Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Big Game 

Monk coaches basketball while trying to solve a murder case.


Chris Long


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
Esteban Powell ... Aaron Hayden
Samantha Smith ... Coach Hayden
Judith Scott ... Principal Franklin
Emmy Clarke ... Julie Teeger
Jim O'Heir ... Park Ranger
Hayley Chase ... Emily C.
Molly McCook ... Emily J. (as Molly Mccook)
Anthony Holiday ... Referee
Jane Hajduk ... Attractive Mom
Jazz Raycole ... Kimberly
Jennifer Lawrence ... Mascot


Julie plays on her high school basketball team, and she and her teammates are coached by the popular Lynn Hayden. However, following a practice a week prior to the high school basketball championships, Coach Hayden is electrocuted after taking a shower. The police want to say it is an accident, but Julie and her teammates are suspicious and ask Monk to investigate. Written by dmcreif

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery



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21 July 2006 (USA) See more »

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Natalie getting kicked out of the game leaving only Monk is a direct reference to Hoosiers where Gene Hackman gets kicked out of the game leaving an unprepared Dennis Hopper. See more »


When the time in whistle is blown, both teams return to the court from the same spot. Team benches are separated during games, especially championship games. See more »


[Julie and two of her friends visit Monk at home]
Emily C.: You iron your shoelaces?
Adrian Monk: Mmm-hmm.
Emily J.: Why are there three of them?
Adrian Monk: [holding them up] Left, right, backup.
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More Silliness
7 August 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Julie's basketball coach is murdered in the girls' locker room via electrocution and it's ruled an accident. However, the girls think something is fishy and several of them go to Monk to ask him to investigate.

It looks like this might be what I was hoping for after two silly episodes to begin the fifth season: an episode where the crime case is given decent air time. However, it quickly evolves into a story of Natalie and Monk taking over the coaching reins for the final game of the season. It still had some humorous material here - Monk ironing his shoelaces, for example - and there but not with the basketball scenes, which were ludicrous.

We learned Monk was a stoolie for the principal when he was in high school. No wonder he wasn't popular. It's also revealed he never won a trophy in his entire life, and he'd love to have one. If the girls win the game, he'll get one so he's motivated, even though he's clueless about basketball, of course.

They really stretch things as Natalie gets thrown out of the game and Monk has to coach in the final dramatic moments. Man, I'm wondering if they are ever going to go back and concentrate more on the crime cases at hand. "Silly" has replaced "clever" for most of these shows in the past year or so. This was one of the dumbest episodes ever.

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