Monk: Season 7, Episode 1

Mr. Monk Buys a House (18 Jul. 2008)

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Heartbroken by the sudden death of Dr. Kroger, Monk rushes into homeownership and gets a little more than he bargained for when he hires a very persistent contractor.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
'Honest' Jake Phillips
Joseph Moody
Cassie Drake
Honest Ramone
Mr. Sutton
Pamela Moody (as Mcnally Sagal)
Hardware Store Clerk
Police Officer
David Castellani ...
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Following the death of his beloved psychiatrist, Dr. Charles Kroger, from a sudden heart attack, Monk decides to buy a house to get away from the neighbor girl, who constantly plays a Chopin prelude on the piano that reminds him too much of Dr. Kroger. The house he purchases is that of Joseph Moody, an elderly man who died recently in what the police presumed was an accident in which he fell down a flight of stairs. Needing help with a minor repair, Monk hires "Honest" Jake Phillips, a handyman who is everything but handy or honest. While learning that the house could literally be a "money pit," Monk discovers that the former owner's death was no accident, but discovers the truth too late, putting himself, and Natalie, in grave danger. Monk decides it's time to try out a new psychiatrist. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery



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In the teaser, before being killed, Joseph Moody rambles about how he once had a neighbor whose surname was Nabors. Doug Nabors was credited in the opening and was one of the long-time co-producers of the series. See more »


When being quizzed by Randy for the maritime exam, Captain Stottlemeyer states that safe water markers are traditionally green and red horizontal stripes. Safe water markers are actually red and white vertical stripes. See more »


[Having managed to pull himself out from underneath a fallen wall, Jake, his face bloodied, makes his way over to the living room, holding his gun, and starts to train it at Monk and Natalie]
'Honest' Jake Phillips: If you like my work, tell your friends about how to find my business. On second thought, I'm gonna retire.
[He brings up his gun and prepares to pull the trigger. Stottlemeyer and Disher burst into the house, holding their weapons]
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Drop the gun! Drop the gun!
[Jake puts his gun down and his hands up]
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: On the ...
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In Memory of Stanley Kamel See more »


References Klansman (1974) See more »


Prelude in A Major, Op. 28, No. 7
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as 'Frederic Francois Chopin')
Played by the piano girl
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House hunting
26 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Monk buys a house and gets a new shrink, all in one neatly produced episode that kicks off the show's 7th season. He buys the house for the wrong reasons, which have to do with his former shrink, and soon learns to regret it when he brings in a handyman who in offering to modernize it, tears the place apart. The handyman is played by the cop brother from EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND and the new shrink is veteran actor Hector Elizondo. By the way, the house Monk buys was the scene of a horrible accident involving the previous owner (comedian Jack Carter). Monk soon figures out the man's death was no accident. There is a nice tribute to Stan Kamel, who played Monk's shrink through six seasons before dying of a heart attack, at the very end. Very nicely done, and I mean the whole episode.

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