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Mr. Monk and the Captain's Wife 

A sniper causes a car accident that nearly kills Stottlemeyer's wife, Karen. Now it's up to Monk to solve the case and keep Stottlemeyer from doing something he might regret.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Coker
Harry Bolston
Frank Wicks
Dr. Maulding
Lonnie Colón ...
Ronnie (as Lonnie Colon)
Connor Carmody ...
Max Stottlemeyer (as Conner Carmody)


On her way to film a documentary (apparently about a union dispute), Captain Stottlemeyer's wife, Karen, is badly injured when her car is struck by a tow truck whose nonunion driver has been killed by a sniper. Distraught and furious, the captain blames a sleazy union official and his thug, a theory that seems to be confirmed when a second tow truck driver is murdered. But Lieutenant Disher, in charge of the crime scene investigation, discovers an odd detail that doesn't fit well with this scenario--both the assailant and the murdered truck driver were barefoot. Empathizing with the captain's anguish, Monk offers to do whatever he can to help and of course ends up investigating the case. A small dog that follows Sharona from the crime scene leads her to the home of a handsome man who seems attracted to her, but Monk is more interested in the next-door neighbor's off-kilter sundial. Meanwhile, the captain, fearing that his wife will die, becomes increasingly violent, taking out his ... Written by WyattJones

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery




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13 February 2004 (USA)  »

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This episode reintroduces Glenne Headly, who first played Captain Stottlemeyer's "hippie wife," Karen, in "Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man." The Stottlemeyers' older son Jared, played by an uncredited Cameron Kush in "Mr. Monk Goes to the Ballgame," is played in this episode by fourteen-year-old Jesse James. We also meet the Stottlemeyers' second son, Max, briefly alluded to in "Mr. Monk and the Very, *Very* Old Man," and played here by Connor Carmody (whose first name is misspelled as "Conner" in the ending credits). See more »


While Sharona is returning the dog to Evan Coker and Monk is adjusting the sundial, the camera goes back and forth between her and Coker. Occasionally, when the camera is on Sharona, the gate behind her is open. Other times it is closed. See more »


[visiting Karen in the hospital]
Sharona Fleming: How do you feel?
Karen Stottlemeyer: [grins] Like I got hit by a truck.
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Mr Monk and the Captain's Wife
21 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.

After being underwhelmed by "Mr Monk and the Missing Granny", mainly because of the mystery being so jaw-droppingly ridiculous and the criminals being so stupid it's almost intelligence insulting, "Mr Monk and the Captain's Wife" saw Season 2 back on track with one of its better episodes. More intense and poignant to usual, as well as more personal with a life of a loved one at stake and how it affects a main character, but in no way devoid of entertainment value.

The mystery is diverting and a lot of fun, one also feels for Stottlemeyer and prays Karen pulls through. It's less obvious and conventional than the show can be, and while there is quirkiness it is never overly silly and doesn't get ridiculous. The final solution and how Monk gets there is cleverly done.

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. 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. The two are so enjoyable together and the best detective duo of any show in recent years from personal opinion.

Jason Gray-Stanford is amusing while also showing a sympathetic edge, but this comes very close to being Ted Levine's episode. Stottlemeyer has had some hilarious moments on 'Monk' and his seesaw chemistry with Monk is one of the best things about the show, but with such a terrible and personal situation there is much more of a dramatic range here and Levine brings that out superbly, with one understanding completely his feelings and praying he doesn't take things too far.

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, especially the dramatic elements with Stottlemeyer. The character moments are such a joy with the principal cast.

Visually, the episode is shot in a slick and stylish way, and the music is both understated and quirky. While there is a preference for the theme music for Season 1, Randy Newman's "It's a Jungle Out There" has grown on me overtime, found it annoying at first but appreciate its meaning and what it's trying to say much more now.

In summary, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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