Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Can't See a Thing 

Monk is blinded by a murderer at a fire station, and then must help find him using his other senses.



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Episode credited cast:
Jake Colbert
Dr. Jackman
Shana Stein ...
Shana / Empathy Trainer
Eddie Murdoch
Dr. Charles Kroger
Capt. Stockton (as Rocky Mcmurray)
First Detective
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Homeless Guy with Dog


Monk is blinded by a murderer at a fire station, and then must help find him using his other senses.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery






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28 July 2006 (USA)  »

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The emergency klaxon for SFFD Station 53 is the same as the klaxon used for Los Angeles County Fire Station 51, which was the main station for the Universal Studios produced "Emergency!" in the early 1970's. See more »


When the fire engine is leaving the firehouse, and when it passes Eddie Murdoch on the street, it is obvious that it is a standard pumper engine. Yet, when it is seen parked outside Stefanie Preston's house in the summation, it clearly appears to be a vehicle of a different model. See more »


Adrian Monk: [to Stottlemeyer] I have lived my whole life without feeling a drifter's face. I've always been very proud of that. Even on my worst day, I could tell myself, "at least I didn't feel a drifter's face."
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Shana Stein, who plays the sensitivity trainer, was a production assistant and assistant producer for the series. See more »


References Emergency! (1972) See more »

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A blind Monk and the murdered firefighter
19 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

'Monk' has always been one of my most watched shows when needing comfort, to relax after a hard day, a good laugh or a way to spend a lazy weekend.

Season 5 started off incredibly strong as witnessed with the previous three episodes and this episode "Mr Monk Can't See a Thing". "Mr Monk Can't See a Thing" is a welcome return to the mystery being a particularly strong one, one that is just as memorable and clever as the character moments rather than being second fiddle. Sure, the connection between the fire and the murder is easy to figure out and the motive is as clichéd as they come, but nowhere near enough to bring down the episode. There are certainly humorous elements here, if not as much as "Mr Monk and the Garbage Strike", but it's the emotional dramatic elements that shine even more. In more ways than one this is one of the more touching episodes of the fifth season.

Particularly note-worthy is seeing Monk's despair at not being able to see, one can really see his pain and vulnerability and often in a way where actions and expressions speak louder than words. The elevator scene, Monk on the beam and Monk feeling the drifter's face killed me emotionally. Disher trying to get Monk to see was very funny, though my only real complaint is that, although certainly having amusing moments, Disher is rather stupid (not unusual for him but he is particularly so in this episode) and childish here.

As said many times, one of the best things about 'Monk' has always been the acting of Tony Shalhoub in the title role. It was essential for him to work and be the glue of the show, and Shalhoub not only is that but also at his very best he IS the show. Have always loved the balance of the humour, which is often hilarious, and pathos, which is sincere and touching.

Natalie is down to earth, sympathetic and sassy, also being sensitive to Monk's needs and quirks which Traylor Howard does well bringing out. Jason Gray-Stanford and Ted Levine are good as usual as Disher and Stottlemeyer. The supporting cast are solid.

It's not just the cast or story though. Another star is the writing, which is also essential to whether the show would be successful or not and succeed it does here. The mix of wry humour, lovable quirkiness and tender easy-to-relate-to drama is delicately done, particularly the last one. The quirks are sympathetically done and never exploited or overdone, though "Mr Monk Can't See a Thing" wisely doesn't focus as much on them.

Visually, the episode is shot in a slick and stylish way, and the music is both understated and quirky. While there is a preference for the theme music for Season 1, Randy Newman's "It's a Jungle Out There" has grown on me overtime, found it annoying at first but appreciate its meaning and what it's trying to say much more now. Oh and a good job is done with the different opening credits sequence to accommodate the changes made.

In conclusion, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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