Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Takes a Punch 

A boxer narrowly avoids a bomb, and Stottlemeyer believes it won't be the only attempt with a championship bout coming up. Meantime, Monk splits his time between the case and contemplating ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Louie Flynn
The Iceman
Sound Engineer
Dr. Neven Bell
Mrs. MacGraw
CSI Tech
Cocktail Waitress


A boxer narrowly avoids a bomb, and Stottlemeyer believes it won't be the only attempt with a championship bout coming up. Meantime, Monk splits his time between the case and contemplating retirement when he finds he must pass a fitness exam. Written by layle

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery






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8 August 2008 (USA)  »

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At the ending of this episode Mr. Monk gets knocked out accidentally, similar to the way "Antonio" from the show "Wings" gets knocked out in the episode "Raging Bull". See more »


Lt. Randall Disher: It's a tough racket. I've do a little boxing myself. Light Middleweight.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: When did you box?
Lt. Randall Disher: Remember the benefit for the Police Athlete League? Took Sergeant Mulroney in nine rounds. TKO left uppercut.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Stan Mulroney, he retired 12 years ago. We called him "Pops."
Lt. Randall Disher: Yeah, that's right. He was older than me. He was experienced. Wiley.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: He had a cane.
Lt. Randall Disher: And he used it.
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What happened to Monk?
17 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

Monk is my favorite show but since the seventh season I am very disappointed because the show just lost everything that was good about it. My growing disappointment reached its peak in this episode. I started to wonder if they exchanged the writers for it with a whole new set that has not even seen any of the previous episodes or know anything about Monks past or worst of all simply don't care. In general the show lost on wit and esprit, the murderer and motive are obvious and can be solved by the audience immediately. The jokes are dull and not very funny. I started to feel sorry for the actors to be given such a bad script. Specifically in this episode Monk is portrayed as a physically unfit person who can't run for more than a few seconds before he collapses on the ground in pain. Hello?!? I thought I couldn't trust my eyes and ears. Remember the episode "Mr. Monk and the Marathon Man" where Monk is watching a marathon to see his boyhood hero Tonday Mawwaka, a legendary marathoner and where you find out later that Monk used to be a track and field star in high school. In the end he is given new running shoes from Tonday, whereupon Monk is picking up running again. This all doesn't fit together with this episode. Furthermore Monk doesn't seem to solve any crimes any more as he used to do. Where is the moment where Monk solves the crime and gives his glorious explanations starting with "Here's what happened..."? Instead you just see a halfheartedly flash back of the past incidents. In addition, since when does he touch a door to a dirty recording studio all by himself without Natalie around to give him at least wipes? Since when can he balance on a wooden beam without any protest when he can't even go on the first step of a ladder? And most of all how can Dr. Bell's office interior change every time he sees him without upsetting Monk. Monk likes everything the way it is without change. He used to know every single item and its place in Dr. Krogers office but here everything changes from episode to episode and scene to scene, from different chairs to tables or no tables at all, etc. I wish the writers would put more thought into the episodes and consider Monks disorder and his reactions to certain circumstances. Otherwise Monk is not Monk any more and he becomes non-credible as a character and therefore not enjoyable to watch, which would be a pity and a great loss.

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