Monk: Season 5, Episode 3

Mr. Monk and the Big Game (21 Jul. 2006)

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Monk coaches basketball while trying to solve a murder case.

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Julie plays on her high school basketball team, and she and her teammates are coached by the popular Lynn Hayden. However, following a practice a week prior to the high school basketball championships, Coach Hayden is electrocuted after taking a shower. The police want to say it is an accident, but Julie and her teammates are suspicious and ask Monk to investigate. Written by dmcreif

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Jennifer Lawrence plays the role of the mascot in Monk and the Big Game in season 5. See more »

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When Julie is interviewing Detective Stottlemeyer for her school assignment, the detective states that DNA was discovered by Watson and Crick, "two British scientists". In reality, only Francis Crick was British, James Watson was American. See more »

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[while beinq questioned about Lynn Hayden's behavior prior to her death, Principal Franklin mentions something she remembers]
Principal Franklin: Well, now that you mention it, the day before the incident, she was crying in the teacher's lounge. She didn't say why, I didn't think anything about it. A lot of our teachers cry, quite a bit.
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7 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Julie's basketball coach is murdered in the girls' locker room via electrocution and it's ruled an accident. However, the girls think something is fishy and several of them go to Monk to ask him to investigate.

It looks like this might be what I was hoping for after two silly episodes to begin the fifth season: an episode where the crime case is given decent air time. However, it quickly evolves into a story of Natalie and Monk taking over the coaching reins for the final game of the season. It still had some humorous material here - Monk ironing his shoelaces, for example - and there but not with the basketball scenes, which were ludicrous.

We learned Monk was a stoolie for the principal when he was in high school. No wonder he wasn't popular. It's also revealed he never won a trophy in his entire life, and he'd love to have one. If the girls win the game, he'll get one so he's motivated, even though he's clueless about basketball, of course.

They really stretch things as Natalie gets thrown out of the game and Monk has to coach in the final dramatic moments. Man, I'm wondering if they are ever going to go back and concentrate more on the crime cases at hand. "Silly" has replaced "clever" for most of these shows in the past year or so. This was one of the dumbest episodes ever.


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