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    Recap: One pair shines while another fades on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011

    A standout couple may surprise you
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    Mardi Gras: Spring Break

    Type: Event | Date: Friday, Sep 23, 2011

    Three best friends head to Mardi Gras in New Orleans in this comedy.
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    Billboard's New Year's Eve Live

    Type: Event | Date: Thursday, Dec 31, 2009

    Carmen Electra is the host of FOX's New Year's Eve shindig.
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    The Choice

    Type: Event | Date: Thursday, Jun 7, 2012

    Cat Deeley hosts this date-a-celebrity series.
  • Christmas in Wonderland - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009

    In this family comedy, a dad and his two kids undergo a cross-country move from Los Angeles to Edmonton on Christmas Eve. They visit the local mall to do some last-minute Christmas shopping, and while they're there, they stumble upon a pile of counterfeit cash, and inadvertently catch the criminals behind it. It would all seem like a decidedly magical sequence of events, but that just might be because there's something magical residing in the West Edmonton Mall. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide
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    Reality TV Roundup: Host kissing on 'Survivor,' divas return to 'Project Runway' and more

    Type: Post | Date: Saturday, Oct 27, 2012

    It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now
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    The Morning Round-Up: 'Suburgatory' & 'Happy Endings'

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, Jan 12, 2012

    Undercover cops, shady Chinese restaurants, and lots of 'The Wire' jokes
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    Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' Results - The prankster or the cowboy?

    Type: Post | Date: Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009

    The dance-offs are done, but Steve-O and Ty are in danger on 'Dancing'
  • House: Season One

