The fifth season of Monk originally aired in the United States on USA Network from July 7, 2006, to March 2, 2007. 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 26, 2007.
|Starring||Tony Shalhoub Traylor HowardTed Levine Jason Gray-Stanford|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Original network||USA Network|
|Original release||July 7, 2006 –|
March 2, 2007
Andy Breckman continued his tenure as show runner. Executive producers for the season included Breckman, David Hoberman, series star Tony Shalhoub, and writer Tom Scharpling. NBC Universal Television Studio was the primary production company backing the show. Randy Newman's theme ("It's a Jungle Out There") 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, Peter Weller, and Andrei Belgrader. Writers for the season included Andy Breckman, David Breckman, Jonathan Collier, Hy Conrad, Daniel Dratch, Lee Goldberg, Dylan Morgan, William Rabkin, Josh Siegal, Joe Toplyn, and Tom Scharpling.
All four main characters returned for the fifth 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.
The astronomical number of guest stars grew even higher for the fifth season. Stanley Kamel returned as Monk's psychiatrist, Dr. Charles Kroger. Emmy Clarke portrayed Julie Teeger, Natalie's daughter, in a third season. Melora Hardin continued to portray Trudy Monk, Monk's deceased wife (whose murder is the series' main story arc), while Lindy Newton played a younger version of the character. Tim Bagley returned to play Harold Krenshaw, Monk's main rival, after a one-season absence. The character of Monk's annoying upstairs neighbor, Kevin Dorfman, was brought back, portrayed by Jarrad Paul. Cody McMains starred, for the first time, as Dr. Kroger's son, Troy Kroger. Michael Cavanaugh and Holland Taylor returned for the final time as Natalie's ultra-rich parents, Bob and Peggy Davenport, and Sharon Lawrence made her debut on the series as Stottlemeyer's girlfriend, Linda Fusco. Additionally, several non-recurring guest stars made appearances, including Brooke Adams (Shalhoub's wife, playing her third different character), Joshua Alba, Sean Astin, Catherine Bach, Graham Beckel, Paul Blackthorne, Stephen Bogardus, Ivar Brogger, Sarah Brown, Dan Butler, Ricardo Chavira, Gordon Clapp, Alex Cohen, Alice Cooper, David DeLuise, Charles Durning, Art Evans, Tom Everett, Kevin Farley, Tamara Feldman, John Furey, Deborah Geffner, Greg Grunberg, Dan Hedaya, Brad Hunt, Jamie Kaler, Brian Kerwin, Jennifer Lawrence, James Logan, Chi McBride, Brian McNamara, Jacob Miller, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sandra Nelson, Lawrence O'Donnell, Jim Piddock, Andy Richter, Bryce Robinson, Kiernan Shipka, Peter James Smith, Cynthia Stevenson, Heather Tom, Stanley Tucci (in an Emmy award-winning performance), Reginald VelJohnson, Steven Weber, Frederick Weller, Peter Weller, Chris Williams, Danny Woodburn, and Odette Yustman.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|62||1||"Mr. Monk and the Actor"||Randall Zisk||Hy Conrad and Joe Toplyn||July 7, 2006||5.09|
|Renowned method actor David Ruskin (Stanley Tucci) prepares to play Monk in a film adaptation of the events of "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut", but while Monk and Natalie investigate two murders—a young woman in a lover's quarrel, and a pawn shop owner during a robbery—Natalie warns Monk that Ruskin has a problem that may impede both investigations and endanger Monk.|
|63||2||"Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike"||Jerry Levine||Andy Breckman and Daniel Gaeta||July 14, 2006||4.89|
|A sanitation union boss's death of a gunshot threatens to prolong a citywide garbage strike when Monk calls suicide publicly in a bid to get the union back to work and the city cleaned up—but he reverses the call when he suspects the mayor's (Chi McBride) and then even rock legend Alice Cooper's complicity in the boss's death.|
|64||3||"Mr. Monk and the Big Game"||Chris Long||Jack Bernstein||July 21, 2006||5.09|
|When their beloved basketball coach is lethally electrocuted while showering in a school locker room, Julie and her teammates think she was murdered and hire Monk to investigate. Jennifer Lawrence makes a small appearance as ‘Mascot’ for Julie’s team, this being one of her earlier television appearances.|
|65||4||"Mr. Monk Can't See a Thing"||Stephen Surjik||Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin||July 28, 2006||5.20|
|When Monk goes to his firehouse to get his smoke detectors inspected, the crew is quickly called away to a fatal house fire in which a young woman is killed. Minutes later, a mysterious intruder walks into the firehouse, lethally bludgeons a veteran fireman, blinds Monk with cleaning acid, then escapes. Despite Monk losing his eyesight, Stottlemeyer coaxes him to continue investigating, and Monk soon finds that the fire and his attack are connected.|
|66||5||"Mr. Monk, Private Eye"||Peter Weller||Tom Scharpling and Daniel Gaeta||August 4, 2006||5.28|
