Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger 

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
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Terry T
Jay 'Mad Dog' Michaels ...
Kenny Freedman
Bruce McFee ...
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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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This episode was originally written for Ringo Starr. However, since the crime involved the victim being shot in an alley, the producers thought it too reminiscent of John Lennon's assassination. They also considered singers Brian Wilson and James Taylor before deciding to go with Willie Nelson. See more »

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In the first scene that Monk is playing the clarinet, there is a moment where the clarinet is still playing but he doesn't have it near his lips. See more »

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Willie Nelson: [to Monk] You know more about me than I do.
Sharona Fleming: He knows more about everybody than they do.
Willie Nelson: Well, why do they think I shot Sonny?
Sharona Fleming: Um, well, you gotta admit it looks pretty bad. The blind lady said that she heard everything.
Willie Nelson: The blind lady's lyin'.
Sharona Fleming: Why was she lying?
Willie Nelson: I don't know. I do a lot of things, but I wouldn't hurt anybody. You know, I might write a bad song about 'em. And as far as Sonny was concerned, maybe I should've fired him a long time ago, but there's more I could've fired too.
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References Spartacus (1960) See more »

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Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
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Written by Fred Rose
Performed by Willie Nelson and Tony Shalhoub
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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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