Monk: Season 2, Episode 11

Mr. Monk and the Three Pies (23 Jan. 2004)

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Monk's agoraphobic brother Ambrose asks for his help, convinced his neighbor has been killed by her husband. But all the husband seems focused on is winning the pies at the local fair.


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Episode cast overview:
Pat van Ranken (as Holt Mccallany)
Town Offical
Gladys Dohan
Bingo Addict
Ira Steck ...
Bingo Caller
Jean Elliott Campbell ...
Entry Booth Lady (as Jean Elliot Campbell)


Monk begins his day at the scene of a carjacking where an elderly woman was killed. Monk suspects that all is not as it seems. He then receives a call from his estranged brother who is an agoraphobic and won't leave the house. Monk must mend fences with his brother and solve the mystery of why his brother's mysterious neighbor seems obsessed with winning some cherry pies in the local fair. Written by anonymous

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John Turturro won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, for his performance in this episode. See more »


When Ambrose picks up the phone to call the police and neighbor cuts the line you can hear sound "line busy". In reality if a phone line is cut, there's no sound. See more »


Sharona Fleming: How did you remember that?
Ambrose Monk: It's a gift, and a curse.
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You have a brother?
11 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Turturo guest stars as, and wins an Emmy for playing, Monk's brother, Ambrose, in a powerful, masterful, and, ultimately, heart-breaking, bravura performance. Sure, there's the usual, somewhat silly mystery that needs to be solved, but the real meat of this episode is the tension that exists between the two brothers. Usually, when a character in a series "suddenly" has a new sibling, (The Cosby Show, I'm looking at you...) the reasoning for never being mentioned is silly. Not so here. The reason is simple, and very understandable. Ambrose's quirks make Monk look downright normal, and the secrets he's carrying are a heavy burden, indeed. My two favorite, stand-out scenes are when Sharona asks Ambrose what it is that Monk has, that he doesn't. And when Monk confronts him about the reason Adrian has denied his existence for the last several years. Bot scenes broke my heart. Watch this. He'll break your heart, too.

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