|While Stottlemeyer and Disher investigate the disappearance of a school teacher, Natalie convinces Monk to go into business as a private eye. He is soon hired by realtor Linda Fusco (Sharon Lawrence), who wants him to investigate a seemingly innocuous fender bender that leads him to a doctor (Fred Weller) who may be involved in much more that meets the eye.|
|67||6||"Mr. Monk and the Class Reunion"||David Grossman||Daniel Dratch||August 11, 2006||5.60|
|Monk and Natalie go to UC Berkeley for Monk's college reunion, but when Stottlemeyer and Disher show up investigating the murder of a longtime retired nurse who worked there, Monk discovers a murder plot against Trudy's roommate (Cynthia Stevenson).|
|68||7||"Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink"||Andrei Belgrader||Hy Conrad||August 18, 2006||5.21|
|When Dr. Kroger's cleaning lady is stabbed and killed in his office, apparently by one of the shrink's patients, Dr. Kroger believes he's responsible and decides to retire. It's up to Monk to solve the case and get Dr. Kroger back to work. Kiernan Shipka has a bit part, one of her earliest TV roles, credited as 'Little Girl'.|
|69||8||"Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert"||Randall Zisk||Blair Singer||August 25, 2006||5.63|
|Monk and Natalie go to a major rock concert (as far outside Monk's comfort zone as he could possibly get) in search of Captain Stottlemeyer's runaway son Jared (Jon Kyle Hansen), but get sidetracked when a roadie (Terry Fradet) turns up dead in one of the port-a-potties of an apparent drug overdose, and are subsequently roped by the victim's girlfriend (Tamara Feldman) into investigating.|
|70||9||"Mr. Monk Meets His Dad"||Jerry Levine||Tom Scharpling and Dan Dratch||November 17, 2006||N/A|
|When Monk's truck driving father Jack (Dan Hedaya) rolls into town at Christmas time, Monk joins him on the road, where they stumble across a very peculiar mystery after Jack's boss is killed.|
|71||10||"Mr. Monk and the Leper"||Randall Zisk||Charles Evered||December 22, 2006||N/A|
|A missing billionaire suffering from leprosy (Stephen Bogardus) comes out of hiding to hire Monk, who soon finds himself in the midst of a shadowy murder plot worthy of a classic Hollywood film noir. The investigation leads Monk and Natalie to the man's wife (Sarah Brown), who originally has a difficult time believing their story. The episode was broadcast in black & white as well as in color.|
|72||11||"Mr. Monk Makes a Friend"||Randall Zisk||Andy Breckman and Daniel Gaeta||January 19, 2007||5.16|
|A fun-loving everyman (Andy Richter) bumps into Monk, and the two become fast friends. For the first time in his life, Monk appears to have a buddy. But is this everyman hiding a dark secret?|
|73||12||"Mr. Monk Is At Your Service"||Anton Cropper||Rob LaZebnik||January 26, 2007||5.0|
|When Natalie suspects foul play in the deaths of her parents’ (Michael Cavanaugh and Holland Taylor) wealthy neighbors, Monk goes undercover as a butler to the deceased's son (Sean Astin) to investigate, but he soon finds himself more obsessed with his job than with investigating.|
|74||13||"Mr. Monk Is On the Air"||Mike Listo||Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan||February 2, 2007||5.2|
|Monk and Natalie suspect that a popular radio shock jock (Steven Weber) has murdered his wife. There's only one problem: at the time of death, he was on the air broadcasting a live show.|
|75||14||"Mr. Monk Visits a Farm"||Andrei Belgrader||David Breckman||February 9, 2007||4.9|
|When Randy's uncle Harvey apparently dies by his own hand after accidentally killing his beloved prize pig, and leaves his farm to Randy in his will, Randy decides to quit the police force and start a new life in the country. But Randy soon suspects that his neighbor (Ricardo Chavira) may have murdered Harvey, so Monk joins him on the farm to investigate. Along the way Monk must also woo the local sheriff (Brooke Adams) and go undercover as a farmhand to investigate Randy's neighbor.|
|76||15||"Mr. Monk and the Really, Really Dead Guy"||Anthony R. Palmieri||Joe Toplyn||February 23, 2007||4.71|
|When the mysterious "Six Way Killer" strikes in San Francisco, Monk must match his detective skills against the flashy forensic technology of a federal agent as they both pursue the murderer.|
|77||16||"Mr. Monk Goes to the Hospital"||Wendey Stanzler||Jonathan Collier||March 2, 2007||5.7|
|Monk goes to the emergency room for a bloody nose, but when a doctor in the hospital turns up dead, Monk joins the murder investigation, and soon his own life is in grave danger.|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Outstanding Actor – Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub, nominated)
- Outstanding Guest Actor – Comedy Series (Stanley Tucci for playing "David Ruskin" in "Mr. Monk and the Actor", won)
Golden Globe AwardsEdit
- Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub, nominated)
Screen Actors GuildEdit
- Outstanding Actor – Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub, nominated)
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