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 ...
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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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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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Tom Ohmer, who played a sergeant in "Mr. Monk and the Other Detective," reprises his role in "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut." There's an interesting interview with Ohmer, who in real-life is an ex-cop, in which he talks about working with Ted Levine and other members of the cast and crew. See more »


When addressing the class at Career Day, Steve Wagner (Jeffrey Donovan) says he flew the shuttle over Florida and splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico. Space Shuttles orbit the earth from west to east, so he would have had to flown over Texas to get to the gulf, not Florida. See more »


Natalie Teeger: [noticing Monk putting a head onto a missile] Mr. Monk, what are you doing?
Adrian Monk: I don't know.
Captain Savo: [speaking into his walkie-talkie] They're at Ramp #2. He's handling a missile.
[Monk is now polishing the head of the missile]
Natalie Teeger: No, no, no, no! These are missiles. They could be nuclear weapons!
Adrian Monk: Then stop me, for the love of God.
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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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