A few random thoughts on the new episode:
Interesting to have a show where the clues were really only present in the first few minutes of the show. The rest was about Monk’s reaction to NYC.
I need to go back and count how many times he said, “I really don’t think . . . I really don’t think . . . I really don’t think . . .” I was just about on the floor! Hilarious.
Very surprising when he flipped that switch at the end (I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t watched it yet). I didn’t think he had something like that in him. Even with what happened next, I was still amazed.
And last but not least, today’s mail brought my Season One Monk DVD set! Guess Mr. S and I will be busy the nest few nights.
I thought overall it was kind of an iffy episode (the explanatory summary and subsequent arrest of the suspect by New York’s finest was perfunctory and implausible, and the street-preacher scene was contrived and labored) with a handful of remarkable highlights. The best, of course, is the closing minute or two you describe, with the switch. That was amazing.
I love this show, but I didn’t think this was its best hour.
Yeah, I think, by the nature of the setting and all, it was a bit too focused on the NY gimmick. It’ll probably rehit its stride once it’s back in SF.
I think they missed a great chance for character development.
Monk should have killed the guy.
Monk has a peculiar genius for these kinds of scenes (the greatest, of course, being the “Pete and Re-Pete” conversation from the Season 1 finale). That one was a standout moment, as was Monk freaking out when he spotted the, um, guy from the subway (don’t want to spoil anything here). And the ending, well, that was just wonderful.