The Best Episodes of Monk

Mr. Monk and the End (2)

#1 - Mr. Monk and the End (2) 8.99

Season 8 - Episode 16

After listening to Trudy's last message, Monk finally discovers who killed his wife. Racing against time before he dies of poison, he must make a fateful decision.

Directors: Randall Zisk
Mr. Monk and the End (1)

#2 - Mr. Monk and the End (1) 8.50

Season 8 - Episode 15

Monk is called to a murder at the location where he first heard of his wife's murder, and while Monk figures out who the assassin is, he doesn't know that the one who ordered the hit is also responsible for the death of Trudy. Knowing that Monk will eventually put all the pieces together, he orders Monk's death, and when all hope seems lost, Monk discovers something which could finally end his 12-year nightmare.

Directors: Randall Zisk
Mr. Monk Is on the Run (1)

#3 - Mr. Monk Is on the Run (1) 8.35

Season 6 - Episode 15

Monk is arrested for murder, and finds that he has to go on the lam to clear himself.

Directors: Randall Zisk
Mr. Monk Is on the Run (2)

#4 - Mr. Monk Is on the Run (2) 8.29

Season 6 - Episode 16

Stottlemeyer must keep up the pretense that Monk is dead, while Adrian tries to determine who framed him for murder.

Directors: Randall Zisk
Mr. Monk's 100th Case

#5 - Mr. Monk's 100th Case 8.25

Season 7 - Episode 7

As Monk and his friends watch a TV news magazine piece on the solution of his hundredth case, he realizes that one of the victims was murdered by a different killer.

Directors: Randy Zisk
Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk

#6 - Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk 8.23

Season 8 - Episode 9

Natalie tries to throw a surprise party for her surprise-hating boss, who is busy trying to solve the murder of a maintenance man.

Directors: Tawnia McKiernan
Mr. Monk Goes to the Bank

#7 - Mr. Monk Goes to the Bank 8.21

Season 6 - Episode 12

One of Monk's treasured possessions is stolen from a safety deposit box, and he'll go to any length to solve the case.

Directors: Michael Watkins
Mr. Monk Meets the Candidate (2)

#8 - Mr. Monk Meets the Candidate (2) 8.20

Season 1 - Episode 2

With an introduction to Monk's talent, his phobia's, and need for an assistant, Monk investigates the murder of the candidate bodyguard and a political worker. He determines the candidate was not the intended target.

Directors: Dean Parisot
Mr. Monk Is the Best Man

#9 - Mr. Monk Is the Best Man 8.20

Season 8 - Episode 13

Monk must determine who is trying to ruin a friend's wedding.

Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico

#10 - Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico 8.17

Season 2 - Episode 2

When a friend's college-age son dies mysteriously in Mexico, the mayor sends Monk to investigate. Doubting the coroner's report that the young man "drowned" in mid-air, Monk nevertheless has difficulty concentrating on the case. His eighteen suitcases carrying not only his clothes and "back-up pillowcases" but a year's supply of food and his favorite brand of bottled water are stolen, leaving him with nothing he considers safe to eat or drink. Even worse, someone is trying to kill him, first by running him down with a pick-up truck and then by planting an explosive device behind a picture that he compulsively straightens every time he enters his room. Neither the witnesses nor the police, a south-of-the-border caricature of Stottlemeyer and Disher, offer any helpful leads – except for the mention of another unsolved murder, this one a mauling by a "wild lion", the previous year. The fact that both victims were from San Francisco offers Monk the clue that he needs to solve the case and e...

Directors: Ron Underwood
Mr. Monk and the Badge

#11 - Mr. Monk and the Badge 8.16

Season 8 - Episode 14

Upon being reinstated, Monk is put in charge of tracking down a serial killer.

Directors: Dean Parisot
Mr. Monk Gets Drunk

#12 - Mr. Monk Gets Drunk 8.15

Season 4 - Episode 5

Monk goes to a wine-tasting and finds it a bit more than he bargained for.

Directors: Andrei Belgrader
Mr. Monk and the Airplane

#13 - Mr. Monk and the Airplane 8.15

Season 1 - Episode 13

Thinking that he's just accompanying Sharona to the airport to pick up her aunt, Monk discovers to his dismay that she's the one making the flight. The choice between being on his own without Sharona or flying cross-country to New Jersey is a tough one, but he overcomes his fears and boards the plane. After annoying the passengers and crew with his first-time-flyer questions, he becomes even more unsettled after small anomalies convince him that the Frenchman sitting across the aisle has murdered his wife and the woman accompanying him is an imposter. He calls Captain Stottlemeyer only to find that it's the captain's day off but manages to persuade Lt. Disher to search the airport for a body. With on-and-off help from Sharona (who would rather be "helping" Tim Daly decide whether to accept a role in an upcoming film) and from the extension cord salesman in the seat next to him, Monk tries to provide the evidence Disher needs to order the arrest. Meanwhile another murder is committed wh...