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009

    Includes:House: The Socratic Method (2004) House: Occam's Razor (2004) House: Pilot (2004) House: Paternity (2004) House: Maternity (2004) House: Fidelity (2004) House: Damned if You Do (2004) House: Detox (2005) House: MOB Rules (2005) House: Kids (2005) House: Control (2005) House: Heavy (2005) House: Role Model (2005) House: Babies and Bathwater (2005) House: Love Hurts (2005) House: Honeymoon (2005) House: Three Stories (2005) House: Poison (2005) House: DNR (2005) House: Histories (2005) House: Sports Medicine (2005) House: Cursed (2005) House: The Socratic Method Throwing himself into his work to get his mind off his birthday, House (Hugh Laurie) is intrigued when diagnosed schizophrenic Lucille Palmeiro (Stacy Edwards) has a pulmonary embolism at the unusually young age of 38. In fact, he's so intrigued that he breaks his own self-imposed rule and tries to talk to the woman at her home--where her 15-year-old son Luke (Aaron Himelstein) seems to know a lot more than he's saying. Elsewhere, Chase (Jesse Spencer) has serious issues with his past. This episode affords a rare opportunity to hear Hugh Laurie speak in his authentic British accent. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Occam's Razor After calling in sick at work, 22-year-old college student Brandon (Kevin Zegers) spends the morning having wild sex with his fiancee--and then lapses into unconsciousness. It's obvious to Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) that Brandon wasn't lying about being sick, but his symptoms are mysterious and contradictory--and worse, they keep multiplying. As he tries to figure out this puzzle, House saves time by treating all of his other patients in a record five minutes. All in all, not a bad day's work for the clinic's most obstreperous doctor, even though House is taken down a peg or two by his supervisor Dr. Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), who sharkishly informs him that he will never get her goat no matter how hard he tries! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Pilot The alternate title for this pilot episode of House is "Everybody Lies", which neatly sums up the philosophy of the brilliant but thoroughly obnoxious Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), infectious disease and nephrology specialist at Princton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. Convinced that none of his patients will ever tell him the truth, House responds in kind by refusing to talk to them beyond the bare necessities--and he certainly wastes no time being friendly, comforting or supportive. Right now, House's patented indifference is being directed at 29-year-old kindergarten teacher Rebecca Adler (Robin Tunney), who for no discernible reason has begun suffering seizures and speaking gibberish. With no one else able to figure out what's happening to Rebecca, House dismisses it as a brain tumor. It turns out that he's wrong--and also that he'll spend a lot more time than he'd originally intended trying to save Rebecca's life, and to ascertain the real cause for her behavior (which, as often happens in this series,turns out to be a malady that no one could possibly have anticipated). But though House emerges as the hero of the piece, he remains his old gloriously repulsive self. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Paternity Suffering from double vision and horrible nightmares, 16-year-old Dan (Scott Mechlowitz) traces the source of his problem to injuries sustained during a Lacrosse match. As usual, Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) has other ideas, first diagnosing Dan with MS, and then declaring that the boy is being sexually abused. By the time House has figured out the real reason (maybe!) and has scheduled Dan for brain surgery, the boy disappears from the clinic--and the chase is on. Elsewhere, House is annoyed by a ditzy mom (Kylee Cochran) who refuses to let her baby be vaccinated, and by a patient (Alex Skuby) with an ugly abscess in his knee who is threatening to sue everyone within earshot. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Maternity After checking on two neonatal infants who have suffered mysterious seizures, House (Hugh Laurie) concludes that the clinic has become the breeding ground for a deadly epidemic--which is rapidly spreading to the other newborns. In order to isolate the reason for this outbreak and to stop it in its tracks, House is faced with a difficult choice: One of the babies will have to die to save the others. As it turns out, the source of the epidemic has little to do with babies, but neither House nor the audience finds this out until the very last moment. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Fidelity 31-year-old Elyce Snow (Myndy Crist) sleeps eighteen hours a day, and is impossible to get along with the other six hours. House (Hugh Laurie) thinks it might be depression, but it isn't, nor is it rabbit fever (his second choice). Finally, House diagnoses African Sleeping Sickness--and since neither Elyce nor her husband Ed (Dominic Purcell) has ever been to Africa, the only other possibility is that one of them has been unfaithful. But neither husband nor wife will fess up...not even if their silence results in her quick demise! