Monk: Season 5, Episode 5

Mr. Monk, Private Eye (4 Aug. 2006)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama
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With work scarce from the police department, Natalie manipulates Monk into opening his own agency, but his first case may be deadly.



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Episode cast overview:
Jay Bennett
Capt. Bill Gibbard
Francesca Vannucci ...
Anna Pollard
Coast Guard Officer (as Jay Bigham)
Courtney (as Odette Yustman)


Natalie decides that the time has come for Monk to branch out and become a full-fledged private investigator. He's not keen on the idea and is quite happy with what he does. She doesn't give him much choice however as she's already gone ahead and rented office space. She's even had business cards printed for him. His first case isn't to his liking either. Local real estate agent Linda Fusco hires him to who clipped her car in the marina parking lot causing $900 damage. He quickly figures out who caused the crash but more interestingly, there's a direct link to a murder. Written by garykmcd

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Frederick Weller, who portrays Jay Bennett (the episode's antagonist), is a cousin of Peter Weller, who directed this episode, and who also guest starred in the season 5 premiere "Mr. Monk and the Actor." See more »


Natalie tells Mr. Monk about how her Grandfather founded the tooth paste company. Mr. Monk didn't know about it. Even though in Season 4, Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding, he learns for the first time about the toothpaste company. See more »


Natalie Teeger: You can't swim?
Adrian Monk: To be honest, I don't know. I mean, I know how... all right, I took a correspondence course.
Natalie Teeger: You learned to swim by mail?
Adrian Monk: They sent me a little diploma! And, I've got this.
[He gives Natalie a little card from his wallet]
Natalie Teeger: "Swimming Fundamentals: Don't panic; Breathe normally; Flutter kicks..."
Adrian Monk: Can I have that back, please?
Natalie Teeger: Why would you even take the course? You never go in the water.
Adrian Monk: Hello, tsunamis?
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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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7 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, at least I got my wish for one week as this series went back to what it used to do: concentrate both on the crime and Monk's quirks. They had totally gotten away from the crime angle with a lot of silliness but this episode is more like the older ones in which the crime is the story and Tony Shaloub's comedic talents are mixed in.

Actually, Traylor Howard as Natalie takes center stage here, pushing Monk into going into the private detective business. That part gets a little carried away and she's already gone ahead and rented an office, bought all the furniture, etc., without him knowing.

After a few days of no clients, he finally gets a "fender bender" case, which winds up leading to two things: 1 - catching a murderer, and 2 - Capt. Stottlemeyer finding a girlfriend, real estate agent "Linda Fusco" (Sharon Lawrence), who is the one whose car was dented and says "son-of-a-bitch four times in about a minute in here. Was that necessary? That's the kind of woman the captain thinks is cool.

Overall, it wasn't a great episode but it good enough and a pleasant break from all the goofiness of the first few episodes of this fifth season.

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