Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum 

Monk is committed to an asylum, where he becomes convinced the chief psychiatrist committed a murder several years prior.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Randall Disher (credit only)
Dr. Morris Lancaster
John Wurster
Eric Hempsall ...
Chet Abrams
Kelly Fiddick ...
Bill LaFrankie
Kris Ryan ...
Dr. Conrad Gould
Matthew Olver ...
2nd Psych tech


Monk is committed to an asylum, where he becomes convinced the chief psychiatrist committed a murder several years prior.

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9 August 2002 (USA)  »

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John Wurster, Kevin Nealon's character, is named after Jon Wurster, Tom Scharpling's (writer of this episode) comedy partner on his WFMU radio show. See more »


Mental health facilities such as the one in this episode are careful to keep all doors and windows leading outside carefully locked to prevent patients from wandering off. The second-floor window of Manny's room would certainly have been locked to prevent patients from doing exactly what he did - climb out onto the roof. See more »


[Monk and Manny see Dr. Lancaster in a Santa suit heading for the chimney]
Adrian Monk: I knew it.
Manny: Well, what's he doing?
Adrian Monk: He's going fishing.
[Dr. Lancaster lowers a fishing line from his office down the chimney]
Manny: For what?
Adrian Monk: The gun, Manny. He has to find it before the construction crew stumbles onto it. Then he'll get rid of it for good, and I'll never be able to prove any of this.
Manny: I love you, Santa!
[opens the window]
Adrian Monk: Manny.
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A bit dumb
20 November 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

OK - not the best episode. Mr Monk is arrested after walking into someone else's home (thinking it is his own) and it is clear he is having a bad day. While in the nut house for a few days 'rest' he gets involved in the mysterious death of a doctor from several years earlier. And guess what! He solves it - after some business involving Santa Claus and a very angry woman (both patients of the said nut house).This episode shows that anything mentioned earlier always has a bearing on the outcome, so it is pretty much waiting for the flagged objects to turn up later. The crime solved there isn't much mention of his breakdown or whether it will appear again. How mentally ill is the guy? It seems to ebb and flow.

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