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"Monk" Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike (2006)

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Monk: Season 5: Episode 2 -- When a union boss' death threatens to prolong a city wide garbage strike in San Francisco, it's up to Monk to help end the strike by determining whether the boss' death was suicide or murder.


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Original Air Date:
14 July 2006 (Season 5, Episode 2)
A city-wide garbage strike throws Monk completely off his game as he tries to solve the murder of a union boss. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk

Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger

Jason Gray-Stanford ... Lt. Randall Disher

Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer

Chi McBride ... Mayor Ray Nicholson (as Chi Mcbride)

David DeLuise ... Larry Cutler (as David Deluise)

Silas Weir Mitchell ... Drugstore Manager

Robert Blanche ... Union Vice President

Michael Shamus Wiles ... Jimmy Cusack

Jayden Lund ... Morris
Lonnie Colón ... Ronnie

Alice Cooper ... Alice Cooper

Stanley Kamel ... Dr. Charles Kroger

Frank Clem ... Ron Neely

Darlene Kegan ... Reporter #1
Kai Soremekun ... Mayor's Assistant
Suzanne Rico ... News Reporter
Dave Bushnell ... Tour Guide

Lulu Antariksa ... Whispering Child #1 (as Lauren Antariksa)

Hunter Dunn ... Whispering Child #2
Lu Parker ... TV Reporter
Mark Willett ... Contamination Suit Man

Marcus Brown ... Delivery Man

Sy Richardson ... Sanitation Worker

Tony Longo ... Second Union Official
Wanda Acuna ... Cleaning Lady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mike Cochrane ... Sanitation Worker (uncredited)

Craig Jordan ... Young Man at Protest (uncredited)

Chris Krauser ... Garbage Man (uncredited)

Bob Saldana ... News Reporter Echo Point (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jerry Levine 
Writing credits
Andy Breckman (creator)

Andy Breckman (written by) &
Daniel Gaeta (written by)

Produced by
Andy Breckman .... executive producer
Jonathan Collier .... consulting producer
Scott Collins .... co-producer
Hy Conrad .... co-producer
Daniel Dratch .... producer (as Dan Dratch)
Fern Field .... co-executive producer
David Hoberman .... executive producer
Erik Lee .... associate producer
Douglas Nabors .... associate producer
Anthony Santa Croce .... producer
Tom Scharpling .... co-executive producer
Tony Shalhoub .... executive producer
Shana Stein .... associate producer
Sheridan Thayer .... co-producer
Joe Toplyn .... producer
Randy Zisk .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jeff Beal 
Cinematography by
Anthony R. Palmieri (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Arge O'Neal 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Production Design by
Chuck Parker 
Art Direction by
Bill Brownell  (as William E. Brownell)
Set Decoration by
Suzette Sheets 
Costume Design by
Ileane Meltzer 
Makeup Department
Ela Barczewska .... assistant make-up
Sharisse Fine .... assistant hair stylist
Denise Hooper .... key make-up
Maxine Morris .... key hair
Debra-Lee Davidson .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Anthony Santa Croce .... unit production manager
Todd Sharp .... executive in charge of production
Richard P. White .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Samantha Lavin .... second assistant director
Lisa M. Rowe .... first assistant director
Colleen Casey .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Angelo M. Amodio .... leadman (as Angelo Amodio)
Marta Fernandez .... art department coordinator
Rich Hobaica .... property master
Jay Jergensen .... construction coordinator
Ahna Packard .... set designer
Oliver Doering .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Bret Ross .... swing gang boss (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert J. Anderson Jr. .... sound mixer (as Robert Anderson)
Tom Caton .... boom operator (as Tom Canton)
Joe Earle .... re-recording mixer
Fred Judkins .... supervising sound editor
Elmo Ponsdomenech .... re-recording mixer
Mark Cookson .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Todd Murakami .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
David Raymond .... sound utility (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Gaspar .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
J. David Everhart .... visual effects (uncredited)
Diego Galtieri .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Tim Jacobsen .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Kent Johnson .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Charlie Brewer .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Abramson .... key grip (as Stuart M. Abrahmson)
Craig Asato .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Billy Beaird .... best boy grip
Bonnie Blake .... camera operator: "b" camera
Armen Gharagozian .... dolly grip
Steve Greaves .... dolly grip
Greg McEachen .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Greg Mceachen)
Denis Moran .... camera operator
Thomas Pugh .... chief lighting technician
Ron Vargas .... first assistant camera
Shane Brott .... grip (uncredited)
Jerry Gregoricka .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Brian Lataille .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Ben Peiny .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Corbin Bronson .... casting
Amy McIntyre Britt .... casting (as Amy Mcintyre Britt)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph Cigliano .... costumer (as Joseph A. Cigliano)
Brigit Jones .... set costumer
George Ward .... costume supervisor
Keith M. Wegner .... set costumer (as Keith Wegner)
Editorial Department
Richard Rodono .... assistant editor
Michael Levy .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Randy Newman .... composer: "It's a Jungle Out There"
Randy Newman .... performer: "It's a Jungle Out There"
Craig Pettigrew .... music editor
Transportation Department
Jim Herbert II .... transportation captain (as Jim Herbert)
Daniel Quick .... transportation coordinator (as Dan Quick)
Other crew
Kelly Akers .... script supervisor
Corey Berg .... set medic
Mac Gordon .... location manager
Hayley Helmreich .... production associate (as Hayley Kara Helmreich)
Debbie Holstein .... assistant production coordinator
Sheryl Johnson .... production accountant
Ann Kaiser .... production coordinator
Kim Meade .... assistant: David Hoberman
Jon Perkins .... technical advisor
Stefanie Preston .... writer's office coordinator - NJ
Salvatore Savo .... script coordinator (as Salvatore Savo - New Jersey)
Vicki Goldsmith .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Kristofer Kolpek .... key set production assistant (uncredited)
Amanda Lensing .... production assistant (uncredited)
Nathan Maruccio .... craft service (uncredited)
Rob Morrone .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

44 min
Black and White (some sequences) | Color

Did You Know?

In Season 1 Episode "Mr. Monk Takes A Vacation ", Sharona mentions she had to cut her vacation short to come home to Mr. Monk due to a 'garage strike'.See more »
Continuity: When Mayor Nicholson leaves city hall by the back door and encounters Monk, he grabs the umbrella from his aide Cutler. When they cut away at the car, Cutler again has the umbrella and then back to Nicholson on the next shot.See more »
[watching Monk trying to clean up San Francisco's garbage single-handedly]
Lt. Randall Disher:He's like a vigilante. A garbage vigilante.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer:You could say that, but don't.
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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
With a title like this. . ., 30 July 2008
Author: intriguement from United States

As soon as I saw the title of "The Garbage Strike," I knew this episode was going to be hilarious. The Sanitation Union has gone on strike for better wages, and when the union leader is found dead, the union members become even angrier and less willing to negotiate. As another reviewer wrote, this show gets off to a weak start: in an uncharacteristic turn (probably caused by his anxiety over the garbage in the streets), Monk tries to pass off the leader's murder as a suicide. He hopes that if the union members see the death as a suicide, they will reconcile with city leaders and start collecting the garbage again. However, at Natalie's insistence, Monk soon comes clean and begins investigating the murder. This is a typical Monk case with lots of details and twists. As the reeking bags of garbage pile up all over the city, Monk's already fragile mental state deteriorates even more, with hysterical results. Be sure to stay tuned for Alice Cooper's hilarious cameo!

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