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Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty 

Lt. Disher and Captain Stottlemeyer capture a "Most Wanted", Columbian criminal, Miguel Escobar, who's wanted for drug trafficking crimes in multiple states, and arrest him for a local ... See full summary »

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Lt. Randall Disher
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Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
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Foreman - Juror No. 7
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Cobb - Juror No. 4
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Escobar (as Carlos Gomez)
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Pat - Juror No. 12
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Agent Lapides
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Judge Rienzo
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Housewife Juror
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Pierced Girl - Juror No. 6
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Sneezer - Juror No. 5
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Prosecutor Fox
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Teacher - Juror No. 8
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Lt. Disher and Captain Stottlemeyer capture a "Most Wanted", Columbian criminal, Miguel Escobar, who's wanted for drug trafficking crimes in multiple states, and arrest him for a local homicide. Escobar is notorious for escaping custody, so Stottlemeyer must take extra precautions to ensure that this does not happen while Escobar is in his custody. Captain Stottlemeyer learns that the US Attorney General is ordering him to turn over Escobar to the Federal Government, and is to do nothing more than detain their prisoner until the hand-off, following an extradition hearing. This takes place in the same courthouse where, much to his dismay, Mr. Monk is unable to talk his way out of jury duty, and finds himself forced to hear the case of a robbery/stabbing of a man out to make a bank deposit. During the course of deliberating the robbery case, however, Monk is inadvertently pulled into the Escobar saga. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Has the same themes from "12 angry men" See more »

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It is surprising that none of the court guards or judge seem to recognize Monk. Given how often he participates in criminal cases as a consultant, the judge and court officers at least should be familiar with him. See more »

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Adrian Monk: Don't get me wrong. It's a great system. It really is the best justice system in the world.
Natalie Teeger: I agree.
Adrian Monk: I just don't want to be a part of it.
Natalie Teeger: Mr. Monk, what if everybody felt that way?
Adrian Monk: Everybody does.
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References 12 Angry Men (1957) See more »

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Jury duty with Monk
15 August 2017 | by 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.

Season 4 to me was a reasonably solid season, most of them being decent-very good and some were great and there was one particularly special one ("Mr Monk Goes Home Again"). From personal opinion, the only average or less one of the season was "Mr Monk and the Big Reward", which didn't really feel like 'Monk'. "Mr Monk Gets Jury Duty" is a great season finale and one of the season's better episodes, almost a classic. Sure a few aspects are not that hard to figure out, like Monk being against the other jurors in the deliberating, and a couple of others don't quite add up like with the gun.

"Mr Monk Gets Jury Duty's" biggest disappointment is how it uses Disher and Stottlemeyer. After two previous Season 4 episodes, "Mr Monk and the Captain's Marriage" for Stottlemeyer and "Mr Monk Goes to the Dentist" for Disher, did wonderfully in making them more interesting and bringing different sides to them (also giving Jason Gray-Stanford and Ted Levine opportunities to stretch their acting chops as the characters), it was a pity that they were reduced to little screen time and stock cop stereotypes (somewhat).

However, the mystery is a lot of fun and is intriguing. Even more so are the scenes within the courtroom and with the jurors, written in a way reminiscent of the classic '12 Angry Men'. How the jurors deliberated on the evidence and seeing how frustrated they get at Monk makes the episode one of the most entertaining of Season 4. The final solution was a surprise to me, suspected aspects of it admittedly (i.e. one of the jurors not being what they seemed) but didn't expect to be proved right.

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.

Natalie is down to earth, sympathetic and sassy, also being sensitive to Monk's needs and quirks which Traylor Howard does well bringing out. Ted Levine is suitably amusing and gruff and Jason Gray-Stanford doesn't make the comic relief annoying thankfully. The jurors, judge and Escobar are also acted very well and compellingly written.

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.

Overall, great episode despite a couple of misgivings, a very worthy finale to a solid season. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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