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Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece 

During an investigation of murders of a junk yard, Monk takes up painting and finds a patron.


(as Andrei Belgrader)



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Episode cast overview:
Ms. Benson
Bennie Wentworth
Hector Morales
Wendy Larson


Monk is bored. Dr. Kroeger suggests he find a hobby. Monk is called by Stottlemeyer to investigate a man who was killed while trying to break into a junkyard. The owner has no idea why the guy broke into the yard. Natalie suggests he try painting and the owner says he has all the materials he needs. So Monk tries but doesn't exactly do a good job. But a Russian shows up and buys the painting he did and is willing to buy any others he does. Monk learns that the owner of the junkyard was killed. Stollemeyer learns the only thing taken was part of his log book so they find the guy who works for him to find out what was in the missing pages. And the Russian again buys Monk's paintings and Monk can't help but notice something odd about him. Written by

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1 February 2008 (USA)  »

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This episode marks the final television appearance of Stanley Kamel before his death on April 8, 2008. See more »


When Petya Lovak runs outside Natalie's house and leaps down from her porch to try and stop Monk from burning the paint canvases, Petya yells, "They are worth a fortune!" But his mouth doesn't move. See more »


[an intruder walks into the junkyard and wakes up Bennie. As soon as the man gets near Bennie's bunk, Bennie stops him]
Bennie Wentworth: All right.
[notices the gun]
Bennie Wentworth: Okay, don't do anything stupid.
[the man does not stop and continues to tip toe towards Bennie]
Bennie Wentworth: Not much of a talker, now don't take another step. I'm warning you, not one more step!
[the man doesn't spot a trip wire. He hits it. The trip wire pulls the trigger on a shotgun, which fires at him. The man is sent flying backwards]
Bennie Wentworth: I tried to tell you. ...
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Masterpiece is right
8 September 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – 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.

Of Season 6, "Mr Monk Paints His Masterpiece", like the brilliant previous episode "Mr Monk and the Three Julies", is one of the highlights. One of my favourite 'Monk' episodes too. The mystery is a complicated and clever one. On first viewing, how Monk's conclusions regarding the crime scene and how the murder was done did leave me confused. On repeat viewings, when observing and listening far more closely it makes much more sense and the reasoning is logical.

There are some delightful character moments too. The episode did such a great job portraying Monk's taking up painting with so much charm and humour. It was clear early on there was an ulterior motive for the stranger wanting the paintings rather than liking them but that wasn't an issue at all. The Dr Kroger scenes, the ones with the spider web, the translations from Spanish, painting the flat banana and the ending are gems. Natalie is at her funniest here, especially at the end, and along with the previous episode, Disher has his funniest moments in a long time.

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. Everybody else supports him very well.

As Natalie Traylor Howard is sassy and sympathetic while Jason Gray-Stanford and Ted Levine are as amusing as ever (Gray-Stanford here especially). Peter Stormare is a wonderful guest star and Victoria Tennant is suitably arch.

Writing is tight and thought-provoking with some knowing wry humour and poignantly tender easy-to-relate-to drama and quirkiness.

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. The episode as always look slick and stylish.

Altogether, one of Season 6's best. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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