Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Is the Best Man 

While investigating the death of a man found shot and burned beyond recognition, things begin to go horribly wrong for Stottlemeyer and his bride-to-be, causing her to have second thoughts.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
T.K. Jensen
Michael Shalhoub ...
Barbara Brownell ...
Aunt Nora
Cousin Curtis
Store Clerk
Michael Bernardi ...
Sarcastic Cop


While investigating the death of a man found shot and burned beyond recognition, things begin to go horribly wrong for Stottlemeyer and his bride-to-be, causing her to have second thoughts.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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13 November 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The gag during the bachelor party when one of the cops mentions to Monk that there is a bathroom in his bathroom (a port-a-john inside the bathroom) is a spoof of a story on 'The Onion' about a Starbucks opening inside the restroom of an existing Starbucks (which itself satirizes a common fact that one can find Starbucks shops practically next door to each other in major cities). See more »


Towards the end of the episode when Stephanie fires the pistol in the air the slide stays open but Leeland has the magazine in the tuxedo bag. The slide would only stay open if there were an empty magazine in the pistol. See more »


[Stottlemeyer's fiancee has called off their wedding]
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Guess I'll be taking that ring back.
Adrian Monk: Well, I'm gonna hold on to it.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Monk... it's over. I happen to be an expert in this area.
Adrian Monk: Well, I'm not giving up! It's gonna work out! You love her, you need her. She's your answer.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: She's my answer... where did you hear that?
Adrian Monk: Trudy used to say it - my Trudy. Besides, I'm not sure if I can open my hand.
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References Bachelor Party (1984) See more »


It's a Jungle Out There
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Randy Newman
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Marriage and murder
6 October 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.

After the underwhelming previous episode "Mr Monk Goes Camping" (the second worst of Season 8 to me after "Mr Monk and the UFO"), "Mr Monk is the Best Man" is a huge improvement and sees Season 8 back on track with its best episode since "Mr Monk and the Foreign Man". It is near-classic 'Monk', with so much here that is so good about 'Monk' in the first place especially when at its very best. There could have been more prominence on the murder agreed and TK could have had more development to her, we have met her twice in the season and her development has been very thin to put it lightly. Other than that, "Mr Monk is the Best Man" is great.

The mystery is a very good one here, one of the best of the eighth season easily and the best one since "Mr Monk and the Voodoo Curse". Unlike "Mr Monk Goes Camping", it actually feels like there is one, some of it is quite suspenseful and keeps one guessing, and it is one that isn't too simple or obvious, neither is it confusing. The deductions and investigations are closer to "classic" 'Monk' and the denouement is clever and surprising.

Even more successful are the character moments, some of the most delightful of the season and of the later 'Monk' episodes. Love how Monk takes his best man duties seriously and how everybody of the four regulars has plenty to do and are true to character. There is plenty of humour, with the funniest moments being the whole bachelor party stuff (hilarious) and Carol Kane's deliciously eccentric and wonderfully nuts turn as a florist in a scene reminiscent of 'Monk's' glory days. Disher is also the funniest he's been in a while. There are touching moments too, the ending is very sweet and to me the relationship between TK and Stottlemeyer is generally more emotionally investable than when it was first introduced due to that there is more chemistry between the two and Virginia Madsen has more personality.

One of the best things about 'Monk' has always been Tony Shalhoub, who was as Monk consistently one of the best things about every episode regardless of what material is thrown at him.. 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.

Traylor Howard is sassy and sympathetic, Jason Gray-Stanford has fun comic timing and is likable and in particular Ted Levine is amusing but gets to show more dramatic chops than he has been able to do all season. Madsen is pretty good considering what she's given to work with, while Teri Polo convinces and doesn't overplay or underact her role. Kane is the supporting standout though.

Humour, pathos, mystery and intrigue are beautifully balanced here in "Mr Monk is the Best Man" and all four components executed to a high standard.

Visually, the episode is slick and stylish as ever with some lovely scenery. 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, excellent and one of the season's best episodes. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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