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Fridge Brilliance

  • For the series as a whole: Monk’s devotion to Trudy is seemingly far beyond even that of a person who deeply loves their partner. But we’ve seen Monk show obsessive tendencies towards people in the past, and not always in negative ways (Maria Cordova, for example). It’s possible that these same tendencies contribute in some part to his devotion. Once he loved her, he really loved her.
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  • At first the reveal of Trudy's killer and his motive seemed to come out of nowhere, but in hindsight the point was that in the end Rickover was really no different from all the other guys Monk imprisoned. He was just a petty individual who killed for petty reasons.
  • Monk's phobia of milk seems silly when you hear it, but it makes sense knowing that he's a germophobic and he most likely relates milking a cow to a cow peeing out milk or the whole process of milking very unsanitary. Or because of how easy it is for even ultra pasteurized milk to go bad.
    • Or because in "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man", we learn Monk's memory is so good that his bias towards naked people stemmed from the memory of his own birth . Who can say his fear of milk doesn't stem from, say, the memory of his mother nursing him?
  • In "Mr. Monk and the Girl who Cried Wolf" it seems at first to make completely no sense that Sharona would arrange a frankly obnoxious Sassy Black Woman to take care of Monk having apparently told her nothing about his needs, even though it should be clear to anyone who spent two seconds in her company that she was not suited to the job. However, it's probable that all the nurses whom Sharona had worked with or been friends with who'd be far more qualified already knew Monk's flaws and wouldn't take him on. Meanwhile, Varla is so self-absorbed that she never cared enough to learn about the patient in advance (and probably isn't even a friend, just someone Sharona met in her writing class) and Sharona would have to hold back information from her so she'd actually take Monk on as a client.
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  • In "Mr. Monk Goes Home Again", Paul Gilstrap is dressed up as Frankenstein's Monster for Halloween. This becomes surprisingly fitting when you consider that in the book, the monster committed premeditated murder as well. Ironically, Frankenstein's monster managed to kill his creator's wife, whilst Gilstrap failed to even kill his own wife.
  • In "Mr. Monk and the Actor," Monk has to talk David Ruskin (who is dressed as him) out of shooting a man he thinks is Trudy's killer. In "Mr. Monk and the End," Stottlemeyer and Disher have to talk Monk out of doing this to the man who ordered Trudy's death.
  • In "Mr. Monk and the Bully", Monk ultimately complains that he's getting the shorter end of the stick than his bully Roderick Brody. But if he opens his eyes, on three levels, things turned out for the better.
    • For one, Monk saved his bully's kindly wife, comparable to saving Trudy, from her evil twin.
    • It's better that Monk never got revenge on Roderick Brody by wrongfully convicting him because even he admit he felt like a ghoul for celebrating Roderick's wrongful conviction. Besides, if he had gone through with it, then a killer (the evil twin sister) would be walking free and enjoying the wealth she upended from her sister and brother-in-law.
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    • And if that doesn't satisfy, then think about this: Roderick paid Monk to solve an infidelity case that never really happened, and Monk's actions may have prevented Roderick from dying.
  • In "Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike", it's notably the first episode where Monk is willing to look the other way and claim suicide. And he grows unhinged towards the end when he claims Alice Cooper committed the murder. The garbage strike isn't just causing Monk discomfort, it's polluting him morally and mentally.
  • In "Mr. Monk and the Magician", Karl Torini mocks Kevin's Motor Mouth tendencies after his death. The mockery could just count as petty meanness, but it may just be him mocking the fact that Kevin's mouth was the reason Torini had him killed: with how talkative he was, Torni afraid he'd let something slip and reveal inconsistencies that could tie him to his illegal side business as a heroin smuggler for the Triads.
  • In "Mr. Monk and the Miracle", it takes a while to get why Monk is less than willing to accept the gravy sauce from the three homeless men: "Bums make their own gravy."
  • It may seem curious as to why, over the course of eight seasons, Monk has never encountered a case that involved either the murder of a child or a rape. But it makes sense why he didn't on two levels. On an in-universe level, the SFPD may have felt that Monk, as brilliant as he is, would find either scenario too disturbing and be unable to do his usual excellent job of solving the crime (the novel Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop suggests that there are certain cases Monk never gets assigned due to him not being a specialist). And on a real world level, the show is a dramedy and the creators may have felt that trying to find humor in such cases would have been in poor taste.
  • On the DVD boxes, the side art on the final season's box is flipped upside down. Which is entirely the point considering the changes Monk finally goes through.
  • Monk mentions a number of times that he and Trudy talked about having children and that she wanted a baby. It's revealed in the finale that she had a child when she was younger and was told the child only lived for nine minutes. So it makes sense that she'd want to try again in order to have the life she was denied with her first child.
  • Although he's a little mean-spirited in "Mr. Monk on Wheels", Monk's actions towards Natalie have a touch of brilliance when one realizes his motivation for holding a grudge against her: asymmetry. And no, we're not just talking about how one leg is in a cast while the other isn't. This is also about the imbalance of karma. Granted Monk doesn't quite believe in it, one could argue he's upset at how unfair the scenario is. It was Natalie's idea to visit the guy who shot Monk, and it was Monk who paid for it. This does not justify what he did, but it might explain the scope of why he resents her.
    • Later, when he has his Heel Realization, one could also say this is where Monk realizes his grudge is the imbalance, pushing Natalie to run herself ragged to a state worse that a broken leg.
  • Many of the killers' plans have been criticized as being preposterous and unlikely to work in real life. While the show often exaggerates for dramatic and comedic effect, countless real criminals have been caught in part because they overestimated their own intelligence and concocted schemes that they thought were foolproof but turned out not to be.
  • No wonder Stottlemeyer snapped while living with Monk in "Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man": beyond the simple fact that he's living with Adrian Monk, Monk (unintentionally) keeps him up all night cleaning multiple nights in a row, making him horrendously sleep-deprived.

