Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra 

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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28 January 2005 (USA)  »

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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 »


Monk's hand is covered with wax when they open the coffin in the first shot. In the second shot, his hand is in a different position and clean, and the smile on his face is much smaller. See more »


Master Zi: [blindfolded] A great sorrow has entered this room.
Adrian Monk: That would be me.
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References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »

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Barefoot at the martial arts temple
1 January 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

A fussy writer, John Ricca, is being interviewed on television. His biographic novel about the master arts legend Tony Chow is a gossipy account in which the dead man is considered by many not to have died. After the show Ricca receives a call from a stranger at his apartment. It is someone in martial arts robes. This stranger wants to give the writer a lesson.

When the investigation of the case begins, Stottlemeyer, Randy Disher and Monk go into high gear. Knowing full well Chow had died, the attack couldn't come from no other than a person that knows martial arts. In fact, the killer left the name Chow spelled in blood under John Ricca's hand. Since legend has it that Chow is still alive, the police orders to have the body exhumed. Unfortunately, the process takes time because there is a memorial stone that has to be removed. The detectives are surprised when they see Chris Downey, a criminal that has been released from jail recently working in the cemetery. The experts that examine the body determine the real Chow is the one buried.

Natalie had asked her boss to pay for her expenses because she doesn't make enough as it is to pay out of her own pocket things that should be covered by her boss. Natalie pleads with Monk to close his downtown office that he never uses. Monk explains he has kept it because it was his wife's.

Monk takes Natalie to the martial arks institute. As they go inside, they are asked to take off their shoes in order to see the present master. Monk has a problem placing his feet on a carped for fear he would get athlete's foot disease. When he agrees to do it, Natalie remarks she doesn't know why the fuss, according to her, he has 'pretty feet'. The master doesn't shed any light into the inquiry. He gives Monk a candle and tells him always to seek the "light".

As Natalie and Monk go back to the cemetery, Chris Downey has been waiting for him. Chris decides to knock Moon with a shovel and places him inside one of the coffins which he is going to bury. When Monk wakes up, he realizes where he is. Instead of panicking, he decides to "seek the light" by lighting the candle the martial arts master gave him. Monk is consoled during this ordeal by his dead wife. She wants him to take care of Natalie expenditures and to close her office!

Anthony Palmieri directed this hilarious episode written by Joe Toplyn. Tony Shalhoub is wonderful as Monk. He is the whole reason for watching this amazing show that keeps getting better all the time. Melora Hardin is featured as Trudy Monk. Traylor Howard, Jason Gray-Stanford and Ted Levine do their best in supporting Mr. Shalhoub. Harry Groener and Mark Sheppard are seen as John Ricca and Chris Downey, respectively.

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