Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Bully 

Monk gets a call from a man who bullied him when he was a kid. He's still affected by it. He's uneasy when he goes to see him. The man wants to hire Monk to follow his wife whom he suspects... See full summary »


David Breckman


Andy Breckman (creator), Joe Ventura

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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
Noah Emmerich ... Roderick Brody
Julie Bowen ... Marilyn Brody
Ronald Hunter ... Barfly
Hector Elizondo ... Dr. Neven Bell
Aaron Wayne Hill ... Young Monk
Jason Singer ... Bartender
Max McLaughlin Max McLaughlin ... Second Bully
Ryan Scott Ryan Scott ... Young Roderick
William Woff William Woff ... Banker


Monk gets a call from a man who bullied him when he was a kid. He's still affected by it. He's uneasy when he goes to see him. The man wants to hire Monk to follow his wife whom he suspects is hiding something from him. Monk accepts to rub his nose in it. And when he follows her he discovers she's hiding something but Monk thinks there's more going on. Written by

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery



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Release Date:

6 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


During the filming for her part as Marilyn, Julie Bowen was pregnant with her twin boys for part of her role. As is visible in a couple of scenes when she's wearing the Gray cardigan and later in the blue shirt. See more »


After Monk and Natalie leave the Brody's house for the second time, Mrs. Brody closes the door and walks into the dining room to pick up an envelope. The sound of her footsteps is not synchronized with her actual footsteps. See more »


Natalie Teeger: [as Monk pulls out his old camera] Mr. Monk, what is that? Is that your camera? Where'd you get that?
Adrian Monk: It's a birthday gift.
Natalie Teeger: From who? Thomas Edison?
Adrian Monk: It's from my Nana.
Natalie Teeger: Is there actual film in it?
Adrian Monk: Of course there's film in it.
[looks around his surroundings]
Adrian Monk: Okay, I have three pictures left. There's not enough light. So...
[He takes out a flash cube]
Natalie Teeger: Is that a flash cube?
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It's a Jungle Out There
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Randy Newman
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Monk's unhappy blast from the past
22 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 said a few times, 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". "Mr Monk and the Bully" is certainly much better than those two episodes and is solid enough, if not one of the best of Season 7 like "Mr Monk and the Genius", "Mr Monk and the Lady Next Door" and "Mr Monk Makes the Playoffs". It doesn't have the greatest of mysteries which started off well but thinned out once the viewer immediately knew what was going on (due to a blatant giveaway when Natalie's name is forgettable) and found it very easy to solve well before Monk does.

To me also the climax did lack tension. The outcome was just too easy, one doesn't get the sense that the victim was properly struggling (even in the state they were in) and not wearing flat shoes in a health-and-safety-rife scene was a no-no. It was livened up however by the amusing dialogue from Disher and particularly Stottlemeyer regarding the arrest.

However, the character interaction was great. Have always loved Monk and Natalie together and there are a lot of fun moments like with the oven, the bartender, the camera and the cartwheel. Disher and Stottlemeyer are fun too. Could totally understand how Monk behaved with Roderick, some may find it extreme but anybody mercilessly bullied in school (like me) who has been damaged by it, like with low self-esteem, and has not found it easy to forgive will completely relate to how Monk feels and think it justified.

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 is down-to-earth and sympathetic, Jason Gray-Stanford is amusing even when a goofball and Ted Levine plays the loyal but frustrated boss character with his usual adept comedic chops.

Julie Bowen and Noel Emmerich are excellent in support, Bowen's role is not an easy one for obvious reasons and she handles it with ease.

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.

Altogether, solid episode even though the mystery aspects are a little lacking. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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