Monk: Season 4, Episode 11

Mr. Monk Bumps His Head (20 Jan. 2006)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cora Little
Sheriff Bates
Debbie Barnett
Roger Zisk
Truck Driver
Michael Shalhoub ...
Ned the Beekeeper
Kirby the Barber
Teddy Mulligan - Informant
Local Mechanic
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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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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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Some Things You Never Forget
6 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Monk meets some stranger at a secluded truck stop, ready with cash to purchase information about his wife's death. The man is a phony and hits Monk over the head with lead pipe, knocking him out. He takes Monks wallet, puts him on the truck flatbed and disappears. The driver comes out, doesn't see anything wrong and drives away. Monk then wakes up the next morning in some small town in Wyoming (not the "desert," as it says on the title page here). Our hero has a very sore head and no recollection who he is, except that he seems to want to some odd OCD things.

The show changes from that dramatic opening to very silly for awhile as some nutty woman named "Cora" sees what's happening and claims Monk as her husband! She's obviously nuts, but it also gives her a chance to have a man around the house who she can get to do things, such as fix the roof or...ah, fill some of her other needs. Monk knows something isn't right but he has no memory so he goes along with a bunch of goofy things....some, not all! Laurie Metcalf is good as the domineering "Cora."

Anyway, a crime is committed against a nice waitress Monk met, and even though he doesn't know who he is, Adrian, through his intuitive gifts, helps solve the crime. Eventually, he is discovered and taken back to San Francisco. In all, a strange episode but entertaining.

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