Monk: Season 3, Episode 11

Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra (28 Jan. 2005)

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When an author of a book debunking the career of a popular martial-arts movie star is killed, the evidence points to the star himself, despite the fact that he has been dead for years! Monk... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Master Zi
John Ricca
Chris Downey
Talk Show Host
Mr. Huang (Disciple)
Medical Examiner
Sean Foley ...
Uniform Cop
Americus Abesamis ...
Silent Disciple


When an author of a book debunking the career of a popular martial-arts movie star is killed, the evidence points to the star himself, despite the fact that he has been dead for years! Monk takes the case and also gets a chance to prove to Natalie that he is not as selfish as he seems. Written by candeux

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There is a Klingon Bat'leth from Star Trek on the wall in Master Zi's martial arts academy. See more »


We see Natalie holding Mr. Monk's cheque in two hands, one shot later in one hand, and later on, again, in two hands. See more »


Adrian Monk: You are a wise and learned man, Master Zi.
Master Zi: As are you.
Adrian Monk: It must be a tremendous burden, so much wisdom.
Master Zi: It is a gift... and a curse.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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An Emotional Episode
23 March 2014 | by (NJ, United States) – See all my reviews

(There aren't really many spoilers, I just click that box out of habit.)

It's an emotional episode, and an exceptional episode.

Like most Monk episodes that are really good, it's the end that makes it.

It's arguably the first one that works on the Natalie-Monk relationship (after her introduction, which is a little different I think). She comes off as a little demanding at first, which is a little different from Natalie as I remember her-- she's just plain *nicer* than Sharona IMO-- but her demands make sense and they form an interesting sub-plot for the entire episode, and it ends up being rather important too.

The exchange between Monk and Trudy is difficult to describe-- and I don't want to ruin it for you-- but it's worth watching. It really is.

Even the details and the secondary characters often end up having extra little degrees of meaning, I think. It's worth thinking about.


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