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SECRET AGENT MAN

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Full Name: Monk
Codename: 90222
Nationality: American
Organization: Unnamed Agency
Occupation Agent

Creator: Barry Josephson, Richard Regen, Barry Sonnenfeld
Time Span: 2000 - 2000

ABOUT THE SERIES

Secret Agent Man, aka Monk, is an agent with an unnamed covert American intelligence agency.

According to the theme song for this man's adventures, an updated version of Johnny Rivers' smash hit from 1966 originally used for a different government operative, "they've given you a number and taken away your name". For Monk that number is 90222. In addition, though, 'they' have also given the agents of this organization new names. Each of these single-word names are taken from well known jazz musicians. In the case of the lead agent we follow, it is Thelonious Monk. For his colleagues in the group, it is Billie Holliday and Miles Davis and Louis Prima with their boss using the last name of Dave Brubeck.

When we first meet Monk, he is likely in his mid-30s and has been on the job in one capacity or another for some time. He is considered about the best the organization, or any of its competitors and opponents, have. He is daring, dashing, and deadly. He is ultra smooth and sauve and sophisticated, not to mention charming to a fault and glib with a ready remark. He is also extremely prone to disappearing on another pleasure jaunt whenever the mood strikes him, so much so that his associate, the beautiful and much put-upon female operative Holliday, has created a program to "track Monk's dates and probable locations on his time off". Of course, being Monk, he has secretly learned of it and discovered how to counter it.

The secret organization for which these people work is apparently international in nature as we are told in the first adventure that an incoming message from an enemy group, Trinity, was being received at Brubeck's hi-tech facility as well as at London, Rome, Tokyo, and Paris bureaus. Who funds it and what its exact mission statement is remains a secret.

Monk's teammates are as interesting and qualified as he is. Holliday is a beautiful highly intelligent blonde woman in her early 30's. Davis is roughly the same age, a black man who is extremely well-dressed and snazzy looking, more than a little 'by-the-book' and irritated by Monk's freewheeling ways, but he is also sharp and knows how to take care of himself. Brubeck a 50+ white male balding curmudgeon of a man who has paid his dues in the field years before and knows how things really work 'out there'. And Prima is a gorgeous, sensuous dark haired white woman who had been with the team once before but had betrayed them and now wants back in.

Good Lines:
- Said to and about Monk by his boss, Brubeck, "Women in general seem to cause your brain to short-circuit."

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:12
First Appearance:2000
Last Appearance:2000
Network:UPN

REGULAR CAST
Costas MandylorMonk [ 1 ]
Dina MeyerHoliday [ 1 ]
Dondre T. WhitfieldDavis [ 1 ]
Paul GuilfoyleBrubeck [ 1 ]
Musetta VanderPrima [ 1 ]
1 From Prima with Love
Episode S1-1, first aired 03/07/2000
Director: Perry Lang
Writers: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz, Chris Dickie

A cocky secret agent battles global menaces with the help of two sidekicks. In the opener, a beautiful spy asks Monk to help her defect, but her ex-comrades are threatening to destroy global technology if she is not returned.

2 Back to School
Episode S1-2, first aired 03/14/2000
Director: Jefery Levy
Writer: Rick Copp

Holiday's mission to protect a scientist researching a smallpox vaccine leads the agent to her old school, where a terrorist plots to steal the formula, using the scientist's daughter as bait.

3 WhupSumAss
Episode S1-3, first aired 03/21/2000
Director: Greg Beeman
Writer: Sandy Frank

Davis tries to keep a former scientist-turned-wrestler out of Trinity's grasp when the terrorists plot to access the classified data hidden deep within the brawler's brain.

4 Like Father, Like Monk
Episode S1-4, first aired 03/28/2000
Director: Paul Abascal
Writer: Adam Sigel

Monk teams up with his father, an ex-agent, to track down a terrorist who uses a computer virus to alter the trajectories of missiles.

5 Supernaked
Episode S1-5, first aired 04/04/2000
Director: Jefery Levy
Writer: Joel Fields

The assassinations of top agency officials put Monk and Holiday on the trail of a voluptuous assassin, whose physical attributes have been genetically enhanced by a warped tycoon

6 The Elders
Episode S1-6, first aired 05/26/2000
Director: Craig Zisk
Writer: Elizabeth M. Cosin

The murder of a Presidential candidate leads Monk to the Elders, a collective that rigs U.S. elections. Only now, it's being used by the Russian Mafia to take control of the country

7 The Face
Episode S1-7, first aired 06/02/2000
Director: Sarah Pia Anderson
Writer: Greg Plageman

The theft of a Martian meteor leads Monk and Holiday into a cult led by a charismatic madman who plots to use a killer microbe inherent in the rock to decimate humanity.

8 Sleepers
Episode S1-8, first aired 06/09/2000
Director: Deran Serafian
Writer: Chris Dickie

Monk teams with a sexy Russian spy to prevent a mistakenly reactivated deep-cover KGB agent from using an experimental submarine to launch missiles at New York.

9 Uncle S.A.M.
Episode S1-9, first aired 07/07/2000
Director: Andy Wolk
Writer: Paul Redford

A street urchin attaches herself to Monk when the agent becomes the target of a legendary assassin during an operation to smuggle plans for a Chinese stealth missile out of Hong Kong.

10 Fail-Safe
Episode S1-10, first aired 07/14/2000
Director: Bo Welch
Writer: Chris Dickie

An ace Trinity operative hijacks an agency aircraft and kidnaps Brubeck as part of a plot to destroy Washington D.C. with a nuclear warhead.

11 TKO Henry
Episode S1-11, first aired 07/21/2000
Director: Stuart Gillard
Writer: Michael Duggan

Monk and Holiday team with technical expert Davis to locate a telekinetic boy who is being used to launch missiles from a NATO satellite.

12 Breach
Episode S1-12, first aired 07/28/2000
Director: James Quinn
Writers: Joel Fields, Brent V. Friedman

Monk's old sparring partner Prima enlists the services of a brilliant spy called the Possum to hack into the agency's database.

MY COMMENTS

I remember when I watched the first show of series on television, I was certain it would not last. I was sorry for that realization but knew it to be true.

The show was too ... cutesy. It wanted to entertain far more than it wanted to tell a story and in so doing, it missed.

Now, I have been a big Paul Guilfoyle fan for many years and Dina Meyer is always a pleasure to see on the screen whether she is playing a good person or a not-so-good one. Both routinely deliver solid performances but the material has to be there for them.

Still, it was fun revisiting the show.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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