Monk: Season 5, Episode 1

Mr. Monk and the Actor (7 Jul. 2006)

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A method actor gets in the way as Monk tries to solve a case.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Cullman
Actress Playing Disher
Actor Playing Stottlemeyer
Garage Attendant
Actress Playing Natalie (as Carrie Chason)
Lara Black ...
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A TV producer has gotten the idea of developing a movie based off of the events of Monk's capture of Steve Wagner in "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut." They have hired renowned actor David Ruskin to play Monk. However, to get into the role of Monk, Ruskin shadows his character for a couple of days as Monk investigates the linked homicides of a young woman killed in her apartment and a pawnshop owner shot dead during a robbery. However, things get bad when Ruskin gets a little too into the role of Monk. Written by dmcreif

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The movie that is being made about Monk is based on one of his previous cases involving an astronaut. That case was shown in the (aptly named) episode "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut" (#4.15). See more »


'Stanley Tucci''s character organizes some small statues and bottles while rehearsing a scene for the movie. He is shown arranging them to be 1-2-2-1, but in other shots during the scene they are 1-2-1-2 and 1-1-2-2. See more »


Adrian Monk: [Monk bangs on the door] Natalie, it's me.
[Natalie opens her front door]
Adrian Monk: At least I think it's me.
Natalie Teeger: Oh, Mr. Monk, what time is it?
[she wipes sleep out of her eyes]
Adrian Monk: You were right about actors. He's completely unstable.
[he walks into her house]
Natalie Teeger: What did he do?
Adrian Monk: Oh, he's so selfish. He's immature. Get this: he barged into my house in the middle of the night, woke me up because he *felt* like talking...
Natalie Teeger: Umm, I can't imagine what that would be like...
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Stanley Tucci tries to out-Monk Tony Shalhoub
30 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, I haven't been following Monk so this is one of the few episodes I caught and I have to say Stanley Tucci deserves the award he received for playing his character, David Ruskin.

In this episode, Stanley Tucci plays a method actor who will play Monk in a movie based on a previous case. Tony Shalhoub has made a name for himself playing the very peculiar Monk and to have someone to attempt the role and succeed really shows the strength of these two actors.

I was hooked at the beginning when Tucci showed up on set and I could already see that he can pull off the Monk look and the rest of the episode made me truly applaud his outstanding portrayal. And I have to remember the actor that help brought such a wonderful character to life.

I'm glad that of all the episodes I caught, I was able to see such talented actors. I guess the only downfall would be the lack of shine from the supporting cast. It's like the two amazing actors took so much of the attention that the others sort of fade into the background.

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