Monk: Season 3 (2004 - 2005)

Season 3

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Air date: Jun 18, 2004

Season Three of Monk begins as a clue to the identity of his wife's murderer brings obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) to New York City, along with his nurse-assistant Sharona (Bitty Schram) and his former SFPD colleagues Capt. Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Lt. Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford). Almost immediately upon arrival, Monk witnesses the killing of the Latvian Ambassador. NYPD Captain Cage (Mykelti Williamson) thinks that the motive was political, but Monk suspects otherwise. Even so, Monk wants no part of the investigation--until Cage tells him that unless he helps find the murderer, he will not be allowed access to Warrick Tennyson (Frank Collison), the man who may or may not be able to solve the killing of Monk's beloved wife Trudy.

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Air date: Jun 25, 2004

Monk (Tony Shalhoub) takes on his most unusual client when a chimpanzee named Darwin (played by Mowgli of The Dennis Miller Show fame) is accused of killing record producer Ian Blackburn (Stewart McLennan), who was hiding in his supposedly impenetrable "panic room" at the time of his death. Despite his mortal fear of the overaffectionate and highly unsanitary Darwin, Monk quickly sets about following the trail of clues, which lead to Blackburn's far-from-faithful widow Chloe (Carmen Electra) and the dead man's security expect Kurt Wolff (Brad Hawkins). Meanwhile, Sharona (Bitty Schram) pulls off a daring midnight rescue of Darwin on the night of his scheduled "execution"--and installs the chimp in Monk's spotless, germ-free apartment (well, it WAS spotless and germ-free, anyway...)

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Air date: Jul 9, 2004

An act of sabotage causes a string of power blackouts in San Francisco--not to mention three deaths. Monk (Tony Shalhoub) unearths evidence indicating that the man responsible for the chaos is anti-military activist Winston Brenner. Well and good--except that Winston Brenner died nine years ago. This doesn't stop Monk from ardently pursuing the murderous "corpse", who has apparently struck again and claimed a fourth victim. Watch for a fleeting reference to Silence of the Lambs (1991), in which Monk regular Ted Levine (Captain Stottlemeyer) played wily serial killer "Buffalo Bill."

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Air date: Jul 16, 2004

When his germophobia causes him to bungle a murder investigation and accidentally destroy valuable evidence, Monk's detective's license is revoked by Mr. Brooks (Saverio Guerra), San Francisco's ill-tempered new police commissioner. As Monk (Tony Shalhoub) scrambles around for a new job, Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) attempt to pin the murder on a man named Paul Harley (Brennan Elliott)--while the irascible Commissioner is plagued by a mysterious assailant who repeatedly tries to steal his hat! Ultimately, Monk digs up a connection between the killer and the hat thief, just as his friends at the Police Force stumble upon a foolproof (and hilarious) method to get our hero's job back.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2004

Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is hired by West Coast Mafia chieftan Salvatore Lucarelli (Philip Baker Hall) to locate a murderer and avert an all-out mob war. Our hero's investigation takes him far beyond the sphere of Lucarelli's empire and plunks him into the headquarters of the Chinatown gang run by Jimmy Lu (Brian Tee). As Monk assembles the clues and arrives at a surprising conclusion, his nurse-assistant Sharona (Bitty Schram) is wooed by Lucarelli's nephew Tony (Lochlyn Munro), a charmingly modest young man who isn't connected with any of his family's criminal activities...or is he?

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Air date: Jul 30, 2004

Sharona (Bitty Schram) insists that she's been confronted by a dying man soaked in blood, but when Monk (Tony Shalhoub) investigates the body has disappeared and the "crime scene" is spotless. In the days that follow, Sharona comes face to face with the bloodied man on two further occasions, but is unable to convince anyone of what she's seen. Worried that she's been merely hallucinating, Sharona takes a few days off while her nurse friend Varla (Niecy Nash) takes her place. Before long, Monk is investigating whether or not Sharona has been telling the truth...if only to escape from the overbearing Varla!

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Air date: Aug 6, 2004

Not long after being voted "employee of the month" at a suburban Mega-Mart retail store, Edna Coruthers (Marie Cheatham) is killed in what appears to be a freak accident. Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is called in to investigate by the store's security manager Joe Christie (Enrico Colantoni), who suspects foul play. The assignment proves most distasteful for Monk, inasmuch as Christie is his ex-partner, who'd been thrown off the force for stealing drugs. Despite his animosity toward Christie, Monk manages to figure out that Edna was, indeed, murdered--but NOT for what seems to be the most obvious motive.

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Air date: Aug 13, 2004

Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is reunited with his former father-in-law Dwight Ellison (Bob Gunton), the producer of the popular TV game show "Treasure Chest." Convinced that the game's current champion Val Birch (Larry Brandenberg) is cheating, Ellison asks Monk to investigate. The solution to the mystery rests in the fact that "Treasure Chest" host Roddy Lankman (John Michael Higgins) has recently murdered his personal assistant--but Monk will only be able to crack the case if he becomes a contestant himself. This episode introduces Jarrad Paul as Monk's obnoxious upstairs neighbor Kevin Dorfman, and, in a flashback sequence, Melora Hardin as Monk's late wife Trudy (a role previously essayed by Stella Rusich).

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Air date: Aug 20, 2004

Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is placed on a new medication which modifies his obsessive-compulsive disorder, making him a more relaxed and well-adjusted person--in fact, he's now so laid back that he's abandoned his conservative business suit in favor of a garishly flowered Hawaiian shirt! Unfortunately, Monk's gain is the SFPD's loss: The medication has seriously impaired his crimesolving abilities. As it happens, the "new" Monk could not have emerged at a less convenient time: Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) has been shot and wounded, and his assailant is still at large. This episode marks the last appearance of Bitty Schram as Monk's nurse-assistant Sharona Fleming.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2005

This episode introduces Traylor Howard in the role of Monk's new assistant , single mom Natalie Teeger. Monk (Tony Shalhoub) meets Natalie in a typically unorthodox fashion, after she kills a burglar who had broken into her home--apparently for the purpose of stealing her pet fish! Investigating the reasons behind this bizarre set of circumstances, Monk follows the clues to a science fair. . .and in the process draws ever closer to Natalie, whom he hopes will fill the void left in his life when his former nurse-assistant Sharona Fleming left San Francisco to remarry her ex-husband in New Jersey.

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Season 3 continues to follow obsessive-compulsive private detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) as he assists the Homicide Division of the San Francisco Police Department while also searching for his wife's murderer. His cases involve a chimpanzee murder suspect, infiltrating organized crime, being placed in the U.S. Federal Witness Protection Program and a trip to Sin City. In addition, the hunt is on to find a new assistant who can handle his OCPD and 312 phobias, which include ladybugs, heights, crowds, imperfections, messes and milk. The season's guest stars include Carmen Electra, Alicia Coppola, Niecy Nash, James Brolin and the band Korn.

Cast & Crew

Tony Shalhoub
Adrian Monk
Ted Levine
Capt. Leland Stottlemeyer
Bitty Schram
Sharona Fleming
Traylor Howard
Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford
Lt. Randall Disher
Kane Ritchotte
Benjy Fleming
Master Zi
Josh Stamberg
Agent Grooms
Stanley Kamel
Dr. Charles Kroger
Emmy Clarke
Julie Teeger
Matt Champagne
Steve Marriot
Cleo King
911 Operator
Andreea Radutoiu
Larysa Zeryeva
Scott DeFoe
Uniform Cop
Tim Bagley
Harold Krenshaw
John Maynard
Lance Krall
Salvatore - Car Salesman
Joe Toplyn
Hy Conrad
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