It's still difficult to believe that "Monk
" is over after eight years, but that's it. After years and several awards and numerous cases, Adrian Monk has solved the one that mattered the most: his wife Trudy's murder. Fans of the show must have had trouble keeping their emotions in check, and while it would have been nice to have some great guest stars in the end, it really grew into a satisfying conclusion. I have something in my eye. Sniff. Okay.
So in part 1 we learned that Monk is dying after being poisoned by a judge, and they could not find the antidote since no one knew how he was poisoned. The judge is also responsible for Trudy's death, which the audience is aware of but Monk sadly is not. He finally decided to watch her last Christmas present to him, a mysterious tape, and she informed him she has a dark past. Almost immediately I thought 'love child from a steamy affair' and yup, that's exactly what it was. That's a little disappointing it was so easy to figure out, but it works itself out by the end.
Monk has a lot of trouble listening to this video, even if Trudy did all of this before he met her, because he always put her on a pedestal. It is difficult to think of her making such a grievous mistake, but it doesn't change his love for her. She says that she had an affair with the judge in question and they had a love child, who died soon after it was born. She thinks the judge killed the midwife (the case Monk was working on when she was killed) to hide it because he was getting a promotion, and that something might happen to her. Jeez, Trudy. You really should've just told him that. Then you could still be living happily ever after!
Despite his illness, Monk demands to see the judge at his hearing for a new promotion, and he accuses him. Monk tries to attack the man who killed his wife, and they take him back to the hospital. Stottlemeyer assures Monk that they might have enough to put the guy away and not to worry; he would pay. Monk insists that he dies, and begs Stottlemeyer to kill him. Awkward, much? Once his nurse brings meds, Monk uses them to drug his police escort and he escapes! This is poor timing since Natalie figures out the wipes are poisoned, since now she's suffering from using them. They have the antidote but it's too late, Monk has gone to get his revenge!
He shows up at the judge's house and insists he dig at a special sundial in the back yard. Monk's power of observation wins yet again when he figures out that the midwife is buried back there, because who would put a sundial next to a shady tree? The police come and then Stottlemeyer and Disher get there in time. They do find the dead body of the midwife. Rather than deal with the guilt ... or the crime ... or the shame .... the judge commits suicide. Before he does he tells Monk "Take care of her."
This haunts him after he is healed, and he is feeling empty. Yes, Trudy's death is solved, but that doesn't bring her back to him. Instead he figures out one last mystery, which most of the audience probably already knows but whatever. This show was never big on mystery. Trudy's daughter is still alive, and they find her. She looks a great deal like Trudy (perfect casting) and hugs Monk as he cries in joy/sadness. They become BFF's and she seems to not mind that he's creepily obsessed with her, just like he was with her mother.
Meanwhile Disher moves to New Jersey to live with Sharona and become a police chief (AW!), Stottlemeyer is happily married and still working with Monk who is relaxed and better now, and Natalie still works for him. They're at happier places in their life, and we can all just assume their lives go on like normal. Just like ours. There wasn't much humor in this episode until the end, but the ending montage was quite emotional and they had great clips from early "Monk" with Sharona and the more recent seasons. Randy Newman sings a song in farewell, just like he sang the theme song, and "Monk" is officially over.
The show was smart to leave when it was starting to slow down, but it's still sad to think we'll never see Monk awkwardly touch an object again or beg for a wipe. The entire cast did a wonderful job and they will be missed on television. Goodbye, Adrian Monk. If I ever wanted anyone to solve my murder, it would be you.
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Story by Chelsea Doyle
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