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"Monk" Mr. Monk and the Big Game (2006)

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Monk: Season 5: Episode 3 -- Julie's basketball coach is murdered, and Monk must step in as the new coach while trying to solve the case.


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Andy Breckman (creator)
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Original Air Date:
21 July 2006 (Season 5, Episode 3)
Monk coaches basketball while trying to solve a murder case. 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

Esteban Powell ... Aaron Hayden

Samantha Smith ... Coach Hayden

Judith Scott ... Principal Franklin

Emmy Clarke ... Julie Teeger

Jim O'Heir ... Park Ranger

Hayley Chase ... Emily C.

Molly McCook ... Emily J. (as Molly Mccook)

Anthony Holiday ... Referee

Jane Hajduk ... Attractive Mom

Jazz Raycole ... Kimberly

Jennifer Lawrence ... Mascot

Rey Herrera ... Newscaster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christine Fry ... Bee's Head Basketball Coach
Kristine Lacap ... Basketball Player (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Chris Long 
Writing credits
Andy Breckman (creator)

Jack Bernstein (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 
Amy McIntyre Britt 
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
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
Fernando Altschul .... first assistant director
Lisa M. Rowe .... second 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
Jason Lynch .... 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)
David Raymond .... sound utility (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Gaspar .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Tim Jacobsen .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Kent Johnson .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Charlie Brewer .... stunt coordinator
Mike Massa .... stunt double (uncredited)
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)
Ben Peiny .... grip (uncredited)
Michael Yarish .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Corbin Bronson .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brigit Jones .... set costumer
Bridget Ostersehlte .... costume supervisor
George Ward .... key costumer
Keith M. Wegner .... set costumer (as Keith Wegner)
Editorial Department
Geofrey Hildrew .... assistant editor
Richard Rodono .... assistant editor
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)
Kristofer Kolpek .... key set production assistant (uncredited)
Kelly Lane .... 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

Did You Know?

Jennifer Lawrence plays the role of the mascot in Monk and the Big Game in season 5.See more »
Continuity: Julie's principal is seen holding a packet of reports and places them on her desk (back shot). In the next scene they are seen back in her arms (front shot). The next scene they are back on the desk (back shot) and the following front shot the papers are back in her arms.See more »
Adrian Monk:[to Julie and her friends] Stay in school. Don't take dope.See more »


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12 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
More Silliness, 7 August 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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