Monk (season 8)
|Monk (season 8)|
|Starring||Tony Shalhoub Traylor HowardTed Levine Jason Gray-Stanford|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Original network||USA Network|
|Original release||August 27 –|
December 24, 2010
The eighth and final season of Monk originally aired in the United States on USA Network from August 27 to December 24, 2010. 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 March 16, 2011.
Andy Breckman continued his tenure as show runner. Executive producers for the season included Breckman, David Hoberman, series star Tony Shalhoub, writer Tom Scharpling, and Rob Thompson. Universal Media Studios 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. Newman also wrote a song for the final episode entitled When I'm Gone. The song was accompanied by a montage of past and present characters from the show, leading the series into the final end credits. Directors for the season included Randall Zisk, Michael Zinberg, David Breckman, and Andrei Belgrader. Dean Parisot returned to direct "Mr. Monk and the Badge". It was his only credit in the series, apart from the pilot episode. Writers for the season included Michael Angeli, Andy Breckman, David Breckman, Hy Conrad, Tom Gammill, Dylan Morgan, Max Pross, Salvatore Savo, Josh Siegal, Joe Toplyn, Tom Scharpling, and Peter Wolk.
All four main characters returned for the final season. Tony Shalhoub returned as former homicide detective Adrian Monk, with Traylor Howard returning as Monk's faithful assistant, Natalie Teeger. Ted Levine returned as the SFPD captain, Leland Stottlemeyer, and Jason Gray-Stanford reprised his role as the lovable but oblivious Lieutenant Randy Disher.
Hector Elizondo returned as Monk's new psychiatrist, Dr. Neven Bell. Emmy Clarke continued to portray Julie Teeger. Virginia Madsen entered the series as Stottlemeyer's new girlfriend (and later wife), Trudy K. Jensen. Melora Hardin reprised her role as Trudy Monk (Monk's deceased wife), and Casper Van Dien returned as Lt. Steven Albright, Natalie's new love interest. Tim Bagley returned to resolve Harold Krenshaw's (Monk's number-one rival) plotline. Craig T. Nelson entered as Judge Ethan Rickover in the penultimate episode. D. B. Woodside entered in the same episode as Monk's physician, Dr. Matthew Shuler. Alona Tal made an appearance in the final episode as Trudy's daughter, Molly Evans. Bitty Schram made a special appearance as Sharona Fleming, Monk's former nurse (Schram was a former cast member, who left during the third season). Other guest stars for the eighth season included Brooke Adams, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Sarah Aldrich, Dylan Baker, Eric Balfour, Ed Begley, Jr., Jack Betts, Kelly Carlson, Ian Paul Cassidy, Shelly Cole, Vince Curatola, Reed Diamond, Mary Beth Evans, Michael Fairman, Mark Harelik, Jesse Heiman, Carol Kane, Bernie Kopell, Wallace Langham, Meat Loaf, Louis Lombardi, John Carroll Lynch, Jay Malone, Jack McGee, Lex Medlin, Jay Mohr, Elizabeth Perkins, Teri Polo, Sarah Rush, Rena Sofer, Daniel Stern, Eric Stonestreet, Karen Strassman, Jack Wagner, Gary Weeks, Christina Vidal, Chandra West, Wade Williams, and Alex Wolff.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|110||1||"Mr. Monk's Favorite Show"||Randall Zisk||Jack Bernstein||August 27, 2010||5.14|
|The wholesome child star of Monk's favorite childhood television show has grown into a very different woman (Elizabeth Perkins) who needs his help---partially as her undercover bodyguard---after her tell-all memoir invites attempts on her life.|
|111||2||"Mr. Monk and the Foreign Man"||David Grossman||David Breckman and Justin Brenneman||September 3, 2010||5.31|
|Monk finds himself increasingly drawn to a case involving a visiting African man (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) who is investigating his beloved wife's hit-and-run death–a case that strongly resonates with Monk.|
|112||3||"Mr. Monk and the UFO"||Kevin Hooks||Michael Angeli||September 10, 2010||5.16|
|Stuck in a small Nevada desert town when their car breaks down, Monk and Natalie join a local sheriff (Daniel Stern) investigating whether a woman's death on a hiking trail ties to a recent UFO sighting.|
|113||4||"Mr. Monk Is Someone Else"||Randall Zisk||Salvatore Savo||September 17, 2010||4.98|
|At the behest of an FBI agent (Reed Diamond), Monk assumes the identity of his doppelganger–a deceased hit man–in an effort to foil a mob execution that makes no sense: the target is a nondescript old man.|
|114||5||"Mr. Monk Takes the Stand"||Mary Lou Belli||Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan||October 1, 2010||4.82|
|Monk ponders retirement after an aggressive defense attorney (Jay Mohr) shreds his phobias and unconventional methods in court, helping a murderer go free.|
|115||6||"Mr. Monk and the Critic"||Jerry Levine||Hy Conrad||October 8, 2010||4.88|
|Natalie suspects a critic (Dylan Baker) attending a play of killing a young waitress at a tony hotel---a critic Monk thinks Natalie obsesses over after he panned Julie's performance in the play.|
|116||7||"Mr. Monk and the Voodoo Curse"||Andrei Belgrader||Joe Toplyn||October 15, 2010||4.74|
