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Mr. Monk and the Psychic 

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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Dolly Flint
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Commissioner Harry Ashcombe
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Kate Ashcombe
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Jennifer Zepetelli (as Jenny Levine)
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Uniformed Cop (as Vito Tassielli)
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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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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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19 July 2002 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At minute 30:23 a blue car passes behind the man Monk is questioning. Then 10 seconds later at 30:33 the same blue car goes by again. See more »

Quotes

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.
Capt. Stottlemeyer: [laughing derisively] Well, there goes your career!
Adrian Monk: *What* career?
Capt. Stottlemeyer: Exactly! You wonder why you're not wearing a badge?
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References Law & Order (1990) See more »

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Adrian Monk, murder and a psychic
8 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 Psychic" is only the third episode and the show is showing no signs of declining.

When it comes to naming favourite episodes of mine from 'Monk', "Mr Monk and the Psychic" is up there and a perfect example of when the show was particularly great and how strong it was because changes with the formula. Some 'Monk' episodes are better than others, which is true of most shows, but that is true of many shows, even the best ones have not so good episodes and even they on the most part are still better than a lot of shows at their weakest.

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 for an episode that only introduces him 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'. Jason Gray-Stanford is not quite as entertaining, with not quite as memorable lines (only because the other three are so good that's all) but shows great chemistry with everyone and is appealing enough. The supporting cast work well, with good performances from Linda Kash as the dotty psychic and John Bourgeois.

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, which elevates what could have been just a conventional and formulaic story to a greater level.

On paper, the story may have been conventional but is absorbing and clever with some nice twists, and it was wonderful to see and hear Monk's deductions, some of which like with the pebble ingenious. The car seat one is one that the viewer would pick up before the characters do but is well interwoven into the case solving. The banter between Monk and Sharona was immensely enjoyable and a large part of the episode's charm. The ending is a little implausible but neatly wrapped up and easy to comprehend and it was not in a way that would bring down the episode that badly.

"Mr Monk and the Psychic" 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.

All in all, another winner from Season 1 and 'Monk' overall. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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