Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert 

Monk and Natalie are sidetracked into a homicide investigation at a local music festival when a roadie turns up dead, due to a suspected overdose.

Director:

Randy Zisk

Writers:

Andy Breckman (created by), Blair Singer
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Brad Hunt ... Kris Kedder
Amara Zaragoza ... Kendra Frank (as Tamara Feldman)
Andre Benita ... Annie (as Benita Marti)
Craig Figueiredo Craig Figueiredo ... Security Officer (as Craig 'Fig' Figueiredo)
Jon Kyle Hansen Jon Kyle Hansen ... Jared Stottlemeyer
Terry Fradet ... Stork
Cameron Bunce Cameron Bunce ... Guy Freak (as Cameron Carter)
Hal Havins ... Maintenance Guy
James Logan ... Roadie
Jeffrey M. Bell ... Red Cross Volunteer
Kathryn Melton ... Medical Examiner
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Greg 'Stork' Murray (Terry Fradet) is an aspiring songwriter who works for the rock band Trafalgar as a roadie, and, thanks to his girlfriend Kendra Frank (Tamara Feldman), is a recovered drug addict. He has written a song about his ex-wife and daughter, called "Peggy's Gone to Memphis", and to help him jumpstart a new career, he agreed to have singer Kris Kedder (Brad Hunt) take co-credit for the song. But the night before the San Francisco Band Jam rock concert, Stork is furious to find on the latest album that Kedder has taken all of the credit for "Peggy's Gone to Memphis," and confronts him. Rather than have his career be tarnished, Kedder smashes a beer bottle over Stork's head, injects him with a lethal dose of heroin, and stuffs him into a port-a-potty. The next day, Monk and Natalie discover the body while attending the concert to search for Captain Stottlemeyer's runaway son Jared (Monk unintentionally because he misinterpreted the phrase "rock show" to mean "geology exhibit... Written by dmcreif

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2006 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Some of the makeshift tents are sponsored by real life brands. For instance, one tent is visibly sponsored by SoBe. See more »

Goofs

When Monk is in the parking lot admonishing the concert goers for dancing there, there are a number of dancers hoisting and drinking beer from bottles. All of the bottles that you see still have their caps on, even though the dancers are "drinking" from them. See more »

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[Stottlemeyer notices that Randy faked being sick to go to the Band Jam. He gets out his cell phone and calls Randy from a few feet away. Randy answers]
Lt. Randall Disher: [feigning illness] Hello?
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Hey, Randy? How are you doing, buddy? I was worried about you.
Lt. Randall Disher: Captain?
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Yep?
Lt. Randall Disher: [coughs] What time is it?
[the expression on his face suggests that Stottlemeyer is very unconvinced, but he pretends that he is]
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Oh I'm sorry! Did I wake you up? Hey what's that music I hear?
Lt. Randall Disher: Oh, it's my stereo! It's broken. I can't turn it down.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer:
[...]
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Referenced in Monk: Mr. Monk's Favorite Show (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Live the Way I Die
(uncredited)
Performed by Munkafust
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Monk at a rock concert
20 August 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Monk' has always been one of my most watched shows when needing comfort, to relax after a hard day, a good laugh or a way to spend a lazy weekend.

After such a brilliant, special previous episode in "Mr Monk Gets a New Shrink", "Mr Monk Goes to a Rock Concert" was underwhelming and one of Season 5's weaker episodes. Not bad at all, it just doesn't quite deliver in some aspects and is one of the strongest examples of problems that pop up every now and then being more obvious. It does deliver on many of the aspects that makes 'Monk' so good when at its best though. A particular weak point is the mystery, which felt too rushed, very predictable and sometimes too silly (like the final solution). The perpetrator is so lacking in subtlety and likability from the get go that his involvement in the crime is obvious which takes away from the surprise and suspense.

The episode could have been more sharply paced too, the character moments and humorous moments keep things afloat but there are dull stretches that feel like padding. The crowd scenes are over-populated, even for a rock concert that sometimes the episode is confused visually. While the Stottlemeyer's truant son subplot gives the episode heart, to me it wasn't quite focused on enough.

However, the character moments and humorous moments more than make up for it. Highlights are the porta-potty scene, which is classic 'Monk', and Disher faking illness on the phone to Stottlemeyer without realising that Stottlemeyer is just feet behind him, which is one of the funniest Disher/Stottlemeyer moments. Disher is actually funny here and Stottlemeyer is given plenty of focus and more interesting than in a lot of Season 4 episodes that underused him.

As said many times, one of the best things about 'Monk' has always been the acting of Tony Shalhoub in the title role. It was essential for him to work and be the glue of the show, and Shalhoub not only is that but also at his very best he IS the show. Have always loved the balance of the humour, which is often hilarious, and pathos, which is sincere and touching.

Natalie is down to earth, sympathetic and sassy, also being sensitive to Monk's needs and quirks which Traylor Howard does well bringing out. Jason Gray-Stanford and Ted Levine are good as usual as Disher and Stottlemeyer.

The writing has some funny and quirky dialogue, though one misses the more dramatic moments and how it balanced so well with other elements that 'Monk' often did so well in. The quirks are sympathetically done and never exploited or overdone.

Visually, the episode is shot in a slick and stylish way, and the music is both understated and quirky. While there is a preference for the theme music for Season 1, Randy Newman's "It's a Jungle Out There" has grown on me overtime, found it annoying at first but appreciate its meaning and what it's trying to say much more now. While the use of rock music is too constant in places, it's authentic and catchy. Oh and a good job is done with the different opening credits sequence to accommodate the changes made.

Summing up, above average but underwhelming. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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