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"Monk" Mr. Monk Goes Back to School (2003)

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Monk: Season 2: Episode 1 -- Monk takes a job as a substitute high school teacher to determine whether a teacher's fall from a clock tower was really a suicide, or a lesson in murder.


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Original Air Date:
20 June 2003 (Season 2, Episode 1)
When English teacher Beth Landow falls from the clock tower at Trudy's former high school, Monk is called... See more » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk

Bitty Schram ... Sharona Fleming

Jason Gray-Stanford ... Lt. Randall Disher

Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer

Andrew McCarthy ... Derek Philby (as Andrew Mccarthy)

David Rasche ... Coach Patterson

Rosalind Chao ... Arleen Cassady
Kane Ritchotte ... Benjy Fleming

Jamie McShane ... Iverson, Grounds Keeper (as Jamie Mcshane)
Erica Yoder ... Beth Landow
Bobby Brewer ... Kyle (as Bob Brewer)
Chane't Johnson ... First Teacher
Michael Reisz ... Second Teacher

Roz Witt ... Lunch Lady

James Martin Kelly ... Fire Marshal

Richard Alan Brown ... First Kid

Charleigh Harmon Stelly ... Second Kid (as Kristin Bryant)

Jennifer Record ... Girl Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Camille Newbern ... Bored Student (uncredited)

Joe Zymblosky ... Nerdy Hall Monitor (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Randy Zisk 
Writing credits
Andy Breckman (creator)

David Breckman (teleplay)

David Breckman (story) &
Rick Kronberg (story)

Hy Conrad (staff writer)

Produced by
Andy Breckman .... executive producer
Scott Collins .... associate producer
Fern Field .... supervising producer
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... producer
David Hoberman .... executive producer
Tom Scharpling .... co-producer
Tony Shalhoub .... executive producer
Randy Zisk .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Jeff Beal 
Cinematography by
Hugo Cortina (director of photography) (as Hugo P. Cortina)
Film Editing by
Michael Matzdorff 
Casting by
Sandi Logan 
Production Design by
Chuck Parker 
Set Decoration by
Cynthia T. Lewis  (as Cynthia Lewis)
Costume Design by
Ileane Meltzer 
Makeup Department
Sergio Lopez-Rivera .... key makeup artist
Maxine Morris .... key hair stylist
Laverne Caracuzzi .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Denise Hooper .... makeup department head (uncredited)
Production Management
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... unit production manager
Todd Sharp .... executive in charge of production
Alex Shevchenko .... post-production supervisor
Sheridan Thayer .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kent Genzlinger .... second assistant director
Scott Printz .... first assistant director
Kent Genzlinger .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
David Hakim .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
David Brace .... leadman
Bill Brownell .... assistant art director (as William Brownell)
Oliver Doering .... assistant property master
Al Eisenmann .... property master
Trevor Larkin .... set dresser
Walter Weiss .... carpenter (as Wally Weiss)
Stephen L. West .... construction coordinator
Bruce Purcell .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... sound mixer
Mark Cookson .... sound effects editor
Joe Earle .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Newlan .... supervising sound editor
Elmo Ponsdomenech .... sound re-recording mixer
Dirk Stout .... boom operator
Dicken Berglund .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Ryan Darden .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Gaspar .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Bill Millar .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Charlie Brewer .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Chartier .... dolly grip
Gregory Paul Collier .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Gregory P. Collier)
Matthew J. Curry .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Mathew Curry)
Robert Donn .... best boy electric
David J. Frederick .... camera operator
Joe Gallo .... gaffer
Tomoka Izumi .... film loader
Larry Nielsen .... first assistant camera
Craig Peiffer .... key grip
Jim Saldutti .... best boy grip
Cory Clay .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Cale Finot .... assistant camera (uncredited)
David J. Frederick .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Meg Liberman .... casting (as Liberman / Patton)
Sandi Logan .... casting
Camille H. Patton .... casting (as Liberman / Patton)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Scott .... costume supervisor
Joseph Cigliano .... costumer (uncredited)
David S. Heifetz .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Andrew Charlton .... assistant editor
Location Management
David Berthiaume .... location manager
Tiffany Noel Kinder .... location manager
Music Department
Stephen M. Davis .... music editor
Transportation Department
Daniel Quick .... transportation coordinator (as Dan Quick)
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
Jack Jay Reece .... driver: construction (uncredited)
Other crew
Russell Allen .... assistant coordinator
Darren A. Bell .... production associate
David Breckman .... executive story editor
Michael J. Cargill .... script coordinator (as Michael J. Cargill - New Jersey)
James Crotty .... not affiliated with "Monk" as used by, also known as "The Monks" or the "Mad Monks"
Daniel Dratch .... story editor
Tami Hodges Gruneich .... key set production assistant (as Tami Hodges-Malaniak)
James Krieg .... executive story editor (as Jim Krieg)
Michael Lane .... not affiliated with "Monk" as used by, also known as "The Monks" or the "Mad Monks"
Kim Meade .... assistant to producers
Douglas Nabors .... assistant to producers
Dustin Paddock .... script coordinator (as Dustin Paddock - Los Angeles)
Jim Procanik .... production accountant
Shana Stein .... assistant to producers
Judi Townsend .... script supervisor
Jennie Zeppetelli .... assistant to producers
Peter Feldman .... production secretary (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andy Breckman  creator

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Additional Details

45 min

Did You Know?

On the second season for first time used the theme song "it's a jungle out there" a song written by Randy Newman and it won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.The lyrics refer to Monk's big variety of fears and suggesting to be cautious as everyday life is very difficult and has many dangers.See more »
Continuity: When Monk is writing "Mr. Monk" on the board, he has a piece of chalk in his right hand. When Kyle Patterson pelts Monk with the eraser, Monk is holding an eraser in his hand instead of the chalk.See more »
Adrian Monk:What's up with that 'k'?See more »


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6 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Monk at his soppiest, 22 November 2006
Author: moysant from Australia

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Monk gets extra soppy as he goes back to his dead wife's alma mater to investigate the death of a teacher there. The police say suicide. Monk says murder. To solve the crime he decides to stay at school and teach the classes of the dead teacher. Yes, it IS a little far fetched, even for this show, to have Monk volunteer for such things given how phobic he is suppose to be. The schtick of what happens in class is predictable and drags on a little too long (and why do classes that have just started end in 5 mins?). But anyway, he solves it all, and gets the bad guy, as we know he will, and then he can be a little more soppy over Trudi's demise since she was so perfect (part of the plot that is getting a little on my nerves and I wished they'd downplay).

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