“A delightful fix for all of us Monk addicts” (JoyStory Review of “Mr. Monk Helps Himself”)

September 20, 2013

This is a delightful fix for all of us Monk addicts.  Captain Stottlemeyer, Adrian Monk and his assistant Natalie Teager are all here in all their comedic eccentricities.  Along with the city of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area, practically a character in its own right throughout the series.

My favorite thing about Hy Conrad’s presentation of our beloved defective detective mysteries is the development of the Natalie character who is also the narrator.  She is no longer in a position of subservience she is about to become Monk’s full partner in the consulting firm of Monk and Teager and stepping up into her life as a strong woman with a mind of her own and a belief in her right to use it.

Monk himself, the guy who can’t abide change, is also being set on a path that will offer him the choice to choose more of life’s happiness.  But will he?  There is even a romantic interest for him, beset though it is by the impact his many quirks can have on the sensitivities of a woman in a relationship.  It helps that Ellen, a close friend of Natalie’s, struggles with her own OCD issues.  This gives her insight, empathy and patience.  But only to a point.

The only problem I have with this story is that there won’t be a new one next week.  And another one the week after that…

Please don’t make us wait too long Mr. Conrad.  We might have to fight our withdrawal by counting our peas and carrots before adding them to the casserole and washing all the light bulbs in the house and using babywipes after every handshake.