'Monk' Recap: 'Mr. Monk And The Voodoo Curse'
"Mr. Monk and the Voodoo Curse" starts out with a little league team practicing in a park. One of the hitters, a little boy, keeps trying and failing to hit the ball. His patient coach eggs him on, and politely chats with an elderly woman who power walks by. Finally the boy hits a homer and his joy is cut short when they find out his hit killed the old woman when it landed. Aw. Things get substantially creepy when her grieving family finds a voodoo doll in her house with a baseball attached to it, indicating that the voodoo person knew how she'd die days before she did. Enter in Monk!
It's a little strange that this would interest the San Francisco police immediately, since there is no real proof of foul play and they have lots of real cases to worry about, but it's a television show. No one, not even Monk, can really figure out how the 'killer' knew that the woman would be randomly hit by a baseball, and Natalie insists that voodoo is real and they should believe in it. Everyone just laughs at her, but things become steadily more disturbing when a second death - a golfer struck by lightning - has a voodoo doll.
Natalie surprises Monk by insisting they take a vacation immediately on her dime, and then she pretends to call Stottlemeyer. Monk doesn't buy it though, and Natalie admits she is seriously terrified of this case. Especially since a third person has now been found dead with a voodoo doll. She refuses to go inside the dead man's house, he had a heart attack, and Monk is left to deal with it alone. The only remaining family is a woman named Angeline who says her uncle was ailing and he was scared of the voodoo stories. He had a heart attack as soon as he saw the package in his house held a doll.
Things get very serious for the case when Natalie is sent a voodoo doll herself. Its head is cut off. She opens up to Monk that a voodoo woman predicted her husband's death years ago, and she's blamed herself for not believing ever since. Monk is duly distracted by concern for Natalie, and they have no real leads on what is going on. As usual, Monk is slightly more upset about what will happen to him if Natalie doesn't get back to herself, but he has a few moments of genuine concern. Monk even hires a voodoo store owner, a former suspect in the case, to come and reassure Natalie that she'll be fine by lifting the curse. Instead of simply dabbing the potion on her skin, she drinks it, and they have to call an ambulance.
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This was a fun episode and it took quite some time for the killer to become apparent. It's great to have some mystery again, since the past few cases were either obvious or revealed early on. It's a little odd that the woman would use such an elaborate plan, but it's "Monk," who cares. Killers have to be creative with him around. It was nice to see Monk worried about Natalie, even if it was selfish at times, and Traylor Howard acted the heck out of this episode.
"Monk" is on USA Friday nights at 9 PM EST.
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Story by Chelsea Doyle
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