'Monk' Recap: 'Mr. Monk and the Foreign Man'
Last week's episode of "Monk" guest starred Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and for once he wasn't a sociopath like in "Oz" or a former drug lord like in "Lost." Instead he's a man whose wife was murdered in a hit and run on Monk's street corner, and he has come to America to mourn and find her killer. Clearly Monk connects very quickly and intensely to this man and his suffering, and he starts seeing the dead Nigerian woman as his own wife Trudy. This leads him to ignore the other case of the week, the murder of a housekeeper in a rich couple's home that strangely was reading up on head wounds before she was given one.
There's no denying that Samuel (Adewale's character) is a charming man, what with his warm nature and tendency to laugh at all of Natalie's silly jokes. He doesn't understand any American customs and is very much a fish out of water, but Monk is not really the best representation of an average American - or an average person! Stottlemeyer lets Monk and Samuel see the video tapes of the hit and run, although he warns Monk that he doesn't think this obsession is healthy for him. They manage to find two slackers outside a convenience store that remember the swerving, very fast van going by them. Apparently the truck said 'poison' on it, but Samuel figures out that it's actually poisson, which means fish in French.
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The bad guy, Kenneth, captures Samuel and Monk at gun point and starts to drive them out to a secret location in his fish van. They manage to throw him off guard by dropping fish onto him, and Samuel makes Kenneth say his wife's name as retribution. Then Monk makes him say Trudy's name. Because he's crazy. Samuel tells Monk that knowing does make him feel a lot better, and that Monk should never give up on finding Trudy's killer. Pfffft, as if he would. Then the show would be over ... oh wait, that's exactly what is going to happen in the final season. Hurray!
Episode Grade: B+
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Story by Chelsea Doyle
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