Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Is at Your Service 

Upset when a hiring freeze at the police department is announced, Monk is pressured by Natalie to investigate the deaths of her parents' neighbors, but when Monk starts considering his ... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Adrian Monk
... Natalie Teeger
... Lt. Randall Disher
... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
... Paul Buchanan
... Peggy Davenport
... Susie the Maid
... Mrs. Murphy
... Bobby Davenport
... Edward Stilson
... Monica Buchanan
... Dr. Charles Kroger
John Berg ... Guest Alfred
... Guest Sylvia
Kiyoko Yamaguchi ... Merva the Maid


Upset when a hiring freeze at the police department is announced, Monk is pressured by Natalie to investigate the deaths of her parents' neighbors, but when Monk starts considering his undercover role as a viable alternate career something has to be done. Written by layle

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery






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26 January 2007 (USA)  »

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When Monk assesses the laid out silverware on the table he finds a fork 'one centimeter too close'. When Mrs Murphy, head of housekeeping, says "it's only a centimeter" Monk corrects her with "For want of a nail the kingdom was lost" referring to the proverbial rhyme: For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail. See more »


The whole "who died first" premise for this episode is flawed. California probate (and most states) has beneficiary survivorship. The beneficiary(ies) must outlive the testator (the one who dies) by 30 days...not minutes. See more »


[Paul Buchanan finishes looking at the completed luncheon table that Monk has carefully organized and straightened out]
Paul Buchanan: Well I don't have to remind you about how important these stupid luncheons are! The old bats are gunning for me. They want me to screw up, they *expect* me to screw up! And I intend to dissapoint them. Mr. Melville.
Adrian Monk: [standing in front of a covered canvas] Thank you. Mr. Pepperidge?
[Mr. Pepperidge pulls the tarp off the canvas, revealing a map of the house]
Adrian Monk: I've divided the house...
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Monk the butler
23 August 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.

Not everybody seems to like Season 5. Count me in as somebody who on the most part does, though not every episode works, wasn't totally enamoured with "Mr Monk Goes to a Rock Concert". "Mr Monk Gets a New Shrink" and "Mr Monk and the Leper" are special episodes (a few other episodes nearly were but just fell short of being due to not quite as good mysteries) though and the first two episodes were similarly outstanding. "Mr Monk is at Your Service" is one of the great episodes, despite having a mystery where saying it isn't a tough one is an understatement.

Although the methods are clever the perpetrator and motives were not surprises at all. Disher and Stottlemeyer also deserved much more than just cameos, there are 'Monk' episodes that have done a great job developing them (especially with Stottlemeyer), treating them this way is a disservice.

However, the character moments are a delight. Loved the change of pace with Monk, where of all the episodes where he goes undercover he is finally in a situation where he appears happy in. Being a butler plays to his quirks and obsessions brilliantly and better than most episodes of Season 5. The silverware part is the epitome of classic 'Monk', Natalie coming to dinner was a lot of fun and seeing more development to Natalie was much appreciated.

As said many times, one of the best things about 'Monk' has always been the acting of Tony Shalhoub in the title role. 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.

Natalie is down to earth, sympathetic and sassy, also being sensitive to Monk's needs and quirks which Traylor Howard does well bringing out. Jason Gray-Stanford and Ted Levine are good as usual as Disher and Stottlemeyer despite not being used well. Sean Astin surprisingly excels here too, it's not usually a typical role of his but it expands his acting range and he fares better than a lot of people who attempt to do it.

It's not just the cast though. Another star is the writing, which is also essential to whether the show would be successful or not and succeed it does here. The mix of wry humour, lovable quirkiness and tender easy-to-relate-to drama is delicately done, particularly the last one. The quirks are sympathetically done and never exploited or overdone.

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. Oh and a good job is done with the different opening credits sequence to accommodate the changes made. The episode is made with a lot of slickness and style as always.

In conclusion, great episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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