Saturday, January 12, 2008

Friday Night Returns: Monk & Psych

Monk: Season 6, Episode 11 "Mr. Monk Joins A Cult" (B+)
Psych: Season 2, Episode 11 "There's Something About Mira" (B+)

In the midst of this strike and all the television it is keeping off the air, these pleasant Friday night USA offerings are a welcome return. The "Monk" episode was certainly fun though it was a touch bizzare, and the stunt casting of Howie Mandel of all people as the leader of a cult was outright weird. Monk's adjustments to life in the cult were hilarious to watch. On "Psych", the plotine is loopy and maybe a bit underdevloped but you have to love Gus' secret marriage and the test-score rivalry between Lassie and O'Hara. The craziest thing about "Psych" was the guest performance by Kerry Washington as Gus' ex. Never before have I seen such fascinating, inexplicable and unbounded energy from a character. I will truly remember Washington's guest spot for a while. I was pretty blown away. She was so chatty and talkative yet never really got annoying. That is impressive.

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