Monk

Season 7 Episode 7

Mr. Monk's 100th Case

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 05, 2008 on USA
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As Monk and his friends watch a TV newsmagazine piece on the solution of his hundredth case, he realizes that one of the victims was murdered by a different killer.

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  • The reason why I classified this episode of Monk as the "Series Finale" is because I am starting to think it ought to be. As much as I hate saying so because I am a huge fan of Monk the series seems to have stalled especially in the last two episodes.moreless

    8.0
    I was really looking forward to this 100th episode given the fact that I have been a Monk fanatic since the show first aired and because I was hoping for a quality episode given that it would be the 100th. Though it was nice to catch up with some of Monk's more remarkable collars, Harold and Marcy it was by far the high point of the episode (except of course that they forgot to interview Sharona). Otherwise, the episode was of average quality, certainly one of the better Monk episodes of this season but definitely not one the best. The murderer was evident from the beginning and despite being funny at times there were moments that seemed really stale and what is more everyone knows Monk has solved more than a hundred cases after all, in "Mr. Monk and the Paper Boy" he solved at least three cases in one episode. More than anything I hope the writers manage to get their act together so Monk can in fact do "99 more cases" and they can each be of the quality that I am accustomed from Monk.moreless
  • About kissing Monk's ass with a dumb show within a show idea.

    1.0
    This episode was simply terrible. It came across as fake and a way for the show to kiss their own ass. It didn't came across as authentic and was so dumbed down it's an insult to the viewers. If a show wants to start going down the road to cancellation, Monk did a good job with this episode. I used to like Monk in the beginning first couple of seasons but I think its lost its luster lately and think Psych is clearly the better show. It's not even close. I think Monk's in it's last go around. That's just my take.moreless
  • Too much fanfare for a mediocre episode.

    8.1
    I was expecting so much more. There was little of the real Monk, not much of the humor that we have all come to love. I was also disappointed with the 10 best episodes, only 1 of those made my top ten.

    I do love this show, but too much anticipation probably did this one in for me. With all the flashbacks it had very little Monk and a lot of nostalgia. We did not need this one, we needed something entirely different, like a two part episode that keeps Monk off his game. I think the next one with all the humor will be better for me.moreless
  • Lots of prior guest stars appear which is nice, but it's still not worthy of a 100th episode special. It has already been stated that Monk has solved over 100 cases long before this ep, and the unknown murder in this ep is almost blindingly obvious.moreless

    6.0
    The writers of the show are making a habit out of forgetting facts established in prior episodes. In episode 98, Monk states for at least the second time that he could not swim but took lessons on paper. The first time he stated such he was later seen swimming proving his training was valid, so there was no reason for him to restate the he could not swim.



    Now, this episode celebrates his 100th case, but it was already stated in a prior episode that he had solved 103 cases, a number far surpassed by now. These cases had been validated in some sense by the police department, so they should all count towards his final number. As for the unknown murderer, it's blindingly obvious who it is from the very start of the episode. The reveal is still interesting as always, but overall this episode only stands out for its errors and not for superior content.moreless
  • Congratulations Mr. Monk!

    8.4
    First of all, I think the writers may have miscounted the number of cases Monk has solved. Technically, this was the 100th episode, but 4 of those episodes were 2-parters. The pilot episode was a 2-parter, and the season 6 finale was also a 2-part episode. So, I calculated and Monk is still at 99 cases. Another mistake I found was there was an "interview" with Marcie Maven, played by Sarah Silverman. At the end of the season 6 opener where her dog was suspected of murder, she realizes she doesn't want to be Monk's biggest fan and returns all of her Monk goods, including his old clothes. However, in the interview she still wears his old pants and has paintings of him on her wall. This episode was also special because it was in a different format. Monk is featured on a "Dateline" type of show, which follows him on his latest case. It was also cool to see some of the past "villains": Angela Kinsey, Andy Richter, and Howie Mandel, although, I thought they would have had a bigger role in the episode.moreless
Eric McCormack

Eric McCormack

James Novak

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Brooke Adams

Brooke Adams

Leigh Harrison

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Charles Carroll

Charles Carroll

Douglas Thurman

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Tim Bagley

Tim Bagley

Harold Krenshaw

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the episode "Mr. Monk Joins a Cult," Father Ralph Roberts never goes to jail for he committed no crime. However, in this episode, Father is in prison.

    • At the end of "Mr. Monk and his Biggest Fan," Marci Maven threw out all of her photos of Monk. But here they're back up again.

    • In the episode "Monk Visits a Farm" wherein Jimmy Belmont was the killer, it was Randy who caught him. At least, Monk allowed Randy to think that Randy figured out what Belmont did, and Randy gave the final summation. Yet here, Jimmy Belmont knows Monk caught him.

    • Trivia: It's stated that Trudy died at the age of 35 in December of 1997. This means that Trudy was three years younger than Adrian and would have turned 46 this year.

    • Trivia: It's established that Monk is 49 years old, placing his year of birth at approximately 1959.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Natalie: Hey, Captain, have you seen Mr. Monk?
      Stottlemeyer: I figured he's with you. He usually is.

    • James Novak: July 18th. For Adrian Monk the day began like any other. He would vacuum his entire apartment, then clean the vacuum, then vacuum again.

    • Stottlemeyer: I don't know how he does it. Sometimes when Monk's not around, I'll catch the other cops doing it, right, with the hands. Then, like, oh, touch that. It doesn't work. Doesn't work for anyone else but him.

    • Natalie: Keeping him focused, that's one of my jobs.
      James Novak: What else do you do for him?
      Natalie: What else do I do? How long is your show?

    • Disher: Oh, he has some idiosyncrasies.
      James Novak: Like what?
      Disher: Fear of heights. Fear of germs. Spiders. Milk.
      Natalie: Crowds, elevators, fire.
      Disher: Rabbits, tunnels, bridges.
      Natalie: Boats.
      Disher: Decaffeinated coffee
      Natalie: Lightning.
      Stottlemeyer: The wind. He's afraid of the wind.
      Disher: Egg whites.
      Natalie: Bad.
      Disher: Naked people. That one is way up there. I think it goes "naked people" and then "death."

    • Arelene Boras: Adrian Monk? I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about him. I mean, on the one hand he sent me to prison. Twenty five years to life. On the other hand, after he arrested me he stayed after everybody and cleaned my apartment. I got my security deposit back. Which was nice.

    • Disher: I guess that clinches it. This guy's definitely the Cosmetic Assassin.
      First SWAT Officer: The what?
      Disher: Cosmetic Assassin. That's what we're calling him.
      Stottlemeyer: Maybe you'd like to hear what we're calling you.

    • Monk: Mr. Novak do you have a copy of the episode we just saw, maybe on a VHS tape?
      James Novak: Well, this is DVR.
      Monk: Oh, that's too bad. If it was on VHS we could watch it again.
      James Novak: DVR is digital, it's better than VHS.
      Monk: Oh, well then let's do that.

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