Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Is on the Run: Part 2 

Stottlemeyer tries to find proof against the man who framed Monk, and Natalie may ruin everything when she learns the truth.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Adrian Monk
... Natalie Teeger
... Lt. Randall Disher
... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
... Sheriff Rollins
... Dale 'The Whale' Biederbeck
... Carlos
... Larry
... Trudy Monk
... Six Fingered Man
... Mover
Diego DiGiovanni ... Italian State Trooper (as Diego Digiovanni)
Dink O'Neal ... Car Owner
... Carwash Worker
Jessica Steinbaum ... Kathy
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Monk has been killed by his friend, Stottlemeyer. or has he? The captain helped Monk fake his death, so they can track down whose been framing Monk. Monk has to hide out while Stottlemeyer works the case. Since only Stottlemeyer knows he's alive, Natalie proceeds with the funeral arrangements. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Ray Porter is the third actor to play "Dale 'The Whale' Biederback." The other two actors were Adam Arkin and Tim Curry See more »

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When the maid enters Monk's room and he puts down the notebook he is using it is covering just a small corner of the newspaper articles he has cut out. Less than 30 seconds later, the notebook is about half covering the articles before anyone moves the notebook. See more »

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Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: [walks into his office with Disher and notices Rollins reclining in his chair] Sheriff Rollins, make yourself at home.
Sheriff John Rollins: You read the paper today?
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: I did. I read the sports page, and did the jumble.
Sheriff John Rollins: Nah, not the jumble. This. Page 5.
[points to an article with the headline "Unidentified Body Found in Avalon Bay."]
Sheriff John Rollins: Male Caucasian. 5'1''.
Lt. Randall Disher: Is it Monk?
Sheriff John Rollins: No. It's not Monk. I was at the morgue last night. Guy had a tattoo. I thought it was strange.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: What was strange?
Sheriff John Rollins: Well. I'll tell you what was strange.
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References Columbo (1971) See more »

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Doesn't live up to the first part
9 September 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.

Loved the first part of "Mr Monk is on the Run". It was a different 'Monk' episode, relying more on drama, crime thriller tension and emotion than on comedy and quirks (an interesting change of pace and a refreshing one), but nonetheless was a 'Monk' highlight. Liked however the second part less, not a bad episode but considering how wonderful the first part was it was somewhat of a let down and could have been better.

It does suffer from some lazy writing, especially regarding everything to do with the gun which showed a lack of research on the writers' part. It is not the first time that the writers have fouled up on research elements, having shown a lack of knowledge in the past of how game shows work, how casinos work and regarding car breaks, but the whole business with the gun as described in the previous review was one of the most glaring errors and made parts on the implausible side.

The biggest disappointment was with Dale "The Whale" Biederbeck. The prosthetics on him were badly cheap and like there was no thought on how to make him up, having been done much better with Adam Arkin and Tim Curry's vastly superior interpretations. All it looked like was Ray Porter with longer hair, looking larger in the face and wearing what looked like some kind of a fat suit, whereas it was hard to believe that the previous two were them. Arkin in particular was unrecognisable and both were excellent in their own way, showing more of the gross out factor (non-existent here), twisted humour (also non-existent) and menace (present only in his final line here, the only good thing to say about him). Also disliked Ray Porter's acting, for reasons also described in what made the previous two so good being missing here but also that he overacts dreadfully.

However, there are good things. There are emotional moments and suspenseful moments. Once again, it is a perfect example of the viewer rooting for Monk every step of the way despite it not looking good for him. Love the care and concern that the other three lead characters share for him and their loyalty to him. The story mostly is taut and compelling, and the writing does wonderfully with the dramatic and emotional elements, both ringing true.

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. Everybody else of the lead cast support him very well, particularly Traylor Howard and Ted Levine. The support cast do well, only Porter comes off badly.

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. The episode as always look slick and stylish.

Overall, decent and at its best very good, but lack of research on how guns work and the poor portrayal and prosthetics of Biederbeck really bring it down. Shame, it had the makings of a great season finale, as the terrific first part promised. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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