Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage 

While investigating a murder, Stottlemeyer gets into an argument with a cop at the scene who snidely tells him he has been seeing his wife. As a result the crime scene was deemed ... See full summary »


Philip Casnoff (as Phillip Casnoff)


Andy Breckman (created by), Jack Bernstein

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Nicky Katt ... Sgt. Ryan Sharkey, Jr.
Bob Clendenin ... Gerald Vengal (as Robert Clendenin)
Misha Collins ... Michael Karpov
Kitty Swink ... Dr. Bradley
Michael Bower ... Peter (as Michael Ray Bower)
Glenne Headly ... Karen Stottlemeyer
Asante Jones ... African American Detective
Branden Morgan Branden Morgan ... Chicklet
Cheryl Hawker ... Nurse
John Hartmann ... Mr. Hoffman
Kerris Dorsey ... Little Girl


While investigating a murder, Stottlemeyer gets into an argument with a cop at the scene who snidely tells him he has been seeing his wife. As a result the crime scene was deemed contaminated. He later asks Monk to follow his wife to see if it's true. Written by

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27 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


In the scene at the abandoned hotel, as the camera pans up to the window where the homeless man is hiding, it scans across graffiti written in Arabic which reads "Death to Israel". See more »


When Stottlemeyer tells Monk he's already apologized twice and asks how many times he needs to apologize, Monk says "six." Stottlemeyer says "sorry, sorry, sorry" and then Monk is satisfied. However, this is a total of five "sorries" instead of six. See more »


Natalie Teeger: Just remember the old saying, whenever God closes one door....
Capt. Stottlemeyer: ...sometimes He breaks your heart.
Natalie Teeger: That's not the old saying.
Capt. Stottlemeyer: It is today.
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It's a Jungle Out There
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Randy Newman
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Nobody wants to get on the wrong side of Stottlemeyer
10 August 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.

While there are better 'Monk' episodes overall than "Mr Monk and the Captain's Marriage" and better overall Season 4 episodes, "Mr Monk and the Captain's Marriage" to me is one of the better later Season 4 episodes. More could have been done with the whole business with the homeless man, a potentially interesting angle a little lost amidst the main plot line with Stottlemeyer, the one thing that is on the forgettable side with the viewer compared with the rest of the episode. Personally was mixed on the downbeat, more sombre ending.

It was a good move doing something different to what the viewer expects, it's beautifully written and acted and it does bring tears to the eyes. However, tonally it felt a little out of sorts for 'Monk' up to this point in the show, which is known for its quirkiness, humour and balance of the little character moments, mysteries and personal lives, and felt more suited for a season finale episode rather than an episode that was four away from the end of the season. At least to me that is.

However, the mystery is a good one that keeps one's attention to the get go. The ending was a surprise, which was a very nice change from the relatively large amount of Season 4 episodes where the endings were on the obvious side, didn't see the solution of the main plot line coming. In fact, the episode's big red herring is one of the show's best ever. After being underused in "Mr Monk Bumps His Head", it was great to see Disher, Natalie and particularly Stottlemeyer have lots to do. Natalie is down-to-earth and sympathetic as ever, if at times too bubbly in inappropriate places. Disher is effectively and rightly played straight, while Stottlemeyer at his toughest yet tormented has been at his most interesting all season. Monk is typical Monk, which is meant in a very good way.

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.

Traylor Howard has settled in well, have always liked Natalie better than most and that the writers and Howard have done a much better job than anticipated considering the difficult circumstances with Bitty Schram's abrupt departure over contract issues. Jason Gray-Stanford plays it straight very well and the supporting cast are good, but this is pretty much Ted Levine's show in an acting tour-De-force that is practically on the same level as the one in "Mr Monk and the Captain's Wife" in Season 2, seeing Stottlemeyer's softer side and a wide range of emotions from Levine brought up superbly.

It's not just the cast or story 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 wry humour, lovable quirkiness and tender easy-to-relate-to drama is delicately done, particularly the last one. The quirks are sympathetically done and never exploited or overdone.

Character moments wise, of which there are a great many that are a mix of funny, suspenseful and moving, the humour standouts with the mouse and the three pennies. But it's Stottlemeyer's subplot and the issues with his wife that takes centre stage, never overdone (in fact some of it is pretty intimate), very poignant and also giving a real insight into the characters' feelings.

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. Oh and a good job is done with the different opening credits sequence to accommodate the changes made.

Overall, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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