Monk: Season 3, Episode 13

Mr. Monk Gets Stuck in Traffic (11 Feb. 2005)

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A motley assortment of commuters, including Monk and the gang, are stuck on the highway after a fatal car accident brings traffic to a dead halt. But Monk doesn't think it was any accident ... See full summary »

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A motley assortment of commuters, including Monk and the gang, are stuck on the highway after a fatal car accident brings traffic to a dead halt. But Monk doesn't think it was any accident and his impromptu investigation irritates authorities at the scene. Written by Milovera

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This marks the first time in the series that Monk actually fires a gun since the pilot, in which Monk shoots and wounds Ian Sykes in the head (though we don't see this because it happens in the dark, after Sykes kills the power in the sewer tunnel). Since then he has only held a gun/rifle or used a water pistol. See more »

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At the time of the murder, the killer clips the victim's cell phone onto his own belt, hooking it in front of his own cell phone. Later, when the scene is replayed in flashback close-up, he clips the victim's cell phone behind his own. See more »

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[stuck on a long stretch of Highway 101, Julie warns that she has to go to the bathroom]
Adrian Monk: No, no... here.
[gives her a ten dollar bill]
Adrian Monk: I'll give you ten dollars to hold it in.
Natalie Teeger: Mr. Monk, what are you doing? You can't pay a kid not to pee!
Adrian Monk: Best money I ever spent.
Julie Teeger: Sure he can, it's called the free market. I learned about it in school. So, Mr. Monk... how much would you pay me not to vomit?
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A "Rockford"-quality episode
24 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Both "Monk" and "psych" suffer from the same implausibility -- Adrian Monk and Shawn Spencer are adept at noting details the officers and detectives around them should have no trouble spotting -- but don't.

"The Rockford Files" is also implausible. PIs rarely, if ever, get involved in significant crimes -- especially not week after week. But "Rockford"'s gritty/cheap ambiance, and its sharp writing, made it a classic that neither "Monk" nor "psych" will ever be.

Which is not to say that "lesser" series can't occasionally reach "Rockford" level. This episode does. An apparently simple event -- a car crash that causes a pileup -- is the starting point for Monk's analysis that reveals it wasn't an accident, but murder. Naturally, the Highway Patrol doesn't believe him. (It would have been even better had it been edited so that the audience learns what actually happened as Monk is investigating. But that type of non-linear presentation is asking a lot from casual TV viewers.)

An excellent change of pace for a formulaic series.

Students of drama will note that this episode obeys Aristotle's three unities -- time, place, and action.


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