Monk is about an obsessive compulsive detective. Tony Shalhoub plays Adrian Monk, who is as brilliant as he is weird. He is a former detective with the San Francisco Police Department. Four years prior to the series' debut, Monk went through a tragic life changing event. In the aftermath, his obsessive compulsive personality rose to the surface and left him incapable of taking care of himself. And joining him since the middle of season three is his personal assistant and aide Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard). With her help, Monk works as a private consultant to the police department. He helps his friends Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Lt. Randall Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) solve the city's toughest and weirdest cases. For more details about the early seasons of this wonderful series be sure to check out DVD Talk's reviews of season one, season two, season three, season four, and season five.
This season has a fun and exhilarating tone. It is similar to past seasons and deliveries a fine combination of comedy, mystery, and crime drama. The stories are pretty big with Monk working side-by-side with his most obsessive fan, dealing with naked people, joining a cult, being accused of murder, and more. It is an exciting season with several fun guest stars that include Sarah Silverman, Snoop Dogg, Diedrich Bader, Sharon Lawrence, David Koechner, and Howie Mandel.
The season opens with a strong episode entitled "Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan". In it, Monk, Leland, and Randy participate in a police charity function. They are auctioned to a group of women. To Monk's dismay, he is bought by Marcy Maven. Sarah Silverman reprises her role as Marcy (season two episode "Mr. Monk and the TV Star"). Marcy's her neighbor accuses her dog of mauling his wife to death. Oddly enough, the dog has been dead. Everyone is baffled, as the evidence clearly implicates the dog, but Marcy news there is some mischief at hand. She gets Monk involved and he works the tricky case. What makes the episode strong is the hilarious relationship between Monk, Marcy, and Natalie.
In the episode "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man", Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show) guest stars as Chance Singer. Chance is a nudist. After a dead woman is found Chance's beach, Monk comes to the scene and freaks out about the nudists. His mind gets fixated on them, as he believes nudists are the devil and the only (il)logical suspects for committing murder. It is a fun episode with Monk's odd personality getting the best of him. Bader also makes a good character to play across from Shalhoub.
"Mr. Monk Joins A Cult" is an all-around silly episode. A girl is found murdered in the park. She was a member of a cult and the cult leader is a likely suspect. Howie Mandel guest stars as "Father". Father is the cult leader and a man with a few secrets. The team sends Natalie undercover; unfortunately, the cult has no interest in her. Monk, on the other hand, is a prime candidate. He goes undercover and finds haven in the serene, brainwashing cult. There are some very fun moments that include Monk acclimatizing to cult life and his friends reminding him that there is life on the other side.
The two-part season finale "Mr. Monk Is On The Run" is another strong episode, perhaps one of the season's best. What gives this episode is an edge is that it revisits the series story arc dealing with Monk and the mystery behind his wife's death. Monk finds a clue that leads him to the six-finger man who made the bomb that killed her. The events lead him to being wanted by the law for felony homicide. The episode has some strong emotional moments, but also balances out with an intriguing storyline and some humor.
As for the remainder of the season episodes, they also offer fun cases for Monk and company to get involved with, such as Monk defending a rapper (Snoop Dog) with a bad reputation, Monk investigating Leland's girlfriend for murder, Harold being a pain in Monk's ego, and more. In general, what makes the season so much fun are the little details. In each episode, the cast has a great chemistry. There are small little gags that deal with Monk's OCD, Randy's neuroticisms, and more. In addition to the fun little bits, watching Monk solve the toughest cases never fails to be impressive. Overall, Monk's sixth season is another strong collection of episodes. Fans will definitely want to see the latest mysterious cases, new developments for the cast, and the two-part season finale.
1. Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan: Monk's most obsessed fan convinces him to take a bite out of crime with her when her beloved dead dog is accused of murdering a neighbor.