Monk: Season 1, Episode 10

Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation (20 Sep. 2002)

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While on vacation at a resort, Benjy claims he witnessed a murder. Monk believes him, but with no body and the cleanest crime scene Monk has ever seen, it's going to be hard to convince everybody else.

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John Fenimore
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Shawn
Chuck Byrn ...
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Graham Harley ...
Tony Landis
Beatriz Pizano ...
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Monk's beach resort vacation with Sharona and Benjy turns into work when Benjy witnesses a murder. But with no body to be found and "the cleanest crime scene in the history of crime," Benjy can't convince anyone except Monk and the hotel's kooky security chief that he's telling the truth. Believing that Benjy's imagination is working overtime and determined to enjoy her vacation, Sharona takes unneeded tennis lessons from yet another Mr. Wrong while Monk and his new assistant follow what turns out to be a false lead. Benjy spots the body only to have it disappear again, and the security chief reveals Monk's own room to be contaminated with some of the "fourteen bodily fluids" detected by her infrared spectra-light. When Monk figures out who stole four bags of lime from the grounds supervisor's shed, he solves the case. Unfortunately, his time at the hotel is almost up and the body still has not been found. Written by WyattJones

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Rita Bronwyn is named after Bronwyn C, a disk jockey at radio station WFMU FM in East Orange, New Jersey. Andy Breckman (creator of Monk) and Tom Scharpling (writer/producer) both host shows on WFMU. See more »

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Bronwyn says she is using an infrared lamp to detect bodily fluids, but the lamp would need to be ultraviolet. See more »

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[the hotel has been locked down]
Tony Landis: Miss Bronwynn, this is not a penitentiary. You have to let these people come and go.
Rita Bronwyn: I'm gonna let them go, Tony, as soon as we check out Room 401.
Tony Landis: Do you know who is in Room 401? John Fenimore. The C.O.O. of the third largest brokerage house on the West Coast. He brings his staff here every year for a conference. How do we know the boy just didn't make it up?
Adrian Monk: Oh, no. He's-he's a good boy. He doesn't lie.
Tony Landis: All children lie.
Adrian Monk: Not him. Not to me.
Tony Landis: Well, of course, you...
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A bit silly but fun
20 November 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The crime itself is a bit dumb (the murder, first seen by Benji - Sharona's son - turns into a hunt for the body, which seems to be moved around a lot) but the whole idea of Monk not being able to relax at a beach resort is cute. His involvement with the hotel security chief, whose only training seems to be from film noir movies is amusing enough, especially once she uses a gadget that shows up human bodily fluids (blood, mucus and semen as she explains until Monk tells her to stop) that the naked eye can't detect. She uses Monk's hotel room as a test and he, of course, goes into germ phobic meltdown. The concluding moments are nice as Monk resolves the case - but unbelievable - but this show isn't about reality.


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