Monk: Season 8, Episode 4

Mr. Monk Is Someone Else (28 Aug. 2009)

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Monk is asked to go undercover when his doppelgänger, a mob hit man, unexpectedly dies leaving federal agents with no leads as to his next victim.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lenny Barlowe
FBI Agent Stone
Jimmy Barlowe
Tommy G.
Stanley Greenblatt
Bill the Deliveryman
Young Agent
Joshua Grenrock ...
Alvin Greenblatt


Monk is asked to go undercover when his doppelgänger, a mob hit man, unexpectedly dies leaving federal agents with no leads as to his next victim.

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Frankie DePalma's parents are mentioned to be Joseph and Helen. These are respectively the names of Tony Shalhoub's parents. See more »


In the very brief opening teaser, the man we assume to be Monk crosses a busy street and is hit by a speeding bus blaring its horn in warning. After the bus hits the man and the newspaper he was reading goes flying everywhere, a second man walks into frame on the opposite side of the street without reacting to the crash, revealing the fact that the street is just a stock shot that was manipulated digitally. See more »


Lola: What's her name?
[She is asking about Monk's "other" girlfriend]
Adrian Monk: Natalie. Natalie Teeger... b.
[He is using Natalie's name but with a "B" added onto the end of "Teeger"]
Lola: Teegerb?
Adrian Monk: With a "B" on the end. It's Canadian. it's French Canadian.
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There is Some Good in Evil !

As always Monk never fails to bewitch me particularly in terms of writing. Now this is the idea of the match; which is an old one usually-used in comedies. The thing is, Monk; as a course in writing good scripts, doesn't stop at that step, making comic situations, and some mystery only; it goes beyond, to explore its main character smartly, using previously untreated subject in the series, showing the match as counterpart or rather strong, aggressive, and unafraid alter ego which dear Monk, for that matter, needs so much !

It went well. Many moments were impressive; loved when Monk's sick trademarks, like fixing a crooked tie, were understood as scary gestures. 2 scenes I considered as classics; when our lead stands in the way of his friend, Capt. Leland, gazing at him with one long merciless look. The second is when he had to apologize for it after coming to his senses. Well, no need to repeat how great this cast is, and how much their love for what they're doing is shown on screen.

The problems : the suit that the "criminal" Monk wore ???! OK, this is whether the perfect outfit for singing (Minnie The Moocher) or imitating Robert De Niro from (The Untouchable) !! I don't believe for a second that there is a hireling assassin in the 2000s who still wears like that unless he's wont to travel into time, and if it's here to make laughs; then it's in the wrong place ! Unlike Monk's disguise, the script didn't come close to produce almost anything out of Natalie's; except putting her in that skimpy dress (which ends up being an anatomy about the human spine !). And I felt the climax needed more action or at least more heat to it.

At last, the episode – in its highest moment – doesn't forget to prove a point, when Monk uses one look of his evil image, to face some slimy bully handyman. It assures that sometimes borrowing a little something from the dark side isn't bad at all. In fact, it's so bad not to do it !

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