Monk: Season 5, Episode 12

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

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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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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 the end of the scene where Monk is speaking with the maid in his bedroom, she is standing in the doorway and you can see her reflection in the mirror to her right. As Monk moves to his right and so he isn't blocking the mirror, you can clearly see in the mirror on the floor a taped "X" spike indicating where the maid should stand for the scene. See more »


[Paul Buchanan finishes looking at the completed luncheon table that Monk has carefully organized and straightened out]
Paul Buchanan: Well I don't have to remind you about how important these stupid luncheons are! The old bats are gunning for me. They want me to screw up, they *expect* me to screw up! And I intend to dissapoint them. Mr. Melville.
Adrian Monk: [standing in front of a covered canvas] Thank you. Mr. Pepperidge?
[Mr. Pepperidge pulls the tarp off the canvas, revealing a map of the house]
Adrian Monk: I've divided the house...
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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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