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Mr. Monk's 100th Case 

Monk's hundredth case, involving a serial killer, is covered by a TV news magazine, but while watching it he realizes that a second unknown killer was responsible for one of the murders.

Director:

Randy Zisk

Writers:

Andy Breckman (created by), Tom Scharpling
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Eric McCormack ... James Novak
Brooke Adams ... Leigh Harrison
Tim Bagley ... Harold Krenshaw
Charles Carroll ... Douglas Thurman
Ricardo Chavira ... Jimmy Belmont
Rochelle Greenwood ... Jillian
Ernie Grunwald ... Vampire Manager
Kathryn Joosten ... Neysa Gordon - Former Babysitter
Angela Kinsey ... Arlene Boras
David Koechner ... Joey Krenshaw
Howie Mandel ... Ralph Roberts
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Storyline

As Monk is working on his 100th case, wherein he is looking for a serial killer, a TV news crew records him and interview the people whom Monk caught and those who know him. The anchorman who is married is making a pass at Natalie. As the investigation goes on, Monk thinks that one of the victims might not have been killed by the one they're pursuing but the mo resembles the killer's. So someone somehow found out about it and made it appear that he killed the person. But the thing is only someone working the case could have known about it. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2008 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

The significance to the title is that 100th case makes it a rounded hundred. But, this also happens to to be the 7th episode in the 7th season: 7&7, and the & symbol on the keyboard is on the same key as the 7. See more »

Goofs

When Capt. Stottlemeyer and Randy are riding in the car, they discuss the whereabouts of the search warrant. However, the document that Randy fishes out of the glove compartment and hands to Capt. Stottlemeyer is clearly labeled "Arrest Warrant." See more »

Quotes

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Announcer: In Focus: an unfiltered look at the news, the people behind the news, and the stories behind the headlines. Reporting from San Francisco, James Novak.
James Novak: Good evening, and welcome to In Focus. He is a mass of contradictions, a man afflicted with a disorder so paralyzing that ten years ago, he was forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department. Now, as a private consultant, he has solved an astonishing 99 cases. Cases that were considered unsolvable.
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References Dateline NBC (1992) See more »

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Celebrating 100 episodes
18 September 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Monk' has always been one of my most watched shows when needing comfort, to relax after a hard day, a good laugh or a way to spend a lazy weekend.

For a milestone episode, "Mr Monk's 100th Case" was very interesting and entertaining. At the same time, while one of the better Season 7 episodes (after seeing disappointments like "Mr Monk Takes a Punch" and "Mr Monk Falls in Love"), it could have been more. It was a lot of fun as a celebration of 'Monk' and as a nostalgic reunion episode, and amends some of the errors made in some Season 7 episodes. With that being said, the mystery aspects could have been better executed, the number of cases, considering that there were two two parters and a couple of episodes having more than one case didn't add up, and there are numerous errors in continuity and inconsistencies (like a character's age being mentioned twice but a different one a second time) that come over as sloppy.

The real Monk scenes could have been more illuminating, not doing enough with telling us more than we already know and there should have been more of them. The mystery is mostly fun and engaging, with a clever reveal, but is too simple and let down by that the killer is blindingly obvious far too early, like from the start, which takes away from the suspense.

However, there is a lot to like about "Mr Monk's 100th Case". One of the best things about 'Monk' has always been the acting of Tony Shalhoub in the title role. It was essential for him to work and be the glue of the show, and Shalhoub not only is that but also at his very best he IS the show. Have always loved the balance of the humour, which is often hilarious, and pathos, which is sincere and touching. Traylor Howard is earthy, sassy and sympathetic, Jason Gray-Stanford is amusing even as a geeky goofball and Ted Levine only has to read the phone book and still be great.

Loved the supporting cast/guests. Standing out is Eric McCormack who is fabulous. Likewise with Tim Bagley, John Tuturro (despite the obvious green screen in his scene), Sarah Silverman, Melora Hardin and David Koechner. Even Jarrad Paul was fun, rather than annoying, Kevin is meant to be annoying but Paul thankfully doesn't overdo it. The scenes with past criminals, like the characters played by Andy Richter and Howie Mandel, were interesting. The format of the episode, documentary/talk-show style, is likewise executed well.

The writing for "Mr Monk's 100th Case" is some of the best of the season, though not perfect due to some parts not adding up. The humour, quirks and drama are balanced well, and all three are dealt with better than most Season 7 episodes, while McCormack has some juicy and deliciously corny lines and introductions. The humour is genuinely funny, the quirks are sympathetically handled, not ignored or exploited or overdone and the scenes with Trudy are very touching and heart-warming.

Visually, the episode is slick and stylish as ever. The music is both understated and quirky. While there is a preference for the theme music for Season 1, Randy Newman's "It's a Jungle Out There" has grown on me overtime, found it annoying at first but appreciate its meaning and what it's trying to say much more now.

In summary, entertaining and interesting, though some aspects work better than others with the mystery and continuity faring the least. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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