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Damned if You Do It's Christmas time in the clinic, but there's no occasion for joy when Sister Mary Augustine is brought, apparently suffering from stigmata. Figuring that it is nothing more than an allergy, House treats the nun accordingly--and as a result she nearly suffocates. As the other nuns set up a prayer vigil (much to House's annoyance), the clues to solving this medical mystery are painstakingly pieced together, leading unexpectedly to an incident in the Sister's distant past. Elsewhere, a man in a Santa suit (Dakin Matthews) is suffering from an inflamed bowel, which can only be cured by smoking cigarettes. Ho ho ho! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Detox House (Hugh Laurie) looks into the case of sixteen-year-old Keith Foster (Nicholas D'Agosto), who has been bleeding uncontrollably ever since he was involved in a car crash. Unless House can interpret the contradictory symptoms, it's a safe bet that Keith will never see seventeen. While all this is unfolding, House is doing his damnedest to stay off his precious Vicodin for a whole month, determined to prove to Dr. Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) that he's not addicted to the stuff--and as result, his judgment is clouded to the point that young Keith may be in more danger than before! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: MOB Rules A typically truculent House (Hugh Laurie) is slapped with a court order instructing him to determine if mobster Joey Arnello (Joseph Lyle Taylor), who is slated to give testimony in Federal Court before entering the Witness Protection Program, is faking a serious illness. Joey's knuckle-busting brother Bill (Danny Nucci) warns House to lay off the case--but not for the (seemingly) obvious reasons. At the same time, Vogler (Chi McBride) puts extra pressure on Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) to fire House, or risk losing a $100 million donation. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Kids At the height of a meningitis outbreak, House (Hugh Laurie) must figure out how to properly treat a 12-year-old girl (Skye McCole Bartusiak) who has all the symptoms of the disease, but not the disease itself. Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) insists that House has no time for individual treatment of any patient, but that doesn't stop him from taking stabs at several diagnoses--each one more inaccurate than the last, and all because the girl won't tell him the whole truth. Meanwhile, Cuddy seeks a replacement for the departed Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), but the prospects are a pathetic lot indeed. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Control Chi McBride makes his first series appearance as billionaire entrepreneur Edward Vogler, the new chairman of the board at Princeton-Plainsboro. Assuming that his position gives him license to call all the shots, Vogler wastes no time throwing his weight around--beginning with his promise to donate $100 million to the clinic on the condition that Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) is fired immediately! Things don't get any better for House when he is forced to resort to subterfuge to provide proper treatment for 32-year-old cosmetics CEO Carly Fontano (Sarah Chalke), who for no apparent reason has suddenly become paralyzed. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Heavy Vogler (Chi McBride) cuts a deal with Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), agreeing to postpone the dismissal of Dr. House (Hugh Laurie). But there's a price to pay for this concession: House must immediately fire one member of his team. As tension mounts among House's coworkers, they still find time to look into the case of an obese 10-year-old (Jennifer Simms) who has suffered a heart attack--but not because of her extra poundage. Another overweight patient (Lucille Hernandez) lies to both House and her husband regarding what may be a malignant tumor...or a unborn child. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Role Model Faced with the choice of firing one of his team or losing his own job, House (Hugh Laurie) is given a way out by Vogler (Chi McBride). If he will give a speech on behalf of a new drug developed by Vogler's pharamaceutical firm, House will be completely off the hook. The upshot of all this only serves to deepen the animosity between House and Vogler--but in the meantime, the doctor must tend to the business at hand, including a senator (Joe Morton) with presidential aspirations who is diagnosed with AIDS, and a young woman (Missy Crider) who insists that she can't have suffered a miscarriage because she hasn't had sex in over a year. As expected, both of these patients will soon develop a whole set of confusing and contradictory symptoms...but no one expects the startling turn of events at episode's end! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Babies and Bathwater Already irked by the resignation of Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), House (Hugh Laurie) must also endure the persecution of board chairman Vogler (Chi McBride), who demands that House be fired immediately or the clinic will lose his $100 million donation. At long last, Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) takes a stand against the tyrannical Vogler--but will she regret her rash behavior? Meanwhile, House and his team deal with such patients as a 39-year-old pregnant woman (Marin Hinkle) who must choose between choking to death or terminating a pregnant, and a low-weight baby whose strict vegan diet has prompted Social Services to file child-abuse charges against her parents. