Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Is on the Run: Part 1 

Monk is charged with the murder of the man who killed Trudy, and manages to escape custody in order to figure out what really happened.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trudy Monk
Deputy Bell (as C. S. Lee)
Local Prosecutor
Detective #1 (as Ben Cain)
K-9 Cop
Camping Man (as Matthew Patrick Tulve)
Warehouse Supervisor
Gas Station Attendant


Monk is charged with the murder of the man who killed Trudy, and manages to escape custody in order to figure out what really happened.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery






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15 February 2008 (USA)  »

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Reunited Ted Levine and Scott Glenn. Both previously starred in The Silence of the Lambs. See more »


The uniform that Natalie has in the hanger bag has captain's rank, 4 stripes, on the sleeves. The uniform Monk is then seen wearing has 2 1/2 stripes, a Lt. Commander's rank. The store clerk, however, still addresses Monk as "Captain Teeger". See more »


Monk's Lawyer: Your Honor, my client is not a flight risk. For fourteen years he served the City of San Francisco honorably as a police officer. He still has friends in the department, some of whom are here today and prepared to testify on his behalf. I would also like to point out that, even if he wanted to flee, my client doesn't drive. He also has an obsessive fear of airplanes... and boats... and trucks... and trains.
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References The Fugitive (1993) See more »

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On the run with Monk
8 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

'Monk' has always been one of my most watched shows when needing comfort, to relax after a hard day, a good laugh or a way to spend a lazy weekend.

To me "Mr Monk is on the Run" (the first part, liked the second part less) is one of Season 6's, and 'Monk's' high points. It is very much a different episode, having more of a crime thriller feel which gives the episode a darker and more serious vibe to usual, appropriate and perfect for the story. Other episodes have much more comedy and quirks (although this episode does have one of the funniest 'Monk' moments where Monk asks for the bail amount to be rounded up, much to Stottlemeyer's dismay), which are side-lined here in favour of a more dramatic story and emotional elements. Considering the seriousness of the story and Monk's predicament this was a good move.

"Mr Monk is on the Run" (both parts, but particularly this one) is a perfect example of the viewer rooting for Monk every step of the way despite it not looking good for him. Love the care and concern that the other three lead characters share for him and their loyalty to him. The story is taut and compelling, and the writing does wonderfully with the dramatic and emotional elements, both ringing true. The ending is tense.

One of the best things about 'Monk' has always been the acting of Tony Shalhoub in the title role. It was essential for him to work and be the glue of the show, and Shalhoub not only is that but also at his very best he IS the show. Have always loved the balance of the humour, which is often hilarious, and pathos, which is sincere and touching. Everybody else supports him very well.

The music is both understated and quirky. While there is a preference for the theme music for Season 1, Randy Newman's "It's a Jungle Out There" has grown on me overtime, found it annoying at first but appreciate its meaning and what it's trying to say much more now. The episode as always look slick and stylish.

In summation, terrific first part to the two-part season finale. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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