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Monk (season 4)

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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.

Monk (season 4)
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StarringTony Shalhoub
Traylor Howard
Ted Levine
Jason Gray-Stanford
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes16
Original networkUSA Network
Original releaseJuly 8, 2005 –
March 17, 2006
Season chronology
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List of Monk episodes


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") 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.


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.


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
461"Mr. Monk and the Other Detective"Eric LaneuvilleHy ConradJuly 8, 2005 (2005-07-08)6.38[1]
A jewelry store is robbed, and the store's manager and a security guard are fatally shot in the aftermath. But when small-time private eye Marty Eels (Jason Alexander) shows up at the crime scene knowing all the answers, Monk wants to suspect that he is somehow cheating.
472"Mr. Monk Goes Home Again"Randall ZiskTom ScharplingJuly 15, 2005 (2005-07-15)5.0[2]
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.
483"Mr. Monk Stays in Bed"Philip CasnoffHy ConradJuly 22, 2005 (2005-07-22)4.51[3]
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.
494"Mr. Monk Goes to the Office"Jerry LevineNell ScovellJuly 29, 2005 (2005-07-29)4.7[4]
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.
505"Mr. Monk Gets Drunk"Andrei BelgraderDaniel DratchAugust 5, 2005 (2005-08-05)3.82[5]
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 hitman (Paul Ben-Victor) who claims to be the victim's brother, he must determine what exactly is going on.
516"Mr. Monk and Mrs. Monk"Randall ZiskDavid BreckmanAugust 12, 2005 (2005-08-12)4.4[6]
Monk must get to the truth when it appears that his late wife Trudy (Melora Hardin) is still alive....and a killer.
527"Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding"Anthony R. PalmieriLiz SagalAugust 19, 2005 (2005-08-19)5.5[7]
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 (Ashley Williams) may not be who she seems.
538"Mr. Monk and Little Monk"Robert SingerJoe ToplynAugust 26, 2005 (2005-08-26)5.28[8]
When Monk's childhood crush comes to him with a mysterious murder, Monk tries to win her heart by solving the case. Subplot: (in flashbacks) in Monk's school days, when he (played by Grant Rosenmeyer) helped her out with a problem.
549"Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa"Jerry LevineDavid BreckmanDecember 2, 2005 (2005-12-02)5.48[9]
A detective dies at the police department Christmas party after drinking from a poisoned bottle of port that was delivered to Captain Stottlemeyer. The police begin to suspect an individual who tried to shoot Stottlemeyer the previous summer, but Monk quickly has doubts about his involvement in the murder.
5510"Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show"Randall ZiskJonathan CollierJanuary 13, 2006 (2006-01-13)5.4[10]
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).
5611"Mr. Monk Bumps His Head"Stephen SurjikAndy BreckmanJanuary 20, 2006 (2006-01-20)6.0[11]
Robbed, knocked unconscious and left aboard a big rig by a scammer claiming to have information about Trudy's murder, Monk awakens amnesiac in a small Wyoming town, where a lonely woman (Laurie Metcalf) claims to be his wife and he discovers the waitress he tries to repay for breakfast is murdered.
5712"Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage"Philip CasnoffJack BernsteinJanuary 27, 2006 (2006-01-27)5.35[12]
Monk tries to solve the junkyard murder of a small-time drug dealer while helping Stottlemeyer deal with issues relating to Karen (Glenne Headly), after the captain tangles violently with an arrogant younger officer claiming to be Karen's lover.
5813"Mr. Monk and the Big Reward"Randall ZiskTom Scharpling and Daniel DratchFebruary 3, 2006 (2006-02-03)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.
5914"Mr. Monk and the Astronaut"Randall ZiskDavid Breckman and Joe ToplynMarch 3, 2006 (2006-03-03)4.89[13]
Monk suspects a famous astronaut (Jeffrey Donovan) of murdering his former girlfriend despite his airtight alibi: the astronaut was in outer space at the time of the murder.
6015"Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist"Jefery LevyDavid Breckman and Tom ScharplingMarch 10, 2006 (2006-03-10)N/A
Under anesthesia Randy thinks he sees his dentist (Jon Favreau) and the dentist's assistant (Brooke Langton) kill an intruder over "Barry Bonds", but after he resigns when no one believes him, Monk discovers they may be tied to an armored car hijacking (a theft of bearer bonds) with two dead guards and no evidence suggesting a crime was even committed.
6116"Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty"Andrei BelgraderPeter WolkMarch 17, 2006 (2006-03-17)5.4[14]
Juror Monk deliberates on a minor robbery trial---and gradually convinces his fellow jurors the defendant may be innocent---but is drawn inadvertently into another mystery involving the killing of a prospective juror, while Stottlemeyer and Disher handle the extradition of a Most Wanted fugitive who may have an undetected connection to Monk's jury.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Emmy AwardsEdit

  • 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]


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