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"Monk" Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra (2005)

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An Emotional Episode

Author: Theodore Keating from NJ, United States
23 March 2014

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(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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Barefoot at the martial arts temple

Author: jotix100 from New York
1 January 2010

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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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