Monk: Season 1, Episode 1

Mr. Monk and the Candidate: Part 1 (12 Jul. 2002)

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A former San Francisco police detective suffering from an extreme case of obsessive-compulsive disorder is called in to investigate an apparent assassination attempt of a mayoral candidate in which one of his bodyguards is killed.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Deacon
Benjy Fleming (as Kane Richotte)
Sheldon Burger
Jesse Goodman
Shawn Reis ...
Lieutenant Gitomer
Carl (as Chris Shyer)


A former San Francisco police detective suffering from an extreme case of obsessive-compulsive disorder is called in to investigate an apparent assassination attempt of a mayoral candidate in which one of his bodyguards is killed.

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[first lines]
Adrian Monk: [surveying a crime scene] The stove.
Lt. Gitomer: Over here. It's in the kitchen.
Adrian Monk: No... I mean *my* stove. I-I think I left it on.
Sharona Fleming: It's okay. I, uh, checked it as we were leaving.
Adrian Monk: Are you sure? Did you turn the knob?
Sharona Fleming: Yeah.
Adrian Monk: The little knob, though?
Sharona Fleming: I turned all the knobs. The stove is off, Adrian.
Lt. Gitomer: We believe it was a burglary gone sour. She walked in, she surprised him, he panicked, he left there from the kitchen.
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Jason Gray-Stanford is mistakenly credited as "Lt. Deacon" instead of his real character's name of "Lt. Disher." See more »


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Enjoyable pilot for a hopefully enjoyable series.
22 March 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Reuniting Tony Shalhoub with his "Galaxy Quest" director Dean Parisot, the pilot for "Monk" achieves what all good pilots should; introduces us to the main characters (brilliant but obsessive-complusive ex-cop Adrian Monk, dismissed from the force on psychological grounds after his wife's murder four year before; his nurse/partner Sharona; his ex-commanding officer, etc) while at the same time telling a decent first story (is there a connection between the brutal slaying of a young woman in her apartment and an assassination attempt on a mayoral candidate?).

Our hero's habits straddle the border between being funny and being sad ("I'm told you're germophobic, afraid of the dark, heights... and milk") - so Andy Breckman's script flirts with being tasteless, but in the end it avoids making fun of Monk; the characters are likeable and plausible enough (not least Monk himself, intentionally characterised as being difficult to get along with) so that it warrants further investigation. Plus I'd be very surprised if the case of Monk's dead wife doesn't return from time to time in the series.

BBC2's scheduling of this series in its "Watching The Detectives" strand on Saturday afternoons makes more sense than it seems on the surface - "Monk" is closer in tone to other shows in that strand ("Ironside," "Columbo") than the likes of "Hill Street Blues," and that's no bad thing. But I have a sneaky suspicion that the pilot episode was cut - something other American TV shows have suffered on UK terrestrial TV ("Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," "The Visitor" etc). Shame; if the series can maintain the feel of this opener, "Monk" will have deserved better.

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