Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Buried Treasure 

Monk, in competition with one of Dr. Kroger's other patients, gets conned into helping his son find buried treasure. The problem is, it has ties to a recent bank robbery.


Sam Weisman


Andy Breckman (creator), Jonathan Collier

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Episode cast overview:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Lt. Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Cody McMains ... Troy Kroger
Taylor Nichols ... Steven Connelly
Sean Marquette ... Ridley
Jareb Dauplaise ... Pez
Stanley Kamel ... Dr. Charles Kroger
Keith Ewell ... CSI Tech
Peggy Mannix ... Karen
Ryan Alvarez ... Clerk


Monk is upset that Dr. Kroger is socializing with Harold Krenshaw. When Kroeger says he's concerned about his son, Monk offers to help. Monk goes to see him. He says that he and his friends found what appears to be a treasure map and he wants Monk to help him find it. They find some cash but he thinks there is more. So they go out there. At the same time Stollemeyer is investigating a bank robbery and somehow, the treasure map and it are linked. Written by

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery








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17 August 2007 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The second and final time that Adrian Monk has been buried alive. It happened before in Monk: Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra (2005)(#3.11). See more »


During one scene that happens during Monk, Natalie, Troy, Ridley, and Pez's hunt for the money, they stop by an ungated grade crossing. A train horn is heard, and a Metrolink passenger train passes through the crossing. What makes this a goof is the fact that Metrolink is the commuter railroad service for the city of Los Angeles. The geography of the surroundings in the scene is most likely to depict the area around Altamont Pass, where the Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) service runs. See more »


Lt. Randall Disher: Can't you just say I had a hunch?
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: It's an official report. You had to pee. That's what goes in the report.
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Not an episode to be buried, though it's not quite a treasure
5 September 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.

As far as the previous episodes in relation to this episode goes, the best up to this point to me is "Mr Monk and the Bad Girlfriend", while "Mr Monk and his Biggest Fan" was also very entertaining and despite a lacking mystery the character moments made "Mr Monk and the Birds and the Bees" likewise. Same with "Mr Monk and the Naked Man" The only disappointment up to this point in Season 6 is "Mr Monk and the Rapper", one of my least favourite 'Monk' episodes. While a long way from one of my favourites of Season 6 or of the show, "Mr Monk and the Buried Treasure" is good solid fun.

Natalie, Disher and Stottlemeyer are a little underused and when it comes to character moments the episode is lacking a little in truly hilarious moments or moments that really touch the soul (the laughs and emotion are there, just done more strongly in other episodes), something that the previous episode did very well in. The treasure map mystery is stronger and more memorable than the bank robbery mystery, mainly because of the chemistry between Monk and Troy, though how the two are linked was interesting and executed well.

There is lovely chemistry between Monk and Troy, Disher and Stottlemeyer's hunch-what has to go in the report exchange is very funny and there was something sad about Monk being upset about Kroger's communication with Harold when being reminded that it was not long before both Kroger and Stanley Kamel suddenly died. The regular characters are true to their older selves on the most part, despite Monk's quirks and obsessiveness not quite being as prominent as usual and the other three characters deserving of more. Monk thankfully doesn't baselessly and hurriedly conclusion jump anywhere near as much here.

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.

Everybody else does very well supporting him.

Writing-wise, 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.

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. The episode is made with a lot of slickness and style as always.

Overall, not quite a treasure but not one to be buried. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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