Monk: Season 1, Episode 9

Mr. Monk and the Marathon Man (13 Sep. 2002)

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A woman is murdered during the San Francisco marathon and Monk suspects her married lover. But he was running the race, and his tracking chip says he never left.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paula Barrett ...
Angie Morrison
Arlene Mazerolle ...
Tillie Graves
Martin Roach ...
Carl Jenkins
Richard Zeppieri ...
Arthur Zaleski
Tonday Mawwaka
Brendan Connor ...
Gwen Zaleski (as Brandi Marie Ward)
Bernard Kay ...
Man in Sweater
Natalia Jasen ...
Mrs. McDowell


A woman is murdered during the San Francisco marathon and Monk suspects her married lover, Trevor McDowell, even though he was running in the race. Although McDowell disappears from the video tape of the race less than halfway through and reappears only at the end, the data from a computer chip indicates that he was present at all checkpoints during the race. After interrogating the murdered woman's ex-husband as a possible suspect only to find that his alibi is probably credible, a frustrated Stottlemeyer provides Monk with a brilliant suggestion--that the computer chip was passed off to someone else during the race. Monk meanwhile has the chance to visit his hero, an aging runner from Nigeria whom Sharona briefly suspects may be the murderer's accomplice--a theory Monk refuses even to consider. When Monk figures out what really happened, he must catch the murderer himself to prove his theory. Written by WyattJones

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Final acting role of Zakes Mokae. See more »


The camera that Monk is holding at the beginning of the episode (one of two he bought) is a Fujifilm Quick Snap single use camera that sells for about $12 on the street. To zoom in on the man with the uneven buttons as he does, he would need a reflex camera with a zoom lens. A single use camera wouldn't do it. See more »


Trevor McDowell: [Trevor McDowell shoots a commercial in front of one of his furniture showrooms, playing a boxing referee] Hey! It's me, Trevor McDowell. We've just opened a new furniture showroom right here in San Mateo, right off Route 101.
[the bell dings]
Trevor McDowell: Break!
[His two kids start a mock boxing fight in a mock ring]
Trevor McDowell: [to the camera] Hey, listen, if your family's like mine, the furniture in your house takes a real beating! Okay, keep it clean! Keep it clean! Gloves up!
[Monk, Sharona and Stottlemeyer arrive]
Trevor McDowell: ...
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A woman is murdered and then thrown out of an apartment building. Her boyfriend has an airtight alibi - he was running a marathon at the time. Better yet, all competitors in the race have electronic devices that record their time when they pass sensors, and his shows he ran the whole race. How did he do it? It comes down to chamomile tea of all things. Meanwhile, Monk meets one of his sporting idols, a great runner from the 70s, (yes, we're suppose to believe he likes sports?!) and there is some heartwarming moments when said sporting great gives Monk some words of wisdom in the end. Very work-about, if a little formulaic and it becomes clear quickly how it was done even before Monk gives his usual summation.

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