Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Genius 

Brilliant chess grandmaster Patrick Kloster's wife Linda Kloster goes to Monk saying that her husband is planning to murder her, and she wants him caught posthumously.


Michael W. Watkins (as Michael Watkins)


Andy Breckman (created by), Joe Toplyn

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
David Strathairn ... Patrick Kloster
Emmy Clarke ... Julie Teeger
Evan Peters ... Eric Tavela
Lawrence O'Donnell ... Judge Lawrence Barr
Elena Evangelo ... Linda Kloster
Susan Shalhoub Larkin ... Paulina
Federico Dordei ... Michael the Cook
Betty Murphy ... 2nd Elderly Woman
Darren Capozzi ... 1st Detective
Dona Hardy Dona Hardy ... 1st Elderly Woman (as Donna Hardy)
Elise Baughman ... Reporter


Monk and Natalie are approached by Linda Kloster, wife of renowned chess grandmaster Patrick Kloster, whom she believes is planning to murder her for the insurance money. Monk makes a promise to her that he won't let Patrick get away with the crime. Subsequently, Linda is found dead of an apparent heart attack in her bedroom, though Monk immediately suspects poisoning. In trying to find evidence to nail Patrick, Monk finds himself facing off against a foe who is much, much smarter and is able to anticipate his every move. Written by dmcreif

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery



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25 July 2008 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Patrick Kloster approaches Natalie and Monk who are parked in the car staking him out. He catches on and offers them a bottle of water to taunt them. This is nearly identical to a scene in Traffic (2000) where Helena Ayala does the same thing to two DEA agents in a surveillance van. See more »


When Disher tells Stottlemeyer the woman was dead, Stottlemeyer throws the coffee mug as Disher is saying the words. When the camera angle switches, he throws it after Disher finishes the sentence. See more »


Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Sir, we were wondering if you were to come downtown and give us a statement.
Patrick Kloster: I'm afraid my schedule is rather tight but I did take the opportunity of phoning ahead and reserving a room, here, at the airport security offices. It's nothing extravagent but it's got a table and uh, five chairs.
Natalie Teeger: H-How did you know there would be five of us?
Patrick Kloster: Please, Ms. Teeger, don't insult me.
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Terrific episode
17 February 2012 | by Dphilly521See all my reviews

This is one of the best episodes of the series. The combination of brilliance and arrogance by the villain incites a powerful passion by Monk for his own game. Comparing his willingness to solve the case to his final moments with Trudy is an intelligent touch. The cat and mouse game was exciting, perhaps more so than in any other episode of "Monk". That final clue very cleverly put the cold-blooded murderer in his place.

Although somewhat different from the episode of "Columbo" years earlier in which a chess champion becomes a killer, "Mr. Monk and the Genius" is just as worthy of respect. Neither Columbo nor Monk can do much of anything on a chessboard, yet the triumphant conclusions of both respective episodes emphasize that neither hero needs to be a chess champion in order to come out a winner--good prevailing over evil.

This episode of "Monk" is priceless entertainment.

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