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Mr. Monk's Other Brother 

When Monk's half-brother Jack shows up at his door, he's less than thrilled, especially after learning that Jack has just escaped from prison and is accused of killing a very popular female employee while making his escape.

Director:

David Hoberman

Writers:

Andy Breckman (creator), David Breckman
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Lt. Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Steve Zahn ... Jack Monk, Jr.
Titus Welliver ... Daniel Reese
Jude Ciccolella ... Warden Tom Bennet
Hector Elizondo ... Dr. Neven Bell
Eileen Grubba ... Jack Jr.'s Mother (voice)
Jimmy Palombi Jimmy Palombi ... Superintendent
Sandra Stone ... Waitress (as Sandra Luesse)
Sandra Mitchell Sandra Mitchell ... News Reporter
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Storyline

Steve Zahn is Adrian's newly found half-brother who escaped prison and is accused of killing a woman while on the run. He turns up at Adrian's house seeking his aid. Zahn is very funny and the situations between him and Monk are wonderfully comic as Adrian tries to deal with Zahn and his outrageous shenanigans. Written by lemoviecritic@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Guarani

Release Date:

9 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Color:

Color | Black and White (flashback scenes)
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Trivia

This makes the third time that Steve Zahn plays a character who is incarcerated. See more »

Goofs

When Stottlemeyer is knocking on Monk's front door, Monk and Jack Jr are farther up the hallway. You can see in the background that the chain lock on the door is not secured. Then, as Monk goes to answer the door you see that the chain IS secured. See more »

Quotes

Jack Monk, Jr.: Fine, you still don't believe me. Ask me something.
Adrian Monk: Ask? Ask you what?
Jack Monk, Jr.: About us, Dad, anything. Go, shoot.
Adrian Monk: Okay... what was his favorite song?
Jack Monk, Jr.: "Ain't Misbehavin'." Sang it in the bathtub.
Adrian Monk: How did he take his coffee?
Jack Monk, Jr.: With whiskey. Jameson's if he could afford it, which he never could.
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Connections

Features The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Jungle Out There
(uncredited)
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Randy Newman
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Monk and Jack make this episode
19 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.

Season 7 was a very mixed bag up to this point, "Mr Monk and the Genius" being one of its best while also having major disappointments like "Mr Monk Falls in Love" and especially "Mr Monk Takes a Punch". While in the better half of the season, "Mr Monk's Other Brother" (with yet another one of Monk's relatives popping up from nowhere having never been mentioned before, his father's and particularly Ambrose's introductions were at least justified and given reasons, this one was pretty random) does come up short somewhat still.

Am also one of those people who thinks Natalie, Disher and Stottlemeyer taking a back-seat was not a good thing. Natalie has her moments but Stottlemeyer in particular is wasted and he (being my personal favourite of the other three regulars) and Ted Levine, who still does his best, deserve much better than that.

The mystery also could have been a little better, it's engaging enough and it has its fun and suspenseful but is too obvious too early, could have featured more and the motive is insipid. Would have liked more dramatic and emotional moments too, the Ambrose and father episodes had a much better balance of comedy and pathos and while "Mr Monk's Other Brother" delivers on the comedy the emotional moments are missing.

However, the relationship between Monk and Jack makes "Mr Monk's Other Brother", it's charming and hilarious (basically just brilliantly done) with hugely entertaining and incredibly well written funny moments and back and forth. Tony Shalhoub does a wonderful job as always, he could have done with more tender moments which develops his acting range so well but his comic timing is just great. Steve Zahn gives one of the best guest supporting turns of Season 7 and of the latter seasons, simply terrific.

Traylor Howard, Jason Gray-Stanford and Ted Levine do well enough but deserved more to do. The supporting cast are above competent, but Shalhoub, Zahn and Monk and Jack's chemistry are the reasons to see the episode.

Writing is mostly very good, the tender easy-to-relate-to drama is lacking but the humour is hilarious and the quirks are never exploited or overdone even with Monk and Jack both having them.

Visually, the episode is slick and stylish as ever. 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.

Overall, nice episode that is made by Shalhoub, Zahn and their chemistry together. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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