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Mr. Monk's Writers Get an F

The prissy FBI agents. Oh come ON.

You do NOT NOT NOT leave hazardous chemicals in spray bottles that look just like perfume atomizers. NO FBI person will do this. ALL such chemicals WILL be in clearly labeled hazardous material standardized containers. NO WAY does Monk spray a 'cleaning spritzer' of highly caustic chemical onto a TV screen by mistaking it for water.

Also, there is no fucking pet store in SF where you can just walk in and buy a ferret. Thanks to paranoia that domesticated Ferrets would destroy California, since 1895 it has been illegal to import, sell or OWN a ferret in California. No pet store sells them.

The 'drink coaster' joke is also very, very old. Monk has seen computers used before, many many times. He isn't a stupid man and will know the difference between a CD slot and a drink coaster.

Feh. Bad writing episode.

EDIT: "I want all street musicians off the street except one!"


The writers have lost sight of the fact that the humor in Mr. Monk's life arises from the absurdities of real life, not from stupid cartoon caricatures being even more broken that Mr. Monk.

Is there a way to give these guys an F- ??


Feb. 25th, 2007 07:13 am (UTC)
I would concur. In the first few seasons, Monk was a brilliant man hampered by mental complications. In this season, it's had such stupidity as Monk not recognizing dated 1960s catskills hippie jokes. Lazy writing.
Feb. 25th, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)
Penny and I both found the episode where his doctor came up with a drug that worked to be the most painfully telling of the series.

He had not truly LOST his wife, because he had the hyperactive memory and the other elements that contributed to his OCD. He could always, with eidetic clarity, recall her. He spent three years reliving his past and never leaving his home. Then, in that one profoundly disturbing episode, he found peace from a drug that allowed him to not-care about the minutia, and discovered that his focus and his care about the minutia was what made him able to function so well as a detective, and even then he didn't care until he tried to have his regularly scheduled 'conversation' with his wife, and he couldn't remember her voice.

We sobbed like sentimental goose-brains when we saw that one.
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
Huh. Isn't that also the episode where he tries to be "cool", and he gets ditched at a pool party? The ditching scene sticks out more with me, because I think it profoundly highlighted his sense of alienation.

I really enjoyed the game-show episode which had some really nice flashbacks showing Trudy and her family, back when he was just idiosyncratic and not OCD.

I really hope the show gets back to real people with real problems, soon.
Feb. 25th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah... he always had the autism/Asperger's and a mild tendency to be compulsive about things, but he was much more relaxed for a long time.

I feared the show jumped the shark sometime last season, but couldn't put my finger on it. Perhaps when his father showed up.