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 »




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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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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The subplot of this episode ; Sharona being terrified of the elephant, is very similar to the episode in "Wings" (which Tony Shalhoub starred in) entitled "Oedipus Wrecks". Tim Daly who plays Joe is petrified of an elephant as well. See more »


When Edgar Heinz is showing off Dede the elephant's abilities to Monk and Sharona, Monk went to stand on Dede's right side, the same side where Natasha Lovara planted the walkie-talkie the night before. Considering that Monk has a sharp eye for detail, and that Dede flips her ear forward, why did he not notice the walkie-talkie? See more »


Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Randy, take that thing down to the lab straight away.
[the clown motions Randy out]
Adrian Monk: I wouldn't bother. She's too smart. I'm sure she wiped it down.
[Natasia looks smug]
Adrian Monk: Then again, that walkie looks brand new, which means she had to put batteries in it.
[the smug look fades]
Adrian Monk: You did remember to wipe your prints off the batteries, didn't you, Natasia?
Floppy the Clown: [points his finger like a gun at Natasia] Wocka wocka!
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: All right, that's it, freak! You're under arrest!
[cuffs him]
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References The Elephant Man (1980) See more »


It's a Jungle Out There
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Randy Newman
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Watermelon Head
4 March 2020 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Every phobia on the face of the Earth will be found at a circus. When a man is killed, Monk and Sharon end up there. Sharona has developed a fear of elephants from a childhood incident. What transpires is rooting through lies and duplicity by a woman they encounter. The best part of the episode involves Monk's saying to Sharona to "suck it up." My favorite was a clown who stands behind people and mocks them.

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Release Date:

18 July 2003 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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