Monk (season 4)
|Monk – season 4|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Original channel||USA Network|
|Original run||July 8, 2005 – March 17, 2006|
|Home video release|
|DVD release date||June 27, 2006 (Region 1)|
Season four of Monk originally aired in the United States on USA Network from July 8, 2005 to March 17, 2006. It consisted of 16 episodes. Tony Shalhoub, Traylor Howard, Ted Levine, and Jason Gray-Stanford reprised their roles as the main characters. A DVD of the season was released on June 27, 2006.
Andy Breckman continued his tenure as show runner. Executive producers for the season included Breckman, David Hoberman, and series star Tony Shalhoub. NBC Universal Television Studio was the primary production company backing the show. Randy Newman's theme ("It's a Jungle Out There") was continued to be used, while Jeff Beal's original instrumental theme could be heard in some episodes. Directors for the season included Randall Zisk, Jerry Levine, and Andrei Belgrader. Writers for the season included Andy Breckman, David Breckman, Hy Conrad, Daniel Dratch, Joe Toplyn, and Tom Scharpling.
All four remaining cast members from the end of the season three returned. This included Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, the OCD "defective detective," Traylor Howard as Natalie Teeger, his assistant, Ted Levine as Captain Leland Stottlemeyer of the SFPD Robbery and Homicide Division, and Jason Gray-Stanford as Lieutenant Randy Disher.
The character of Dr. Charles Kroger, Monk's ever-needed psychiatrist, was reprised by Stanley Kamel in five episodes, a number surpassed only by Emmy Clarke as Julie Teeger, Natalie's daughter, who appeared in seven. Melora Hardin continued to play Trudy Monk, Monk's deceased wife, and John Turturro returned as Ambrose Monk, Monk's agoraphobic brother, after a one-season absence. Jarrad Paul portrayed Monk's annoying upstairs neighbor, Kevin Dorfman. Michael Cavanaugh and Holland Taylor made their first appearance as Bob and Peggy Davenport (Natalie's ultra-rich parents), and Glenne Headly (Karen Stottlemeyer) made her exit from the series, after her character divorced the captain. Additional prominent guest stars included David Ackert, Jason Alexander, Ryan Alosio, Rob Benedict, Paul Ben-Victor, Brianna Brown, Jamie Brown, Bob Clendenin, Misha Collins, Michael Dempsey, Jeffrey Donovan, Van Epperson, Jon Favreau, Bonita Friedericy, Carlos Gomez, Jennifer Hall, Rachael Harris, Wings Hauser, Steve Heinze, Dana Ivey, Nicole Randall Johnson, Nicky Katt, Kevin Kilner, Eric Allan Kramer, Clyde Kusatsu, Brooke Langton, Meredith Scott Lynn, Tyler Mane, Benito Martinez, Eddie McClintock, Malcolm McDowell, Laurie Metcalf (in an Emmy award-nominated performance), Charles Napier, Derrick O'Connor, Jim Parrack, Harve Presnell, David Pressman, DJ Qualls, Kimi Reichenberg, Daniel Roebuck, Grant Rosenmeyer, Michael Shalhoub, Fred Stoller, Rossif Sutherland, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Alan Wilder, Ashley Williams, and Ariel Winter.
