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Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 2nd 2008 11:23AM
Monk fears(S07E03) "You used to be a superstar and now you're Garfunkel."

I never realized that Mr. Monk likes being a celebrity. This episode really underscored that fact. When the uniformed cop asks for his autograph and then he talks to the guy's nephew, Monk is giddy as he tells Natalie that the kid thinks he's "Cooler than Spider-man?" Autographs and ego. I didn't realize that Monk enjoyed his status.

Meanwhile, in a really odd turn, the body is just laying there. What a cavalier attitude about showing the body, I mean that's kind of unusual for an episode of Monk. There was no sheet over the body. And the killing was pretty vicious. The aggressiveness of the killer, the way he chased her, then stabbed her three times, suggested passion to me, but it was all a red herring.

There's some real tension between Natalie and Monk. We've seen this before, including last week with the money issue. Are they building to something? Monk's attitude about saying, "Nokay" to Natalie's chance to do become "Lotto Girl" (for one night) was typical, selfish Monk. "You'll thank me later," Natalie said, borrowing from Monk.

The sight of Natalie posing as lotto girl on the city bus was great. It really hit home her 15 minutes of fame. Monk mocks her and nearly calls her a bimbo. Reaches a crescendo when Monk demands that she choose and Natalie quits. "I quit you. I quit us." For Natalie, this was all emotion. She ran off in tears. Monk doesn't seem to get that fact, self-absorbed and only concerned with who will hand him a fresh wipe.

Later, he laments, "Everyone leaves. I'd leave me too if I had a chance." Why doesn't he realize that he has the power to change that? Guess it's part of his neuroses.

I loved Lotto guy. What a great character! Instead of just being an obsessive nut, his theory about how to win was very well-thought out and revelatory. See, even geeky fan boys are more than just their obsessions! By the way, he was living in Nob Hill Towers. In San Francisco. Maybe he had won some Lotto millions, how else could he afford even a studio apartment there?

The finale was again rushed. I don't know why the writers are having such a hard time pacing the mysteries. The scene in which the lottery commissioner and the station manager confront Natalie and Leland and accuse them of rigging the lotto machine was really badly written. Leland's a cop. Natalie has no criminal record. The accusations were all conjecture and the evidence didn't prove that they had doctored the system. Monk figures out the metallic paint and the magnet in 30 seconds. Then he recognizes the logo on the hat and Billy Logan, sound man -- who should have been the obvious suspect because of his connection to the equipment -- is conveniently lounging by the pool with his accomplice.

Other points of interest

-- Leland to Randy when the other cop comes up with his funny one-liner about the murder: "Come on, Shecky. Let's walk it off"

-- Monk makes a reference to celebrity, saying, "I felt like Fats Domino." Really? He knows Fats Domino but not Art Garfunkel? I guess he stopped listening to music in 1961.

-- Did you see the great All-Tel commercial with Shawn and Gus from Psych. I guess this was a cross promotion, All-Tel and Psych. Still, hilarious, as Gus was ticked that Shawn didn't have him in hi Five. And they're going to play racquetball! Loved it.

-- In his glee at winning the lottery, Stottlemeyer showed his generosity, offering to pay off Randy's student loans. And he's ready to give up his job in a heartbeat.

-- When Randy arrested Logan, he peppered him with zingers, then said, "You have the right to remain silent." Logan shot back, "I will if you will."

-- Monk's thinking that Garfunkel was Garfield the cat, or Alvin and the Chipmunks, or a carbuncle, was funny.
What should Monk do to show Natalie some appreciation?
Give her a raise80 (47.3%)
Give her a bonus24 (14.2%)
Give her a week off21 (12.4%)
Give her a carton load of wipes44 (26.0%)

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This show stunk worse than a dirty diaper.

August 17 2008 at 2:50 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Michael Moncur

Do we have to have such STUPID mysteries on a show about a supposedly intelligent person? How on earth did a magnet and "magnetic paint" make the right numbers come up, every time, IN THE RIGHT ORDER?

It would have been cool if the perp had done something more realistic. Maybe the magnet only increases the likeliness of those numbers coming up, and he would wait patiently with a stack of lottery tickets every week until he won in a year or two. That's the sort of intelligent crime that would be solved by an intelligent person like Monk.

Also, the murderer had no motivation. He killed an innocent man and framed a police lieutenant all to avoid the obvious connection between him and his partner. Wouldn't it have been simpler to CHOOSE A NEW PARTNER?

Ahem. The bits about Garfunkel were funny though.

August 04 2008 at 6:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michael M --

¶ they even said it on the show -- the way it was rigged, the same 6 numbers (balls) would always be selected, but not in the same order. And that makes sense. I think it is one chance in 720 that the order could repeat itself one after the other. .... ...... Then there is another issue -- they made a terrible mistake in the script and production by having the same six numbers appear twice in the same order! In two scenes (the live-on-TV jackpot ball selection scene, and the scene where Stottlemeyer, Natalie and Monk go to the set to see the proof of the rigging in a live demonstration) the balls come out in the exact same order BOTH TIMES -- 15 62 12 15 33 54.

¶ The murderer framed Stottlemeyer not because of the murderer's lottery partner, but because the murderer was fired and couldn't get back to the TV set to undo the rigging after the his rigged numbers were selected. Since the rigging would be discovered for sure, he had to frame someone, some other winner -- that is a winner besides his partner who could look innocent.

August 09 2008 at 9:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mr. Friesand

You mean, "25 62 12 15 33 54". I don't think a lottery could let the same number appear twice on a ticket.

May 21 2011 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Mr. Friesand

To make a point, even though the numbers come up in the exact same order they were drawn during the demonstration, the station manager does say "The same six numbers kept coming up, not always in the same order, but the very same numbers." This means the numbers came up though not always in the original order.

May 21 2011 at 8:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

pumpkinhead- I remember specifically he mentioned Sharona.

August 02 2008 at 9:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Guess I missed it. Thanks MrC.

August 02 2008 at 9:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And maybe I wasn't listening closely enough when Monk was listing the people who left him... but didn't he forget about Sharona?

August 02 2008 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That Natalie is one tough chick. She stands around over corpses like they're yesterday's pizza, and didn't she watch a guy get his head smooshed by an elephant a couple of years ago? Maybe that's why she always comes back to Monk. She's got a bloodlust that just won't quit.

August 02 2008 at 8:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mr. Friesand

Sharona was the one who saw the elephant murder. That was "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus."

May 21 2011 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

did anyone else catch that logan was the "o" face guy from office space?

August 02 2008 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm being old and grumpy, but would you correct the spelling of Garfunkel? Thanks ever so.

August 02 2008 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I find it odd that in many episodes they show that Monk is totally clueless about pop music, but in one episode they show that he is a big Wille Nelson fan. I thought this was an alright episode. They seem to always have this thing on episodes too where Natalie shows that she's one disagreement away from quitting her job, yet always in the end shows that she's loyal to Monk. It seemes that while Natalie treats Monk more like a good friend then a boss, Monk treats her like an employee more then a friend. She's only as important to him on what she can do for him. If Monk really existed he'd probobly go through more assistants then anybody. Who could last more then a year or two working for him?

August 02 2008 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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