Monk: Season 5 (2006 - 2007)

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Air date: Jul 7, 2006

Season Five of Monk begins as San Francisco's most efficient--and most obsessive-compulsive--private detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) finds himself the central character of an upcoming movie. Much to Monk's relief, he won't be forced to play himself: Instead, the role of Monk has gone to Hollywood superstar David Ruskin (Stanley Tucci). Unfortunately, Ruskin is one of those method actors who insists upon meticulous pre-film research, and soon he is relentlessly dogging Monk's trail during a murder investigation. At first, Monk doesn't seem to mind, and actually enjoys showing off for Ruskin's benefit--but things take a sinister turn when Ruskin so loses himself in the role of "Adrian Monk" that he tries to exact his own personal vengeance against a suspect in the long-ago murder of Monk's wife Trudy!

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Air date: Jul 14, 2006

San Francisco literally stinks to high heaven thanks to the longest garbage strike in the city's history. No one is more upset by the overpowering pungency than the germophobic Monk (Tony Shalhoub), who doubles his efforts to find out who murdered the union boss who called the strike in the first place. Growing progressively unhinged as the smell gets worse, Monk concludes that the guilty party was none other than San Francisco mayor Ray Nicholson (Chi McBride)--and when this proves not to be the case, Monk goes completely off the deep end, accusing rock star Alice Cooper of the dirty deed! Will Monk get his act together in time to find the real killer, or have his phobias finally destroyed his detective skills?

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Air date: Jul 21, 2006

Everyone is thrown for a loop (or is it a hoop?) when Lynn Hayden (Samantha Smith), Julie Teeger's much-admired high school basketball coach, dies in what seems to be a freak accident with a hair dryer. Monk (Tony Shalhoub) of course suspects murder, but this seems unlikely since Lynn apparently had no enemies. To get to the truth, Monk signs up as assistant to the school's interim coach, who happens to be Julie's mom (and Monk's caregiver) Natalie (Traylor Howard). Amidst a great deal of personal agony over having to actually stoop to physical exertion (and in a sweaty, smelly high school gym to boot) Monk uncovers a link between Lynn's demise and a recent forest fire--to say nothing of a similarly suspicious death at a country club three years before.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2006

While visiting his elderly friend Rusty (Art Evans) at his neighborhood firehouse, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is blinded by the same intruder who kills Rusty. Despite facing the probability of permanent sightlessness, Monk insists upon solving the old man's murder, using his previously unexploited "sixth sense" to harvest clues. It turns out that there is a connection between Rusty's missing coat and helmet, and another fire that occurred at the same time as the murder. In a fit of hubris (he actually seems to thrive on being blind), Monk not only captures the killer, but also figures out that the culprit didn't act alone...and that there's a lot more to the story than a mere murder.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2006

At the prodding of Natalie (Traylor Howard), Monk goes into business for himself as a full-time private detective. His first job is deceptively minor, concerning a fender-bender in which prominent realtor Linda Fusco (Sharon Lawrence). But as the investigation progresses, Monk stumbles upon a missing-persons case, a murder, and more than the usual quota of physical boat. By episode's end, the aqua-phobic Monk somehow finds himself on the deck of a boat in the middle of the Bay...and dying a thousand deaths in the process. A subplot involving Linda Fusco and Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) will yield unexpected "benefits" in the episodes to come.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2006

Attending his 25th class reunion at UC-Berkeley, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is haunted by memories of his late wife Trudy (played in flashback by Lindy Newton). It is especially painful when Monk is reacquainted with Trudy's old school chum Dianne Brooks (Cynthia Stevenson), who it so happens has been targeted for murder. The very odd and extremely manipulative behavior of another fellow grad, coupled with a suicide note written a quarter-century ago, further persuades Monk that he might have been better off skipping the reunion and staying home. This is the episode in which we discover that the student Adrian Monk was known as "Captain Cool"--but not for the reasons one might think.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2006

Feeling personally responsible when one of his patients is charged with the murder of a cleaning lady, Monk's psychiatrist Dr. Kroger (Stanley Kamel) retires from practice. This of course sends Monk (Tony Shalhoub) into a tailspin: Not only has he been "abandoned" by Kroger, but he now must endure the tortuous process of finding another shrink. If for no other reason that to get Kroger back on the job, Monk determines to solve the murder--and in the process ends up kidnapped by a drug smuggler who didn't even know the dead woman. Can it be that Monk's fate rests in the hands of fellow patient Harold Krenshaw (Tim Bagley), the man whom he despises more than anyone else in the world?

