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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Here's what happened: the "Monk" series finale pulled in record ratings   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 110
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2009-12-07 03:29:04 AM
Great way to bring the series to an end, all in all, especially with the song over that last montage.

I'll definitely revisit all eight seasons on DVD every now and then.
 
2009-12-07 03:48:23 AM
Awesome finale...the mystery was insanely predictable and you figured it out 10 minutes into the first part of the 2-parter, it featured "Put Monk in a weird situation and make fun of his OCD" (in this case, it was poison him, thus putting him in the hospital where hijinks ensue), and everything worked out perfectly fine going back to the status quo by the end of the episode even though there should've been massive changes to the characters.

In order words, exactly like every other episode of Monk after the first season.
 
2009-12-07 03:57:18 AM
I want to type a witty comment but my germophobia makes me hesitant to touch my keyboard.
 
2009-12-07 03:58:37 AM
In celebration, I shall wash my hands 10 times, report 10 Fark headlines for misspelled or inappropriately used words and berate 10 Farkers for typos.
 
2009-12-07 04:51:08 AM
Abstruse: Awesome finale...the mystery was insanely predictable and you figured it out 10 minutes into the first part of the 2-parter

The way I see it, the main focus of the finale wasn't supposed to be on jaw-dropping revelations or labyrinthine twists and turns surrounding the main mystery.

The fact that the episode points to the identity of Trudy's killer early on illustrates that our focus is not meant to be drawn to the unraveling of some shocking and completely-out-of-left-field-24-esque grand conspiracy.

Rather, the finale seemed to be more about Monk's emotional journey in light of his time-sensitive predicament as well as the emotional journey that he would continue to make upon discovering the identity of Trudy's killer. It was about watching him and the others react to the unfolding circumstances around them.

What's more, the last half of the episode brought a satisfying sense of closure to the series and its characters - no abrupt cut-to-black that leaves viewers scratching their heads, no frustrating ambiguity surrounding the characters' fates. It tied up everything nicely, pretty much.

And that's not to mention all the laughs along the way.

So, yeah, it *was* like every episode of Monk, given that it had a wonderfully entertaining blend of comedy and poignancy. It had everything that I could have wanted from a finale.
 
2009-12-07 05:06:20 AM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: So, yeah, it *was* like every episode of Monk, given that it had a wonderfully entertaining blend of comedy and poignancy. It had everything that I could have wanted from a finale.

Except that Monk was, at its inception at least, a mystery series. It was about a flawed genius deducing a murderer. It wasn't until about season 3 or 4 that it became Wacky Monk Sit-Com Hour where we look at what shenanigans that weirdo OCD guy with all his hilarious crippling psychological disorders got into that week...oh, and there's a dead body laying about somewhere.

I'm scared Psych, Bones, and Castle about to head in a similar direction, each exploring a random culty subculture or parodying some movie/TV show every week. At least those three shows still put the mystery first and foremost.

But yeah, the series finale of Monk was exactly like the last 4-5 seasons of the show, not the first 1-3 seasons when it was actually good. Hell, the last season actually had me hoping because 1 out of every 4 episodes was actually cool and well-written. Just annoys me with the talent they had on that show how much they wasted it on inane crap.

/Best episodes ended with Monk staring at a picture/video of Trudy...if you don't believe me, check.
 
2009-12-07 06:28:15 AM
Didn't know it was still on the air. But I have seen some episodes, something I can't say for about 98% of the crap on the tube. Something fun to watch while visiting a grandparent.
 
2009-12-07 06:35:10 AM
I did enjoy the finale.
Spoiler:

I don't think his OCD was back at the end, just the habit and meticulousness.
 
2009-12-07 06:50:33 AM
pavinrtheway: I don't think his OCD was back at the end, just the habit and meticulousness.

His OCD never "vanished"...that was obvious in all the scenes in the end. His symptoms were just less severe, similar to how he was when he made his "breakthrough" (just before the woman pretending to be Trudy died and farked him all up again) or in all the scenes they show with him and Trudy together...
 
2009-12-07 07:36:13 AM
Abstruse: pavinrtheway: I don't think his OCD was back at the end, just the habit and meticulousness.

