Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Monk the detective

Recently, I have been watching Monk via Hulu.

Monk is a TV series in the USA broadcasted from 2002 to 2009. Mr. Adrian Monk was a legendary police detective in the past. However, after his wife was killed by a bombing crime, he began to be suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He retired from the police, and then he is engaged in criminal investigations as a private detective.

His disease, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is one of common neuroses. The patients are so nervous that they have to check, wash, or do other kind of behaviors which relieve them from anxiety repeatedly. Mr. Monk cannot take anything which is possible to be polluted without gloves. He always counts the number of fence he watches. He is sometimes attacked by an impulse to arrange a wrinkle of the clothes someone else wears. These behaviors often cause trouble.

In an episode, Mr. Monk tried to open a conversation with a witness. Just after shaking hands with the black man, Mr. Monk immediately wiped his hands with wet tissues. Watching his act, the witness was so irritated. It is not surprising that Mr. Monk was misidentified as a racist.
This scene is quite impressive as including some deep problems. Racism is of course wicked thought. However, if the witness had recognized the mental disorder of Mr. Monk, he would not have gotten angered. Misunderstanding is always the enemy of mutual relationship, especially they are stigmatized.

Monk has lots of episodes. I have seen just several ones. I will continue to watch them.

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