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Mr. Monk Bumps His Head 

After a vicious truck stop attack, Monk awakens with amnesia in a desert hamlet, married to a domineering loon, and suspicious of the circumstances surrounding the hasty departure of a waitress.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cora Little
Sheriff Bates
Debbie Barnett
Roger Zisk
Truck Driver
Michael Shalhoub ...
Ned the Beekeeper
Kirby the Barber
Teddy Mulligan - Informant
Local Mechanic
State Trooper


Monk is contacted by someone who says he has info on the man who killed Trudy. He goes to meet him at a truck stop. When Monk sees what he has, Monk realizes it's a flim flam so the man knocks Monk out and takes the money and puts him on a truck. The truck goes out. While Natalie tries to find Monk, he wakes up in a small town with no memory of who he is. A woman upon learning of his memory loss, tells him, he's her husband. Natalie calls Stollemeyer who calls Kroeger who upon learning that Monk suffered a concussion thinks Monk may have amnesia and he is wondering around trying to rediscover himself. Monk goes around the town and learns a girl is missing and he sets out to find out what happened to her but his "wife" tries to dissuade him. Written by

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20 January 2006 (USA)  »

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When Mr. Monk is examining Rogers car at Neds bee farm just before it's towed, Mr. Monk looks in the front seat. A Willie Nelson CD can be seen... one of several inclusions of Mr. Nelson over the life of the series. See more »


Roger Zisk's BMW is initially shown with a Platte County, Wyoming license plate on the front, but in immediate subsequent shots has California plates on both the front and rear. See more »


Adrian Monk: I- I'm a roofer?
Cora: That's your job... I'll tell you what, tiger. You fix the roof and then later on tonight, p-p-pt!
[motions up the stairs]
Cora: Show you how much I appreciate it.
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Some Things You Never Forget
6 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Monk meets some stranger at a secluded truck stop, ready with cash to purchase information about his wife's death. The man is a phony and hits Monk over the head with lead pipe, knocking him out. He takes Monks wallet, puts him on the truck flatbed and disappears. The driver comes out, doesn't see anything wrong and drives away. Monk then wakes up the next morning in some small town in Wyoming (not the "desert," as it says on the title page here). Our hero has a very sore head and no recollection who he is, except that he seems to want to some odd OCD things.

The show changes from that dramatic opening to very silly for awhile as some nutty woman named "Cora" sees what's happening and claims Monk as her husband! She's obviously nuts, but it also gives her a chance to have a man around the house who she can get to do things, such as fix the roof or...ah, fill some of her other needs. Monk knows something isn't right but he has no memory so he goes along with a bunch of goofy things....some, not all! Laurie Metcalf is good as the domineering "Cora."

Anyway, a crime is committed against a nice waitress Monk met, and even though he doesn't know who he is, Adrian, through his intuitive gifts, helps solve the crime. Eventually, he is discovered and taken back to San Francisco. In all, a strange episode but entertaining.

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