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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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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Monk's irrational fears in order of severity from most to least are as follows: germs, needles, milk, death, snakes, mushrooms, heights, crowds, elevators. See more »

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After the funeral, when Adrian is in the captain's office, it is clearly heard that Stottlemyer says "She was shot. He was stabbed." when really, it was the exact opposite See more »

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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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Excellent beginning of a still-outstanding show
25 May 2008 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

I've seen most of "Monk" episodes, although I didn't begin to watch until sometime after it began. I believe I've now seen nearly all of the earlier episodes via reruns, but for some reason had never seen this initial episode before.

This is my favorite program on current TV, and with the plethora of mindless reality shows and silliness such a "Deal or No Deal" and "1 vs. 100" and other "game" efforts, it is truly the proverbial "breath of fresh air."

I like seeing Gail O'Grady - anytime and in anything - and the story here was a good one with which to begin.

The really good shows seem to improve with age, even where they begin strongly, and it is true of "Monk." I, for one, am extremely grateful that they don't use the close-up filming as they did here, a distracting element detracting rather than adding to the presentation. I also like the way they have "fine tuned" the characters and their interactions in the ensuing years, and while enjoying Bitty Schram, I personally prefer Traylor Howard.

But the best indication of the real quality of this series is that, despite the many improvements made in the successive seasons, this initial effort was better than 99%+ of anything else on the tube, then or now.


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