Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized 

Monk's hypnotic regression to his childhood begins to affect the case on which he's consulting - an actress who's disappeared, and the holes in her story when she's found after a deadly escape.

Director:

Michael W. Watkins (as Michael Watkins)

Writers:

Andy Breckman (created by), Tom Gammill | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Henry Czerny ... Aaron Larkin
Dina Meyer ... Sally Larkin
Tim Bagley ... Harold Krenshaw
Ruth Williamson ... Doris
Courtney Ford ... Emily Carter
Susan Merson ... Mrs. Sheckman
Richard Schiff ... Dr. Lawrence Climan
Hector Elizondo ... Dr. Neven Bell
Anne Marie Howard ... Newswoman
Harvey J. Alperin Harvey J. Alperin ... Mr. Sheckman
Joan Wong ... Housekeeper
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Storyline

Monk runs into Harold Krenshaw and appears to be better. He tells Monk he went to a hypnotherapist. Monk goes to see the man and hypnotizes Monk. When awaken Monk is acting like a kid cause that's when Monk was asked was the happiest time of his life. Now Monk is acting like a kid while investigating the disappearance of a woman who returns shortly after her husband was killed. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2008 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (flashback sequence)
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Trivia

The bird seen at the end of the episode is a Black-throated magpie-jay. See more »

Goofs

In the scene with the double rainbows, Natalie gets out of the car and points out the rainbows to Monk. Her shadow is clearly visible, and she is pointing in the approximate direction of the sun. Rainbows can only be seen when the viewer's back is to the sun, so she should have been pointing in the direction of her shadow. There would have been no rainbow visible in the direction Natalie was pointing. See more »

Quotes

Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: What is this?
[reads label]
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Disher Mint?
Lt. Randall Disher: Yeah, I made it myself.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: You made the gum?
Lt. Randall Disher: Yeah, from a kit... I got it online. In my basement, I'm experimenting with a bunch of new flavors right now. Guess what this one is.
Natalie Teeger: [making a face] Tar?
Lt. Randall Disher: No. No, it's Diet Blueberry.
[Stottlemeyer starts coughing and spits out his gum]
Lt. Randall Disher: Too much citric acid?
[...]
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References Stark Raving Mad: The Hypnotist (2000) See more »

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Hypnosis Monk
18 September 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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.

Up to this point of Season 7, the season was inconsistent, with a few good episodes especially "Mr Monk and the Genius" ("Mr Monk's 100th Case" and "Mr Monk Gets Lotto Fever" while with flaws were also enjoyable) and a couple of disappointing ones in "Mr Monk Falls in Love" and particularly "Mr Monk Takes a Punch". "Mr Monk Gets Hypnotised" is one of the better Season 7 episodes up to this point of the season.

While the mystery is fun and engaging, it is let down by again being too simple and being too obvious too early who the killer is, who, how and why could all be seen from a mile away (again taking away from the suspense). Disher has little to do and when he does appear he's too much of an idiot even for the "comic relief" role.

On the most part Monk is in character, even when made to act younger and more childish than he actually is. Thankfully he is never made to do anything embarrassing. There are a couple of parts where the personality he has here makes for writing that comes over as a bit too silly, especially when he outright accuses the wife without proof in an uncharacteristically immature way that may have fans squirming.

Character moments-wise, there are some delightful moments. Monk and Natalie have lovely chemistry together, having a sympathetic warmth and humorous edge. Likewise with Stottlemeyer, the character, Ted Levine's acting and his chemistry with Monk are some of my favourite things about 'Monk' and neither disappoint. The scene with the kids and the swing is both hilarious and poignant, and the bullfrog and Trudy-thinking elements have a good deal of pathos too.

The guest cast are very good. 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, both of which on full display here more so than anything else yet seen with Season 7.

Nothing bad can be said about the solid supporting turns of down-to-earth and sympathetic Traylor Howard, amusing and loyal Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford doing what he can with his material (which doesn't stretch particularly much).

Writing has the usual wry humour, sympathetically treated quirks and tender easy-to-relate-drama. The hypnosis concept was done very intriguingly and meshed with the rest of the episode well.

Visually, the episode is slick and stylish as ever. 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.

In conclusion, pretty good and entertaining if not one of 'Monk's' high points. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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