His OCD never "vanished"...that was obvious in all the scenes in the end. His symptoms were just less severe, similar to how he was when he made his "breakthrough" (just before the woman pretending to be Trudy died and farked him all up again) or in all the scenes they show with him and Trudy together...


Well, they said throughout the show's run that he was always strange and particular. Always made sure to wash his hands, preferred things organized a certain way, had his house in a certain order... But as we always saw, he was weird and particular but functional. Hell, we saw him eating off of Trudy's plate in the finale, something I never would imagine him doing.

The only thing I did not like about the ending was

*SPOILERS*


Trudy's daughter. It's not that I was against the idea of it, but the fact that some random 25 year old woman would just welcome this weird, and frankly creepy, middle aged man into her life when he has clearly become obsessed with her to the point of taking 600+ pictures in three days... Wanting to spend every waking moment with her and her just accepting it, as if she didn't have her own life and family already. It's just kind of strange to me that she would not just tolerate this but somehow enjoy it, just because this weird is the widow of her biological mother she never met.

I mean, I get that she's supposed to remind him of Trudy, and that's probably why she not only tolerates it but is strangely drawn to him. But still, it seems like a huge burden on a girl who's personal and professional life is just getting off the ground.
 
2009-12-07 07:46:52 AM
"Hey guys, I just wanted you to know that, the reactors won't take it; the ship is breaking apart and all that... Just FYI."
 
2009-12-07 07:47:50 AM
Abstruse: ....going back to the status quo by the end of the episode even though there should've been massive changes to the characters.

I don't know about that - Monk was going to the movies with Trudy's daughter. Natalie cried because of how normal that was.
 
2009-12-07 07:54:27 AM
I always meant to watch that show. I liked him in Wings.
 
2009-12-07 07:58:53 AM
Well, I just didn't understand why Coach Fox had to kill Monk's wife. Didn't the Screaming Eagles give him enough to worry about?
 
2009-12-07 08:08:18 AM
The daughter thing was a bit much. Still liked it though.
 
2009-12-07 08:20:56 AM
It was a good show...will be getting it on DVD.
 
2009-12-07 08:25:53 AM
SpinStopper: "Hey guys, I just wanted you to know that, the reactors won't take it; the ship is breaking apart and all that... Just FYI."

Group hug!

/love that movie!
 
2009-12-07 08:41:46 AM
So sad it's over - but it had a good run. Loved the finale

Now I will just turn my attention to Simon Baker and Robin Tunney on the Mentalist and hope that their collective prettiness can make up for Monk's absence.
 
2009-12-07 08:42:19 AM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Abstruse: Awesome finale...the mystery was insanely predictable and you figured it out 10 minutes into the first part of the 2-parter

The way I see it, the main focus of the finale wasn't supposed to be on jaw-dropping revelations or labyrinthine twists and turns surrounding the main mystery.

The fact that the episode points to the identity of Trudy's killer early on illustrates that our focus is not meant to be drawn to the unraveling of some shocking and completely-out-of-left-field-24-esque grand conspiracy.

Rather, the finale seemed to be more about Monk's emotional journey in light of his time-sensitive predicament as well as the emotional journey that he would continue to make upon discovering the identity of Trudy's killer. It was about watching him and the others react to the unfolding circumstances around them.

What's more, the last half of the episode brought a satisfying sense of closure to the series and its characters - no abrupt cut-to-black that leaves viewers scratching their heads, no frustrating ambiguity surrounding the characters' fates. It tied up everything nicely, pretty much.

And that's not to mention all the laughs along the way.

So, yeah, it *was* like every episode of Monk, given that it had a wonderfully entertaining blend of comedy and poignancy. It had everything that I could have wanted from a finale.


You used a lot of words there.
 
2009-12-07 08:46:09 AM
I hadn't seen the show in years, so I was really surprised it was still on. It always reminded me of Quincy M.E. or Barnaby Jones in that it seemed to be written for a particular older crowd. From the comments above, it seems I didn't miss a whole lot.
 
2009-12-07 08:53:24 AM
I loved the finale, though I will agree that the daughter thing was a little far fetched and they went to far with it. I think it was among my favorite series finales.
 
2009-12-07 09:16:12 AM
He's no Columbo.
 
