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Mr. Monk and the Badge 

At long last Monk finally receives his badge - but his first case back on the force proves to be a difficult one as he attempts to tie a serial killer with police corruption.

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Adrian Monk
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Natalie Teeger
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Lt. Randall Disher
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Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
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Mikel Alvanov
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Det. Sgt. Louis Doyle
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Sgt. Danny Weaver
Jay Malone ...
Officer Russell DiMarco
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Donna DiMarco
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Jim Paxton
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Dr. Neven Bell
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Detective Jones
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Passing Cop
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Monk gets his badge back. But he learns that he will not be working with Stottlemeyer and can't have Natalie with him. On his first day, a cop dies and all signs led everyone to believe it's a suicide but Monk doesn't think so. And he raises questions about the cop which the other cops he works with don't want raised. But he continues to investigate while wondering if being a cop again is what he really wants. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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20 November 2009 (USA)  »

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The actor who plays Mikel also played Davis Lynch in the show Tony Shalhoub starred in "Wings" See more »

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The window washer states he was on the sixth floor when he witnessed the murder, but later Monk says he went to the seventh floor to verify his view of the scene. See more »

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Reinstatement, a serial killer and police corruption
7 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

'Monk' has always been one of my most watched shows when needing comfort, to relax after a hard day, a good laugh or a way to spend a lazy weekend.

Season 8 of 'Monk' is a mixed bag quality-wise, with it being the final season it leans towards the worth watching but could have been better end. There are disappointing episodes, especially "Mr Monk Goes Camping" (bland) and "Mr Monk and the UFO" (excessively silly), and with both with weak mysteries, but there are a few outstanding ones up to this point in "Mr Monk and the Foreign Man", "Mr Monk is the Best Man" and now this. "Mr Monk and the Badge" is an excellent episode and to me one of the better episodes of the later seasons. My only complaints are the stuff with Monk manning the tip line, which was ridiculous, not easy to swallow and was beneath Monk, and Natalie's side story not being fleshed out enough.

Otherwise, the mystery itself, while derivative, was fun and had intrigue value, one of the season's better mysteries by far in a season that has had some underwhelming ones. Monk's deductions are nicely done and closer to "classic" methodical Monk than the rapid conclusion jumping Monk, while the climax is thrilling, not only having nail-biting tension but one is very proud of Monk at the end of it.

Character-moments-wise, "Mr Monk and the Badge" is a winner. How the episode handles exploring and resolving a long overdue on-going issue (the reinstating) is immensely satisfying, it's handled beautifully and probes some thought-provoking questions/feelings yet wisely shows that over-time Monk has changed and not the man he was. "Mr Monk and the Badge" may not be a laugh-out-loud funny episode, though it has shades of that with Edith, but it is very thought-provoking (Dr Bell's Oscar Wilde quote is an example), boasts some subtle and touching emotional moments in how Monk's situation is handled and the climax is tense. Season 8 has also been great in addressing and resolving on-going problems and phobias, showing that Monk is progressing and improving, and doing it gradually rather than all in one go just like that, this is true with "Mr Monk and the Badge".

One of the best things about 'Monk' has always been Tony Shalhoub, who was as Monk consistently one of the best things about every episode regardless of what material is thrown at him.. It was essential for him to work and be the glue of the show, and Shalhoub not only is that but also at his very best he IS the show. Have always loved the balance of the humour, which is often hilarious, and pathos, which is sincere and touching.

Traylor Howard is sassy and sympathetic, while Jason Gray-Stanford and Ted Levine are amusing (Levine also showing Stottlemeyer as a firm, frustrated boss but loyal friend, which is very "classic" 'Monk' Stottlemeyer). The supporting cast are good.

Pathos, mystery, intrigue and the sprinkling of humour are beautifully balanced here in "Mr Monk and the Badge" and all four components are executed to a high standard.

Visually, the episode is slick and stylish as ever with some lovely scenery. The music is both understated and quirky. While there is a preference for the theme music for Season 1, Randy Newman's "It's a Jungle Out There" has grown on me overtime, found it annoying at first but appreciate its meaning and what it's trying to say much more now.

In conclusion, excellent and one of the season's best episodes. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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