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Mr. Monk Gets Fired 

Karen Stottlemeyer films a documentary of Captain Stottlemeyer's division. Despite the Commissioner's objections, Monk helps solve the case of a headless corpse, a fatal fire at a wig factory, and a hat thief all in one fell swoop.

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Commissioner Brooks
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Paul Harley
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Larysa Zeryeva
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Ms. Lennington (as Molly Hagen)
Todd Waring ...
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Jeff Van Atta ...
Boomer
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Karen Stottlemeyer has decided to film a "cinema verite" documentary about her husband's work, but her timing couldn't be worse. The police commissioner shouts at the captain (on camera) for focusing on a routine arson fire in a wig factory and relying on Monk to solve a more newsworthy case involving a female victim whose body was cut up with a chainsaw. Monk is in even worse trouble. After presenting some useful leads involving the chainsaw victim's age and nationality, he accidentally erases several years' worth of crucial computer files, and the enraged commissioner revokes Monk's private practice license despite Stottlemeyer's protests that doing so will destroy him. With Sharona forced to return to her old job as a nurse, the devastated Monk sits in the hospital hallway all day waiting for her until, at her exasperated insistence, he finds a job with a magazine as a fact checker. Meanwhile, having identified the victim based on Monk's information, the captain and Disher zero in ... Written by WyattJones

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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16 July 2004 (USA)  »

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Goofs

In the coroner's office, Monk looks at the torso and says that the pox vaccination indicates that the victim must be from the Baltic States and is at least 26 years old because the pox vaccination ended in 1978. In Estonia, they still had the pox vaccination in 1988 and maybe in the other Baltic States as well. So Monk's conclusions are slightly off. See more »

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Adrian Monk: [to the commisioner] So, you would let a murderer, a man who killed two people in cold blood, walk, because you refuse to admit that you're *wearing a piece*?
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References Marmaduke (2010) See more »

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The firing of Mr Monk
25 July 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.

Up to this point of Season 3, "Mr Monk Gets Fired" is the best. With that being said, the previous three episodes are still enjoyable, just not up to "best of 'Monk'" standards, a distinction that "Mr Monk Gets Fired" nearly hits. Would have loved to have seen more of Sharona, whose most significant contribution is tackling the commissioner on Monk's odds, and outside of the commissioner, Karen and Dr Kroger the supporting characters are not really all that memorable.

There is still nonetheless a huge amount to enjoy. The mystery is a fun and intriguing one, at times a surprisingly elaborate one, with a clever ending that avoids being confusing or silly. Even better are the character moments, one really feels sorry for Monk despite such a big error (an error though that would have been job costing anyway without back-up, but one really does get more of a sense that he was fired for personal reasons rather than the error).

Loved Karen's contribution, bringing some welcome levity and one really enjoys the relationship between her and Stottlemeyer, and that it actually gave Stottlemeyer more to do (after having a few episodes where he was underused), showing a lot of love, frustration, friendship, loyalty, desire and wanting to help Monk and solve the case within professional limits. Disher is amusing and never comes over as an idiot.

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 is remarkable here that right from the first episode to when the show ended that one likes him straight away, even with his quirks and deficiencies that could easily have been overplayed, and also that he is better developed than most titular characters of other shows at this particular stage. Who can't help love Monk's brilliant mind too?

Bitty Schram and Jason Gray-Stanford are good, she sharp and no-nonsense but sympathetic, and he appealing and amusing without being buffoonish. Ted Levine fares best of the regulars, staying true to Stottlemeyer's usual traits while adding some more layers. Glenne Headley, Saverio Guerra and Stanley Kamel are also good, the rest of the cast are on the forgettable side but competent.

It's not just the cast 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 hilarious wry humour, lovable quirkiness and tender easy-to-relate-to drama is delicately done mostly deft.

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.

All in all, great episode if not quite one of the best. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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