» » Monk Mr. Monk and the Critic (2002–2009)

Monk Mr. Monk and the Critic (2002–2009) Online HD

Mr. Monk and the Critic
Monk Mr. Monk and the Critic (2002–2009)
TV Episode
  • Director:
    Jerry Levine
  • Category:
  • Writer:
    Andy Breckman,Hy Conrad
  • Cast:
    Tony Shalhoub,Traylor Howard,Jason Gray-Stanford
  • Time:
  • Year:
Natalie's daughter Julie appears in a play. When a critic give her a bad review, Natalie sets out to prove that he didn't watch her performance. At the same time Monk is investigating the death of a woman who died not far from the theater. And they eventually learn both cases might be linked.
Episode cast overview:
Tony Shalhoub Tony Shalhoub - Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard Traylor Howard - Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford Jason Gray-Stanford - Lt. Randall Disher
Ted Levine Ted Levine - Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Dylan Baker Dylan Baker - John Hannigan
Bernie Kopell Bernie Kopell - Gilson
Emmy Clarke Emmy Clarke - Julie Teeger
Keith Robinson Keith Robinson - Officer Darden
Erin Cahill Erin Cahill - Callie Esterhaus
Kathe Mazur Kathe Mazur - Diana Phelps
Christina Ferraro Christina Ferraro - Miranda
James Babson James Babson - Pretentious Actor
Linda Bisesti Linda Bisesti - Theatre Manager
Tracy Weisert Tracy Weisert - Soldier's Daughter

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

Ted Levine and Dylan Baker both appeared in the episode "For Miles and Miles" in the mini series "From the Earth to the Moon"

Erin Cahill and Keith Robinson both played Power Rangers characters: Erin Cahill was the pink Power Rangers in Power Rangers Time Force and Keith Robinson was the green Power Rangers in Power Rangers: Light Speed Rescue.

Monk and Natalie attend a community theater show featuring Natalie's daughter, Julie. While there, they discover a prominent newspaper critic is in attendance, although why he would want to see a community theater produced has them mystified. While the show progresses, a woman is thrown from a high-rise balcony just blocks away. Monk is called in on the case, but it Natalie who figures out who dunnit. At first, Monk and the cops dismiss her findings. So it's up to Natalie to come up with some solid evidence. This one's tricky, and delightful. A running gag has Monk going to the theater men's room,which has an attendant and is immaculate. Real hand towels! And many different soaps! Monk is in heaven.
'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.

While better than the previous episode "Mr Monk Takes a Stand" and especially "Mr Monk and the UFO" (up to this point of Season 8 the only near-outstanding episode was "Mr Monk and the Foreign Man"), "Mr Monk and the Critic" could have been much better and is vastly inferior to the other theatre-based 'Monk episode, Season 2's "Mr Monk Goes to the Theater". That was classic 'Monk', a show high-point, this was worth watching but very middling with great character moments but a bland mystery.

It's the mystery that brings things down. Just far too obvious from the start (and it's not just the very distinctive voice of the killer and the actor playing him, the looking at the watch gave it away too) and not much of one. The solution is weak and something that can be seen from miles away, this is hardly the first episode to do what this killer did in order to commit the perfect crime which made it very easy to suspect that was what happened. Plus it was hard to swallow considering the frequency of Natalie looking up where they were sitting and that she didn't see what was done. How it's proved borders on the ridiculous and comes close to being against the law.

Elsewhere there is not much wrong, but after seeing a more likable and back-to-classic Monk so far in Season 8 compared to Season 7, the cheque scene saw an unnecessary return to the mean for no reason Monk seen in some of the previous season. While it was nice for somebody to jump to conclusions other than Monk, that Natalie did it due to bias and not tangible evidence felt a little overdone.

However, there are some delightful character moments. The biggest delight is Monk being in heaven with the restrooms, now that was classic but also refreshing Monk. For a Natalie-centric episode, even with her conclusion jumping she was the most charming and most interesting she's been in a while, while Julie (played with likable maturity by Emmy Clarke) similarly brings a lot of charm to the episode.

Disher and Stottlemeyer are also not without moments, Disher with his reaction to Natalie's repeated "he did it" and Stottlemeyer's exchange with Natalie regarding Natalie sending Disher on a newspaper errand, both were very amusing. Love them all together.

Writing has a nice mix of humour and Monk-ish quirks, both of which also done well individually. There are more dramatic and emotional episodes but not every 'Monk' episode needed to have those to be good when the premise didn't necessarily call for it.

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.

As ever, Traylor Howard, Jason Gray-Stanford and Ted Levine give great support, and Dylan Baker also does a good job and makes the most of his material despite his character being on the slightly bland side. The rest of the cast are workmanlike.

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.

In summation, could have been much better but not bad. 6/10 Bethany Cox