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Short summary

Monk's less than holiday mood is only worsened when he's accused of shooting Santa and becomes the most hated man in the city.

This marks the third time that Monk fired a gun. The first time being the Pilot, the second time was Mr. Monk Stuck in Traffic.

Karen Stottlemeyer (Glenne Headly) appears briefly during a clip in the opening montage. The clip in question was recycled from a scene in the season 4 episode "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage," when Monk and Natalie are following Karen through a mall.

The scene where the robbers take the Bethlehem Diamond includes a close up clip reused from Monk: Mr. Monk and the Big Reward (2006) where another identical diamond is stolen after the glass is shattered the same way.

The truck used by the crooks to block the intersection during the museum heist is the Belham Brothers Quarry truck from Monk: Mr. Monk and the Buried Treasure (2007).

Aired on the 66 year anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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    • Author: Golkree
    'Monk' has always been one of my most watched shows when needing comfort, to relax after a hard day, a good laugh or a way to spend a lazy weekend.

    While not quite as good as the previous episode "Mr Monk is Up All Night", "Mr Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa Claus" is still great nonetheless. Again, it's a different episode, at this point there were few 'Monk' episodes where Monk tries and struggles to clear his name. One really feels for him and roots for him to have a successful outcome. There have been some obvious mysteries on 'Monk' lately, like the previous episode if not as much this one is one where things are not what it seems and it is a brain-teaser. My only complaint here is the character of the reporter who is rather annoying.

    There are some nice character moments, with the main premise being done very well as are how people react to what Monk has or appears to have done. Particularly heart-warming moments were Julie trying to make Monk look good and Natalie trying to make him enjoy Christmas, both showing a lovely sympathetic side. "Mr Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa Claus" while doing something different felt closer to the original 'Monk', where the mysteries and character moments were both equally strong rather than adopting what some recent episodes did in being successful in the character moments and the mystery taking a back-seat and being too obvious. The characters are true to how they were originally.

    One of the best things about 'Monk' has always been the acting of Tony Shalhoub in the title role. It was essential for him to work and be the glue of the show, and Shalhoub not only is that but also at his very best he IS the show. Have always loved the balance of the humour, which is often hilarious, and pathos, which is sincere and touching. Everybody else support him very well.

    Writing is tight and thought-provoking with some knowing humour and poignancy. Monk's situation is done in a sympathetic albeit suspenseful way, and doesn't feel overdone or trivialised.

    The music is both understated and quirky. While there is a preference for the theme music for Season 1, Randy Newman's "It's a Jungle Out There" has grown on me overtime, found it annoying at first but appreciate its meaning and what it's trying to say much more now. The episode as always look slick and stylish.

    Altogether, a great episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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    • Author: Bluecliff
    Mr moron doesn't understand christmas or any other holiday unless its preceded by trudy ... its the magic password to turn off the moron obsessions and obsessives ...
  • Episode cast overview, first billed only:
    Tony Shalhoub Tony Shalhoub - Adrian Monk
    Traylor Howard Traylor Howard - Natalie Teeger
    Jason Gray-Stanford Jason Gray-Stanford - Lt. Randall Disher
    Ted Levine Ted Levine - Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
    Randle Mell Randle Mell - Michael Kenworthy
    Gina Philips Gina Philips - Brandy Barber
    Emmy Clarke Emmy Clarke - Julie Teeger
    Dorothy Constantine Dorothy Constantine - Alice Dubois
    Aaron Behr Aaron Behr - Jerry / Cameraman
    Larry Miller Larry Miller - Garrett Price
    Stanley Kamel Stanley Kamel - Dr. Charles Kroger
    Brit Shaw Brit Shaw - Salesgirl (as Brittany Shaw)
    David Grieco David Grieco - Thorn
    Isabella Acres Isabella Acres - Other Child
    Jeff Bowser Jeff Bowser - Carl
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