"Mr. Monk Goes to the Bank" is one of the most painful hours I have ever spent with my television. There are a handful of scenes in film and TV that make me wince, but rarely do I sit through an entire episode that hinges on mishandling the opening of a lock.
The Great Brain books were some of my favorite when I was a kid, but I hadn't thought of them in more than a decade. Then, as I was trying to expand the scope of this project to include books, an old memory, from long before I knew anything about locks or lock picking, came to the fore. I vaguely... (more)