Monk: Season 7, Episode 6

Mr. Monk Falls in Love (22 Aug. 2008)

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Monk is smitten with an attractive former dancer and when she's accused of murder, he agrees to help her, even though all the evidence points to her, and continues searching... even after she confesses to the crime.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Leyla Zlatavich
John D'Aquino ...
Darlene Kardon ...
Elderly Zemenian Woman
Elizabeth Liebel ...
Refugee Mother (as Elizabeth Leibel)
Officer Spumante
Elderly Zemenian Man
Mrs. Zlatavich
Bully Barber
Todd Abrams ...
Zemenian Chef


Monk is smitten with an attractive former dancer and when she's accused of murder, he agrees to help her, even though all the evidence points to her, and continues searching... even after she confesses to the crime.

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The Eastern European land Zemenia, where Leyla and the butcher are supposed to come from, does not exist. The language Leyla is speaking sometimes is Polish. The Zemenian flag you can see in some scenes is patterned on the flag of Croatia but in other colors an with some little modifications. The Zemenian language Mr. Monk is trying to speak (with the dictionary) is an invented language. See more »


When Lt. Disher and his girlfriend get into the back seat of the taxi in the opening scenes, the taxi driver, although dead, can be seen to be breathing, albeit shallowly and in one instance, actually swallows. See more »


[after watching a man catch part of their dinner in his hat]
Adrian Monk: I didn't know there was a recipe with the word "hat" in it.
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References The Horse Whisperer (1998) See more »

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Few clues, no humor, one of the weakest episodes
2 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Somehow I missed this when it first aired. Saw it two days ago, after recording it recently.

We start with Randy and a girlfriend, taking a bit too long to see that he is really enjoying being with her. They are seeking a cab and as they board, we watch Randy and the girl smooching, oblivious to the fact that the cab driver has not followed their instructions on where to go...because he is dead. Eventually the amorous couple discovers this as they see a large pin sticking out of his neck.

For some reason, instead of the captain, Randy and Monk investigating this murder of a taxi driver, there is some sort of task force the captain is heading up, with several other detectives meeting to discuss possible suspects/motives, etc. Monk is more concerned with how neatly the captain write the letter "L" on his board than with the facts of the case and the other detectives seem to not think too highly of him.

Because of a bracelet found in the cab, they go searching for a dancer with the initials LZ, among other things. We next see our regular detectives going to meet a woman named Leyla Zlatavich, who works at some agency in San Francisco helping displaced people from her home country adapt to their new homes. She comes from the fictional country of Zemenia.

The group enters as they see her across the room helping a person. Monk almost immediately declares "She's not the one." (She's not the killer.) We are never given a reason for this, and this is one of the things that bother me. In many episodes he forms a quick conclusion about a suspect but always after talking with him/her and learning something. Here, it seems he formed this opinion only because he was taken with her looks and was almost immediately falling in love.

Aside from hearing her "home alone" alibi, Monk does no investigating on her background, but does continue to try to learn about the killing. Partway through, we learn who the victim was—a person Leyla and others had plenty of reason to hate from what he did to them in the old country.

A key clue was the murder weapon, left in the neck of the victim--an old-fashioned hat pin, the kind worn to attach hats to women's hair back in the 1930s, and thereabouts. Despite the obvious clue this provides (I'm trying not to reveal everything to some reader who hasn't seen the show) nobody INCLUDING Monk seem to think about the importance of the clue.

Far too much time is spent with Monk enjoying this woman's company, including a protracted dance scene. We aren't given any reason for this attraction, nor any reason to think it is a two-way attraction, although the woman is nice to Monk.

In the end, Monk uncovers very few clues, spends too little time seeking the killer, and seems irrationally convinced Leyla is not the killer. This episode is void of almost any humorous scene and lacks the clue-filled drama that exists in the better episodes. Not a horrible story, but for Monk, I wonder if my rating of 4 out of 10 is generous.

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