Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever 

Adrian finds himself short an assistant when Natalie is hired to replace the local lotto girl after she's murdered.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm O'Dwyer
Dinah Lenney ...
Lotto Commissioner
Make-Up Person
1st Party Girl (as Anne Mcdaniels)
Brian Keith Russell ...
1st Passerby
1st Gushing Fan


After a late night drawing, Gold Rush Lottery hostess Marissa Kessler is killed in a random crime of passion, but Monk suspects that there's something more to her murder than is visible. But while investigating, Natalie is approached by the TV station's manager, who asks her to pick the numbers at the next lottery drawing. Strapped for cash, Natalie can't refuse, and does the job so well she is given the position full time, leaving Monk short an assistant. But Natalie eventually finds herself crawling back to Monk after she and Stottlemeyer are accused of rigging the lottery system. Written by dmcreif

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1 August 2008 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The advertising with Natalie's picture on the city bus was real and not CGI. The technique is known as "Vehicle Wrap" where the signs are printed on large vinyl sheets and then applied to the vehicle. Including the removal of the old sheets, an ad can be designed, printed and applied in just a few days. See more »


The calendar on Dr. Bell's desk that Monk picks up and reads as a "91" shows the date as Friday, July 16th. The most recent year July 16th fell on a Friday was in 2004, but the show is said to take place in the immediate present. See more »


Adrian Monk: Or maybe I just feel insulted.
Dr. Neven Bell: Insulted?
Adrian Monk: What I do is hard. I am out there, I am sweating out every clue. I am putting killers behind bars. What does she do? What does she do?
[He grabs a calendar off the desk with the date "July 16" on it]
Adrian Monk: [in an approximation of Natalie's lotto voice] 91! Number 91! 91! Number 91! 91! Number 91. How hard is that? A talking monkey could do her job, you see. It's embarrassing.
Dr. Neven Bell: Actually that's a 16. See, you're holding it upside down.
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The Gold Rush Lottery murder
12 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.

Liked, but not loved, the season opener "Mr Monk Buys a House" and loved, apart from a couple of problems, "Mr Monk and the Genius". Really liked this episode even though it's not one of my favourites. My major misgiving was with Monk, he is a great character and he has some fun moments (like in Malcolm O'Dwyer's apartment in a very funny exchange between him and Stottlemeyer) but he comes over as out of character. Really disliked his treatment of Natalie here, his jealousy and rudeness (like calling her a bimbo and mocking her) was so unlike him and not justified because there was no reason for it.

For my liking too, the killer was revealed a little too early after such a clever and brain-teasing first half. The motives and how various characters are linked to the crime are not obvious and cleverly done, how it's all deduced and summed up is neatly satisfying.

'Monk' rarely leaves the viewer short changed however when it comes to character moments. "Mr Monk Gets Lotto Fever" delivers on this front. Really liked Natalie getting the spotlight and coming into her own (her first show ad-libbing was priceless, one of my favourite Natalie moments), Stottlemeyer has some comedy gold moments like in the apartment and relating to the lottery and Disher also has some cracking lines such as "I guess her number came up".

When it comes to the mystery itself, it is very clever and with some nice twists and unexpected moments. Let down only by the too early reveal of the killer.

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, while other episodes have done that much better when Monk was in character Shalhoub still does wonderfully with what he's given.

As Natalie, Traylor Howard gets to show more range and has the sassiness down pat as well as the charm and one actually feels sorry for her. Jason Gray-Stanford makes the most of his great lines, and while a goofball he's an endearing not an annoying idiot. Ted Levine shows how good his comedic chops are.

Writing has the usual wry humour, sympathetically treated quirks and tender easy-to-relate-drama.

Visually, the episode is slick and stylish as ever. 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.

Summing up, very good though how Monk is written didn't connect with me. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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