2009-12-07 09:16:44 AM
"Hey guys, I just wanted you to know that, the reactors won't take it; the ship is breaking apart and all that... Just FYI."

Group hug!


Guy: "Oh, that's not right!"

/GQ FTW
 
2009-12-07 09:19:08 AM
Thegreaser: I loved the finale, though I will agree that the daughter thing was a little far fetched and they went to far with it. I think it was among my favorite series finales.

Yep. I thought the daughter thing was a bit much, but I have to admit I got a bit weepy.
Plus, was it a dig on NJ that they would hire an inept guy like Disher to be a Chief of Police?
 
2009-12-07 09:22:35 AM
well deserved, too. It was a good finale.
 
2009-12-07 09:23:37 AM
Shadowknight:

The only thing I did not like about the ending was

*SPOILERS*

Trudy's daughter. It's not that I was against the idea of it, but the fact that some random 25 year old woman would just welcome this weird, and frankly creepy, middle aged man into her life when he has clearly become obsessed with her to the point of taking 600+ pictures in three days... Wanting to spend every waking moment with her and her just accepting it, as if she didn't have her own life and family already. It's just kind of strange to me that she would not just tolerate this but somehow enjoy it, just because this weird is the widow of her biological mother she never met.

I mean, I get that she's supposed to remind him of Trudy, and that's probably why she not only tolerates it but is strangely drawn to him. But still, it seems like a huge burden on a girl who's personal and professional life is just getting off the ground.


** SPOILERS **

I agree wholeheartedly. That was the disappearing Starbuck of the Monk finale. There is no way that a 26 year old would allow someone who she has no relation with that much into her life that quickly. If they explained that she had no father figure in her life or something, I could understand, but as Adrian explained it, she already had a pretty solid family situation.

And how would Monk explain what happened to her biological father? "Oh, I found out that he was responsible for the deaths of at least three people, including your mom and the two people who delivered you, plus I was partially responsible for his suicide."

She should not have had that big of a role in the finale. The scene with Monk having 600 pictures in the SFPD office was creepy, although the beach scene was beautifully shot.

BTW, Johnny Rico has not aged AT ALL.
 
2009-12-07 09:25:30 AM
I must be difficult to please; was disappointed by the finale.
 
2009-12-07 09:30:40 AM
I liked the finale, but I was disappointed in how quickly & simply Trudy's murder was solved. I understand that wasn't the point to the finale, I just thought after so many years the writers may have been building to something. Instead Trudy's murder as almost a red herring.

*SPOILERS*

The final montage was great. Seeing monk is the non-collared shirt and the ease with which he was walking w/ the Captain was a cool touch.
 
2009-12-07 09:31:15 AM
The Randy Newman song was awesome. Talk about the perfect song for a dénouement.

/The finale was okay.
//And yes, the 600 pictures is completely creepy.
 
2009-12-07 09:37:59 AM
Dear Lord

May My Show Succeed
And May The Shows of My Friends Fail
And Yet May I Still Be Perceived

As a Team Player
Amen.


/obscure?
 
2009-12-07 09:38:19 AM
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What happened to Dale the Whale? He said he knew who was involved with the death of Trudy in the first season.
 
2009-12-07 09:42:28 AM
strangeguitar: Thegreaser: I loved the finale, though I will agree that the daughter thing was a little far fetched and they went to far with it. I think it was among my favorite series finales.

Yep. I thought the daughter thing was a bit much, but I have to admit I got a bit weepy.
Plus, was it a dig on NJ that they would hire an inept guy like Disher to be a Chief of Police?


Inept? It took Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling to bring him down.
 
2009-12-07 09:42:37 AM
USA shows get great ratings, while NBC can't find a viewer to save its life.
 
2009-12-07 09:43:31 AM
Tat'dGreaser: The daughter thing was a bit much. Still liked it though.

Agreed, it felt slightly forced as if they had it written out over a few episodes and were forced to tighten it to one.
 
2009-12-07 09:48:22 AM
The ending would have been better if Tech Sgt Chen woke up next to Jane Doe after watching the Columbo marathon.
 
2009-12-07 09:50:24 AM
From TFA:

The Friday series finale of the USA Network dramedy drew about 9.4 million viewers, 3.2 million of them in the adults 18-49 demographic.

