History YMMV / Monk

10th Jan '16 3:53:48 AM ApeAccount
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* HollywoodHomely: When discussing the possibility that the younger man who married Randy's mother could really love her Randy pulls out a picture and the other characters' reactions imply that she must be hideous (Randy even suggests he loves his mother but doesn't know how anyone else could). When the character later turns up (in the same episode, so this is not a case of a retcon) she looks like a perfectly normal woman.
6th Dec '15 12:58:24 AM rafi
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* TheScrappy: Karen, Stottlemeyer's first wife. She is one of the worst variety of the type of liberal thinker who is almost a caricature of the majority of this set of people. She is constantly harping on Leland that he needs to be more open-minded and tolerant of other things while never budging one bit from her own position and showing almost zero respect for Leland and simply assuming that her way is the right way.
2nd Nov '15 11:49:06 PM Eagal
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: In the subplot for the episode "Mr. Monk Is Stuck In Traffic," Monk reports a trucker for driving crazily on the road, it wasn't the first time the trucker in question did so, and they fired her. She then, during the traffic jam, decides she wants to kill Monk as revenge for getting her fired (and her brandishing a crowbar implies that she is not bluffing), and in order for Monk to evade a potential beating on his part when found by her, he is forced by her to withdraw the complaint by claiming he lied about her speeding as revenge for her turning him down in the hand of marriage. Basically, the moral is that, unless you want to be beaten down and possibly killed by the person you reported, don't squeal, even if the person being squealed on deserved the punishment.
2nd Nov '15 11:46:35 PM Eagal
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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Both theme songs.
2nd Nov '15 11:46:20 PM Eagal
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* DudeNotFunny: Some viewers' reactions to the show's humor and treatment of mentally ill people.
** The reaction that some OCD sufferers and their loved ones have to the show.
23rd Oct '15 2:20:22 PM Josef5678
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The four vandals in ''Mr. Monk Is On Board'' were all either lawyers or judges; Monk points out that instead of attempting to kill Darby [=McGinnis=] as revenge for their friend's death, they could have just worked to revoke Darby’s medical license, and thus avoid the possibility of criminal charges.
3rd Oct '15 2:50:01 PM rafi
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* HilariousInHindsight: In the novel ''Mr. Monk Is Miserable'', published in early December 2008, Monk finds a skull in the Paris catacombs belonging to a recently deceased man. The skull is identified by dental records as Nathan Chalmers, a man who committed a pyramid scheme in America, and who faked his death to avoid prosecution. Barely a week after the book was released in hardback, Bernard Madoff was exposed and arrested for one of the largest Ponzi schemes in recent history. Madoff was identical to the descriptions of Nathan Chalmers: the architect of a massive pyramid scheme whose victims included several of California's wealthiest and most sophisticated persons.

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In the novel ''Mr. Monk Is Miserable'', published in early December 2008, Monk finds a skull in the Paris catacombs belonging to a recently deceased man. The skull is identified by dental records as Nathan Chalmers, a man who committed a pyramid scheme in America, and who faked his death to avoid prosecution. Barely a week after the book was released in hardback, Bernard Madoff was exposed and arrested for one of the largest Ponzi schemes in recent history. Madoff was identical to the descriptions of Nathan Chalmers: the architect of a massive pyramid scheme whose victims included several of California's wealthiest and most sophisticated persons.
23rd Sep '15 6:47:50 PM Eagal
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** Throughout the series, anytime Monk gets up the nerve to try to fix his OCD issues and succeeds he always loses his brilliant detective skills as a consequence and [[StatusQuoIsGod always ends up having to undo it to get them back.]] The message seems to be "The ability to do your job is more important than fixing a crippling problem that ruins your life."
*** Well, these situations usually involve Monk using methods like hypnosis or pills, which don't just hurt his ability to do his job--they also drastically change his personality. Given that the severity of Monk's problems stem from Trudy's death and his inability to find closure with it (prior to her death, he's a bit fussy and quirky, but still able to function in normal society), the other methods are implied to be merely a patch job, instead of actually being a permanent fix. At the end of the finale, he shows signs of his old personality pre-Trudy's murder, implying that he has begun to heal. So the aesop really seems to be "Once you confront your trauma in the right way (for you), then you can start to get better."