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Love Hurts Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) agrees to return to the clinic on one condition: House (Hugh Laurie) must take her out on a dinner date. As the rest of the staffers place bets as to the outcome of this auspicious social event, the clinic treats a young stroke victim (John Cho) whose condition may be the result of a mistake on the part of House--or it may be due to the patient's rather kinky "personal guru" (Christina Cox). Elsewhere, House must play counselor to a pair of senior citizens (Peter Graves June Squibb) who are squabbling over the man's heightened post-Viagra sex drive! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Honeymoon House (Hugh Laurie) is flummoxed by the plight of his ex-girlfriend Stacy Warner (Sela Ward), who can't understand why her husband Mark (Currie Graham) is suffering from abdominal pains and mood swings--nor why Mark is vividly recalling events during his honeymoon that never actually happened! It's not stress, and it's not Alzheimers...but it could be fatal if House makes the wrong diagnosis. As this final episode of House's first season approaches its cliffhanger climax, it looks as if there still may be a few romantic sparks between the ill-tempered doctor and his former sweetheart. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Three Stories Sela Ward makes her first appearance as Stacy Warner, former lawyer for the Princeton-Plainsboro clinic--and ex-girlfriend of Dr. House (Hugh Laurie). Stacy's husband has fallen mysteriously ill, and she hopes that House can find out why. But House seems more preoccupied with delivering a lecture to three medical-school diagnostics--an assignment he was forced to accept, but one which he tackles with his usual mean-spirited gusto. As he presents the trio with a hypothetic medical dilemma involving three patients with aching legs, we are treated to a succession of bizarre fantasy sequences. Carmen Electra appears as herself in this episode, which won both an Emmy award (for "best writing") and the Humanitas Prize. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Poison While taking the AP Calculus exam, high-school student Matt Davis (John Patrrick Amedori) collapses. Discovering that Matt has been lethally poisoned, House (Hugh Laurie) suspects that the boy has been doing drugs at home. When another student exhibits the same symptoms, however, it is obvious that the source of the poison is the school testing room--but how can this be? Meanwhile, another clinic patient, 82-year-old Georgia Adams (Shirley Knight), suddenly develops an uncontrollable sex drive...and an insatiable lust for Dr. House! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: DNR Legendary jazz musician John Henry Giles (Harry Lennix) collapses during a recording session. After Giles' own doctor Marty Hamilton (David Conrad) diagnoses the dread disease ALS, the musician hastily signs a "do not resuscitate" form. Naturally, House (Hugh Laurie) ignores this document, and as a result ends up in court--just as Giles begins to exhibit inexplicable signs of recovery! Meanwhile, Dr. Hamilton tries to persuade his former pupil Dr. Foreman (Omar Epps) to leave New Jersey and join him in a lucrative West Coast partnership. Pop star Brandy appears as herself. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Histories A homeless, unidentified woman (Leslie Hope) collapses during a run-in with the police, then suffers a seizure at the clinic. Foreman (Omar Epps) thinks that the woman is faking illness to get free room and board, while Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) insists that she has ovarian cancer. Typically, House trumps them both with a theory of his own, and as a bonus figures out the woman's true identity--much to the fascination of two wide-eyed medical students who've been following House around all day. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Sports Medicine Pro baseball pitcher Hank Wiggen (Scott Foley) insists he is not a drug user, but the evidence indicates otherwise: His bones are brittle to the point of disintegration, and his kidneys have started to fail. Astonishingly, the clinic's lab test indicate that Wiggen is not currently on steroids, nor is he suffering from cancer as the symptoms might also suggest. House (Hugh Laurie) must figure out what's really wrong with Wiggen before the ballplayer's girlfriend Lola (Meredith Monroe) aborts her pregnancy in order to donate her kidneys. And in another development, Foreman (Omar Epps) is secretly dating a sexy drug representative (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), while Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) is seeing one of House's former lovers. Somehow or other, this all winds up at a monster-truck rally! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Cursed After developing a rash and several symptoms of pneumonia, 12-year-old Gabriel Reilich (Daryl Sabara) concludes that his Ouija board is right, and that he has been "cursed." House (Hugh Laurie), of course, is certain that there is a more logical answer, but to get that answer he'll have to penetrate the wall of silence erected by Gabriel's wealthy and powerful father (Nestor Carbonell). Meanwhile, Chase (Jeff Spencer) is none too pleased when his rheumotologist father (Patrick Bachau) flies in from Australia--especially when Chase Sr. seems to hit it off with House! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
  • Monk: Season Three & Four