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Air date: Aug 25, 2006

When Captain Stottlemeyer's son Jared (John Kyle Hansen) skips school to attend a rock concert, Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) goes to look for the boy amongst thousands of screaming fans, accompanied by Monk (Tony Shalhoub) and Natalie (Traylor Howard). Not unexpectedly, Monk comes face to face with another mysterious death: this time the victim is a roadie named Stork (Terry Fradet), who seems to have O.D.'d on some bad drugs. But another roadie, Kendra (Tamara Feldman), suspects otherwise, and persuades Monk to investigate--and sure enough, Stork was murdered, and the motive turns out to be a song called "Peggy's Gone to Memphis." This time, it's a harmless-looking beach ball which supplies the vital clue.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2006

At Christmastime, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is reunited with his long-lost father Jack (Dan Hedaya), an itinerant truck driver--and as if this wasn't enough of a jolt to his senses, our hero discovers that he has a half-brother named Junior. In the spirit of bonding, Monk accompanies Jack, who has been hired to deliver free toys on behalf of his otherwise Scrooge-like boss, on a road trip throughout the American Southwest. It soon develops that Jack is palming off some very shoddy merchandise to a lot of extremely disappointed youngsters--and a subsequent murder proves beyond doubt that there are even more unsavory aspects to his current assignment.

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Air date: Dec 22, 2006

Reported killed in an hot air balloon accident, reclusive millionaire Derek Bronson (Stephen Bogardus) seemingly returns from the dead to hire Monk (Tony Shalhoub) for a special assignment. The fact that Bronson is suffering from leprosy would normally be enough to send Monk scurrying in the opposite direction, but he is shamed into taking the job by his more tolerant caregiver Natalie (Taylor Howard). Here's the deal: Bronson had initially been willing to remain "dead", but now he wants Monk to deliver proof that he's still alive so that Mrs. Bronson (Sarah Brown) will not be cheated out of her husband's estate by some scheming relatives. Well, it's a good story, but it's not quite true--and without revealing any more of the plot, it can be noted that a pivotal scene articulates the old vaudeville catchphrase "Don't shoot--I'm only the piano player."

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The fifth season continues to follow obsessive-compulsive private detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) in his quest to find his wife's murderer while also assisting the San Francisco Police Department's Homicide Division. It opens with Monk being shadowed by famous actor David Ruskin (Stanley Tucci, in an Emmy-winning performance), who is doing research to play Monk in a movie. Other cases involve the detective accusing the mayor and Alice Cooper of murder, investigating the electrocution of a basketball coach and solving a murder blind after losing his eyesight. Other highlights include a black-and-white film-noir episode and guest stars Sean Astin and Jennifer Lawrence, in her first TV role.

Cast & Crew

Tony Shalhoub
Adrian Monk
Ted Levine
Capt. Leland Stottlemeyer
Traylor Howard
Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford
Lt. Randall Disher
Stanley Tucci
David Ruskin
Paul Blackthorne
Dr. Polanski
Stephen Bogardus
Derek Bronson
Stanley Kamel
Dr. Charles Kroger
Emmy Clarke
Julie Teeger
Drew Powell
Eddie Murdoch
Anne Gee Byrd
Mrs. Kennedy
Dan Arnold
Detective Kramer
Gary Sievers
First Fireman
Alex Cohen
Delivery Man
Dan Mcneill
Face-Painted Man
Craig Patton
John Berg
Guest Alfred
Drew Matthews
Third Orphan
Ken Barnett
Deputy Hatcher
Hy Conrad
Jack Bernstein
Rob LaZebink
Daniel Gaeta
Joe Toplyn
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