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** Throughout the series, anytime Monk gets up the nerve to try to fix his OCD issues and succeeds he always loses his brilliant detective skills as a consequence and [[StatusQuoIsGod always ends up having to undo it to get them back.]] The message seems to be "The ability to do your job is more important than fixing a crippling problem that ruins your life."
*** Well, these situations usually involve Monk using methods like hypnosis or pills, which don't just hurt his ability to do his job--they also drastically change his personality. Given that the severity of Monk's problems stem from Trudy's death and his inability to find closure with it (prior to her death, he's a bit fussy and quirky, but still able to function in normal society), the other methods are implied to be merely a patch job, instead of actually being a permanent fix. At the end of the finale, he shows signs of his old personality pre-Trudy's murder, implying that he has begun to heal. So the aesop really seems to be "Once you confront your trauma in the right way (for you), then you can start to get better."
8th Aug '15 9:43:25 PM dmcreif
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The four vandals in ''Mr. Monk Is On Board'' were all either lawyers or judges; as Monk pointed out, instead of attempting to kill Darby [=McGinnis=] as revenge for their friend's death, they could have just worked to revoke Darby’s medical license.

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The four vandals in ''Mr. Monk Is On Board'' were all either lawyers or judges; as Monk pointed out, points out that instead of attempting to kill Darby [=McGinnis=] as revenge for their friend's death, they could have just worked to revoke Darby’s medical license.license, and thus avoid the possibility of criminal charges.


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* HarsherInHindsight: "Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa" has Monk get attacked by a guy in a Santa suit on a roof. The guy tries to charge at Monk with a metal pipe, and Monk has his hands on the Santa's revolver. Faced with a possibility of bodily harm, Monk does as he's trained to do so and shoots Kenworthy, wounding him. However, there are no eyewitnesses, just earwitnesses who heard the shots. Subsequently, a reporter takes the story of the criminal (that it was deliberate) and runs with it, spinning it to glorify the victim and demonize Monk, who has to spend most of the episode trying to both clear his reputation as a cop while trying to solve the case. This story can be hard to watch after the August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri: Brown was shot and killed by a police officer when he resisted arrest, and although forensic evidence supported the cop's story that Brown attacked him, the media ran with the accounts of some secondhand witnesses and spun the story to glorify Brown and make the officer who shot him look like the bad guy.
**Speaking of which, the circumstances of this justified shooting: Monk shoots and wounds Michael Kenworthy when Kenworthy charges him with a piece of pipe. Might look eerily familiar after June 14, 2015, when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iVNcpFzBR8 a Louisville, Kentucky police officer shot and killed a man who tried to attack him with a flagpole]].
30th May '15 11:28:04 PM dmcreif
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The four vandals in Mr Monk on Board were all either lawyers or judges; as Monk pointed out, instead of attempting to kill Darby [=McGinnis=] as revenge for their friend's death they could have just worked to revoke Darby’s medical license.

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The four vandals in Mr ''Mr. Monk on Board Is On Board'' were all either lawyers or judges; as Monk pointed out, instead of attempting to kill Darby [=McGinnis=] as revenge for their friend's death death, they could have just worked to revoke Darby’s medical license.



*** Well, these situations usually involve Monk using methods like hypnosis or pills, which don't just hurt his ability to do his job--they also drastically change his personality. Given that the severity of Monk's problems stem from Trudy's death and his inability to find closure with it (prior to her death, he's a bit fussy and quirky, but still able to function in normal society), the other methods are implied to be merely a patch job, instead of actually confronting the reasons for his issues. At the end of the finale, he shows signs of his old personality pre-Trudy's murder, implying that he has begun to heal. So the aesop really seems to be "Once you confront your trauma in the right way (for you), then you can start to get better."

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*** Well, these situations usually involve Monk using methods like hypnosis or pills, which don't just hurt his ability to do his job--they also drastically change his personality. Given that the severity of Monk's problems stem from Trudy's death and his inability to find closure with it (prior to her death, he's a bit fussy and quirky, but still able to function in normal society), the other methods are implied to be merely a patch job, instead of actually confronting the reasons for his issues.being a permanent fix. At the end of the finale, he shows signs of his old personality pre-Trudy's murder, implying that he has begun to heal. So the aesop really seems to be "Once you confront your trauma in the right way (for you), then you can start to get better."



* WhatAnIdiot: In Monk on board Natalie went to a support group for struggling businesses where one of them what AmishMingle.com. That’s right. Someone had actually created an Internet dating service for the world’s Amish population, a religious sect that doesn’t even use electricity, much less Wi-Fi.

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* WhatAnIdiot: In ''Mr. Monk on board Is On Board'', Natalie went goes to a support group for struggling businesses where businesses, and one of them what AmishMingle.com. That’s right. Someone is the owner o a site called [=AmishMingle.com=]. In short: someone had actually created an Internet dating service for the world’s Amish population, a religious sect that doesn’t even use electricity, much less Wi-Fi.
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