Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Genius 

Brilliant chess grandmaster Patrick Kloster's wife Linda Kloster goes to Monk saying that her husband is planning to murder her, and she wants him caught posthumously.


Michael W. Watkins (as Michael Watkins)


Andy Breckman (created by), Joe Toplyn

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
David Strathairn ... Patrick Kloster
Emmy Clarke ... Julie Teeger
Evan Peters ... Eric Tavela
Lawrence O'Donnell ... Judge Lawrence Barr
Elena Evangelo ... Linda Kloster
Susan Shalhoub Larkin ... Paulina
Federico Dordei ... Michael the Cook
Betty Murphy ... 2nd Elderly Woman
Darren Capozzi ... 1st Detective
Dona Hardy Dona Hardy ... 1st Elderly Woman (as Donna Hardy)
Elise Baughman ... Reporter


Monk and Natalie are approached by Linda Kloster, wife of renowned chess grandmaster Patrick Kloster, whom she believes is planning to murder her for the insurance money. Monk makes a promise to her that he won't let Patrick get away with the crime. Subsequently, Linda is found dead of an apparent heart attack in her bedroom, though Monk immediately suspects poisoning. In trying to find evidence to nail Patrick, Monk finds himself facing off against a foe who is much, much smarter and is able to anticipate his every move. Written by dmcreif

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery



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25 July 2008 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Patrick Kloster approaches Natalie and Monk who are parked in the car staking him out. He catches on and offers them a bottle of water to taunt them. This is nearly identical to a scene in Traffic (2000) where Helena Ayala does the same thing to two DEA agents in a surveillance van. See more »


When Monk is talking to the two mourners he mistakes as being the victim's aunts, Natalie is in the background behind the two elderly women. The camera angle switches to show Monk, and when it switches back to the mourners, Natalie has vanished from the background, and the next angle change shows her standing a few feet away from Monk. See more »


Natalie Teeger: [Monk's latest check turns out to be $700 short] You mean unless I'm complaining, you're not going to pay me? Is that the new norm?
Adrian Monk: Even if I wanted to. I've already torn it out of the checkbook.
Natalie Teeger: [trying to direct Monk's hand to void her bad check] Yeah so you just void it out. Write "VOID" right here.
Adrian Monk: Natalie, I can't do it. If it were up to me...
Natalie Teeger: Of course it's up to you!
Adrian Monk: I need you to use your inside voice.
Natalie Teeger: Oh my god!
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12 September 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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 a pretty good if flawed opening episode to Season 7 in "Mr Monk Buys a House", "Mr Monk and the Genius" manages to improve upon that episode and nearly is genius, its best moments being among the best of the whole show. It has a couple of debits, like "Mr Monk Buys a House" the mystery is easy to solve very early on and is too simple and obvious, another case of the viewer being there before Monk. The best episodes are the brain-teasers that took slower to unfold, something we saw in the earlier seasons and sporadically later on. The ending also felt a little forced and shows that the killer is not as quite as he appears to be in the rest of the episode, which leaves the viewer a little cheated.

However, Monk is not out of character this time, how he acts works perfectly within the story and more justified. We have one of Monk's best and most cold blooded opponents (as genius a murderer as he is a master chess player), excellently portrayed by David Straithairn, not in a while has there been one that pits off so well against Monk and he is a far more consistently written opponent than the one in the previous episode. We also have a sympathetic victim that we care about, as great a show 'Monk' is this is not something that happens a lot.

Loved the chemistry between her and Monk and she was acted very poignantly, and even more so between Monk and Kloster in a suspenseful cat and mouse and just as suspenseful and entertaining battle of wits. One feels so much satisfaction at the end at how he solves the crime and stands up to the murderer. How the murder was committed and how it was proved was interesting and well done. The other lead characters are underused and have been better developed elsewhere but they're still fun and well acted.

One of the best things about 'Monk' has always been the acting of Tony Shalhoub in the title role. 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.

Writing has the usual wry humour, sympathetically treated quirks and tender easy-to-relate-drama. The suspense factor is also high and it's mostly paced well, just wish that the conclusion jumping and the struggle to prove the guilt of the murderer was brought in later than it was.

Visually, the episode is slick and stylish as ever. 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.

Overall, very good episode that with a slightly better executed mystery could have been a genius one. 8.5/10 Bethany Cox

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