Monk: Season 5, Episode 15

Mr. Monk and the Really, Really Dead Guy (23 Feb. 2007)

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A street musician is murdered six different ways and the killer is threatening to strike again, but Monk and his colleagues are forced to the sidelines by obnoxious FBI agents.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Agent Thorpe
Agent Keao
Deputy Commissioner
Medical Examiner
Second Agent
First Agent
Dr. Leven
Jean Garnett
Lovake Heyer ...


Monk and Stotllemeyer are investigating the death of a woman. But suddenly another murder occurs wherein the person was killed in an unusual manner. And a note is left on the body saying that there will be more in about 30 hours. A special unit shows up to take charge of the case and they tell them that nothing else matters even the woman whose murder they were investigating. Monk thinks the time on the note is strange. And they appear to be chasing their tails. Monk thinks something else is going on but the man in charge of the unit doesn't think so. Written by

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The song Disher is singing while undercover is "Don't Need a Badge", the song he wrote in and performed in Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist (2006), in which Disher "quits" the force, creates a rock band, and Captain Stottlemeier must convince him to retract his resignation. See more »


Monk's writing on the television screen in the forensics van is far less than meticulous (uneven and with imperfectly formed letters), which contrasts with many other instances in other episodes that show him to be extremely fastidious about his writing, discarding and restarting his efforts multiple times when the lettering is not up to his standards of perfection. See more »


Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: [as they watch Randy play "I Don't Need a Badge" as a one-man band] There's a flaw in your plan.
Agent Thorpe: What's that?
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Well, the first person that attacks him
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: may not necessarily be your serial killer. It may be me.
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References Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist (2006) See more »

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An okay episode
1 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not the best of the series. I mean, I have to agree with the last poster that Agent Thorpe is kind of harsh, but the point is this episode proves that Monk is smarter than the smartest supercomputer (I sometimes even wonder if he's smarter than Deep Thought. That is, he can tell us what the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything is, and not give us the vague answer of "42"). I could agree that Thorpe could have been made the killer. Sometimes, in my ideas, I often imagine a different concept that makes the Six Way Killer an actual serial killer, not just a diversion from an earlier murder, and which has Monk and Co. tracking out clues by themselves and sabotaging the FBI's side of things.

I do have to point out some other big issues with the episode: the first is Monk's ignorance to technology. He doesn't know how to use a computer. Given that he served on the SFPD for several years, Monk probably would have had to use a computer to submit arrest reports. Also, Monk has seen Natalie and Sharona use cell phones but when he tries to use one he can't do anything with it? Monk is a master of observation, and yet he can't recall one tiny thing about the operation of a cell phone? That's something I have a hard time believing.

The second thing is that in the tech van, Agent Thorpe and Agent Keao treat Monk as if he was a complete moron. They act like everyone would know that what Monk was writing on was a plasma screen TV. Well if it was off it looked like a clear blackboard, so Thorpe and Keao either have no respect for Monk or they are just plain stupid. Then they scream at Monk for using hydrochloric acid on the screen. Why in the world was it just sitting out in the open like that and why wasn't it clearly marked?

Also, all through this episode, Agent Thorpe constantly bellows at Monk, talks down to him, and in general treats him like a dog who just went poo on a white carpet. If I were in Monk's position, I would probably accuse Agent Thorpe of discrimination based on preexisting psychological disabilities. He would have as a result probably been fired and would have also been fined.

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