Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Goes Home Again 

On Halloween, Monk visits his brother Ambrose in his childhood home to await a visit from his long-absent father, but things take a strange turn when a masked trick-or-treater repeatedly tries to steal Halloween candy from Ambrose's house.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Gilstrap
Store Manager
David Batiste ...
Armored Car Driver
Amy Ryder ...
Mrs. Gilstrap
Soldier Boy
Witch Girl (as Jasmine Anthony)
Princess Girl


On Halloween, an armored car driver is shot several times with his own gun. Monk is called from the crime scene by Ambrose, who says that their father is coming to visit, but not before Captain Stottlemeyer shoos away a pigeon and Monk finds a clove cigarette on the ground. While the captain interviews a witness and discovers that the killer was not after money, the Monk brothers wait for their father and Ambrose hands out carefully counted treats. Meanwhile, a man dressed as Frankenstein's monster snatches candy from some of the children trick-or-treating with Julie. Leaving Ambrose alone with Natalie, whom he seems to be developing a crush on, Adrian investigates the candy theft and discovers that all of the victims received candy from "the special man" (Ambrose). He also finds a clove cigarette linking the two crimes. When Julie convinces Monk to take her out trick-or-treating again because she hardly got any candy, he comes across another clue: a dead pigeon he believes is the ... Written by WyattJones

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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15 July 2005 (USA)  »

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In the beginning, the Witch cashier checks out the soon to be dead guy and in another line, the shooter is being checked out. Later, Stottlemeyer questions the cashier who checks out the dead guy and they mention the shooter was in her line when he was actually in the next line over. See more »


Capt. Stottlemeyer: Well, Ambrose, that's very... that's... I don't know what the hell that is.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Ambrose Monk, my hero
17 October 2006 | by (Sacramento, California) – See all my reviews

It was a real treat to see John Turturro as Adrian Monk's brother. They play beautifully off each other, and I hope we will get to see more of Ambrose. These guys have two of my favorite profiles, by the way.

Being rather OCD myself, I love watching Adrian bull ahead in spite of the things that make him squirm. There's no way that his brother could have the same problems as Adrian--that would be a bad decision. By now just about everyone knows that Adrian was really always obsessive/compulsive. It's just the stress of his loss that has messed him up.

But what could Ambrose have going on that could possibly be a match for Adrian's tics and twitches? Certainly his brother must have come in for some of what made Adrian what he is today, but there's only one Adrian Monk. I can't deny that I like what they did with Ambrose.

BTW--the trick-or-treat theme was grand, and when the "bad guy" was introduced, well--it was just great casting. I would happily watch this episode again and again.

This is one of my favorite episodes because the atmosphere is very well drawn and moody in its way, with lots of tension, but a great opportunity to watch this coolest of casts work their magic. Since I don't have cable I have to wait to see "Monk" for times when I house-sit for a friend, but I don't have a problem with that, because now and then USA has Monk marathons.

Great episode. Bring them on.

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