Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Is on the Run: Part 1 

Monk is charged with the murder of the man who killed Trudy, and manages to escape custody in order to figure out what really happened.


Randy Zisk


Andy Breckman (creator), Tom Scharpling

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Lt. Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Scott Glenn ... Sheriff Rollins
Melora Hardin ... Trudy Monk
C.S. Lee ... Deputy Bell (as C. S. Lee)
Courtney Gains ... Frank Nunn
Jack Stehlin ... Local Prosecutor
Benjamin J. Cain Jr. ... Detective #1 (as Ben Cain)
Brian Prescott ... K-9 Cop
Matt Tulve ... Camping Man (as Matthew Patrick Tulve)
Karl T. Wright ... Monk's Lawyer
Kendall Clement ... Warehouse Supervisor
Nick Nordella ... Gas Station Attendant


Monk is charged with the murder of the man who killed Trudy, and manages to escape custody in order to figure out what really happened.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery








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15 February 2008 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Reunited Ted Levine and Scott Glenn. Both previously starred in The Silence of the Lambs. See more »


When Natalie is attempting to crack the code, she says that if you number all the letters from 1 to 26 and add them together you get 358. Monk also says 358. It's actually 351. See more »


Natalie Teeger: [makes smoothie by using a power drill. She puts lots of random items that one would not normally put into a smoothie into the blender. Then, under the excuse that her blender broke, she uses the power drill to blend together the ingredients. When completed, the result is a very repulsive looking liquid. She takes a sip] Just what I needed.
Lt. Randall Disher: [Notices oil in the liquid] Is that oil?
Natalie Teeger: That is oil. It's uh, it's from the ground so it's organic, and it just lubricates your organs.
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References The Fugitive (1993) See more »

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On the run with Monk
8 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.

To me "Mr Monk is on the Run" (the first part, liked the second part less) is one of Season 6's, and 'Monk's' high points. It is very much a different episode, having more of a crime thriller feel which gives the episode a darker and more serious vibe to usual, appropriate and perfect for the story. Other episodes have much more comedy and quirks (although this episode does have one of the funniest 'Monk' moments where Monk asks for the bail amount to be rounded up, much to Stottlemeyer's dismay), which are side-lined here in favour of a more dramatic story and emotional elements. Considering the seriousness of the story and Monk's predicament this was a good move.

"Mr Monk is on the Run" (both parts, but particularly this one) is a perfect example of the viewer rooting for Monk every step of the way despite it not looking good for him. Love the care and concern that the other three lead characters share for him and their loyalty to him. The story is taut and compelling, and the writing does wonderfully with the dramatic and emotional elements, both ringing true. The ending is tense.

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 supports him very well.

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. The episode as always look slick and stylish.

In summation, terrific first part to the two-part season finale. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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