Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Goes to the Ballgame 

When a powerful CEO and his wife are shot to death in a deserted parking lot, the police investigate the husband's enemies. But Monk thinks it's all about the wife and the affair she was having with a handsome young ballplayer.


Michael Spiller


Andy Breckman (created by), Hy Conrad | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Bitty Schram ... Sharona Fleming
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Stottlemeyer
Christopher Wiehl ... Scott Gregorio
Rainn Wilson ... Walker Browning
Michael B. Silver ... Lyle Turrow
Jane Carr ... Robin Jenkins
Kane Ritchotte ... Benjy Fleming
John Sanderford ... Lawrence Hammond
Stanley Kamel ... Dr. Charles Kroger
Skip O'Brien ... Sgt. Chitwood
Robert Pierce ... Frank Henley
Darby Stanchfield ... Erin Hammond
Tom Virtue ... Other Coach (as Tom Virture)


When wealthy, embattled CEO Lawrence Hammond, and his pretty young and unfaithful wife, are murdered at night in a deserted parking lot, Stottlemeyer suspects the CEO's many enemies, but Monk notes that the wife was shot first and four times and the husband only once, meaning that she was the primary target and the husband "an afterthought". The only clues are the CEO's last words, obsessively repeated: "Girls can't eat fifteen pizzas" -- and a computerized navigation system that apparently malfunctioned. A talk with the housekeeper and an examination of the wife's separate bedroom lead Monk to an art studio, where he reluctantly interviews a nude male art instructor and discovers that the wife was having an affair with Major League superstar Scott Gregorio, who was attending the same classes. Gregorio, whose on-field performance has deteriorated since an earlier attack by an assailant with a baseball bat, is clearly devastated by Mrs. Hammond's death and is more a victim himself than... Written by WyattJones

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Walker Browning's house was filmed next door to Roger's House in Training Day (2001). See more »


The Hammond housekeeper is supposed to be British (judging by her British accent), however if that were so, she wouldn't use the term "horseback riding", that's an American expression. The British expression for equestrianism is "horse riding" and it is a base for many jokes about Americans (that they need to specify the area of the horse, which to ride). See more »


[Adrian plugs in the case-breaking video]
Adrian Monk: Can I make a prediction here? You're each going to say, "Oh, my God" twice.
Sharona Fleming: Okay, here it is.
Adrian Monk: Don't blink.
[as they watch the video]
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Oh, my God.
Lt. Randall Disher: Oh, my God.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Oh, my-
[catches himself]
Lt. Randall Disher: Oh, my God!
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References The Heckle and Jeckle Show (1956) See more »


It's a Jungle Out There
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Randy Newman
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Take me out to the ball game
17 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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.

"Mr Monk Goes Back to School" was outstanding and "Mr Monk Goes to Mexico" was very good and an interesting change of pace. "Mr Monk Goes to the Ballgame" continues this high standard with one of the season's stronger episodes. The whole stuff with the GPS tracking announcer system was very clever to begin with but came over as a little silly once the murders happened. The motive for the killings makes one think "they killed for that".

So much works about "Mr Monk Goes to the Ballgame". As said many times, 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. It is remarkable here that right from the first episode to when the show ended that one likes him straight away, even with his quirks and deficiencies that could easily have been overplayed, and also that he is better developed than most titular characters of other shows at this particular stage. Who can't help love Monk's brilliant mind too?

He is very well supported by a sharp and no-nonsense but also sympathetic Bitty Schram, whose Sharona makes for a worthy and entertaining partner for Monk's sleuthing and somebody with a maternal side. There is always a debate at who's better between Sharona and Natalie, personally like both in their own way and consider them both attractive though as of now leaning towards Natalie as the better acted and more attentive of the two. The two are so enjoyable together and the best detective duo of any show in recent years from personal opinion.

As well as Ted Levine, who has fun in a role completely removed from Buffalo Bill, and a more confident with every episode Jason Gray-Stanford. Love the chemistry between the four all the time, especially with Monk and Sharona and the seesaw one of Monk and Stottlemeyer.

It's not just the cast though. Another star is the writing, which is also essential to whether the show would be successful or not and succeed it does here. The mix of hilarious wry humour, lovable quirkiness and tender easy-to-relate-to drama is delicately done but extremely deft, of which some of the funniest writing of the whole show is in this episode. The character moments are such a joy with the principal cast are always.

Loved the naked man stuff, which was hilarious, the "Girls can't eat 15 pizzas" clue and Monk's obsession with acronyms. Appreciated the character development for Benjy, the most developed he's been up to this point in the show. Sharona's running gag was amusing too.

The mystery is very interesting, with lots of surprises that keep coming, things personally much more noticeable and appreciated than on previous viewings.

Visually, the episode is shot in a slick and stylish way, and 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.

Overall, great episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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11 July 2003 (USA) See more »

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