Monk: Season 7, Episode 5

Mr. Monk Is Underwater (15 Aug. 2008)

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Monk is put in an uncomfortable position when Natalie asks him to help investigate the apparent suicide of her old friend's commanding officer.

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When Natalie is contacted by Mitch's old friend to investigate a suspicious suicide on a submarine, Natalie jumps at the opportunity and enlists Monk's help. However, things get complicated when the submarine heads off on a mission... with Natalie and Monk still on board. Monk must battle his phobias and stay focused to catch a murderer who is well within their reach. Written by Anonymous

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The only episode of season 7 to not feature Ted Levine. See more »

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There are two problems with Monk and Natalie being trapped inside the ballast tank. First, the ballast tanks are not accessible from the inside of a submarine. The other problem is that the ballast tanks are only used to take the sub above or below water; once below the surface, the ballast tanks are full. In order to dive or ascend, the submarine moves devices called "dive planes" up or down. See more »

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Commander Nathan Whitaker: When I'm on land, I am a decorated officer of the United States Navy. When I'm on this ship, I am the lord, THY GOD! I am Jehovah! No one questions me! Now I've asked around. I know about your problems. You are having a breakdown, sir. It happens on submarines all the time to men far better than you. You are *delusional*.
Adrian Monk: I have my share of problems, I don't deny it. But when I'm on this case, the last thing I am is delusional.
[turns to an imaginary Dr. Bell]
Adrian Monk: Tell him.
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Biggest plot hole in the history of television
26 January 2013 | by (Huntsville, AL) – See all my reviews

This may have been a decent "locked room" mystery, if they had simply left out the "trapped in the ballast tank" sequence. As you may have read in the goofs, ballast tanks aren't accessible from inside a sub. What is worse, though, are all the lights in the room they were in. There are lights in the ceiling, lights on the wall, even lights in the floor. This sequence really shows that Hollywood writers just don't have any new ideas anymore. Also (rambling a bit to get to 10 lines required by IMDb), the way the water rises and falls in the room is ridiculous -- slowly, like a bath tub or swimming pool. I think the poster saying the tanks are completely full whenever they are underwater is wrong, but I do believe the tanks fill and empty with water at a much greater rate. Otherwise, the sub would be stuck at the surface way too long. BTW, there is no spoiler here. The ballast tank stuff doesn't really have anything to do with the mystery of the show, especially the resolution of "how it was done."


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