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Recap / Monk S 6 E 2 Mr Monk And The Rapper

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Monk springs forward into a case he never wanted when rap star Murderuss comes to him, asking him to clear his name. Fellow rapper Extra Large died in a car bombing and the police have fastened on him as the prime suspect. Can Monk solve the case while being disturbed by the large amount of evidence against his client and the clash of rap culture with his own personality?

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  • And Now For Something Completely Different: The episode not only features Snoop Dogg as a special guest star, but he also recorded a special cover version of the opening theme song "It's a Jungle Out There" exclusively for this episode.
  • Artistic License – Law: When Extra Large's limo is blown up, the limo driver is seriously injured and hospitalized in the ICU. The real killer then strangles him a few days later before he can give his statement. In reality, sole eyewitnesses to a homicide investigation tend to be put under police protection on the grounds the killer might try to eliminate loose ends. Had this been done to the limo driver, it would've provided a trap to catch the real killer.
  • Book-Ends: The episode begins with Murderuss asking Monk to clear his name and Monk blacking out from nerves and accepting. It ends with Murderuss inviting Monk on a tour as his bodyguard, but this time Monk manages to say no.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
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    • The episode begins with Monk and Natalie resetting the clocks for Daylight Savings Time. It turns out the solution to the mystery involves the time change.
    • When Monk and Natalie are talking to the record producers for whom Extra Large worked, one of them complains that the other hadn't even put down a place setting for him before their last breakfast meeting. It turns out that the other producer had tried to kill the first one.
  • Clear Their Name: A rapper, Murderuss, is accused of blowing up his rival and later killing the driver in the hospital. He hires Monk after the first murder to find the real killer.
  • Clock Discrepancy: Rapper Murderuss is suspected of killing his rival rapper Extra Large with a car bomb in the exact same matter as he described in his song "Car Bomb". However, it turns out that Murderuss is innocent and that Extra Large was not the intended target - when setting the timer, Denny Hodges didn't account for the fact that Daylight Savings Time started that day and so the bomb went off an hour later than it was supposed to, killing Extra Large instead of the intended target, who had been the last passenger to sit in the vehicle.
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  • Close to Home: Monk has to take a moment to recover after seeing the first crime scene, given that the sight of another murder committed by car bomb brings back unpleasant memories of Trudy's death.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Randy talks to the medical examiner investigating the second victim in rap. When Monk questions this, Stottlemeyer says he figured out long ago you should never question Randy why he does what he does.
  • Credits Gag: The normal Randy Newman cover version of the opening song "It's A Jungle Out There" is replaced with a rapped version performed by Snoop Dogg, who guest-stars as Murderuss in the same episode.
  • Flush the Evidence: Stottlemeyer, talking to Murderuss after circumstances implicate him in a rival's death, mentions having known him before he made it in music and reminds him that he tried to flush drugs several times to prevent Stottlemeyer from busting him.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: One shot of the limo heading to get Extra Large, you can see a Shrek the Third poster on the side of a bus shelter, setting the episode in March 2007.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Murderuss approaches Monk because he knows the police are going to call him the primary suspect in his rival Extra Large's murder, in part because he wrote a song called "Car Bomb" which just happens to describe how Extra Large really died.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Natalie has a gut feeling that under his tough exterior, Murderuss is a decent person innocent of the murder, despite all evidence pointing to him.
  • Murder by Mistake: A rapper named Extra Large is killed by a bomb under his limousine, and his rival rapper, Murderuss, is the prime suspect. Turns out the killer was one of the executives of Extra Large's record label, who had planned to kill his business partner, but set the bomb's timer off an hour because he forgot about Daylight Saving Time taking effect that morning.
  • Noodle Incident: When Stottlemeyer learns about Murderuss's visit to Monk's apartment and Monk claims he's been told he promised to Murderuss he'd clear the guy's name, Stottlemeyer says, "You did it again," which implies that this isn't the first time Monk has mentally blacked out while nervous.
  • Not Me This Time: This is the way Murderuss explains that he didn't kill Extra Large; he openly admits he's done a lot of bad things, but alleges that he's innocent of this one. He's telling the truth.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: A variant; Monk goes to tell Murderuss that he's resigning from the case, but when he gets there, Murderuss says that he's glad Monk is on his team. He's also playing a video game that involves a black man beating up his white partner after the latter went back on his word. It makes Monk very nervous.
  • Orgy of Evidence: Monk is inclined to go along with the police theory that rapper Murderuss killed his rival Extra Large with a car bomb: the use of a white gold pocket watch as the timer (a signature trademark of Murderuss's), lyrics from a suggestive song by Murderuss called "Car Bomb", a blasting cap stolen from a construction site near Murderuss's house, and footprints of a shoe brand that he wears at the scene of the limo driver's murder, after he's killed by the real attacker to keep from talking to the police. But Monk only does so because he blacked out when Murderuss asked him to clear his name. On the other hand, Natalie thinks that all of this evidence suggests someone is trying really hard to make Murderuss take the fall for the murder: she reasons that if Murderuss were responsible, he wouldn't be dropping so many obvious clues behind that pointed to himself: he would have probably used a generic pocket watch instead of his trademark type; stolen the blasting cap from somewhere away from his house; not worn his trademark shoe brand when he killed the driver; nor written the song "Car Bomb". Furthermore, she suspects Denny Hodges, a producer who claimed to see Murderuss in a certain parking garage at a certain time when the limo was parked there.
  • Sickbed Slaying: Rapper Extra Large is killed by a car bomb and his limo's driver is hospitalized. Once the limo driver's out of intensive care, the bomber, who believes that the driver saw him plant the bomb, sneaks into the driver's hospital room and strangles him with the chain of a pocket watch.
  • The Summation: Monk declares that a music producer is responsible for the death of his star, but since he's doing this at a tribute concert for said victim, the partygoers won't let him finish the summation, so Snoop Dogg gets up on stage and raps the summation. It's awesome, but you need knowledge of rap metaphors, close listening, or a good understanding of the visuals, to understand what's being said.
  • Tempting Fate: Extra Large tells a newswoman not to be concerned for him just minutes before his death.
  • Theme Naming: Snoop Dogg plays a rapper named Murderuss. His two associates are nicknamed "Mr. Assassin" and "Killa". Makes sense, doesn't it?
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