Directors: Rob Thompson
Mr. Monk Is Up All Night

#14 - Mr. Monk Is Up All Night 8.13

Season 6 - Episode 9

Mr. Monk takes a walk when he can't sleep, but ends up running into a murder.

Directors: Randy Zisk
Mr. Monk Meets the Candidate (1)

#15 - Mr. Monk Meets the Candidate (1) 8.13

Season 1 - Episode 1

A former San Francisco police detective suffering from an extreme case of obsessive-compulsive disorder is called in to investigate an apparent assassination attempt of a mayoral candidate in which one of his bodyguards is killed.

Directors: Eric Laneuville, Dean Parisot
Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation

#16 - Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation 8.13

Season 1 - Episode 10

Monk's beach resort vacation with Sharona and Benjy turns into work when Benjy witnesses a murder. But with no body to be found and "the cleanest crime scene in the history of crime", Benjy can't convince anyone except Monk and the hotel's kooky security chief that he's telling the truth. Believing that Benjy's imagination is working overtime and determined to enjoy her vacation, Sharona takes unneeded tennis lessons from yet another Mr. Wrong while Monk and his new assistant follow what turns out to be a false lead. Benjy spots the body only to have it disappear again, and the security chief reveals Monk's own room to be contaminated with some of the "fourteen bodily fluids" detected by her sonar machine. When Monk figures out who stole four bags of lime from the grounds supervisor's shed, he solves the case. Unfortunately, his time at the hotel is almost up and the body still has not been found.

Directors: Kevin Inch
Mr. Monk and the Kid

#17 - Mr. Monk and the Kid 8.12

Season 3 - Episode 16

After twenty-two-month-old Tommy Graser finds a severed finger and gives it to a policeman, Monk walks through the park with Tommy trying to retrace the child's steps. He finds no body or other incriminating evidence, but he does discover a surprising affection for the placid and intelligent toddler, who constantly repeats Monk's name and quietly submits to having his hands wiped when he touches "nature". A lab technician identifies the finger as that of a twenty-five-year-old man, and Monk deduces from a callus that the young man played the violin. After visiting the home of Daniel Carlyle, a musician who fits this description, Monk concludes that Daniel's mother and her other son, Jason, killed Daniel and that Jason is masquerading as his brother. Meanwhile, little Tommy is temporarily removed from the custody of his foster parents, and Monk surprises everyone, including himself, by volunteering to care for him for two weeks until his new adoptive parents can take him. With Tommy in...

Directors: Andrei Belgrader
Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger

#18 - Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger 8.11

Season 1 - Episode 12

Country singer Willie Nelson, who portrays himself, becomes the prime suspect when his manager is murdered, but the only witness is a blind woman who claims to have overheard a scuffle and can identify Willie as the murderer by his voice. At first Stottlemeyer (who is on the case despite a broken arm) is reluctant to arrest the famous singer on such shaky evidence, but a video tape convinces him that Willie must indeed be guilty. But for Monk, the fact that a note used to lure the victim to his death refers to him as "J. Cross" while Willie refers to him as "Sonny" casts doubt on the blind woman's story. Determined for the sake of his dead wife, Trudy, a devoted fan, to prove the singer innocent, Monk interviews the blind woman and investigates the manager's less than reputable background, searching for the clue he needs to clear the singer's name.

Directors: Milan Cheylov
Mr. Monk Fights City Hall

#19 - Mr. Monk Fights City Hall 8.09

Season 7 - Episode 16

Monk becomes involved in the disappearance of a city official that could have ramifications concerning Trudy's murder.

Directors: Chuck Parker
Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger

#20 - Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger 8.07

Season 1 - Episode 7

When billionaire software magnate Sidney Teal is shot dead by ex-cop Archie Modine after allegedly turning mugger and another policeman mysteriously flees the scene, Stottlemeyer calls in Monk to investigate. Not only is the idea of a billionaire turning mugger hard to swallow, the circumstances of the mugging are suspicious. Why, for example, would a mugger wear knee and elbow pads? Meanwhile, Sharona threatens to quit (this time for sure) when her paycheck bounces, and Stottlemeyer is hounded by reporters demanding information on "Fraidy Cop". Unable to continue the investigation without Sharona's help, Monk returns to the seemingly unsolvable mystery of his wife's murder only to find that his "new" clue isn't new; he's already talked to writer Kelly Street three times. Sharona finds that selling lamps isn't nearly as much fun as working for Monk (with or without money) and comes to the rescue with a new clue involving Teal and Modine.