|Unmarked voodoo dolls arrive to three unrelated people predicting their deaths accurately---then Natalie receives one predicting she'll die by decapitation, leading Monk to enlist the doll shop owner (Meat Loaf) to help find the actual killer.|
|117||8||"Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy"||Anton Cropper||Joe Ventura||October 29, 2010||4.37|
|Monk's insurance won't pay for more individual therapy sessions, so he joins Dr. Bell's therapy group---one of whom seems to be killing fellow patients one at a time, until Monk and Harold Krenshaw (Tim Bagley) suspect each other guilty.|
|118||9||"Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk"||Tawnia McKiernan||Peter Wolk||November 5, 2010||3.98|
|Natalie tries to throw Monk a surprise birthday party as he investigates the mysterious death of an office building janitor thrown down a trash compacter, while Stottlemeyer begins dating a writer (Virginia Madsen).|
|119||10||"Mr. Monk and Sharona"||Randall Zisk||Tom Scharpling||November 12, 2010||5.42|
|Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram) returns to San Francisco to handle legal issues related to her distant uncle Howie's recent death, which occurred when he fell down a flight of flagstone steps on a golf course. But when Monk sees photos of the accident, he determines that there has been foul play, to Sharona's consternation. Monk soon finds himself torn between the fact that Natalie's and Sharona's ways of working with him are so different.|
|120||11||"Mr. Monk and the Dog"||David Breckman||Beth Armogida||November 19, 2010||4.69|
|Monk reluctantly adopts a dog while looking into the suspicious disappearance of its owner---an artist who turns up murdered---and finds an unexpected bond with the pet while he solves the crime.|
|121||12||"Mr. Monk Goes Camping"||Joe Pennella||Tom Gammill and Max Pross||November 26, 2010||4.26|
|To woo the lone holdout on the reinstatement committee (Wade Williams), Monk accompanies Lieutenant Disher on a scouting trip with the man's troublesome son (Alex Wolff), where nature is not the only thing the troop has to fear. He does eventually woo the man who was against him, but is so happy he does not hear that the majority is against, leaving his friends in a state of confusion.|
|122||13||"Mr. Monk Is the Best Man"||Michael Zinberg||Joe Toplyn, Josh Siegal, and Dylan Morgan||December 3, 2010||4.39|
While investigating the charred corpse of a shooting victim found in a park, Monk must figure out who is making anonymous threats against Captain Stottlemeyer and his fiancée (Virginia Madsen) on the eve of their wedding.Other guest stars: Teri Polo and Carol Kane
|123||14||"Mr. Monk and the Badge"||Dean Parisot||Hy Conrad and Tom Scharpling||December 10, 2010||5.30|
|Monk is reinstated to the police force at last. But he finds it more than he can handle, after a rookie officer is murdered after catching a serial killer, and Monk suspects the officer's death is tied to the informant who helped expose the serial killer.|
|124||15||"Mr. Monk and the End Part 1"||Randall Zisk||Andy Breckman||December 17, 2010||5.82|
|After Monk returns to private consultation, he and Stottlemeyer discover a doctor (Ed Begley, Jr.) murdered near the location where Monk first learned of Trudy's (Melora Hardin) murder. Monk hunts a man, Kazarinski (John Edward Lee), he believes is involved, who is also targeting Monk, and Natalie is reunited with her late husband's Navy friend Lt. Albright (Casper Van Dien). After Monk is poisoned during dinner, his friends race time to find an antidote. Stottlemeyer chases Kazarinski from a railroad station to a train yard where Kazarinski is killed by a swift-moving train, complicating the race for the antidote. Monk finally opens his last Christmas gift from Trudy and gets a jarring surprise.|
|125||16||"Mr. Monk and the End Part 2"||Randall Zisk||Andy Breckman||December 24, 2010||9.44|
|Monk finally watches a videotape Trudy left behind that points to her killer---Judge Ethan Rickover (Craig T. Nelson), freshly nominated to the state Supreme Court, but who killed the doctor and the midwife he feared would expose his affair with Trudy before she met Monk, an affair that produced a baby girl falsely presumed dead. After it's determined Monk was poisoned by a tainted wipe, he receives an antidote and pursues Rickover, who kills himself as Lt. Disher reveals the midwife's skeleton buried in the judge's yard. Natalie is now dating Lt. Albright. Lt. Disher moves to Summit, New Jersey to become chief of police and have a relationship with Sharona Fleming. Having solved Trudy's murder, Monk conquers most of his phobias, then meets, and begins to forge a relationship with, his newly discovered stepdaughter, Molly, a movie critic who convinces him to continue his police consulting work.|
Awards and nominations
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub, nominated)
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (Randy Newman, won)
Screen Actors Guild
- Outstanding Actor - Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub, nominated)
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