Monk: Season 1, Episode 12

Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger (11 Oct. 2002)

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When monk's favorite singer, Willie Nelson, is suspected of murdering his tour manager, Monk steps in to clear his name.

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Jackie Richardson ...
Wendy Maas
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David Anderson ...
Jason 'Sonny' Cross
Neil Crone ...
Terry T
Jay 'Mad Dog' Michaels ...
Kenny Freedman
Bruce McFee ...
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Bee Spears ...
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Mickey Raphael ...
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Country singer Willie Nelson, who portrays himself, becomes the prime suspect when his manager is murdered, but the only witness is a blind woman who claims to have overheard a scuffle and can identify Willie as the murderer by his voice. At first Stottlemeyer (who is on the case despite a broken arm) is reluctant to arrest the famous singer on such shaky evidence, but a video tape convinces him that Willie must indeed be guilty. But for Monk, the fact that a note used to lure the victim to his death refers to him as "J. Cross" while Willie refers to him as "Sonny" casts doubt on the blind woman's story. Determined for the sake of his dead wife, Trudy, a devoted fan, to prove the singer innocent, Monk interviews the blind woman and investigates the manager's less than reputable background, searching for the clue he needs to clear the singer's name. Written by WyattJones

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"Terry T" is named after WFMU DJ Terrie T. Terrie T is also writer Tom Scharpling's wife. "Kenny Freedman" is named after WFMU Station Manager Ken Freedman, who co-hosts Seven Second Delay with Andy Breckman (the creator of Monk (2002)) on WFMU. See more »

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While Willie Nelson is rehearsing, his pigtails keep shifting from inside his shirt (close to his neck) to out near his shoulders. See more »

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Adrian Monk: Captain, uh, I wouldn't tell that story about your accident to too many people.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Why not?
Adrian Monk: Well, the hills north of Highway 18 have been closed for two weeks due to brush fires.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Really?
Adrian Monk: What really happened?
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: I was cleaning my gutters and slipped. Fell off the ladder.
Adrian Monk: Oh.
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References Spartacus (1960) See more »

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Georgia On My Mind
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Lyrics by Stuart Gorrell
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Performed by Willie Nelson
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Enjoyable episode
20 November 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I liked this episode, but mainly because of who the 'stranger' was. It is unlikely that Monk would be a country fan I think, but he plays the clarinet in this episode and I've got a soft spot for the clarinet. It is painful to watch him (Monk) attempt to play the instrument after someone else tongues the reed, but that is par for the course with this show. It's these elements that make it a show above the usual detective fare. But again, the person that is the suspect is obvious from the start, it's just left up to Monk to tell us how it was done. I give up on caring about the crimes but love to watch Monk and Sharona interact and think they are the best duo in a long, long time on television.


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