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 ...
Medical Examiner


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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It is revealed that Dr. Charles Kroger died of a heart attack. Stanley Kamel really did die of a heart attack in April. This episode was dedicated to his memory. See more »


When Honest Jake stabs Cassie Drake, she lands on her stomach. Yet, the next morning, when Monk, Natalie, Stottlemeyer and Disher discover the body, she is on her back. Either Jake turned the body over to further make it look like a burglary, or this is a continuity error. See more »


[Monk has called "Honest Jake" over to repair an off-centered lamp]
Adrian Monk: Just-just be careful!
'Honest' Jake Phillips: Oh, so you're a little bit of a nervous Nellie? I've got a cousin like you. He makes coffee nervous.
[He removes the attachment covering and stops]
'Honest' Jake Phillips: Uh-oh.
Adrian Monk: Uh-oh? What uh-oh?
'Honest' Jake Phillips: Your wires are all frayed. The connection is rusted.
Adrian Monk: What does that mean?
'Honest' Jake Phillips: It means you're not up to code, my friend. This is a fire trap. OK, we're gonna have to run a new line to here. We're gonna have to go through that wall, feed it ...
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In Memory of Stanley Kamel See more »


References The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) 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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