Monk: Season 2, Episode 4

Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus (18 Jul. 2003)

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When a ringmaster is murdered by an acrobat in a crowded restaurant, Monk suspects his ex wife is responsible. But with her foot broken and in a cast, how could she have done it?


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Lovara
Ariana Dakkar
Edgar Heinz
Sgt. Myers
Maitre d'
Voki Kalfayan ...


When a sarcastic and unpopular ringmaster is murdered by an acrobat wearing a face mask and a Ninja-like costume, Stottlemeyer suspects an animal trainer who not only has a motive (he's the former lover of the ringmaster's dinner date) but also owns the murder weapon. Monk, however, suspects the ringmaster's ex-wife, a trapeze artist billed as "the Queen of the Sky" who is also a sharpshooter. Unfortunately for Monk's theory, the trapeze artist, Natasia Lovara, has a broken foot, confirmed by X-rays. The mystery, as in "Billionaire Mugger" and "Dale the Whale," is not who did it but how it was done. Meanwhile, the everythingaphobic Monk alienates Sharona by telling her that her fear of elephants is irrational and advising her to "suck it up." Only when the elephant actually crushes its trainer's head in front of both Monk and Sharona does he begin to empathize with her and attempt to offer her the sort of comfort and understanding that she routinely offers him. Having been informed by... Written by WyattJones

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Monk says to Sharona, "You know who you should marry: the Elephant Man." This is an allusion to Joseph Carey Merrick, a performer in Victorian-era Britain during the later part of the 19th century. He was born with deformities so severe that he was exhibited as a human curiosity known as the "Elephant Man." See more »


The doctor who x-rayed Natasha's foot could have determined that it had been broken less than two weeks by the degree of subsequent healing that had taken place. The leg could not have healed enough in just four days for it to look like a two-week old break. Also, a break caused by extreme pressure to the side of the ankle (from Dede crushing her foot) would have been very different from a break caused by the fall that she claims caused the break. The doctor would have recognized this discrepancy and they would have been able to more easily arrest Natasha. See more »


Edgar Heinz: Natasia. Over here!
Natasha Lovara: Heinz!
Edgar Heinz: Uh, thank you. Thank you for coming.
Natasha Lovara: What did you want to see me about? Did your girlfriend forget her routine?
Edgar Heinz: Ha ha. No. I just wanted you to know I got your back. Don't worry, I would never tell anyone.
Natasha Lovara: Tell them about what, Heinz?
Edgar Heinz: You know, about how you did it.
Natasha Lovara: How I did what?
Edgar Heinz: You know, um, my trailer is over there. A couple of nights ago, I couldn't sleep. I looked out of the window, and, uh, I saw you. Come on, don't make me say it. I always thought you were a ...
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A complicated way to kill someone...
20 November 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A hooded ninja-type figure shoots a circus guy at a café then wheels away. Stottlemeye brings in Monk who hates circuses, especially the clowns. Turns out that Sharona has a problem with elephants. Problem is that Monk's main suspect has a broken leg. It just gets silly from there on in. The episode is saved when Monk's hostility to Sharona's elephant phobia result in her going on strike (no wipes provided). Lots of amusing moments ensue. The final scene is amusing, although I wish they's explore the selfish side of Monk's personality more often, because he comes across as caring and sympathetic in other episodes when he solves cases, rather than smug when he catches the bad guy which is what I think the writers are aiming for (his 'release' when he puts everything in order as part of his OCD).

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