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Monk: "Mr. Monk and the End" Review Season 8, Episode 16

After eight seasons and more than a hundred cases, the drama with a three-word descriptor: Obsessive, Compulsive, Detective, finally solved its final mystery, and its most important one. At long last, we finally got to see Adrian Monk figure out the mystery behind his wife's murder. Over the course of its run, Monk slowly evolved from a tightly-constructed mystery show into a more entertaining character study. What was once a downer show about a man dealing with a debilitating illness (who also happened to be a detective genius) turned into much lighter fare. The murder mysteries weren't as difficult to solve in later years and I'd say some were pandering (Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg, anyone?), and Monk's tics became more of a comedic annoyance than anything else. However, it was also a more fun show to watch as Tony Shalhoub's performances got better and better each year. The finale captured the spirit of the latter years of Monk - the "whodunit" was handed to us on a silver platter in the first few minutes of the two-hour finale while the rest of the show concentrated on Monk battling his OCD (and an assassination attempt via poison) while searching for the truth. I had mixed feelings about this episode because after eight seasons, I was hoping for a more suspenseful mystery, given the importance Trudy's murder meant to the show. But, as stated above, Monk moved away from that style of show years ago. Instead, we learned in the first part of the finale that Judge Ethan Rickover (Craig T. Nelson), who was mentioned in an earlier episode but never seen, was in fact the one who ordered the hit on her, and was now gunning for Monk. And unless I'm mistaken (and that's certainly possible because I haven't seen every episode of the show) they introduced a key piece of evidence in that we'd never seen before. I'm speaking of a Christmas gift that Trudy (Melora Hardin of The Office) gave her husband the night before she died - a box containing a videotape of her confessing past sins and suspicions about her future. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Review: Monk - Mr. Monk and the End (Part 2) (series finale) Season 8, Episode 16

The pressure of writing the last episode must be tremendous. Especially for a long-running show like Monk. The writers have to tie up loose ends, satisfy viewers' desire for the characters, and leave fans with a sense of closure. Closure, in fact, is the word Dr. Bell used with Adrian. Monk was looking for it and so were we. But the ending is tough. There have been some shows that have stumbled badly at the end. Seinfeld, for instance, was a real stinker. But the memory of Newhart, which harkened back to The Bob Newhart Show may be the best-ever. Now, in the broader scheme of things, Seinfeld was a much better series than Newhart; in every way but the ending. Which brings us back to Monk. How did the writers navigate the Monk finale? Follow me after the jump and I'll tell you all about it. As Larry David might say on Curb Your Enthusiasm, "Pretty, pretty good." The Monk finale was pretty, pretty good. It delivered closure, all right. The mystery of Trudy's murder was finally wrapped up. It was Judge Rickover, an ex-lover of Trudy's from her college days. He'd become a prominent judge twelve years later when he killed Trudy to keep secret that they'd had an affair that resulted in a child. Rickover had the midwife killed, too. When Adrian figured it out and confronted the judge in the rain, holding a gun on him and forcing him to dig up the proof -- the midwife's body -- the drama was tense. Would Monk pull the trigger? He could have. Monk thought he was dying, but he didn't. Ultimately, Monk's vengeance was greater because he shamed the judge by telling him that he had killed three people -- the doctor, too -- all for a job. A job! Shamed and knowing the jig was up, the judge took the pistol and killed himself. Craig T. Nelson very good in this role, the perfect foil because he can play smug, overconfident jerks like this guy. When Monk tried to sock him for insulting Trudy, you could relate. It was great that it was Natalie who figured out about the wipes being poisoned; it showed that in all her time with Monk, she'd learned a thing or two. But curing Monk and solving Trudy's murder wasn't enough. Something was missing. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Seven questions about the Monk finale

A few more questions about the Monk finale before it disappears into TV immortality. Just some niggling thoughts that weren't really addressed in the two-part wrap up. 1. Why did Joey Kazarinski choose to kill Monk with poison? Joey was a killer for hire. He used a bomb to kill Trudy, but shot Dr. Nash. They never said how Wendy Stroud was killed, just that she was buried under the sundial at the judge's house. So, when the judge offered Joey another payday -- killing Monk -- why didn't Joey choose a direct approach and shoot Adrian? Or he could have blown up Monk's apartment. There were any number of ways to kill him, but poisoning the wipes was perhaps the most complicated. And a ricin derivative? How did he manage to acquire that? If it had been arsenic or something, that could have been bought at a hardware store. They never really explained the poison or the reason for that method of murder. 2. Where was the judge's wife? When Monk confronted the judge and forced him to dig, where was the wife? I realize she may have just been out to dinner or away, but a line of dialogue would have been nice. Something like Monk saying, "I know you're alone; nobody's coming to help you." But on the other hand, if the wife was there, maybe she's the one who called the cops. Or maybe it was the neighbors who called because there were two cops threatening to shoot Monk before Stottlemeyer and Disher showed up. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Review: Monk -- Mr. Monk and the End (Part 1) Season 8, Episode 15

If you were thinking that the penultimate episode of Monk, the next to last show, would be a gag fest filled with sight gags and spit takes, you were wrong. I can't remember a more serious Monk episode in eight seasons. Also, for those of you who have wondered about Monk's mourning of Trudy, here was a show that would address the issue head on. For that and other matters of life or death, read on and remember, this is only part one of the two part finale so spoilers will be shared... after the jump. Immediately setting the tone, the show took us back to 1997. Not only was Adrian blissfully happy in his marriage to Trudy, he was also on the job as Leland's partner. The chemistry he had with both characters was clear; he felt lucky to have Trudy's love. With Stottlemeyer on the job, he was confident and secure. Oh, yes, he was still Monk with that obsessive compulsive mind. On the crime scene, he instantly saw that 58 bottles were on the floor, like Rain Main with the toothpicks. The crime had not been a robbery. However, Monk missed connecting Trudy questioning him about Wendy's disappearance at the birthing center. In the midst of breakfast -- she forgot the onions in the omelet -- and her giving him a special gift not to be opened till Christmas, Adrian failed to ask why she wanted to know, what was the connection to the birthing center. Why did she forget the onions? To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

How do you think Monk will end?

