After the unsolved murder of his wife, Adrian Monk develops obsessive-compulsive disorder, which includes his terror of germs and contamination. His condition costs him his job as a prominent homicide detective in the San Francisco Police Department, but he continues to solve crimes with the help of his assistant and his former boss.
Obsessive. Compulsive. Detective.
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Did You Know?
There are three episodes that connect to The Silence of the Lambs
- Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to Jail (2004)(#2.16) Dale The Whale wants a window in his cell in exchange for giving valuable information, just as Hannibal Lecter did to Clarence Starling.
- Monk: Mr. Monk and the Blackout (2004)(#3.3) Adrian Monk is in his own apartment with night vision goggles tracking the killer. This is just like the scene in Silence of The Lambs where Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb is using night vision goggles to stalk Clarence Starling. The shoe is on the other foot though as in the Monk episode the protagonist ("good guy") is stalking the antagonist ("bad guy").
- Monk: Mr. Monk Bumps His Head (2006) starred Charles Napier who was a prison guard in Silence Of The Lambs, so he was a Law Enforcement Official (LEO) in both. Charles Napier also starred in Star Trek: The Way to Eden (1969)(#3.20) which is also one of five connections between Monk & the Star Trek franchise. So he is the one actor who connects this TV show, Star Trek, & Silence Of The Lambs.
- Monk: Mr. Monk Is on the Run: Part 1 (2008)(#6.15) & Monk: Mr. Monk Is on the Run: Part 2 (2008)(#6.16) reunites Ted Levine with Scott Glenn who also plays a Law Enforcement official in the TV episode and Silence Of The Lambs. Except in Silence Of The lambs, they had no scenes together, in the TV episode, they did.
We see Monk constantly ask the detectives working with him (or the detectives themselves) to put out APB's (All Points Bulletins) or BOLOs (Be On the Look Out) to bring suspects and witnesses in. When found SFPD just walk up to people and place them in the squad car, taking them to the station for Monk and the detective's to interview even though it's pretty clear they didn't want to come. If there is no probable cause for an arrest or an active arrest warrant, the police can't make you go anywhere against your will. Once in a while, a wealthy or educated person will assert this and ask a lawyer to be present but this is rare. See more
Referenced in (500) Days of Summer
It's a Jungle Out There
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
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