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Monk: Mr. Monk and the Actor

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 7th 2006 9:05PM

monk(S05E01) This episode of Monk reflects back to this episode from last season where Monk figured out how an astronaut managed to kill a woman, despite being in deep space at the time of the alleged suicide. The case was such a home run that Hollywood has decided to make a movie about it, and famous actor David Rushkin (Stanley Tucci) has been chosen to play Monk.

Rushkin decides to follow Monk around as he helps investigators figure out how the same man could be involved in two crimes that seem to have no connection to one another: the murder of a woman in her apartment, and the murder of another man at a jewelry store. Monk becomes extremely awkward around the actor, and tries not to let his obsessive compulsive nature show through too much. So much of this show is dependent on Monk's subtle mannerisms, but he exaggerates them to an absurd degree as he tries to impress the actor who's playing him. He all but dances around the crime scene, and even shakes Rushkin's hand without cleaning his own hands clean with a sanitary wipe. He does almost lose it when he gets glitter on his suit, though.

It turns out that Monk's eccentricities are nothing compared to Rushkin's, who gets so into his role that he actually begins to act and behave like Monk, even when he's not on the set. He prods Monk long enough, and eventually Monk reveals the murder of his wife, the event that turned him into an obsessive compulsive germaphobe in the first place. Rushkin, who at this point wears a wig and a suit to resemble Monk, returns to the scene of the crime where Monk's wife was murdered, which leads him to the car dealership where he comes face to face with the man accused of the two aforementioned murders. Rushkin, however, who has at this point completely abandoned reality, thinks this man is the man who killed his wife (and by that I mean Monk's wife).

Stanley Tucci is probably one of the best actors working today, and it's hilarious to watch him mirror all of the head ticks and gestures Shalhoub uses to embody main character. During their final confrontation in the car dealership, the two become distracted by a sticker on a windshield, and rather than fight over the gun that's sitting right between them, they actually take turns using the butt of the gun to smooth out the bubbles under the sticker. Later, Monk tells his psychiatrist that Rushkin "wanted to play a character who wasn't so dark. He's in England doing Hamlet."

Best moment: When Disher realizes his role in the movie is not only being played by a woman, but also one who makes out with the actor portraying Captain Stottlemeyer during one scene.

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Mark

I like that they had a clever red herring with the watch crystal thing. So many Monk eps are pretty easy to figure out within the first act, but they hid the final clue well enough that I was actually surprised by it.

July 09 2006 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tammy

I love Stanley Tucci so the episode was worth it to see him give Tony Shalhoub a run for his money. No this wasn't a typical Monk episode but it was good and funny. I also thought Traylor Howard was looking pretty darn good for a change.

July 09 2006 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Moncur

Tucci (and Shalhoub) made the whole thing worth watching, but it wasn't their best work. The most painful bit was that Natalie had to pre-announce what was going to happen with the actor - I'd rather it was a surprise.

I did completely miss the "sketch" bit, though - first time Monk has beaten me to the solution in a long time.

Agreed, the scene in the studio was perfect, from Robocop's portrayal of Stottlemeyer to the uncomfortable moment between Randy and the Captain.

July 09 2006 at 5:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Jones

Great Episode.

The Stottlemeyer guy was incredible, they sounded so much a like and he had the right delivery - it was shocking.

The Monk-clone was great, but I did feel the episode resulted in less Monk-greatness than previous seasons - Monk didn't really crack a case in the same way, but the comedy made up for it.

July 08 2006 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davidhales

The opening sequence, with the theme music, was the same opening sequence that was shown during season 4. During the repeat episode, a couple of hours later, they showed the correct opening sequence for season 5 with new clips of Natalie Teeger and Monk in upcoming episodes.

July 08 2006 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TheMatt

I have to say having Peter Weller be the fake Stottlemeyer was quite good. They both have that rough voice...

July 08 2006 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tv junkie

the "actor becoming like Monk" idea is not execute as well as it should. it seems far-streched and really creepy. i really didn't enjoy that part of the episode, seems like the only purpose of it was to make Monk realize that he was the cause and could have save his dead wife. we all know that already, i would have hope they do more with that story than just reminded us over and over again every season. but the "Best Moment" you mentioned above was laff-out-loud funny.

July 08 2006 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gavin

Quick, resize that image!!!

Or is it the wrong one? =P

July 07 2006 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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