The other night, USA Network broadcast part one of the Monk finale. In that next to last episode, many storylines were presented for the possible big finish this upcoming week. And it could be a potentially whopper of an ending. In my review, I speculated a little about what may be coming, and the comments have been flying in to TV Squad with viewers sharing their thoughts. That's got me thinking... what else might be at play? Tony Shalhoub was interviewed about the end of Monk and it was interesting that as an actor, he waited till he filmed the end before learning Monk's fate. He said, "I think it's a good send-off. At the beginning of the season, the writers asked me if I wanted to know how everything [ended] and I said, if it was okay with them, I'd rather wait." If you would rather wait, too, don't read below because I'm going to postulate a couple of ideas about what we saw on Friday and what might be coming. These aren't spoilers, because I don't know. However, if I stumble upon the right answer, I wouldn't want to be accused of spoiling it for you. To read More Click here .

MONK CREDITS A LAUGH

Has anybody noticed the name that is credited at the begining of 'Mr Monk and the Voodoo Curse'. Have a look??!?!?!? exactly 4:00 mins in. What happened were they having a funny day, or was it a serious mistake!!!! SSOOO funny i hade to rewind several times to make sure i wasnt seeing things.

Monk: An Early Look at the Final Season - Featured

Monk returns to USA Network with its 8th season premiere this Friday at 9PM. SideReel got to check out the premiere episode of Monk 's 8th and final season, 'Mr. Monk's Favorite Show' early, and it's certainly is one of the most fun Monk episodes that has only made me more excited for what the rest of Monk's final season will bring! In 'Mr. Monk's Favorite Show,' Monk is thrilled about child actress, Christine Rapp's book coming out telling all the tales about her time starring on Monk's favorite childhood show, "The Cooper Clan," a very Brady Bunch-like series. In the premiere, Christine Rapp quickly becomes Monk's mystery of the week as it becomes clear that someone's trying to kill her. As the mystery unravels, so does Mr. Monk as he learns a little too much about his favorite childhood show and star. Guest stars include Elizabeth Perkins of Weeds as Christine Rapp and Rena Sofer of 24 and Heroes as Kim Kelly, Christine Rapp's assistant. Elizabeth Perkins did a fabulous job as a slightly nutty, past-her-prime (but still gorgeous!) grown up child actress. Since Monk is purposefully not the most intense of crime shows, us fans can sometimes guess at the general conclusion of a case, but I have to say there are always some details and twists I don't expect. For this particular episode, I didn't guess the guilty party at all before it was revealed. I felt like this episode was extremely strong with its case and fell in line perfectly, if not even better than usual, with the general fun, mystery, and quirkiness of Monk episodes. Recently I got to join in a Q&A with our dear Adrian Monk himself, Tony Shalhoub, and especially after seeing this first episode, I heartily agree with his statement during the Q&A that they wanted to make sure to go out strong instead of carrying on until they petered out with weak rating and storylines. I hadn't thought much about it before hearing this would be the final season, but I'm very glad that Monk is a show that planned its ending unlike the unlucky shows canceled without much warning. While Monk is a formulaic "case of the week" show without a ton storyline development for the characters from week to week, Monk is a show that needs and deserves a proper ending not only because it's been around so long, but also because we've been waiting for 7 seasons now for some resolution to Trudy's murder! And yes, also as Shalhoub said in the Q&A, Season 8 does promise to have Monk solve the murder, so that's certainly something I'm looking forward to. I don't think it has to be the largest revelation ever, but I think it is important that Monk gets some resolution and peace for himself so we can know he's finally moving on and will hopefully move into his fictional future a happier, more functional man. Not only is there all of that to look forward to this season, but there's also an excellent line of guest stars for the rest of the season! Guest stars appearances include Jay Mohr, Dylan Baker, Meat Loaf, Bernie Kopell, Daniel Stern, Alex Wolff, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Eric Balfour, Kelly Carlson, and Reed Diamond. There will also be some special appearances by Tim Bagley returning as Monk's nemesis Harold Krenshaw and Bitty Schram, known to long-time Monk fans as Sharona Fleming. With all that awesomeness going on, don't forget to tune in for the kick off of Monk 's final season this Friday, August 7th at 9/8c on USA Network ! Related Stories: Fav Detectives: Vote for your Favorite TV Detectives! Enter SideReel's Monk Prize Pack Giveaway! Monk - The Final Season: Q&A with Tony Shalhoub

Mr. Monk rocks!

I LOVE MONK!! HES SO FUNNY! EVERYTIME WHEN A NEW EPISODE COMES OUT I ALWAYS WATCH IT. I HAVE WATCHED ALL OF HIS EPISODES, ALL 7 SEASONS. I HOPE THERE IS NEVER AN END TO MONK. =)

Mr monk and the magician!

woow that magician was awsome lol i know he was the baddy n all but you gotta admit had some good trix up his sleaves :) aaah i love monk :)

Great

I know that alot of people are saying how its so much like psyche and monk and shows like that but i still like it, i think the show has a good idea and although it isn't completely original are any crime shows on t.v.? The cast works really well together and i think they have great on-screen chemistry. Personally, i would like to see more full cast interactions like in Red-Handed when they were all at dinner together and then the funny moments when the guys didn't want to give their gifts back. I think its a good show and definitely worth watching at least once.