Monk: Season 8, Episode 16

Mr. Monk and the End: Part II (4 Dec. 2009)

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A videotaped clue from Trudy provides Monk with the clues he needs to solve her murder - but he has very little time to catch her killer while finding out what poisoned him.


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A videotaped clue from Trudy provides Monk with the clues he needs to solve her murder - but he has very little time to catch her killer while finding out what poisoned him.

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The ending to this great series just falls short of the expectations.
5 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all let me state that I have been an avid Monk fan since the pilot episode. I have watched every episode and love the series. I was very sad to hear the series was going to end this year, but I was excited to finally see who murdered Trudy. While I enjoyed parts of the finale it left me with an empty feeling when it was over. In my opinion the finale could have been more dramatic.

To start off I noticed several mistakes within the story. First in the flashback to the day Trudy was murdered she told Monk she was going to the pharmacy to get Ambrose some medications. However, in all other seasons Monk had been trying to figure out why she was in that parking lot, until Ambrose confessed to Monk he was the reason why Trudy was killed because she was getting his medications. Second in the flashback the bomb was activated when she started the car, but in a previous episode while Monk was interrogating a man involved in her murder he confessed the bomb was set off by her cell phone. Third in the flashback when Monk received the call about Trudy he was with Captain Stotlemeyer, but in a previous episode Monk was supposedly with his previous partner.

Besides the flaws in the story I did not care for the murder plot itself. It felt like just another case, because it was not tied into any previous episodes. There was no complexity behind it. The murder was introduced in these final episodes. After eight years I expected the murder to have more connections. The killers identity was revealed in the first 15 minutes of the show. Monk barely had to solve anything because Trudy told him everything.

Even after that the murder itself was illogical. Why would Trudy go if she felt her life was in danger? Why did the murder even bother killing Trudy? It was shown that the midwife who help Trudy give birth felt guilty and was going to tell everyone about the Judges illegitimate child, but Trudy didn't even know the child was alive and completely forgot about the affair. Trudy just came off as stupid for even going to this secluded meeting alone. Another issue I had was what happened to the murderer. He killed himself when Monk found the remaining evidence. He walked over, picked up Monks gun, and killed himself. it was very anticlimactic.

There were still many aspects of the episode I enjoyed. I really like how the Christmas gift Monk would never open contained the final clue he needed to solve the case. I also enjoyed Trudy having a daughter. It gave Monk someone to love again. I thought Monk becoming poisoned was an interesting twist to the final show. Also seeing Randy and Sharona finally being together was a nice touch.

As always in the Monk series the acting was fantastic. Tony Shalhoub does an amazing job portraying such a complex character. This episode in particular had a lot of complex emotions involved. All of the acting in general was very believable. I hope this year Tony Shalhoub receives the recognition he deserves and wins this years Emmy award.

All in all it wasn't a bad conclusion to a great series. I just felt like it was missing more. After eight years I just expected more connections with more characters from previous seasons. This was the big conclusion everyone had been waiting for and in my mind it just fell short. There were so many possibilities that were missed. The ending just seemed rushed. I am very sad to see this show go and I wish it had gone out with a better more complete ending. In the end I just felt empty, but I still love this show. RIP Monk.

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