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Recap / Monk S 2 E 6 Mr Monk Goes To The Theatre

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Sharona's sister Gail gets arrested for supposedly murdering her costar onstage during a performance. Monk and Sharona are suspicious, especially when they find out that Gail's understudy Jenna scheduled a hair appointment months in advance. To get to the bottom of the case, Monk replaces the lead actor.

Tropes for this episode include:

  • Big Sister Instinct: Sharona works to prove Gail's innocence.
  • Hidden Depths: Played with. While Monk's eidetic memory is no secret, his ability to memorize a play after one show and play the part of a cruel criminal is nonetheless impressive in the eyes of the play's director.
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  • Is There a Doctor in the House?: It plays into the actual murder and Sharona tackling Jenna to stop her from stabbing Monk for real onstage when they both see Sharona holding the bottle of peanut oil. The first time, the "doctor" was actually Jenna's father who actually stabbed him and incorrectly diagnosed his pulse. The second time, Jenna's father calls for a doctor on seeing her injured. Monk calls him out for impersonating a doctor.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: When Monk tries to act out the part of an abusive partner, he can't bring himself to break anything and moves all the stage furniture with precision. Not exactly a good way to express anger, but the audience is enthralled nonetheless.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: A variation. Jenna and her father conspire to kill the male lead actor and frame Gail so that Jenna can replace her as the female lead.
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  • Once More, with Clarity!: The first flashback simply shows the "doctor" coming up on stage, checking the victim's pulse and claiming he's dead. In Monk's summation, we see that the fake doctor pocketed the fake knife, secretly stabbed the victim with a real knife, and then checked the pulse and claimed the man dead.
  • Plot Allergy: In life, the victim was allergic to several foods, including peanuts. Later, it's revealed that he was convulsing, not from being stabbed, but from an allergic reaction to the peanut oil in the apple he ate.
  • Speed Dating: Monk has to go through this in order to get in a word with Jenna. What follows is a montage of Monk socially stumbling from one speed date after another.
  • Stage Mom: As it turns out, Jenna has a Stage Dad who not only shaped her dangerously ambitious personality, but also aided in murdering the victim by stabbing him. As established during Monk's speed date with Jenna, she quotes how her dad always says "When opportunity comes knocking, don't ask question; just kick down the door."
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  • This Is Gonna Suck: Gail expresses how surprised she is that Monk isn't worried about stage fright. He humbly shrugs it off that the rehearsal was easy. She then points out that of course the rehearsal is always easy. Realizing he's going to be performing on a real stage in front of real people, Monk mumbles "That is true..."
  • Truth in Television: Any person in the medical field will tell you not to check one's pulse with the thumb, it's not as sensitive as the middle and index finger.

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