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Monk: Mr. Monk and the Big Game

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 22nd 2006 11:23AM

monk(S05E03) I think I may have made this comparison before, but Monk reminds me a lot of Scooby-Doo. It's not so much because both shows are about solving crimes, but because both follow essentially the same basic formula for every episode. Despite this, however, I still love the show.

In this episode, Julie's basketball coach is killed when a towel is left on the floor drain of the girl's locker room and a hairdryer is also left on the floor, causing the coach to become electrocuted when she steps into the water. This is yet another of those rather convoluted James Bond-style murders that always open an episode of Monk. Seriously, had she looked down at the floor before stepping out of the shower she would have seen the hair dryer, but lucky enough for the killer, she just happens to not be paying attention. Also, how many high school coaches actually use the showers in the locker room? Wouldn't they just go home for that sort of thing?

No matter. This is Monk, and part of enjoying the show is not getting caught up in little things like that. As it turns out, it was actually her brother who killed her because he was worried that an accidental brush fire she started would result in DNA evidence that would lead to a murder he committed years previously. Monk is never really about the crime, though, because you already know he's going to figure out. The fun comes from watching him interact with other people as he investigates. Since Julie's coach is dead, Natalie (Julie's mom and Monk's assistant) takes over as coach, and Monk becomes assistant coach. Monk is finally able to sample the kind of high school life he never had, and when he gets his own whistle he can't stop playing with it, even when he's investigating the brush fire.

Favorite moment: Monk recalling a time when he was disqualified from a game of musical chairs by his own mother for moving counterclockwise.

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kracker

i'm not quite sure, but i got the impression that he was also the only person in that game of musical chairs.

July 24 2006 at 9:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Moncur

They covered the GFI issue, but with that much water (a poor conductor) between the hair dryer and her foot, she'd probably feel a bit of a jolt, say "ouch", and jerk her foot away, not melt to the floor like that.

I have to give them credit for one thing, though - it's the first time I've seen an electrocution on a TV show that didn't have a huge amount of overdone spark effects.

At any rate, it was funny, and that's the point.

July 23 2006 at 7:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike K

OK, I'm a dummy. I'd only watched the beginning of the episode when I left the comment.

July 22 2006 at 6:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike K

Apparently no one on the staff of Monk knows anything about home wiring. The hairdryer was plugged into a GFI (ground fault interrupter) socket, which is explicitly designed to prevent this kind of electric fault. That's why electrical codes require them in bathrooms and kitchens or anyplace that is a "wet" environment. Lazy. There was even a Mythbusters episode where they tried electrocuting someone with and without the GFI.

July 22 2006 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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