Monk: Season 5, Episode 1

Mr. Monk and the Actor (7 Jul. 2006)

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A method actor gets in the way as Monk tries to solve a case.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Cullman
Actress Playing Disher
Actor Playing Stottlemeyer
Garage Attendant
Actress Playing Natalie (as Carrie Chason)
Lara Black ...
Young Female Cop
Pretty Police Woman


A TV producer has gotten the idea of developing a movie based off of the events of Monk's capture of Steve Wagner in "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut." They have hired renowned actor David Ruskin to play Monk. However, to get into the role of Monk, Ruskin shadows his character for a couple of days as Monk investigates the linked homicides of a young woman killed in her apartment and a pawnshop owner shot dead during a robbery. However, things get bad when Ruskin gets a little too into the role of Monk. Written by dmcreif

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A number of actors were considered for the title role when development of the show moved to the USA Network, including Dave Foley, John Ritter, and Henry Winkler. The three finalists for the role were 'Stanley Tucci', Alfred Molina, and Tony Shalhoub. When Tucci and Molina were unavailable, Shaloub became the obvious choice. 'Stanley Tucci' appears on this episode as an actor portraying Monk in a made for TV movie. See more »


When Tucci and the others are doing the scene impersonating the Monk characters, the arrangement of the knick knacks goes back and forth several times between shots, even when Tucci has his back to them. See more »


Dr. Charles Kroger: That must have been a traumatic experience for you Adrian. And they cancelled the movie?
Adrian Monk: He said he wanted to play a character who wasn't so dark and depressing. He's in England doing Hamlet.
Dr. Charles Kroger: How about the little getaway you were planning? The weekend away?
[Adrian shakes his head]
Dr. Charles Kroger: All right, okay, maybe another time.
Adrian Monk: I guess I'm back to square one.
Adrian Monk: It's good to be home.
Dr. Charles Kroger: Adrian, please don't be hard on yourself. I think we should go back to three days a week for just a little while. That...
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Direction Has Gone Too Far On The Humor Angle
5 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Here's the thing," as Monk likes to say. This program, generally-speaking, has gotten away from its successful combination of a crime and humor, and that's why the usual episode isn't as good as it was the first few years.

The writers had a combination of maybe 50 percent humor and 50 percent crime. A lot of the fascination, in addition to Mon's humorous quirks, was how brilliant he was in solving tough cases. Each episode showed how he solved the murder.

This episode, the opening one of the fifth season, is typical of the new direction it has gone. Now it's 90 percent humor and 10 percent the crime. Unfortunately, since all the regular viewers - and there are many - are so familiar Monk and his obsessive behavior, the quirks know longer entertain. The writers, certainly knowing this, have made the mistake of substituting over-the-top behavior for cleverness. We, the viewers, wind up losing.

This fifth season debut episode just left me shaking my head in disgust. It could be me, and probably is to a degree, but I have talked to others and they, too, have noticed a definite decline in the show.

In this episode we have a Monk within a Monk, an actor (real life: Stanley Tucci) who is playing Monk in a movie and actually starts to become the famous detective with all his eccentricities. Some of it was good humor, parodying our hero, but most of it got just plain stupid. The ending with the "two Monks" actually fighting it out in a Volkwagen showroom was a perfect case in point how ridiculous things have become.

Tucci is a good actor and fun to watch but I get annoyed when Capt. Stottlemeyer and Lt. Disher act stupid, which they do here because are star- struck over people playing them in a movie. There was a similar theme in a past show where these guys acted goofy like this when meeting a film "star." I expect that from Disher's character, who always acts stupid, but not from the captain.

The actual crime story probably a couple minutes of the entire show. That's not enough.

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