Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Meets His Dad 

Monk meets his long lost father after 39 years.


Jerry Levine


Andy Breckman (created by), Tom Scharpling | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Brian Kerwin ... Ben Glazer
Tom Everett ... Kenneth Woods
Emmy Clarke ... Julie Teeger
Christie Lynn Smith ... Valarie
Catherine Bach ... Sara Jo
Joe Holt ... Midland Detective
Dan Hedaya ... Jack Monk
Alex Morris ... Red
Bryce Robinson ... Excited Orphan
Deborah Geffner ... Nun
Drew Matthews ... Third Orphan


It's Christmas time and Monk gets a call to go to the station. When he arrives he is told that his father whom he hasn't seen in 39 years has been arrested. Monk learns that the man is not the man he was told he was; that he is a trucker and that he asked Monk to the station to help him get out of jail. It seems he has a lot of deliveries to make. The gang convinces Monk to go with him and while on the road Monk lets out some of the pent up feelings he has. But also Monk wonders why he is taking such an unusual route like he's going back and forth when he could be going straight to his destinations but his father's boss insists that he follow his route. Written by

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery



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Release Date:

17 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The guest actress who played the waitress Sara Jo in the diner scene was Catherine Bach who famously played another waitress, Daisy Duke on "The Dukes of Hazard" from 1979-1985. See more »


When Adrian & his dad are in the 18 wheeler, they can't stop the truck because the brake line broke. 18 wheelers actually use an air brake system, not fluids. Jack Monk could have hit the emergency brake button anytime to release all the air & stop immediately. See more »


Jack Monk: ...and he sends me on this wild goose chase. Son of...
Jack Monk: [swears again] 'scuse my language.
Adrian Monk: It's okay, we're truckers.
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Silent Night
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
English Lyrics by John Freeman Young
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Road trip 'Monk'
22 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.

While still a very enjoyable and touching episode, "Mr Monk Meets His Dad" was very nearly a special episode and had potential to be. The main focus of Monk getting to know his dad was wisely the main focus and it was done brilliantly. With that being said, this is not the first time in 'Monk' where we get to know members of Monk's family, there are the two previous episodes with Ambrose "The Three Pies" and "Goes Home Again". Now those were special episodes, not just because of how brilliantly the chemistry between Adrian and Ambrose was, but their quirks and problems and also the mystery in "The Three Pies" balanced with it just as believably.

The mystery here was a somewhat disappointing one here. Liked that it was atypical and it is intriguing, but it was not focused on enough and pretty much takes a near-complete back-seat to the main plot. Natalie, Disher and Stottlemeyer are fairly underused again. While not as much a fault, suspension of disbelief is needed here as there are parts that are silly and implausible.

However, as said, the main plot with Monk getting to know his father was done extremely well, almost as much as Monk with Ambrose. Tony Shalhoub and Dan Hedaya (in a wonderful performance) work beautifully together, and while there are humorous moments (like the incredibly funny moment with Monk's phone call to Natalie) and a suspenseful one when they are both in jeopardy it's the emotional moments that shine particularly. The standout scenes in the episode are the scene in the diner and Monk being taught to ride a bike, the latter bringing tears to my eyes and one of the most touching scenes on the whole of 'Monk'.

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.

It's not just the cast though. Another star is the writing, which is also essential to whether the show would be successful or not and succeed it does here. The mix of wry humour, lovable quirkiness and tender easy-to-relate-to drama is delicately done, particularly the last one. 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. Oh and a good job is done with the different opening credits sequence to accommodate the changes made.

Overall, very good and nearly special. If only the mystery was executed better. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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