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Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist 

Monk must face his fears of dentists after Randy believes he witnesses a murder while under anasthetics. The problem is, the case is connected to a recent armored car robbery.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Patterson
Neal Graham
Dr. Oliver Bloom
Christian Pikes ...
Little Boy
Gregory T. Daniel ...
Chuckling Detective (as Gregg Daniel)


Monk must face his fears of dentists after Randy believes he witnesses a murder while under anasthetics. The problem is, the case is connected to a recent armored car robbery.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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10 March 2006 (USA)  »

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Monk's irrational fears in order of severity from most to least are as follows: dentists, germs, needles, milk, death, snakes, mushrooms, heights, crowds, elevators. In the first episode with Traylor Howard, Monk also states that he has a phobia of birth. See more »


When Randy is at the dentist, and the doctor tells him he has to extract the tooth, he just suddenly puts Randy under anesthesia. This is just simply not the way it works. To be put under, you are given special directions, such as no eating or drinking for 6-12 hours before the extraction, because if a patient vomits, while unconscious, it can kill them, because they would breath it in and basically drown. There are a few more things the dentist tells you to do to prepare for anesthesia too. Also, for general anesthesia, dentists do not use a face mask to administer gas, they inject the sedative into an I.V. If it was meant to be laughing gas (Nitrous Oxide) then it wouldn't actually "put hum under", but rather make him feel sort of goofy, and relaxed, but he would've been wide awake, especially when they remove the mask from time to time. See more »


Dr. Oliver Bloom: [walks into his room preparing to torture Monk] Hello again, Mr. Monk.
Dr. Oliver Bloom: Is it true that you've only been to a dentist once before?
[Monk tries to nod]
Dr. Oliver Bloom: I gather it wasn't a good experience. Oh, this will be much worse!
Adrian Monk: [gasps a little bit trying to get the words out] I'm a police officer.
Dr. Oliver Bloom: Oh, I know that! That's why you're here.
[clasps his arms around Monk's head and neck to restrain him while Terri puts a retainer into Monk's mouth]
Dr. Oliver Bloom: See, Terri and I have some merchandise that we're looking ...
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Referenced in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Really, Really Dead Guy (2007) See more »


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Monk: 'Marathon Man'
22 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are two stories-in-one here, at least at the beginning. It turns out, of course, there is a connection. Overall, it's a very good episode, a fun one for the most part.

We have the normal dramatic opening. Here, a robbery of an armored truck, and the armored guys killed (we don't see that). After the commercial break, we have Lt. Randy Disher having a major toothache and going to the dentist. While under, anesthesia (but partially aware of what's going on), he witnesses the dentist getting into a big fight with someone who had just come into the room. Randy tells Capt. Stottlemeyer, Monk and Natalie about it but no one believes him. In frustration, and tired of being the butt of jokes, he quits the force!

Despite those serious scenes, it's a funny show with Monk at the dentist office, first as a visitor and second as an unwilling "Marathon Man" participant and Randy trying to be a rock star (in his mind).

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