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

When a ringmaster is murdered by an acrobat in a crowded restaurant, Monk suspects his ex wife is responsible. But with her foot broken and in a cast, how could she have done it?


Randy Zisk


Andy Breckman (created by), James Krieg | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Bitty Schram ... Sharona Fleming
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Stottlemeyer
Lolita Davidovich ... Natasha Lovara
Lola Glaudini ... Ariana Dakkar
Mark Ivanir ... Edgar Heinz
Kane Ritchotte ... Benjy Fleming
Ilia Volok ... Nikolai Petroff
Steve Monroe ... Sgt. Myers
Marek Probosz ... Sergei
Stanley Kamel ... Dr. Charles Kroger
K.T. Thangavelu ... Radiologist
Daniel Faltus ... Maitre d'
Voki Kalfayan Voki Kalfayan ... Juggler


When a sarcastic and unpopular ringmaster is murdered by an acrobat wearing a face mask and a Ninja-like costume, Stottlemeyer suspects an animal trainer who not only has a motive (he's the former lover of the ringmaster's dinner date) but also owns the murder weapon. Monk, however, suspects the ringmaster's ex-wife, a trapeze artist billed as "the Queen of the Sky" who is also a sharpshooter. Unfortunately for Monk's theory, the trapeze artist, Natasia Lovara, has a broken foot, confirmed by X-rays. The mystery, as in "Billionaire Mugger" and "Dale the Whale," is not who did it but how it was done. Meanwhile, the everythingaphobic Monk alienates Sharona by telling her that her fear of elephants is irrational and advising her to "suck it up." Only when the elephant actually crushes its trainer's head in front of both Monk and Sharona does he begin to empathize with her and attempt to offer her the sort of comfort and understanding that she routinely offers him. Having been informed by... Written by WyattJones

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Release Date:

18 July 2003 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


[20:19]Monk says to Sharona, "You know who you should marry: the Elephant Man." This is an allusion to Joseph Carey Merrick, a performer in Victorian-era Britain during the later part of the 19th century. He was born with deformities so severe that he was exhibited as a human curiosity known as the "Elephant Man." See more »


When Sharona lit her cigarette in the hospital, Monk pointed out that you can't smoke in hospitals. As a police officer, shouldn't Stottlemeyer have made her put it out? See more »


Sharona Fleming: Oh, suck it up.
Adrian Monk: I don't think it's my turn to suck it up. I think it's your turn to suck it up.
Benjy Fleming: Why don't you both suck it up?
Sharona Fleming: Excuse me! Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?
Benjy Fleming: No.
Sharona Fleming: Well, you should. Come here.
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References The Elephant Man (1980) See more »


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mr moron at the circus
28 March 2019 | by sandcrab277See all my reviews

The only reason to watch this episode is to see the lovely lolita davidovitch ...she had the moron on the ropes and let him get away ...sigh ... perhaps another day since this is only season 2, episode 4 .... unfortunately, it never gets better than this episode

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