Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Falls in Love 

Monk is smitten with an attractive former dancer and when she's accused of murder, he agrees to help her, even though all the evidence points to her, and continues searching--even after she confesses to the crime.


Arlene Sanford


Andy Breckman (created by), Josh Siegal | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Joanna Pacula ... Leyla Zlatavich
Jaime Gomez ... Sanchez
John D'Aquino ... McKiernan
Kristina Anapau ... Amanda
Darlene Kardon Darlene Kardon ... Elderly Zemenian Woman
Elizabeth Liebel Elizabeth Liebel ... Refugee Mother (as Elizabeth Leibel)
Guy Nardulli ... Officer Spumante
Marcus Demian ... Elderly Zemenian Man
Rita Zohar ... Mrs. Zlatavich
Shaun O'Hagan ... Bully Barber
Todd Abrams Todd Abrams ... Zemenian Chef


Monk is smitten with an attractive former dancer and when she's accused of murder, he agrees to help her, even though all the evidence points to her, and continues searching--even after she confesses to the crime.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 August 2008 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (flashback sequence)
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Did You Know?


As correctly stated, most of the fictitious language spoken is actually Polish. The actress is Polish after all. Yet at a bus stop a woman says "spasibo" which is Russian. See more »


When Mr. Monk and Leyla are in the restaurant, and they're talking about the song, their hands/arms significantly change position from shot to shot. See more »


[Below are the translations of what Monk and Natalie are saying when asking a woman in a Zemenian community on where to find Leyla's mother]
Adrian Monk: [in Zemenian] We are looking for the sad stick.
[no reply]
Adrian Monk: Seen the sad stick?
[still no reply]
Adrian Monk: Sad stick?
Natalie Teeger: [in Zemenian] Sad stick!
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References The Horse Whisperer (1998) See more »

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Am not in love with this episode
17 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.

Despite my love for 'Monk', the show is not exempt from having disappointing episodes. As far as previous episodes go, didn't care for "Mr Monk and the Missing Granny", "Mr Monk and the Rapper", "Mr Monk and the Really Really Dead Guy" and particularly "Mr Monk and the Big Reward" and "Mr Monk Takes a Punch". "Mr Monk Falls in Love" is to me another one of the disappointing episodes. There are definitely things that make it watchable, but the episode did seem to lose some of what is particularly charming about the show.

Let us start off with the positives. 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. Traylor Howard is earthy, sassy and sympathetic.

Natalie is sassy, down to earth and sympathetic, not dull or annoying, and she works really well with Monk and has the odd nice exchange that makes up for her being underused. Disher and particularly Stottlemeyer have some amusing moments, Stottlemeyer has the best and funniest lines here (the humour is sporadic but there is some and pretty much all of it comes from Stottlemeyer) and Disher isn't written as an idiot. It is easy to empathise with Monk and there is some evidence of charming and touching chemistry in the romance.

Traylor Howard, Jason Gray-Stanford and especially Ted Levine are good as usual, and the supporting cast do their best.

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.

However, there aren't enough funny moments, certainly not enough with Monk himself (the funniest it gets is with the hat line and that is hardly classic Monk). There is not enough attention given to Monk's quirks, obsessiveness and OCD, or his methodical observations of the crime which seem neglected here in favour of the romance. The romance does take up too much of the episode, and charm and poignancy doesn't come consistently (the dramatic aspects have been much more relatable and touching in other 'Monk' episodes), too much of it is lukewarm and the chemistry at times awkward. Just when you'd think Monk has found happiness, that's again dashed, seeming to remind us that a great character who has lost a lot can't be happy again.

When it comes to the mystery, that is nearly completely side-lined, and when it does feature it is bland and ridiculous with an important and obvious clue that Monk normally would have made a big thing up but he is too loved up and biased to even take notice. The real revelation is like a contradictory cheat after so much evidence suggesting so much otherwise, usually really like it when things are not what they seem but it felt lazily done here.

Pretty much all the supporting cast don't register, the love interest has her moments but the cop characters that talk down to Monk are incredibly condescending, annoying and pointless. Monk is uncharacteristically oblivious and his awesome detective skills deserve far better than the baseless and too hasty conclusion jumping seen here.

All in all, not in love with the episode sadly. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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