Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and Mrs. Monk 

For the first time in years, Monk has made progress in therapy. But when Natalie discovers that Trudy may be alive, she risks unraveling her boss completely.


Randy Zisk


Andy Breckman (created by), David Breckman

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Episode cast overview:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Melora Hardin ... Trudy Monk / Cameron
Harve Presnell ... Zach Ellinghouse
Kevin Kilner ... Jack Bollinger
Jarrad Paul ... Kevin Dorfman
Gregory Alan Williams ... Sorenson (as Gregalan Williams)
Frankie Ingrassia ... Kroger's Receptionist
Stanley Kamel ... Dr. Charles Kroger
Sandy Francis ... Widow
Liz Loza ... Waitress
Elizabeth Landau Elizabeth Landau ... Woman (as Beth Landau)


Monk has made progress in his therapy, so much so that his doctor is willing to recommend him for reinstatement back on the Police Force. Natalie finds someone who looks like Trudy, and follows her. She hear Trudy tell someone that she faked her death to go into hiding/witness protection, she needs some documents she left in the care of a friend. Natalie is afraid of what would happen if Monk finds out if his beloved wife is really alive, so she talks to the Captain about it. He tries to keep it from Monk, but a crime points to Trudy being present, when Monk finds out Trudy may be alive, he starts to unravel again. He must figure out if his wife is really alive and what she's after. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

12 August 2005 (USA) See more »

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In this episode, the victim was not intentionally killed, it was an accident. See more »


At the BBQ, a dark haired woman comes up for a burger. When Monk places the second half of the bun on her burger it is the bottom of a bun (as it has a flat bottom), in a split second the plate shows the top of the bun is now on top (as it is more rounded). The woman did not have time to turn the hamburger over between the two camera shots. See more »


Adrian Monk: [to a widow at a cemetery] Don't worry, he'll stay dead. This is an excellent cemetery, they know what they're doing.
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It's a Jungle Out There
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Randy Newman
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Is Trudy Really Dead?
29 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Sitting in a cafeteria, Natalie suddenly spots a woman who is a dead-ringer for Monk's long-dead wife Trudy. She listens in on the woman's conversation with an elderly man and - incredibly - it appears indeed to be her. She claims to have faked her death to be in some witness protection-type situation to spare her husband because she and he would have been murdered, blah, blah, blah.

Monk, meanwhile, seems to be making great progress and his shrink, Dr. Kroger, is going to recommended he be reinstated somewhat on the force. However, when all this stuff hits the fan, Monk, of course is shook up pretty badly. He goes to the cemetery and then is relieved, convinced she's dead and the woman must be an impostor. Is she or isn't she, and how does Monk track her down and solve this dilemma?

Obviously, this is an emotional episode for all parties concerned and especially Monk.

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