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Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine 

A woman commits suicide and minutes later Captain Stottlemeyer is shot nearby. Monk needs to determine if the two events are related, but his new medication has turned him into an obnoxious jerk who can't concentrate on the case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lester Highsmith
Jeremy Roberts ...
Dewey Albert
Officer Cooper (as Dwayne L. Barnes)
Undercover Cop
Officer Hensley
Nick Spano ...
Officer Salvatore
Burger Girl (as Meredith Roberts)
Salvatore - Car Salesman


While looking for someone Stottlemeyer is shot. They try to find the person and Monk has him but because of his condition he lets him go. He goes to Kroeger, who suggests that he try a new medication. He tries and his phobias are no more but he is no longer as observant as he was which makes him useless as a detective. Sharona tries to get him to stop taking them but he can't. Written by

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20 August 2004 (USA)  »

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Monk uses the phrase "Smoke em if you got em." Tony Shalhoub used the same phrase in Men in Black 2 when he played Jeebs. See more »


Monk gets ketchup on his shirt while eating his food. In the next shot his shirt is clean. See more »


[Monk imagines himself talking with the "spirit" of his late wife Trudy]
Trudy: Hello Adrian. You're not still smelling my pillow, are you? You can't really smell me on that old thing?
Adrian Monk: Sure, I can. It's your strawberry shampoo, and the lilac lotion you always wore.
Trudy: You never even liked that lotion.
Adrian Monk: I love it now... I love it now.
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One of the most touching moments in TV history
6 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw only a part of this episode on cable years ago, without knowing the title or even which season the episode was from. I have been searching for it for years, and finally saw it again a short time ago when I rented the third season. The reason I loved this episode so much was a small thing, but something I considered incredibly touching. In a scene where Adrian is missing his long-deceased wife, he goes into his closet, takes out a pillow inside a zippered plastic case, takes out the pillow, and lays with it, smelling it. What a romantic notion, that someone would save and seal their spouse's pillow, so that years later, they could still smell them on it, and feel their presence! Whether or not the actual scent was still there after so many years, or it was just present in his imagination, the notion is one of the most loving and romantic things I've ever seen in a film or television show!

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