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Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger 

When billionaire software magnate Sidney Teal is shot dead by ex-cop Archie Modine after allegedly turning mugger and another policeman mysteriously flees the scene, Stottlemeyer calls in ... See full summary »

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Myra Teal
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Sidney Teal
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Willis
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Angie Deluca
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When billionaire software magnate Sidney Teal is shot dead by ex-cop Archie Modine after allegedly turning mugger and another policeman mysteriously flees the scene, Stottlemeyer calls in Monk to investigate. Not only is the idea of a billionaire turning mugger hard to swallow, the circumstances of the mugging are suspicious. Why, for example, would a mugger wear knee and elbow pads? Meanwhile, Sharona threatens to quit (this time for sure) when her paycheck bounces, and Stottlemeyer is hounded by reporters demanding information on "Fraidy Cop." Unable to continue the investigation without Sharona's help, Monk returns to the seemingly unsolvable mystery of his wife's murder only to find that his "new" clue isn't new; he's already talked to writer Kelly Street three times. Sharona finds that selling lamps isn't nearly as much fun as working for Monk (with or without money) and comes to the rescue with a new clue involving Teal and Modine. Written by WyattJones

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When Monk prepares to pet the dog which he thinks is stuffed, the dog's ears are cocked up. When the camera switches to Monk then back to the dog, the ears are down, meaning that Monk should have known the dog was real. See more »

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Capt. Stottlemeyer: Shoot him.
Disher: I can't do that, sir.
Capt. Stottlemeyer: Then shoot me.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Silly but still a lot of fun
10 July 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Monk' has always been one of my most watched shows when needing comfort, to relax after a hard day, a good laugh or a way to spend a lazy weekend. Season 1 still goes strong for so early on, when so many shows have a finding their feet feel to begin with, and "Mr Monk and the Billionaire Mugger" fares well for 'Monk'.

This is going to be a more positive review for "Mr Monk and the Billionaire Mugger", which is a long way from being one of the show's best episodes (as far as Season 1 goes from where it started to here, "Mr Monk and the Candidate", "Mr Monk and the Psychic" and "Mr Monk Goes to the Carnival" are better, though there was no bad episode in this window), but is still a lot of fun.

Did think that the whole stuff about the Fraidy Cop was a little too silly and while somewhat important distracted a little from the main plot line. It does however see a few very funny lines from Stottlemeyer, really enjoyed his and Disher's exchange about the Fraidy Cop with Disher's enthusiasm and slight naivety contrasting entertainingly with Stottlemeyer's disbelief and frustration.

On the other hand, as said, "Mr Monk and the Billionaire Mugger" is very good fun. One of the best things about 'Monk' has always been the acting of Tony Shalhoub in the title role, it was essential for him to work and be the glue of the show, and Shalhoub not only is that but also at his very best he IS the show. Have always loved the balance of the humour, which is often hilarious, and pathos, which is sincere and touching. It is remarkable here that right from the first episode to when the show ended that one likes him straight away, even with his quirks and deficiencies that could easily have been overplayed, and also that he is better developed than most titular characters of other shows at this particular stage. Who can't help love Monk's brilliant mind too?

He is very well supported by a sharp and no-nonsense but also sympathetic Bitty Schram, whose Sharona makes for a worthy and entertaining partner for Monk's sleuthing and somebody with a maternal side (very caring about Monk she is here). There is always a debate at who's better between Sharona and Natalie, personally like both in their own way and consider them both attractive though as of now leaning towards Natalie as the better acted and more attentive of the two.

Also by a very amusing, and sometimes even funnier than that, Ted Levine, what a difference from his Buffalo Bill in 'The Silence of the Lambs', Stottlemeyer's exchange with Disher about Fraidy Cop and with the press contain very funny writing which Levine does a great job bringing out. Jason Gray-Stanford is suitably earnest and goofy and the funniest he's been at this point in the show.

It's not just the cast though. Another star is the writing, which is also essential to whether the show would be successful or not and succeed it does here. The mix of hilarious wry humour, lovable quirkiness and tender easy-to-relate-to drama is delicately done but extremely deft. Really love the subplot between Monk and Sharona, involving lamps and ongoing money problems.

The case itself is fun, with some nice clues, and easy to follow while not at all feeling simplistic. Was not hugely surprised by the identity of who was responsible for the crime but the motive, seeing how it was all done and how Monk came to the conclusion (through Sharona).

Visually, the episode is shot in a slick and stylish way, and the music is both understated and quirky. Much prefer the jazzy Season 1 theme tune to the later "It's a Jungle Out There", which always struck me before as one of my least favourite assets of 'Monk' but has since grown on me, which should have been kept. It's all very capably directed throughout.

In conclusion, a lot of fun but there are better episodes. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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