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Mr. Monk and the Genius 

Brilliant chess grandmaster Patrick Kloster's wife Linda Kloster goes to Monk saying that her husband is planning to murder her, and she wants him caught posthumously.

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Patrick Kloster
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Eric Tavela
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Linda Kloster
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Paulina
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Michael the Cook
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2nd Elderly Woman
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Monk and Natalie are approached by Linda Kloster, wife of renowned chess grandmaster Patrick Kloster, whom she believes is planning to murder her for the insurance money. Monk makes a promise to her that he won't let Patrick get away with the crime. Subsequently, Linda is found dead of an apparent heart attack in her bedroom, though Monk immediately suspects poisoning. In trying to find evidence to nail Patrick, Monk finds himself facing off against a foe who is much, much smarter and is able to anticipate his every move. Written by dmcreif

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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25 July 2008 (USA)  »

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The quote Patrick Kloster tells the reporter to look up is from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. See more »

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In the beginning of the episode, Linda Kloster states that her husband's IQ is 180, 4 points higher than Albert Einstein's. Although experts estimate Einstein's IQ was somewhere between 160 and 180, he never officially took an IQ test so his actual IQ is unknown. See more »

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[while Monk and Natalie are on their little stakeout, Patrick Kloster comes by and offers them water and lemonade, respectively]
Natalie Teeger: You have to admit, he's real good.
[takes a sip from her lemonade]
Natalie Teeger: What? He was right. I am thirsty.
Adrian Monk: [looks at her rather suspiciously] How do you feel?
Natalie Teeger: Uhhh, I feel fine.
[Monk is still looking at her oddly]
Natalie Teeger: What?
Adrian Monk: It just occurred to me: if there's poison in the lemonade, we could go to the DA and we'd have all the evidence we need.
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Terrific episode
17 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best episodes of the series. The combination of brilliance and arrogance by the villain incites a powerful passion by Monk for his own game. Comparing his willingness to solve the case to his final moments with Trudy is an intelligent touch. The cat and mouse game was exciting, perhaps more so than in any other episode of "Monk". That final clue very cleverly put the cold-blooded murderer in his place.

Although somewhat different from the episode of "Columbo" years earlier in which a chess champion becomes a killer, "Mr. Monk and the Genius" is just as worthy of respect. Neither Columbo nor Monk can do much of anything on a chessboard, yet the triumphant conclusions of both respective episodes emphasize that neither hero needs to be a chess champion in order to come out a winner--good prevailing over evil.

This episode of "Monk" is priceless entertainment.


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