Monk: Season 1, Episode 3

Mr. Monk and the Psychic (19 Jul. 2002)

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When a woman drives off the road to her death, her body is mysteriously found the next morning by a psychic known for fudging the truth. Monk must discover if she's telling the truth this time, or else let a murderer go free.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dolly Flint
Commissioner Harry Ashcombe
Kate Ashcombe
Jennifer Zepetelli (as Jenny Levine)
Dean McKenzie ...
PR Spokesperson (as Dean Monroe McKenzie)
Hardware Owner
Roger Peterson ...
First Reporter (as Roger Petersen)
J.C. Kenny ...
Second Reporter
Uniformed Cop (as Vito Tassielli)


A panicky woman driver goes off the road thanks to a skid block placed by her husband, former police commissioner Harry Ashcombe. The next morning Dolly Flint, a psychic on first name terms with Captain Stottlemeyer (who has arrested her three times on bunko charges) wakes up in her car next to the site of the staged accident. Dolly insists that she was led to the site by the dead woman's "aura," but Monk is suspicious. At the memorial service held in the dead woman's expensive home, Monk figures out what the audience already knows--that Ashcombe is the murderer. With the aid of Ashcombe's mistress, Monk, the captain, and Dolly stage a psychic "reading" to catch the killer. Written by WyattJones

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The word Captain Stottlemeyer is most likely trying to pronounce when he is describing the psychic's sleepwalking is, somnambulism; a sleep disorder belonging to the parasomnia family. Also, another name for sleepwalking. See more »


The series is set in San Francisco but filmed in Canada. The Blue Van that passes behind the Commissioner when Adrian is questioning him outside the Dog Shelter is a Bell Canada service vehicle. See more »


Capt. Stottlemeyer: Look, I knew you were crazy. I didn't know you were suicidal. Did you accuse Harry Ashcombe of murder to his face?
Adrian Monk: Not in so many words.
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References Law & Order (1990) See more »

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Quirky as expected
15 November 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A woman disappears but is soon found by a psychic who claims she found the woman's body through her special gift. Monk doesn't believe in psychic powers and soon suspects it is murder but must convince everyone else, especially Sharona who thinks the psychic is the real deal and wants a lovelife reading.

Monk's techniques are very similar to the sort of stuff in the original Sherlock Holmes stories (blisters on an finger in one later episode leads him to conclude a man has been on a fishing trip), but often the murder case takes a back seat to an exploration of Monk's OCD and the tragi-comedic situations it leads to.

This episode has some amusing and lovely interactions between him and his nurse, Sharona, and lifts the whole thing above the usual detective fare on TV. The endings is a little implausible, and no-one seems to actually feel anything for the dead person, but this is a quirky show rather than a drama.

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