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"Monk" Mr. Monk Takes the Stand (2009)

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Lawyered up

Author: ctomvelu1 from United States
14 September 2009

Monk quickly figures out that a husband, a long-haired sculptor with a surly attitude, killed his wife, but then must face the accused man's lawyer, played by Jay Mohr. The lawyer and Monk have crossed swords before, and the lawyer soon makes mincemeat of Monk's testimony. The killer walks, but as we have seen before, you don't want to cross Mr. Monk. In a subplot, a young man whom Disher once mentored is accused of killing a store clerk. Disher asks for Monk's help, and pretty soon ... well, see the episode for yourself. Mohr and Shalhoub play off each other very well. And wait until you find out what happened to a missing two-ton piece of quartz, which has to do with the surly artist with the dead wife (again, see the episode).

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Poorly written plot story.

Author: hartpaul-1 from Australia
12 June 2010

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I enjoy Monk because of his eccentricities as well as his deductive logic. But remember all this is a product of the story writers and in this episode they must have taken a day off. With so many other forensic and detective shows around now days (CSI, Castle, Bones, NCIS) the writers have to be on the ball.

In the first trial scene it appeared that the prosecutor was a wimp and not very educated about the case, part of this blame must also lie with the detectives who did not do the required work to make it easy for the prosecutor to refute. The detectives seem to do very little work and leave it up to Monk to deduce the guilt.

1. There should have been two records of the slab of Belgian Grey Marble sold and delivered to that residence, one for the alibi at 5 pm the night of the murder and one at some past date for him to sculpt. 2. Monk suggested that the delivered slab now decorated the driveway. The gravel in the driveway would have clean surfaces, no bio-film (at the first rain microscopic spores would land on rough exposed surfaces and begin to grow with in a week of exposure, even dew would be enough), no weathering thus fresh. Also where was the murderer's receipt for that gravel? Each of these could have been independently verified and not required Monk's testimony, but then if that was used then the story would have ended in half an episode.

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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Worst. Episode. Ever.

Author: snkdavis from United States
11 September 2009

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Big fan of Monk since the beginning. Again. Worst episode ever. Spoiler part: Spent entire episode building for a face off between Monk and the lawyer, then totally skipped it. It was like watching the Natural with no Home Run scene, or Hoosiers showing the team playing up to the championship game, then skipping the game to show them celebrating afterward. Or maybe A Few Good Men without Cruise interrogating Nicholson, just the arrest scene. Like I said. Worst. Episode. Ever. I'll give it a 2 instead of a 1 because they set it up well. (Loved the speech by the therapist about the tell. Been great if that had actually played into the show.) I guess if the show wasn't normally pretty good, it wouldn't have been as big a deal, but come on!

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0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Agree it is worst episode

Author: rdc-4 from United States
24 April 2010

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I am a Monk fan. Although some suspension of belief is required at times, the clues and conclusions generally hang to gather pretty well. In the court room scene in this episode where the lawyer brought in a wheelbarrow of gravel and said Monk had no case because the pieces did not fit together like a jig saw puzzle was not believable. Have the writers ever looked at gravel - it would be virtually impossible to find two pieces off a drive way that were the original joining pieces and therefore be able to fit together like a jig saw. Maybe they were running out of believable ideas in the last season? Anyway, a great last season in spite of this episode.

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