Monk: Season 4, Episode 14

Mr. Monk and the Astronaut (3 Mar. 2006)

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Despite everyone's disbelief that a hero making the news is actually a coldblooded killer, Adrian tries to prove that a celebrity astronaut is responsible, despite an airtight alibi.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Darrell Cain
Joanne Raphelson
Donna Cain
Nicole Wagner
Brandon Matthew Parker ...
First Boy


Despite everyone's disbelief that a hero making the news is actually a coldblooded killer, Adrian tries to prove that a celebrity astronaut is responsible, despite an airtight alibi.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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The scenes at Paxton Air Force Base were filmed on location at Edwards Air Force Base. In the newscast seen at the very beginning of the episode that describes Wagner's mission, the reporter mentions that the spacecraft is launching from Edwards. See more »


The astronaut is visiting his ex-girlfriend the day before he is launched for a week in orbit. Actually, astronauts who are bound to be sent into space are secluded from the outside world for a distinct period of time to prevent contamination or illness. See more »


Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Okay, maybe you found a motive. Maybe. But it doesn't matter, and I'll tell you why. Because your suspect, Monk, was in outer space. He wasn't on this planet.
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Too unrealistic details detract from story at times
2 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

What I like about Monk is his humanity. The juxtaposition of his human frailties, shortcomings, and weakness with his strong talents in other ways and his resilience. This was explored in this show by his interaction with the astronaut who has an over abundance of self confidence to the point of arrogance that he plays against Monk to make him feel inferior. Some of the plot details here are stretched a bit far in terms of plausibility though. Most irritating to me though is the classroom speech scene. I have worked as a teacher and never would myself or any of the other teachers I worked with have allowed those students to behave like that without intervening in some way. We certainly would never leave students unattended with invited guest speakers so to think a teacher just let that go on was ridiculous to me. Nit picky maybe but this is Monk where the central character's obsession with details is both a strength and weakness. It makes the inconsistencies in characters actions, details and reality in the stories seem to stand out more harshly sometimes. Still loved Monk! :)

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