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    Includes:Monk: Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine (2004) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month (2004) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Game Show (2004) Monk: Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather (2004) Monk: Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan (2004) Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Fired (2004) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Blackout (2004) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Panic Room (2004) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf (2004) Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to the Office (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Stuck in Traffic (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to Vegas (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Election (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Kid (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Other Detective (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk Goes Home Again (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk Stays in Bed (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Drunk (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk and Mrs. Monk (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Red Herring (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk and Little Monk (2005) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage (2006) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Big Reward (2006) Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show (2006) Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty (2006) Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist (2006) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Astronaut (2006) Monk: Mr. Monk Bumps His Head (2006) Monk: Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is placed on a new medication which modifies his obsessive-compulsive disorder, making him a more relaxed and well-adjusted person--in fact, he's now so laid back that he's abandoned his conservative business suit in favor of a garishly flowered Hawaiian shirt! Unfortunately, Monk's gain is the SFPD's loss: The medication has seriously impaired his crimesolving abilities. As it happens, the "new" Monk could not have emerged at a less convenient time: Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) has been shot and wounded, and his assailant is still at large. This episode marks the last appearance of Bitty Schram as Monk's nurse-assistant Sharona Fleming. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month Not long after being voted "employee of the month" at a suburban Mega-Mart retail store, Edna Coruthers (Marie Cheatham) is killed in what appears to be a freak accident. Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is called in to investigate by the store's security manager Joe Christie (Enrico Colantoni), who suspects foul play. The assignment proves most distasteful for Monk, inasmuch as Christie is his ex-partner, who'd been thrown off the force for stealing drugs. Despite his animosity toward Christie, Monk manages to figure out that Edna was, indeed, murdered--but NOT for what seems to be the most obvious motive. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and the Game Show Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is reunited with his former father-in-law Dwight Ellison (Bob Gunton), the producer of the popular TV game show "Treasure Chest." Convinced that the game's current champion Val Birch (Larry Brandenberg) is cheating, Ellison asks Monk to investigate. The solution to the mystery rests in the fact that "Treasure Chest" host Roddy Lankman (John Michael Higgins) has recently murdered his personal assistant--but Monk will only be able to crack the case if he becomes a contestant himself. This episode introduces Jarrad Paul as Monk's obnoxious upstairs neighbor Kevin Dorfman, and, in a flashback sequence, Melora Hardin as Monk's late wife Trudy (a role previously essayed by Stella Rusich). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is hired by West Coast Mafia chieftan Salvatore Lucarelli (Philip Baker Hall) to locate a murderer and avert an all-out mob war. Our hero's investigation takes him far beyond the sphere of Lucarelli's empire and plunks him into the headquarters of the Chinatown gang run by Jimmy Lu (Brian Tee). As Monk assembles the clues and arrives at a surprising conclusion, his nurse-assistant Sharona (Bitty Schram) is wooed by Lucarelli's nephew Tony (Lochlyn Munro), a charmingly modest young man who isn't connected with any of his family's criminal activities...or is he? ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan Season Three of Monk begins as a clue to the identity of his wife's murderer brings obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) to New York City, along with his nurse-assistant Sharona (Bitty Schram) and his former SFPD colleagues Capt. Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Lt. Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford). Almost immediately upon arrival, Monk witnesses the killing of the Latvian Ambassador. NYPD Captain Cage (Mykelti Williamson) thinks that the motive was political, but Monk suspects otherwise. Even so, Monk wants no part of the investigation--until Cage tells him that unless he helps find the murderer, he will not be allowed access to Warrick Tennyson (Frank Collison), the man who may or may not be able to solve the killing of Monk's beloved wife Trudy. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Fired When his germophobia causes him to bungle a murder investigation and accidentally destroy valuable evidence, Monk's detective's license is revoked by Mr. Brooks (Saverio Guerra), San Francisco's ill-tempered new police commissioner. As Monk (Tony Shalhoub) scrambles around for a new job, Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) attempt to pin the murder on a man named Paul Harley (Brennan Elliott)--while the irascible Commissioner is plagued by a mysterious assailant who repeatedly tries to steal his hat! Ultimately, Monk digs up a connection between the killer and the hat thief, just as his friends at the Police Force stumble upon a foolproof (and hilarious) method to get our hero's job back. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and the Blackout An act of sabotage causes a string of power blackouts in San Francisco--not to mention three deaths. Monk (Tony Shalhoub) unearths evidence indicating that the man responsible for the chaos is anti-military activist Winston Brenner. Well and good--except that Winston Brenner died nine years ago. This doesn't stop Monk from ardently pursuing the murderous "corpse", who has apparently struck again and claimed a fourth victim. Watch for a fleeting reference to Silence of the Lambs (1991), in which Monk regular Ted Levine (Captain Stottlemeyer) played wily serial killer "Buffalo Bill." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and the Panic Room Monk (Tony Shalhoub) takes on his most unusual client when a chimpanzee named Darwin (played by Mowgli of The Dennis Miller Show fame) is accused of killing record producer Ian Blackburn (Stewart McLennan), who was hiding in his supposedly impenetrable "panic room" at the time of his death. Despite his mortal fear of the overaffectionate and highly unsanitary Darwin, Monk quickly sets about following the trail of clues, which lead to Blackburn's far-from-faithful widow Chloe (Carmen Electra) and the dead man's security expect Kurt Wolff (Brad Hawkins). Meanwhile, Sharona (Bitty Schram) pulls off a daring midnight rescue of Darwin on the night of his scheduled "execution"--and installs the chimp in Monk's spotless, germ-free apartment (well, it WAS spotless and germ-free, anyway...) ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf Sharona (Bitty Schram) insists that she's been confronted by a dying man soaked in blood, but when Monk (Tony Shalhoub) investigates the body has disappeared and the "crime scene" is spotless. In the days that follow, Sharona comes face to face with the bloodied man on two further occasions, but is unable to convince anyone of what she's seen. Worried that she's been merely hallucinating, Sharona takes a few days off while her nurse friend Varla (Niecy Nash) takes her place. Before long, Monk is investigating whether or not Sharona has been telling the truth...if only to escape from the overbearing Varla! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to the Office To investigate the murder of a parking-garage attendant and the seemingly unmotivated assault on stock analyst Warren Kemp (Eddie McClintock), Monk (Tony Shalhoub) goes undercover as a temporary office worker. As the days wear on, he finds he enjoys his work regimen and the company of fellow worker Abby (Jennifer Hall), but he's less fond of the fiercely competitive Chilton Handy (Christopher Neiman), who emerges as the chief suspect. Meanwhile, Natalie (Traylor Howard) begins to feel left out of things as Monk pals around with his new coworkers and even participates in an office bowling tournament--but this doesn't prevent Natalie from stumbling upon the clue that solve the mystery. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Stuck in Traffic Monk (Tony Shalhoub), Natalie (Traylor Howard) and Julie (Emmy Clarke) are stuck in a massive traffic jam, caused by a multicar pile-up. Leaving his car to find out how long he's going to be detained, Monk stumbles upon clues indicating that the traffic accident was the end result of a murder. As he tries to solve the crime, Monk is faced with another crisis when Julie is suddenly seized by an urgent Call of Nature--and this little inconvenience brings our hero face to face with the rock group Korn (playing themselves), who unexpectedly provide Monk with the obligatory vital clue! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to Vegas Although the death of the wife of millionaire Las Vegas casino owner Daniel Thorn (James Brolin) has been ruled accidental by the local authorities, Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine), who's in Vegas to attend a bachelor party, suspects foul play--and accordingly, calls Monk (Tony Shalhoub) onto the scene. Monk agrees that Mrs. Thorn's demise was no accident, but is stymied by a contradictory clue: How could the victim have been heard screaming for her life if she died of strangulation? And elsewhere in Sin City, Stottlemeyer's assistant Lt. Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) is trying his luck at the blackjack table--but the luck is all bad until Monk shows up and pulls a "Rain Man" with his photographic memory! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and the Election To prevent her daughter's school from being closed, Natalie (Traylor Howard) runs for a school board election. Unfortunately, someone connected with the election inexplicably bears a grudge against Natalie--and that someone is willing to commit murder. Investigating the bizarre attempts against Natalie's life, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) discovers that all the weapons used were made in Chechnya, leading him to the proverbial Most Likely Suspect. So now Monk knows who wants to see Natalie dead...but he still doesn't know why! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and the Kid Brooke Adams, the wife of Monk star Tony Shalhoub, appears in this final episode of the series' third season as Abigail Carlyle, the mother of violin prodigy Daniel Carlyle...and a key player in a bizarre extortion plot. Monk is called in to investigate after a 22-month-old kid named Tommy (played by twins Preston Shores and Trevor Shores) shows up carrying a severed human finger in his tiny fist. The clues lead Monk to deduce that the finger belonged to a violin player, and this leads him to a meeting with the Carlyles. It doesn't take long for Monk to realize that "Daniel Carlyle" is an impostor, and that the real Daniel has been kidnapped--and to top it off, THIS crime is inextricably linked to little Tommy's grisly discovery. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and the Other Detective Season Four of Monk begins as obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) seemingly meets his match in the form of private eye Marty Eels (Jason Alexander), whose disheveled appearance and careless manner evidently masks a keen analytical mind. Both Monk and Eels are working on robbery-murder at a jewelry store, and Monk is none too pleased that his rival is continually two steps ahead of him in uncovering evidence and arriving at the right conclusions--in fact, Eels' skills are something short of miraculous! Eventually, Monk discovers that Eels has been cheating all along with the help of his mother (!)...and it is a suddenly humbled and contrite Marty Eels who begs Monk's help when his duplicity puts his mom in harm's way. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Goes Home Again John Turturro returns in the role of Ambrose Monk, the agoraphobic older brother of obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub). In the middle of a murder investigation, Monk is summoned to Ambrose's home for a possible reunion with the boys' long-lost father. Upon arrival, Monk is hit squarely between the eyes with another mystery, this one involving a Halloween trick-or-treater who resorts to violence to get something more than candy. Ingredients essential to the action are a dead pigeon, a poisoned chocolate bar, and a real-life Frankenstein monster! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Stays in Bed While Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is in bed with the flu, Natalie (Traylor Howard) takes it upon herself to solve the murder of a pizza deliveryman. First off, she finds that the man killed is not man she thought he was. Next, she turns burglar to harvest a few likely clues, only to discover that a sinister figure has been watching her every move. And finally, she is taken hostage by the chief suspect in the case that Monk had been working on before he fell ill. As so often happens on Monk, two seemingly unrelated homicides are inextricably linked--but Natalie may not live long enough to find this out. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Drunk Accompanied by Natalie (Traylor Howard), Monk (Tony Shalhoub) goes on his annual pilgrimage to wine country, there to check in at the same bed and breakfast where he and his late wife Trudy spent their honeymoon. But this sentimental journey is interrupted by an obnoxious guest named Larry Zwibell (Daniel Roebuck), and by Monk's uncharacteristic display of drunkenness. Upon sobering up, Monk is amazed to learn that no one else has seen the intrusive Mr. Zwibell; indeed, it is highly likely that the man never existed! As it turns out, this little mystery is interwoven with a murder in which the victim was a mob accountant (Larry Clarke)--and inevitably, Monk must put his vacation on hold to solve both cases (but not before getting drunk a second time!) ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and Mrs. Monk Can it be that Monk's beloved wife Trudy, reportedly killed by a bomb blast in 1997, is still alive? That's what Valerie (Traylor Howard) thinks when she sees a woman (Melora Hardin) who not only looks like Trudy, but is also overheard admitting that she faked her own death to save her family from the vengeance of the extremist group which may have ordered the bombing. Naturally, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is exultant over this news, but Valerie suspects that something is terribly, terribly wrong here--and her suspicions are apparently confirmed when "Trudy" is seen lingering around the body of a murdered man named Ellinghouse (Harve Presnell). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and the Red Herring This episode introduces Traylor Howard in the role of Monk's new assistant , single mom Natalie Teeger. Monk (Tony Shalhoub) meets Natalie in a typically unorthodox fashion, after she kills a burglar who had broken into her home--apparently for the purpose of stealing her pet fish! Investigating the reasons behind this bizarre set of circumstances, Monk follows the clues to a science fair. . .and in the process draws ever closer to Natalie, whom he hopes will fill the void left in his life when his former nurse-assistant Sharona Fleming left San Francisco to remarry her ex-husband in New Jersey. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra Author John Ricca (Harry Groener) is murdered, apparently for writing a nasty, warts-and-all biography of legendary Kung Fu movie star Sonny "The Cobra" Chow. In the course of his investigation, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) gathers evidence which seems to indicate beyond doubt that Ricca was murdered by Sonny Chow himself. But this theory may not hold up in court: Sonny Chow has been dead for six years! Before this baffling case is solved, Monk has a too-close-for-comfort confrontation with the real killer, and ends up being buried alive--a grisly fate by anyone's standards, but especially so for a man with a crippling fear of both dirt and the dark. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever After witnessing a Chinese mob killing, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is placed in protective custody by Federal Agent Grooms (Josh Stamberg) and bundled off to a remote woodland cabin. Unable to sleep so far away from his natural habitat, Monk becomes oversensitized to the Sounds of the Night--including what seems to be a cry for help. The next morning, Monk's new neighbor Martin Willowby (Glenn Morshower) turns up missing, and Willowby's wife Melora (Faith Prince) is acting in a most peculiar fashion. Meanwhile, back in San Francisco, Lt. Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) is apprised of a new danger facing Monk when he reads a Chinese fortune cookie! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa Monk interrupts its fourth-season schedule to offer this special Christmas episode, in which Monk (Tony Shalhoub) and his friends agree to anonymously exchange "Secret Santa" presents at the annual police department Christmas party. One such present is quite a surprise for Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine)--a bottle of poisoned wine intended for him but delivered by mistake to another detective, who promptly drops dead! Stottlemeyer is convinced that his would-be murderer is vengeance-driven Frank Prager (Gill Gayle), who had earlier taken some shots at the Captain outside a bar. But after a thorough investigation, Monk can't help but feel that Prager is innocent...and that maybe the "accidental" murder victim was the real target all along! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding Natalie (Traylor Howard) and Lt. Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) attend the wedding of her brother Jonathan (Robert P. Benedict)--an event that is anything but festive for Natalie, since she has been long on the outs with her wealthy and highly judgmental parents. Soon, however, Natalie has a lot more to worry about than family friction when Disher is seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident. Arriving on the scene, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) begins questioning all the guests, despite his discomfort over the possibility that one of Natalie's relatives--or even Theresa (Ashley Williams), the bride-to-be--is a potential murderer. Just before the case is solved, a hostage crisis breaks out during the cutting of the wedding cake! