Monk (season 4)

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Monk (season 4)
Monk Season Four DVD.jpg
Starring Tony Shalhoub
Traylor Howard
Ted Levine
Jason Gray-Stanford
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 16
Release
Original network USA Network
Original release July 8, 2005 – March 17, 2006
Season chronology
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List of Monk episodes

The fourth season 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.

Crew[edit]

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.

During the airing of this season, writer Lee Goldberg published his first Monk mystery novel, Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse.

An unaired episode was "Mr Monk Encounters the Terror Man"", elderly Newport Beach resident Flrooz Osk0oi is seen at the beginning of the episode strangling his then 23 year old daughter Shirin to death in a very calm and subdated manner, then the intro plays. Captain Stottlemeyer calls Monk and says a girl was found near the bay who was obviously murdered but with a calm smile on her face (matching Shirin). As Monk is inspecting Shirin's body, a driver tries to mow down Monk with a Lorre (it's Flrooz) but as Monk and Stottlemeyer are shooting at the lorre, Flrooz gets out and says he is so upset over what happened to his daughter Shirin he drove badly because of it. The 3 of them try to find clues over the next 15 minutes on who would have killed Shirin. Everyone believes it was either suicide or an ex boyfriend but Monk believes Flrooz killed Shirin due to their first encounter, the calmness that Monk saw Flrooz feel around his daughter's dead body, the fact that Flrooz always on the phone when Monk was with him (Monk surmised Flrooz was phoning his Al Qaeda buddies to do a fatwa on Monk), when Monk was nearly killed in a car explosion it confirmed to Monk that Flrooz killed Shirin. Monk then found the whip that Flrooz used to kill Shirin in Monk's backseat and after finger printing it with his DNA cousin, Monk and Stottelemey confronted Flrooz in the firing range where Monk did the 'And here's how it happened' about how Flrooz killed his daughter Shirin, Before Flrooz could grab at Monk's throat he was handcuffed. The episode was unaired due to protests from Peta at the time.

Cast[edit]

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.

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Directed by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
46 1 "Mr. Monk and the Other Detective" Hy Conrad Eric Laneuville July 8, 2005 (2005-07-08) 6.38[1]
47 2 "Mr. Monk Goes Home Again" Tom Scharpling Randall Zisk July 15, 2005 (2005-07-15) 5.0[2]
48 3 "Mr. Monk Stays in Bed" Hy Conrad Philip Casnoff July 22, 2005 (2005-07-22) 4.51[3]
49 4 "Mr. Monk Goes to the Office" Nell Scovell Jerry Levine July 29, 2005 (2005-07-29) 4.7[4]
50 5 "Mr. Monk Gets Drunk" Daniel Dratch Andrei Belgrader August 5, 2005 (2005-08-05) 3.82[5]
51 6 "Mr. Monk and Mrs. Monk" David Breckman Randall Zisk August 12, 2005 (2005-08-12) 4.4[6]
52 7 "Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding" Liz Sagal Anthony R. Palmieri August 19, 2005 (2005-08-19) 5.5[7]
53 8 "Mr. Monk and Little Monk" Joe Toplyn Robert Singer August 26, 2005 (2005-08-26) 5.28[8]
54 9 "Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa" David Breckman Jerry Levine December 2, 2005 (2005-12-02) 5.48[9]
55 10 "Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show" Jonathan Collier Randall Zisk January 13, 2006 (2006-01-13) 5.4[10]
56 11 "Mr. Monk Bumps His Head" Andy Breckman Stephen Surjik January 20, 2006 (2006-01-20) 6.0[11]
57 12 "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage" Jack Bernstein Philip Casnoff January 27, 2006 (2006-01-27) 5.35[12]
58 13 "Mr. Monk and the Big Reward" Tom Scharpling and Daniel Dratch Randall Zisk February 3, 2006 (2006-02-03) N/A
59 14 "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut" David Breckman and Joe Toplyn Randall Zisk March 3, 2006 (2006-03-03) 4.89[13]
60 15 "Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist" David Breckman and Tom Scharpling Jefery Levy March 10, 2006 (2006-03-10) N/A
61 16 "Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty" Peter Wolk Andrei Belgrader March 17, 2006 (2006-03-17) 5.4[14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Emmy Awards[edit]

  • Outstanding Actor - Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub for "Mr. Monk Bumps His Head", won)[15][16]
  • Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series (Laurie Metcalf for playing "Cora" in "Mr. Monk Bumps His Head", nominated)[15]

References[edit]

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