Monk: Season 5, Episode 3

Mr. Monk and the Big Game (21 Jul. 2006)

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Monk coaches basketball while trying to solve a murder case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Hayden
Coach Hayden
Principal Franklin
Park Ranger
Emily C.
Emily J. (as Molly Mccook)
Attractive Mom


Julie plays on her high school basketball team, and she and her teammates are coached by the popular Lynn Hayden. However, following a practice a week prior to the high school basketball championships, Coach Hayden is electrocuted after taking a shower. The police want to say it is an accident, but Julie and her teammates are suspicious and ask Monk to investigate. Written by dmcreif

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Jennifer Lawrence plays the role of the mascot in Monk and the Big Game in season 5. See more »


While the three girls are asking Monk to find out what happened to their coach, he is ironing his three shoelaces (left, right, and backup, respectively). As the camera changes angles his shoe laces change positions several times. See more »


Adrian Monk: [examining the crime scene] It seems like the coach ran into a lot of bad luck in this room all at once.
Natalie Teeger: Well, I guess that's how it happens sometimes.
Adrian Monk: Yes, to me, but this happened to someone else.
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7 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Julie's basketball coach is murdered in the girls' locker room via electrocution and it's ruled an accident. However, the girls think something is fishy and several of them go to Monk to ask him to investigate.

It looks like this might be what I was hoping for after two silly episodes to begin the fifth season: an episode where the crime case is given decent air time. However, it quickly evolves into a story of Natalie and Monk taking over the coaching reins for the final game of the season. It still had some humorous material here - Monk ironing his shoelaces, for example - and there but not with the basketball scenes, which were ludicrous.

We learned Monk was a stoolie for the principal when he was in high school. No wonder he wasn't popular. It's also revealed he never won a trophy in his entire life, and he'd love to have one. If the girls win the game, he'll get one so he's motivated, even though he's clueless about basketball, of course.

They really stretch things as Natalie gets thrown out of the game and Monk has to coach in the final dramatic moments. Man, I'm wondering if they are ever going to go back and concentrate more on the crime cases at hand. "Silly" has replaced "clever" for most of these shows in the past year or so. This was one of the dumbest episodes ever.

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