Since I'm assuming that kids aren't really into this show, I think that we have our Matlock of the new century!

//never seen it
 
2009-12-07 09:56:06 AM
"You insensitive prick! Do you know how much that stings?"

/Hopefully not even remotely obscure.
 
2009-12-07 09:59:38 AM
flyingMermaid: "You insensitive prick! Do you know how much that stings?"

/Hopefully not even remotely obscure.


Just show us the guns or he will shoot you where it wont grow back...
 
2009-12-07 10:11:55 AM
Taste of Human: The Randy Newman song was awesome annoying, smug,
saccharinely sentimental and full of every obvious cliche ever in a sad ending song ever. It was the only thing about the finale that made me sad.

/Randy Newman sucks, always has, always will. I don't know why coked out LA producers think he's edgy.
//Also angry they didn't work in the original, much much better, instrumental theme
 
2009-12-07 10:14:48 AM
I'm confused by how they can call this such a groundbreaking record. They must have defined it to a quite narrow field for holding the record in.

Top 45 network primetime telecasts of all time (1964-2008) (new window)

Most-watched series finales (new window)

9,4 million doesn't evne beat the series finale of Ellen, ffs.
 
2009-12-07 10:15:16 AM
The mystery defied lame and there were errors everywhere... but other than that, it was fantastic.

I loved that Monk changed a bit but not completely and that it ended with him doing exactly what he loved.
 
2009-12-07 10:17:20 AM
Now he can go back to driving a taxi on Nantucket.
 
2009-12-07 10:18:16 AM
Clearance for Clarence:

Now I will just turn my attention to Simon Baker and Robin Tunney on the Mentalist and hope that their collective prettiness can make up for Monk's absence.


Don't forget the hot redhead...
 
2009-12-07 10:18:46 AM
Cornwell: I'm confused by how they can call this such a groundbreaking record. They must have defined it to a quite narrow field for holding the record in.

Top 45 network primetime telecasts of all time (1964-2008) (new window)

Most-watched series finales (new window)

9,4 million doesn't evne beat the series finale of Ellen, ffs.


It's for cable not Networks.
 
2009-12-07 10:19:29 AM
IXI Jim IXI: Clearance for Clarence:

Now I will just turn my attention to Simon Baker and Robin Tunney on the Mentalist and hope that their collective prettiness can make up for Monk's absence.

Don't forget the hot redhead...


I thought that was what Psych was for sans redhead.
 
2009-12-07 10:23:35 AM
epyonyx: I thought that was what Psych was for sans redhead.

...but you don't have any proof...
 
2009-12-07 10:24:05 AM
HempHead: What happened to Dale the Whale?

SPOILERS

He was in a few more episodes, always played by different actors (including Tim Curry). Monk proved he was behind a plot to kill the Governor & Dale lost all his jail privileges (no more fancy cell, etc.) In that same episode Monk found a clue to the identity of Trudy's killer. The killer's nickname was, "The Judge"...some nickname...

Monk turned his back and walked away from Dale leaving him to rot in prison instead of giving Dale the pleasure of tormenting him with information that Monk knew Dale would never give up.
 
2009-12-07 10:31:32 AM
MattyFridays: BTW, Johnny Rico has not aged AT ALL.

Would you like to know more?
 
2009-12-07 10:35:43 AM
strangeguitar: Plus, was it a dig on NJ that they would hire an inept guy like Disher to be a Chief of Police?

San Francisco promoted the guy to Lieutenant. Which normally doesn't happen until you're in your 40s and have worked for a good 20 years or so. Also, Captains usually don't do field work and just sit around the office doing delegation.

Then again, police forces typically don't hire outside consultants to solve all their cases either.

I liked Disher much more early on when he was the asshole who didn't know Monk and didn't like him before they turned him into the bumbling Dr. Watson character.

/Which, in and of itself, bugs the shiat out of me because Watson was a very intelligent man in the books, but didn't have the singular and obsessive knowledge of criminology that Holmes did.
 
2009-12-07 10:40:46 AM
epyonyx: I thought that was what Psych was for sans redhead.

www.isfreetv.tv


Redhead schmedhead. Plus, Rachel Leigh Cook has been a semi-regular recently as Shawn's girlfriend.
 
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