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and Little Monk Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is unexpectedly reunited with Sherry Judd (Donna Bullock), on whom he'd harbored a hopeless crush in his junior high school days. But it's hardly a happy reunion: Someone has murdered Sherry's housekeeper and defaced a valuable painting of her grandmother. As Monk investigates the case on Sherry's behalf, he repeatedly recalls incidents from his troubled childhood, incidents which seem to be paralleled by current events involving Sherry's ex-husband Michael Norfleet (David Hunt)--who of course had been Monk's principal rival for Sherry's affections back in the day. The story reaches its startling climax when a hitherto unsuspected third party--yet another of Sherry's childhood sweethearts--makes himself known. Grant Rosenmeyer is seen as the younger Adrian Monk. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) is distracted from an ongoing murder investigation when he suspects that his wife Karen (Glenne Headly) is having an affair with arrogant young police sergeant Ryan Sharkey (Nicky Katt). Thus it is that Monk (Tony Shalhoub) must not only keep tabs on a murder witness named Gerald (Robert Clendenin), but he must also begin shadowing the elusive Karen. The rest of the story is a maelstrom of wounded feelings, sudden bursts of fisticuffs, and loud remonstrations...and wouldn't you know that, somehow, some way, the destinies of both Sgt. Sharkey and Gerald are inextricably linked? ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and the Big Reward Monk (Tony Shalhoub) sets about to locate the world-famous Alexander diamond, for which a million-dollar reward has been offered. Quickly absorbing the clues at hand, Monk deduces that the diamond was stolen by Danny Chasen (Daniel Browning Smith). Alas, Chasen has already been murdered, so Monk is forced to chase down several other leads, most of them leading nowhere. Meanwhile, the folks at police headquarters have their hands full with a persistent nutcase named Jennie Mandeville (Jamie Brown), who habitually confesses to crimes that haven't taken place--or have they? Much of the action is devoted to the exploits of retired Scotland Yard detective St. Claire (Derrick O'Connor), a techno-happy detective named Rufus (DJ Qualls), and an oafish bounty hunter named Dirk (Tyler Mane), suggesting that this episode may have been intended as the pilot for a spinoff series. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show His characteristic nitpicking over the condition of his shirts leads Monk (Tony Shalhoub) to a young man named Pablo Ortiz (Alejandro Chaban), who has been jailed for the murder of fashion model Clea Vance. Believing Pablo to be innocent, Monk makes a foray into the world of high fashion, where he meets egotistical designer Julian Hodge (Malcolm McDowell). A second murder convinces Monk that Hodge is the guilty party--but before he can close in on the culprit, Monk must overcome his disgust at the sight of superthin supermodels forcing themselves to throw up just before marching down the runway! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty It promises to be a busy week at the Federal courthouse in this final episode of Monk's fourth season. The Feds are prepared to escort "most-wanted" criminal Miguel Escobar (Carlos Gomez) to his long-overdue trial, and Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is summoned to jury duty on a minor robbery case. Though it makes him queasy to be locked in a room with eleven strangers, Monk appears to be in no hurry to leave when he is the only one to vote "Not Guilty." As he tries to sway the other jurors to his way of thinking, Monk finds himself saddled with another legal headache when the body of a dead woman is found stuffed in a dumpster just outside the courtroom. This being Monk, it is virtually a foregone conclusion that our hero's "Not Guilty" ballot, the woman's death, and the impending Escobar trial are all linked together. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist In most Monk episodes, the sanity of obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is a matter of debate. This time, however, it is Monk's police colleague Lt. Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) who is suspected of temporary insanity. While under sedation in a dentist's chair, Disher sees--or thinks he sees--dentist Dr. Bloom (Jon Favreau) commit a murder. Unfortunately, no one believes Disher's story, not even his superior Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine), and as result the lieutenant quits the force in disgust. Determined to prove that he was not hallucinating under the influence of anesthesia, Disher asks Monk (Tony Shalhoub). Before the story has reached its conclusion, Monk has uncovered a complex scheme involving stolen bank certificates--and has left himself wide open (or is it "open wide"?) for a painful dental demise right out of Marathon Man. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk and the Astronaut Monk (Tony Shalhoub) runs the risk of offending the entire country when he suspects that much-beloved astronaut Steve Wagner (Jeffrey Donovan) has murdered his ex-lover Joanne Raphaelson (Brianna Brown). Unfortunately for Monk, Wagner has an alibi that is literally air-tight: At the time of Joanne's death, he was in outer space! But setbacks of this nature have never kept Monk down for long, and as the story progresses he gathers the clues necessary to keep Wagner permanently grounded--and the "clincher" may be nothing more out-of-the-ordinary than a faulty garage door. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Monk: Mr. Monk Bumps His Head After a blow on the head, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) awakens in the tiny backwater town of Purnell, Wyoming, with both his memory and all traces of his identification gone. As Monk tries to figure out what's happened, a local woman named Cora (Laurie Metcalf) appears, declaring that he is her husband--and with no proof to the contrary, Monk takes Cora at her word, returning to her house and acting the role of dutiful helpmate! By and by, however, Monk's inherent detective skills begin to resurface, and soon he is investigating the mysterious disappearance of a waitress named Debbie (Bre Blair)--which may or may not be linked with the fate that has recently befallen local big shot Roger Zisk (Jim Parrack), whose body is covered with painful bee stings! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide