that Stott had picked up in the restaurant.moreless
  • This episode of Monk is great!

    Upon leaving a barber shop, Monk sees a Latin woman walking down the street, and Monk, sensing there is something about the woman that seems strangely familiar to him, chases her for two blocks before losing her; Monk then tells Natelie that he has never met the woman. Monk, obsessed with the mysterious woman, is unable to sleep, and calls Natalie for help. Natalie cannot help because Julie is sick, so she recommends that Monk take a walk. On the walk Monk is asked by a taxi driver if he wants a ride, and declines it, but then realizes, as she pulls away that it was the same mysterious woman whom he has developed an obsession with. Monk follows the taxi as best he can. This leads him to an alley where he hears voices. Spying through a window, he witnesses an apparent drug dealing in the kitchen involving an Asian man, who identifies himself as an undercover cop, a drug dealer, and a distressed bald man, who was attempting to purchase the drugs. The cop is shot and the dealer departs with the bald man. Monk then calls Stottlemeyer-who has night allergies- and they search the kitchen, but there is no sign of a fight, and no sign of a corpse; no cop had also been reported missing that evening, and the waitress informs Stottlemeyer that she had been cleaning the kitchen all evening to prepare for a health inspection. Stottlemeyer suggests that Monk is seeing things because of his insomnia, and asks Monk to go to the nearby bar and get a drink to make himself feel sleepy.moreless
  • This episode had an unexpected ending that made it the best one in several seasons.

    Monk saw a woman who he'd never seen before and couldn't sleep because he couldn't stop seeing her face when he closed his eyes. At first it seems like a weird idea that will have a corny ending, but it turned out to be one of the best. True, it was sort of unbelievable, but the writers made it seem real enough to work. I won't reveal it just in case some of you haven't seen the episode yet, but trust me, it's a good one. I also appreciated the fact that they treated the crime a little differently than they have in the last couple of seasons almost without exception. It wasn't just some random person dying before the theme song. In fact, it didn't even show up until about 15 minutes into the episode. All in all, it was a brilliantly written and acted episode with a storyline that makes it seem like it should be a season finale. I recommend this episode very highly to fans and newcomers alike.moreless
  • Wow.. Here I sit waiting to watch another average show of Monk, and this amazing episode airs.

    Don't get me wrong, I love this show. I never miss an episode, its well thought out and amazing. but lately it has just been bland, he solves this case, he solves that, but it never really seems to show his personal side of life anymore. This one, even when I didn't know what was going on, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I knew it was something really important, so I just had to see it. Also, the case in this episode was just brilliant, when I see these episodes, I understand what happens, and sometimes even solve the case before Monk does, but this one was a brain teaser all the way to the end. Then the end, the end was just incredible. A complete turn around for the series. I am still on the edge of my seat, even after finishing it. I really would like to see what they do now when they come back.moreless
  • Monk sees a lady he starts to follow the woman.He can't sleep. Monk doesn't know her. When he takes a walk he sees a man being shot. Later he sees the same dead man while he's waiting for lady.He finds out the guy was a fake and the lady had Trudys eyes.moreless

    This was one of the best episodes of season 6 and the whole Monk series. It keeps on the edge of your seat. You can't stop wondering two questions. Number one who is that lady he's obsessed with? And number two how does he keep seeing the same dead guy over and over again? The episode has good parts like Monk at the bar and Randy dressed as Captain American. The end is really good with the woman who has Trudy's eyes and what exactly the man who got shot was up to. It was one of the best overall episodes.moreless
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Guest Star

J. P. Manoux

J. P. Manoux

Jacob Posner

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Tim Kang

Tim Kang

Mr. Lee

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Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel

Dr. Charles Kroger

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