|Title||Written by||Directed by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|46||1||"Mr. Monk and the Other Detective"||Hy Conrad||Eric Laneuville||July 8, 2005||6.38|
|A fellow detective (Jason Alexander) shows up at a crime scene knowing all the answers, and outdoing Monk.|
|47||2||"Mr. Monk Goes Home Again"||Tom Scharpling||Randall Zisk||July 15, 2005||5.0|
|Monk must solve the Halloween shooting of an armored car driver in a supermarket parking lot while he and Ambrose (John Turturro) wait for their long-lost father to return home.|
|48||3||"Mr. Monk Stays in Bed"||Hy Conrad||Philip Casnoff||July 22, 2005||4.5|
|Natalie puts herself in jeopardy to pursue the murder of a pizza delivery boy when Monk is sick in bed with the flu, while Stottlemeyer and Disher pursue the disappearance of a judge.|
|49||4||"Mr. Monk Goes to the Office"||Nell Scovell||Jerry Levine||July 29, 2005||4.7|
|When a parking garage attendant is shot dead and a financial analyst’s hand is broken in a mysterious attack, Monk must go undercover in the firm to solve the baffling crime, and finds that he might be dealing with an insider trading scam.|
|50||5||"Mr. Monk Gets Drunk"||Daniel Dratch||Andrei Belgrader||August 5, 2005||3.82|
|Monk's annual honeymoon anniversary getaway in wine country turns into a crime-filled weekend as Monk and Natalie try to uncover the disappearance of a man (Daniel Roebuck) who apparently does not exist. When Monk is approached by a man (Paul Ben-Victor) who claims to be the victim's brother, he must determine what exactly is going on.|
|51||6||"Mr. Monk and Mrs. Monk"||David Breckman||Randall Zisk||August 12, 2005||4.4|
|Monk must get to the truth when it appears that his late wife Trudy (Melora Hardin) is still alive–and a killer.|
|52||7||"Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding"||Liz Sagal||Anthony R. Palmieri||August 19, 2005||5.5|
|Natalie's brother Jonathan (Rob Benedict) is getting married. Natalie intends to use the wedding as an opportunity to reconcile with her parents (Michael Cavanaugh and Holland Taylor), but when someone tries to kill Randy in the parking lot, leaving him confined to a wheelchair, Monk is brought in to investigate and finds that Jonathan's new bride may not be what she seems.|
|53||8||"Mr. Monk and Little Monk"||Joe Toplyn||Robert Singer||August 26, 2005||5.28|
|When Monk's childhood crush comes to him with a mysterious murder, Monk tries to win her heart by solving the case. The episode is intercut with a second plot from Monk's school days, when he (Grant Rosenmeyer) helped her out with a problem.|
|54||9||"Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa"||David Breckman||Jerry Levine||December 2, 2005||5.48|
|A detective dies at the police department Christmas party after drinking from a poisoned bottle of port intended for Captain Stottlemeyer.|
|55||10||"Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show"||Jonathan Collier||Randall Zisk||January 13, 2006||5.4|
|Monk enters the world of high fashion when he believes that a delivery boy accused of murdering a model is innocent. Other suspects include a short-tempered fashion designer (Malcolm McDowell) and a fellow model (Mini Andén).|
|56||11||"Mr. Monk Bumps His Head"||Andy Breckman||Stephen Surjik||January 20, 2006||6.0|
|After being attacked at a truck stop by a person trying to con him out of reward money, Monk wakes up in a Wyoming town with amnesia. Before he is able to receive medical attention, Monk is taken in by a lonely woman (Laurie Metcalf) who claims to be his wife. When trying to pay back a seven dollar debt he owes to a waitress, he discovers her murder and must solve the case.|
|57||12||"Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage"||Jack Bernstein||Philip Casnoff||January 27, 2006||5.35|
|Monk tries to solve the junkyard murder of a small-time drug dealer while helping Stottlemeyer deal with issues relating to Karen (Glenne Headly).|
|58||13||"Mr. Monk and the Big Reward"||Tom Scharpling and Daniel Dratch||Randall Zisk||February 3, 2006||N/A|
|Monk and Natalie must race against three other detective bounty hunters (DJ Qualls, Derrick O'Connor, and Tyler Mane) to find a stolen diamond and claim a $1 million reward.|
|59||14||"Mr. Monk and the Astronaut"||David Breckman and Joe Toplyn||Randall Zisk||March 3, 2006||N/A|
|Monk suspects a famous astronaut (Jeffrey Donovan) of murdering his girlfriend despite his airtight alibi: the astronaut was in outer space at the time of the murder.|
|60||15||"Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist"||David Breckman and Tom Scharpling||Jefery Levy||March 10, 2006||N/A|
|An armored car transporting loose bonds is hijacked, and both guards are shot dead when they fight back against the robbers. During the investigation, Randy pays a visit to his dentist (Jon Favreau) for a nasty toothache. During the operation, a man barges in and the doctor and his assistant (Brooke Langton) kill the intruder in a fight, but when Randy wakes up from the anesthesia, there is no body, and no evidence to even suggest that a crime has been committed. He resigns in disgrace when nobody believes him.|
|61||16||"Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty"||Peter Wolk||Andrei Belgrader||March 17, 2006||5.4|
|Monk sits on the jury of a minor robbery trial and gets drawn into a larger mystery, as Stottlemeyer and Disher handle the extradition of a Most Wanted fugitive.|
Awards and nominations
- Outstanding Actor - Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub for "Mr. Monk Bumps His Head", won)
- Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series (Laurie Metcalf for playing "Cora" in "Mr. Monk Bumps His Head", nominated)
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