Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Other Woman 

A very tidy woman who resembles Trudy turns Monk's head while he's investigating a triple homicide. The only problem is, she's the prime suspect.

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Grayson
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Monica Waters (as Maria Del Mar)
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Todd Katterskill
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Dave Nichols ...
Pratt
David Gardner ...
Don Ritchie ...
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When a lawyer and his assistant are murdered, suspicion falls on a disgruntled client whose burnt file is found in the wastebasket. When the suspect, Grayson, is also murdered, Stottlemeyer is certain that Grayson's neighbor, a pretty blonde named Monica Waters who has been feuding with Grayson for two years about her garage, is guilty of all three murders. But Monk is attracted to Monica, who bears a slight resemblance to Trudy. Because Monica's absent husband had OCD, she understands Monk in a way that Sharona can't, which of course adds to the attraction. Even her garage is perfect, exactly the way Monk would want his garage to be organized if he ever had one. A touching bond forms between them until a call from Stottlemeyer leads him to suspect that Monica may really be the murderer. Written by WyattJones

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In the final scene, the same few extras can be seen repeatedly walking toward the camera past the two speaking characters but don't reappear walking away in the next (opposite) shot as expected. One extra, a woman in black wearing sunglasses, comes from the same direction into the shot more than once, and walks into the frame from both directions toward the camera. See more »

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Adrian Monk: [hanging up his cell phone after talking to Stottlemeyer] That was Sharona. Her son got the lead in the school play.
Monica: Oh, really? What play?
Adrian Monk: Ghandi.
Monica: Ghandi? Is - is that a play?
Adrian Monk: I think they added a few songs. You want to come?
Monica: Oh, I think I'll be having a headache that night.
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"I don't mind change. I just don't like to be there when it happens"
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.

"Mr Monk and the Other Woman" is another Season 1 classic, is what 'Monk' is all about and reminds me of what I love and watch the show in the first place. Season 1 is a very solid season, which is really impressive considering how quite a number of shows have rocky first seasons where it takes time to settle, whereas 'Monk' is one of the rarities that has had everything so well established so early on. "Mr Monk and the Other Woman" is one of the best episodes of the season and a personal favourite of the show too.

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.

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', while Jason Gray-Stanford is almost up there with the other three leads though his material isn't always as inspired in general.

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. The chemistry between Monk and Monica that is the driving force of the episode and also what makes it story-wise. Can't help loving Monk's response to being asked whether everything has to make sense, a lot of people would relate to that.

The case is a strong one and avoids being too conventional thanks to the chemistry between Monk and Monica, with a well done final solution that isn't easily guessable and isn't convoluted either.

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 by none other by Adam Arkin, the first of the three actors to play Dale "The Whale" Biederbeck in "Mr Monk Meets Dale the Whale".

Overall, a 'Monk' classic. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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