Monk: Season 5, Episode 12

Mr. Monk Is at Your Service (26 Jan. 2007)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama
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Upset when a hiring freeze at the police department is announced, Monk is pressured by Natalie to investigate the deaths of her parents' neighbors, but when Monk starts considering his ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Davenport
Susie the Maid
Mrs. Murphy
Edward Stilson
Monica Buchanan
John Berg ...
Guest Alfred
Guest Sylvia
Kiyoko Yamaguchi ...
Merva the Maid


Upset when a hiring freeze at the police department is announced, Monk is pressured by Natalie to investigate the deaths of her parents' neighbors, but when Monk starts considering his undercover role as a viable alternate career something has to be done. Written by layle

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery






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When Monk assesses the laid out silverware on the table he finds a fork 'one centimeter too close'. When Mrs Murphy, head of housekeeping, says "it's only a centimeter" Monk corrects her with "For want of a nail the kingdom was lost" referring to the proverbial rhyme: For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail. See more »


(at around 1 min) As Natalie asks Monk to help her with her coat they step into the hall and you can clearly see a crew-person standing just behind them against the wall. See more »


Edward Stilson: It won't happen again.
Paul Buchanan: You got that right.
[pulls out a gun and shoots Stilson on the spot]
Paul Buchanan: [Then, to the dead body... ] Thank you, Stilson. That will be all.
[He then burns one of Stilson's letters]
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The only way one can view this episode is to view it "the Monk way"
15 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Considering that many people have had to say negative things about season 5, I find this to be a great trip off the normal track.

It seems the SFPD has issued another hiring freeze, and Monk has been deeply hurt by this, until Dr. Kroger suggests that he go into another career. Monk accompanies Natalie on a trip out to her parents, and learns about the apparent accident that took the lives of Ralph and Camilla Buchanan, who lived just up the road. While the police say Camilla hit her head on the big rock and that Ralph died of a heart attack, Natalie thinks that Ralph's son, Paul, who stalked her all through high school, killed them, and so she sends Monk to look around the Buchanan estate. Monk is taken up by Buchanan, and he goes undercover as "Adrian Melville," a brilliant butler with a close eye for detail, and Monk realizes that he has found his dream job.

All in all, one of the greatest episodes of the season.

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