Was amazing of course. The mystery behind Trudy's murder was actually a little weak, and seemed forced, but the final half an hour was pure television poetry. Don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it, but fans of the show will definitely walk away happy. While the writing and case aspect of the show regressed in the final couple of season, the acting got incrementally better over time, as all four of the main characters improved in their roles, and the shows viewers couldn't help but grow with them. For those of you who haven't seen the show, here are my 5 favorite episodes, so start here, and if even one person becomes a fan of the show because of this blog, then it will be a success. Amazing show, amazing cast, and I will never forget it. Side-by-side with The Shield for my favorite show ever.
#5 (tie)- "Mr. Monk and Sharona" (Season 8): Sharona comes back to San Francisco after a death in the family, although the "case"/"accident" gets complicated and Natalie and Sharona get at each other's throats, with helpless Monk hopelessly trapped in the middle. Loved the ending of this episode too; always loved Randy and Sharona together. They're going to be a great couple.
#4- "Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike" (Season 5): The title really says it all. Pure hilarity the entire episode.
#3- "Mr. Monk and the Panic Room" (Season 3): Let's just say at some point in the episode there is an ape in Monk's house, that absolutely tears the place to shreds. Probably the five funniest minutes in television history, right alongside the "pivot" scene from Friends.
#2- "Mr. Monk and the Kid" (Season 3): Monk temporarily adopts a 2 year old kid who is a key witness in a possible murder or kidnapping case. The two form an immediate bond, until Monk inevitably has to let the kid go, because as he puts it "he can barely take care of himself". A heartbreaking episode, but incredibly well-written.
#1- "Mr. Monk is On the Run" (Season 6): A two part episode where Monk is framed for the murder of one of the men that planned the killing of his wife. Not as much comedy in these episodes, but a character-building episode where Monk overcomes some of his phobias, and his relationship with his assistant Natalie is cemented as "best friend" and not just assistant.