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Mr. Monk Bumps His Head 

After a vicious truck stop attack, Monk awakens with amnesia in a desert hamlet, married to a domineering loon, and suspicious of the circumstances surrounding the hasty departure of a waitress.

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Cora Little
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Sheriff Bates
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Debbie Barnett
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Roger Zisk
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Ned the Beekeeper
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Monk is contacted by someone who says he has info on the man who killed Trudy. He goes to meet him at a truck stop. When Monk sees what he has, Monk realizes it's a flim flam so the man knocks Monk out and takes the money and puts him on a truck. The truck goes out. While Natalie tries to find Monk, he wakes up in a small town with no memory of who he is. A woman upon learning of his memory loss, tells him, he's her husband. Natalie calls Stollemeyer who calls Kroeger who upon learning that Monk suffered a concussion thinks Monk may have amnesia and he is wondering around trying to rediscover himself. Monk goes around the town and learns a girl is missing and he sets out to find out what happened to her but his "wife" tries to dissuade him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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20 January 2006 (USA)  »

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When Mr. Monk is examining Rogers car at Neds bee farm just before it's towed, Mr. Monk looks in the front seat. A Willie Nelson CD can be seen... one of several inclusions of Mr. Nelson over the life of the series. See more »

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Roger Zisk's BMW is initially shown with a Platte County, Wyoming license plate on the front, but in immediate subsequent shots has California plates on both the front and rear. See more »

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Adrian Monk: I- I'm a roofer?
Cora: That's your job... I'll tell you what, tiger. You fix the roof and then later on tonight, p-p-pt!
[motions up the stairs]
Cora: Show you how much I appreciate it.
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Monk and amnesia
8 August 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Monk' has always been one of my most watched shows when needing comfort, to relax after a hard day, a good laugh or a way to spend a lazy weekend.

One does have to give "Mr Monk Bumps His Head" credit for being different, when it comes to unique 'Monk' episodes "Mr Monk Bumps His Head" is very high up in the list. It is not one of my favourite episodes of Season 4, it has its faults and doesn't have that special quality to set it apart, and it is not one of my favourite episodes of 'Monk' either. Nonetheless, it is interesting and a worthwhile watch. It does fall downhill somewhat after a very dramatic and shocking opening scene, the first section lags a little and doesn't come to life properly until the mystery kicks in. The ending intrigues but not everything seemed resolved, especially with a clearer explanation as to why Cora pretended to be married to Monk and how the amnesia is dealt with at the end.

Wasn't sure what to make of Cora (although Laurie Metcalf does make a valiant effort with the character). The psychopathic side of the character is chilling, she has some good lines and the interplay between her and Monk is both amusing and creepy, but she was very annoying and somewhat cartoonish at first and her motives and treatment of Monk even for her character were on the extreme side. While Traylor Howard, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine and Stanley Kamel do very well with what they have and all of them have good moments to shine, all of them are underused with their characters having little to do.

However, the whole thing with Monk's amnesia is done very well (essential considering that it is what dominates the episode and the most memorable thing about it), seeing a few hilarious moments (especially the scenes with the bees and in the bedroom) typical 'Monk' style and also with one feeling sorry for Monk.

The mystery, once it's introduced, plays second fiddle somewhat to the amnesia but is regardless an interesting and fun mystery that engages the viewer, not one of those easily guessable and obvious ones.

As said many times, one of the best things about 'Monk' has always been the acting of Tony Shalhoub in the title role. It was essential for him to work and be the glue of the show, and Shalhoub not only is that but also at his very best he IS the show. Have always loved the balance of the humour, which is often hilarious, and pathos, which is sincere and touching.

It's not just the cast or story though. Another star is the writing, which is also essential to whether the show would be successful or not and succeed it does here. The mix of wry humour, lovable quirkiness and tender easy-to-relate-to drama is delicately done, particularly the last one. The quirks are sympathetically done and never exploited or overdone.

Visually, the episode is shot in a slick and stylish way, and the music is both understated and quirky. While there is a preference for the theme music for Season 1, Randy Newman's "It's a Jungle Out There" has grown on me overtime, found it annoying at first but appreciate its meaning and what it's trying to say much more now. Oh and a good job is done with the different opening credits sequence to accommodate the changes made.

In summation, a different episode and a decent one but not a favourite of mine. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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