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Fridge Brilliance

  • I was watching an episode of Monk, Monk was auditioning for an editorial job, and in Monk's stiff and unemotional manner (it is funny to watch, and good acting on the part of Tony Shalhoub, who plays Monk), he tries to break the ice with a joke from Marmaduke. I gave a short chuckle due to the way Monk performed the joke and failed to break the ice. At first, I didn't get it, and I also didn't get why he would like a comic based on something he is afraid of. But while at dinner that night, I laughed and finally got why Monk's joke was worse than I thought: him telling a Marmaduke joke was futile because it is a very visual strip and does not translate well to a verbal joke. I also figured out why he likes the strip: it isn't funny. He isn't a very fun person (he's fun to watch though) and getting humor out of a dry and unfunny strip shows just how dull of a person he is. Who knew there was that much depth in a throw away joke! But, everything in Monk is deep, considering it is a Howdunnit. The joke is funny, deep, and fits well with theme and the character. Man, the scriptwritters are AWESOME!
  • At first the reveal of Trudy's killer and his motive seemed like an asspull, but in hindsight the point was that in the end Rickover was really no different from all the other guys monk imprisoned. He was just a petty little man who killed for petty reasons.
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