Monk: Season 1, Episode 4

Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale (26 Jul. 2002)

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A judge is murdered while placing a 911 call, but before she dies she names her attacker - notorious criminal Dale Biederbeck. The problem is, "Dale the Whale" is over 800 pounds and hasn't left his bed in years.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Christian Vezza
Lucy Filippone ...
Louisa (as Lucia Fillipone)
Jennifer Pisana ...
Sue Ellen
James Downing ...
Police Dispatcher
Hrant Alianak ...
Quancetia Hamilton ...
2nd dispatcher
Second girl


A 911 call from a judge identifies the man who is about to murder her as rich and obscenely fat financier Dale Biederbeck. But "Dale the Whale" weighs over 800 pounds and can't get up from his bed, making it impossible for him to have committed the murder, despite the 911 call and the testimony of a ten-year-old witness who saw an extremely fat man through the window of the judge's house. The fact that Biederbeck sued Monk's wife for libel after she criticized his ethics in a newspaper article gives Monk added incentive to find him guilty. While Monk and Captain Stottlemeyer try to figure out how Dale could have committed the murder, Sharona gets her chance to play Lois Lane, or rather Florence Nightingale, by briefly serving as Biederbeck's nurse instead of Monk's. She also finds herself attracted to Dale's private physician, Christian Vezza. Written by WyattJones

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Vezza says that he was conceived during the Northeast Blackout of 1965, a blackout that affected much of the Northeastern United States and left 80,000 people without power for up to twelve hours. Nine months after the blackout, there was supposedly a big increase in births, called the "Blackout Baby Boom." However, examination of birth statistics showed no significant difference compared to previous years. See more »


In Dr. Vezza's office helium balloons are shown fully upright. The doctor says they are from his birthday a week earlier. Helium atoms are thin enough to pass through any material used for balloons, therefore will not remain afloat for more than a few days. See more »


Sharona Fleming: What kind of dog is that?
[she reaches across Biederbeck's stomach to feel it]
Biederbeck: Now, sweetheart, if you want to feel my stomach, all you have to do is ask.
Sharona Fleming: I wasn't...
Biederbeck: Of course you were! You're wondering what they're all wondering. "My God, can he really be that big?" Let's find out, shall we?
[lifting the front of his pajamas]
Biederbeck: Totally al fresco!
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Some great moments but...
20 November 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Some great Monk moments where you can see that Adrian Monk hates Dale the Whale (a bed ridden obese man who is a master criminal), because he thinks Dale was responsible for killing his wife. Meanwhile, Monk has to figure out how Dale killed a judge who identified Dale by telephone moments before she was bludgeoned to death. How the crime was done was predictable but there is some business with Sharona getting work with Dale that was unlikely - why would Dale do it knowing she is Monk's assistant? But still, the tension created by Monk's reaction to Dale's taunting about Trudy's death (Monk wife) is priceless. And the last two scenes are rewind moments.

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