Fridge Horror

  • Some people found it satisfying that the clue to Trudy's murder was inside the last Christmas present Trudy gave him before her death, but it's actually quite disturbing when you think about it. If Monk had watched that video years ago, not only would he have solved the murder much sooner, but he would in fact have prevented Rickover from being able to hire Joey Kazarinski to kill Dr. Malcolm Nash.
    • Why didn't someone tell him to open the box earlier?
    • If they had, Monk would have told them the same thing he tells everyone else: That it's Trudy's final secret and that it should die with her.
  • Here's a small one: at the end of "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine", Sharona tosses the bottle of Monk's new prescription medicine Dioxynl into a dumpster. What's to prevent a junkie from crawling around and discovering it?
  • The murderer of the week in "Mr. Monk Goes Home Again," Paul Gilstrap, becomes one when you realize that his scheme to kill his wife involved poisoning her through a candy bar tainted with tetrachlorodrine, and to cover up his involvement, he tampered with numerous other candy bars with the intention that other victims would die and his wife's death would look like the work of a very anonymous serial killer. But imagine the potential that some of these would-be-victims could have been children, especially since this episode takes place on Halloween, aka the day of the year where the most likely people eating those candy bars would have been children. He could have ended up inadvertently killing a bunch of kids while using the anonymous serial killer scheme to cover up his involvement in his wife's death had the scheme gone off without a hitch.
  • From "Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty": Juror #12's entire scheme to free Miguel Escobar would've caused a mistrial to be declared in the Robert Perry case. Considering that even during the first trial, Monk was clearly the only juror who cared about finding the truth, it's very likely that Perry was wrongly convicted in the end.
  • From "Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa": When Stottlemeyer opens the bottle of port, Randy comments how much he likes port, clearly hoping Stottlemeyer will give it to him. Alice's plan came incredibly close to taking out Randy instead of the intended target.
  • At the end of "Mr. Monk and the Actor", Monk tells Dr. Kroger that Ruskin is in England playing Hamlet, because he thought Monk's character was too dark and depressing. Given Ruskin's method acting always seems to result in Becoming the Mask, how long till he attempts or actually commits suicide thanks to getting too far into one of his roles?
Fridge Logic
  • How was the killer in "Mr. Monk and the Miracle" not found out? Only one person noticed him standing around painting on people's front doors? How was wife his able to watch that fountain round the clock for any customers who might come by? Wouldn't people notice that they didn't feel better after drinking from the fountain until they took their medicine? Also not one person or doctor noticed that it was only the customers of that pharmacy whose prescriptions weren't working?
    • These all have potential explanations. Yes, only one person noticed, or at the very least, only one person noticed who got far enough away to alert his buddies. He had his wife watch, sure, but he also probably assumed that everyone he painted on the door of would go to the fountain and would just casually bring it up in conversation to see if they mention going to it. It's less that people didn't feel better until they took their medication, and more that they didn't feel better until the next morning, at which point there are plenty of things one could've done the previous day that would've helped, and "supposedly magical fountain water" stands out above "medication that hasn't worked yet". As for the last point, maybe it didn't get mentioned just under the assumption patients who didn't try the fountain would quietly change pharmacies or not bring it up.

In "Mr. Monk and the Critic," the men's room attendant is attacked by the Critic and is taken to the ER. We never hear about him for the rest of the episode. As a result, we don't know if he survives.

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