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Mr. Monk and the Election 

Natalie's campaign to be elected to the school board is interrupted by a sniper. Monk's life is endangered as well when he begins to investigate.

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Jack Whitman
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Natalie's campaign to be elected to the school board is interrupted by a sniper. Monk's life is endangered as well when he begins to investigate.

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25 February 2005 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Monk mentions during the campaign that Dr. Kroger is Jewish (which is why he doesn't celebrate Christmas). Stanley Kamel, who played Dr. Kroger, really was Jewish in real life. See more »

Goofs

Natalie Teeger tells Monk that her husband died after he was shot down over Kosovo in 1998. There were zero US fatalities in the Kosovo War. See more »

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[Monk, Natalie, and Randy have barely avoided a grenade explosion. Stottlemeyer talks to Monk]
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Disher told me that you put the grenade in the refrigerator.
Adrian Monk: Oh. Yeah.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: And then he said, you went back and opened it again. You just had to straighten something out, didn't you?
[Monk shrugs]
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: I'm going ask the mayor to give you a medal for what you did, and then I'm going to ask the mayor to take that medal back, because you just had to open that door.
Adrian Monk: It's a wash, isn't it?
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: It's a wash.
Adrian Monk: Captain, that ...
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One explosive election
3 August 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.

"Mr Monk and the Election" may not be one of the best episodes of 'Monk', but it has a lot to make it such a hugely enjoyable one. Enjoyed the election angle, having some back-story for Natalie (which gave her some development and allows one to warm to her more, being more than the other replacement assistant) and even more the absolutely hilarious rapport between Monk and Harold Krenshaw.

Natalie is settling in well, her chemistry with Monk is sparkling even more, her personality is starting to become more differentiated and more interesting, she's useful and the two characters function very well together. She has a down-to-earth-ness, sensitivity and sass that makes one warm to her as well as being more sympathetic to Monk's issues. Traylor Howard is doing just fine.

As said many times, 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.

Stottlemeyer is as ever very solidly played by Ted Levine, and he does have some memorable moments like the doughnuts, talking about Jack Whitman, rhetorically asking Monk if he is tired of being right and the talk of the grenade. Disher is fun and not too much of an idiot.

There are some great character moments, especially with Monk and Harold Krenshaw. Really liked the doughnut scene too.

It's not just the cast or story 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. The quirks are sympathetically done and never exploited or overdone.

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. Oh and a good job is done with the different opening credits sequence to accommodate the changes made.

Perfect "Mr Monk and the Election" is not. The perpetrator is obvious from the get go, mainly because it's a case of there only could have been one person. Outside of Tim Bagley (who is a riot as Harold), a very appealing Emmy Clarke and a solid Stanley Kamel, the supporting cast are fairly forgettable (even for the perpetrator).

In conclusion, very good and enjoyable. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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