Directors: Stephen Cragg
Mr. Monk and the Red Herring

#21 - Mr. Monk and the Red Herring 8.07

Season 3 - Episode 10

With Sharona in New Jersey remarried to her ex-husband, Monk has been without an assistant for three months and it's time to find a new one – if only he could find a suitable applicant. When Natalie Teeger, a thirty-something widow with an eleven-year-old daughter, arrives at his house, he thinks she's applying for the job, but she's really been sent by Captain Stottlemeyer to get Monk's help – two men have broken into her apartment in the last few days and she had to kill the second one with scissors in self-defense. Examining Natalie's apartment, Monk finds a single clue, an unused fish net caught between the sofa cushions, suggesting that the intruders were trying to steal Mr. Henry, Julie's pet fish. But why would anyone want to steal a ninety-nine-cent red herring, er, crimson marblefish? A second clue surfaces when Lieutenant Disher finds a note in the dead perp's pocket reading "2:30 Sea of Tranquility" and Natalie identifies the Sea of Tranquility as an exhibit at the science mus...

Directors: Randall Zisk
Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf

#22 - Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf 8.07

Season 3 - Episode 6

It's Sharona's turn to be terrified. After several frightening and mysterious encounters with a blood-soaked man that no one else can see, she begins to doubt her own sanity, and Stottlemeyer advises Monk to give her time off to restore her nerves. Monk is left with an irritating substitute nurse whose philosophy is the opposite of Sharona's: everything from Monk's requests for wipes to the obsessively systematic organization of his refrigerator has to go. Wanting Sharona back again, Monk goes to the garage where Sharona first saw the blood-soaked man and finds a clue--the silver tip from the toe of a cowboy boot. Meanwhile Sharona, who is attending a night class in creative writing, apparently forgets to turn in an assignment and seems to be misplacing objects. But when her writing instructor's husband dies of a heart attack after eating tomato soup, Sharona recognizes the plot of her missing story and realizes that she's not crazy. All she and Monk have to do now is tie together the...

Directors: Jerry Levine
Mr. Monk Buys a House

#23 - Mr. Monk Buys a House 8.06

Season 7 - Episode 1

Monk finds himself forced to move into what he hopes will be his dream house... which is anything but.

Directors: Randy Zisk
Mr. Monk Goes Back to School

#24 - Mr. Monk Goes Back to School 8.05

Season 2 - Episode 1

When English teacher Beth Landow falls from the clock tower at Trudy's former high school, the assistant principal doubts the police department's conclusion that the death was a suicide and invites Monk to investigate. Monk quickly concludes that the suicide note is a forgery: a highly respected English teacher wouldn't confuse "its" with "it's". A few words with the teachers in the lounge lead him to suspect that the murderer is a science teacher, Derek Philby. Unfortunately for Monk, Philby was proctoring an SAT exam when Ms. Landow's body landed on Philby's car, setting off his car alarm and alerting the entire school to her death. Armed with a strong suspicion but no evidence, Monk becomes a substitute teacher in hopes of finding the information that will incriminate Philby, who arrogantly informs him that he's "failing the class" – he has no evidence to support his hypothesis. Faced with students who throw erasers at him, an irate father who is also the school's gym teacher threat...

Directors: Randall Zisk
Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum

#25 - Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum 8.05

Season 1 - Episode 6

After attempting to prepare his dead wife's favorite dinner in her old house to celebrate the anniversary of the day they met, Monk is arrested for unlawful entry and is taken to Medford Psychiatric Institute for forty-eight hours of psychiatric observation. His roommate, overly empathic John Wurster ("I'm a detective, too!"), informs him of an unsolved murder four years earlier, while another inmate, Manny, involves him in a quest to discover Santa Claus on the asylum roof. In addition to Dr. Lancaster's orders not to play detective during his stay at Medford, Monk finds his quest to solve the two "cases" thwarted by apparent slips of memory – a picture he doesn't remember drawing and another patient's necklace that has found its way into his pocket. After the necklace incident, Monk finds himself strait-jacketed in the "choir room" as the doctor's sinister aide goes upstairs for four cc's of Thorazine. Meanwhile, Sharona, who hears about the murder on a visit to Monk, examines the mur...

Directors: Nick Marsh