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Recap / Monk S 8 E 1 Mr Monks Favorite Show

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Mr. Monk is eager to meet the grown-up actress from his favorite show The Cooper Clan, and to read her newest book. Natalie and the SFPD aren't so excited, however, especially after a car bomb nearly kills the new author. Afraid for her life, Christine Rapp hires Monk as her bodyguard from a stalker. Monk soon finds that the more he learns about Christine, the less innocent she appears.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Hero: If Kim hadn't hired Monk to be Christine's bodyguard, Monk wouldn't have realized that Christine was the actual murderer.
  • Adult Fear: One of the grown Cooper Clan actors is stripping in Florida to support her baby, and she claims one of her costars is the father who hasn't paid any child support.
  • Artistic License: It's unlikely that a bookstore would accept a return if the book has a page ripped out and replaced.
  • Broken Pedestal: After reading the book, Monk becomes disillusioned in the show and in Christine.
  • Continuity Nod: Monk is shaken on seeing that Christine survived a car bomb; Trudy died via a similar explosion.
  • Contractual Purity: In-universe, Monk is horrified to read that the so-called perfect family of the Cooper Clan grew up to be the opposite. Christine by far is the worst, since she slept her way to stay in show business and committed murder.
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  • Damsel out of Distress: Even though Natalie is calling for Adrian to help her as she grapples with Christine, she managed to disarm the latter so that Christine doesn't shoot her.
  • Dissonant Serenity: This happens in Adrian's Imagine Spot, due to him being knocked out and still wanting to do the Summation. The parents tell "Cathy" on the Cooper Clan show that they've discussed how murder isn't the best solution for solving problems.
  • Forged Letter: Monk figures out that Christine wrote the threatening letters and the mirror message, since one Cooper Clan episode featured her writing signatures on her own cast.
  • Former Child Star: Exaggerated to a great extreme with Christine. Her television costars also suffered; one is working as a stripper to support her baby, without any child support, and another became a meth addict. The one who's considered a possible stalker is the most adjusted, all things considered. Christine to ensure her fame rigged a voting award, and murdered the accountant who helped her. He had tried to blackmail her after she had written and published the book.
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  • Frame-Up: Christine frames her supposed stalker for the car bomb and the threatening letters. She then shoots him and claims it was self defense.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: During Adrian's Imagine Spot, child!Christine denies committing the murders when he accuses her, and then says he doesn't have any proof. Her costar says she has to strip in Florida because she has a baby to support, and one of the clan denies it being his kid.
  • Imagine Spot: After Christine knocks him out, Monk has one where he does The Summation as a member of the Cooper Clan.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Page 73 of Christine's book. It's so bad that Natalie eats the page before Monk gets to that part.
  • Precision F-Strike: You know you've screwed up if Adrian Monk calls you a whore while returning your book.
  • Running Gag: Page 73 missing, thanks to Natalie eating it. It gets referred to throughout the episode.
  • She's All Grown Up: Monk has this reaction on seeing how Christine is no longer a child actor on a sitcom.
    Monk: (with child-like wonderment) She got bigger.
  • Spanner in the Works: Christine would've gotten away with murder and a disgusted Monk would've never given her another thought if only Natalie hadn't insisted on watching "The Cooper Clan" to get him out of his funk. The episode they just so happened to watch is the one that shows Christine's handwriting is the same as her mystery stalker, cluing in Monk that the whole thing was a set up for an even bigger plot.
  • Tap on the Head: Christine knocks Adrian out from behind. He then has an Imagine Spot, from where he recovers after Natalie frantically calls for help.
  • Warts and All: Christine tries to invoke this trope, that perhaps Monk can find it in his heart to forgive his favorite (grown) child star. Averted, given Monk has never been one to let it down for any fallen hero.
  • You Are Not Alone: Played for Laughs in the end when Natalie tries to cheer Monk up. He feels that without the show, he virtually has no "real" family, only for Natalie to point out he has her and Stottelmeyer and Randy. Still, Monk isn't satisfied, as Natalie isn't 'funny'. This leads to a small gag where she tries to prove otherwise.

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