In "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine" the famously anti-medication Adrian Monk is convinced by Dr. Kroger to try a new and highly touted psych med, which in fact works very well in largely relieving his phobias and anxieties with no notable medical side effects. But without the excuse of his suffering, everyone found "The Monk" to be an insufferable ass. Plus, he lost his detective super powers, as it were. In his parlance, he lost the gift along with the curse. In the end, he quits the medicine, but it's not really for professional or social reasons at all.
He really quit the medicine because he could no longer conjure Trudy. Here are images of Adrian Monk at the beginning before starting the meds conjuring up a fantasy of Trudy to talk with by smelling her pillow, which he keeps zipped up in a plastic bag. They have fairly involved conversations with Adrian imagining what Trudy would say to him. In this case, she was expressing how she hated to see him suffer. This ritual became a little corner of Monk mythology, referred to in later episodes. But this little trick didn't work while he was taking his meds. Without an explanation in words, Monk chooses suffering with occasional visits from Trudy over relief. But you can see a different kind of relief in the final images of the epilogue as Monk goes to sleep with his imaginary Trudy lying next to him.
I'm afraid of change, and I'm afraid of not changing.
I want you to be happy. That's all I've ever wanted.
TRUDY MONK'S MEDICINE PILLOW IMAGES 1 2 3 4
MONK PHOTO GALLERIES
VACUUM CLEANER DANCE
MONK'S BIKE RIDE
DENOUEMENT This is the climax of the series. You shouldn't look at this page until you've seen it.
TRUDY MONK PHOTO GALLERIES
TRUDY MONK IMAGES 1 2 3 4
STELLINA RUSICH PLAYED TRUDY IN SEASON 1
TRUDY MONK'S FIRST HAUNTING - PILOT IMAGES 1 2 3 4
TRUDY MONK VS OTHER WOMAN IMAGES 1 2 3 4
LINDY NEWTON SPECIAL APPEARANCE AS YOUNG TRUDY MONK
TRUDY AND ADRIAN MONK'S FIRST MEETING IMAGES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
MELORA HARDIN PLAYED TRUDY FROM SEASON THREE FORWARD
TRUDY MONK'S MEDICINE PILLOW IMAGES 1 2 3 4
MEETING TRUDY MONK'S PARENTS 1 2 3 4 5 6
IMPOSTER TRUDY MONK IMAGES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
BURIED ALIVE WITH TRUDY MONK IMAGES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
TRUDY AND ADRIAN MONK'S LAST HOUR IMAGES 1 2 3 4 5
TRUDY MONK MURDER IMAGES 1 2 3 4 5
LAST VISION OF TRUDY MONK IMAGES 1 2 3 4
TRUDY MONK VIDEO GIFT IMAGES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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