Monk (2002–2009)
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Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk 

While Natalie attempts to surprise Monk with the ultimate 50th birthday party, a janitor and a patent lawyer are killed during the launch of the first vacuum with a self-cleaning filter.


Tawnia McKiernan


Andy Breckman (created by), Peter Wolk




Episode cast overview:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Virginia Madsen ... T.K. Jensen
John Carroll Lynch ... Kurt Pressman
Lex Medlin ... Richard Meckler
Aaron Linker Aaron Linker ... Little Monk
Annabeth Miller Annabeth Miller ... Mrs. Meckler (as Anna Beth Miller)
David Pires ... Brad Foster
Gregory A. Thompson ... Paul Wellman (as Gregory Thompson)
Jack Betts ... Cowboy Hank
Michael Coleman ... Uniform Cop #1
Michael Patrick McGill ... Uniform Cop #2
Sean Blodgett Sean Blodgett ... Dr. Z


Natalie is determined to throw a surprise party for Mr. Monk, even though he's certain that she can't do it. Meanwhile, a janitor is killed shortly before a businessman is poisoned. Mr. Monk is distracted during the case, because he's always on the look out for a surprise party being sprung on him, and also obsessed with a new vacuum cleaner! Captain Stottlemeyer finally sees some romance in the form of Virginia Madsen as T. K. Jensen. Written by Sharnhorst

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Monk dancing with the vacuum cleaner is a reference to the commercials in which Fred Astaire was dancing with a digitally added Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner. See more »


The victim screamed longer than he would have having gone through a shredder with all of the blades shown. See more »


Adrian Monk: If you buy me something, then I have to pretend to like it. And then I have to remember to thank you, and then I have to return it, and it's a nightmare. It's a nightmare!
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References Royal Wedding (1951) See more »

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Ice is nice
20 October 2009 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

Monk's impending 50th birthday is fraught with peril as Natalie plans a surprise party for the reluctant detective. He also gets his hands on a super-duper vacuum cleaner, which he does everything but marry. Meanwhile, people start dying around him. The two plots mesh quite nicely. Meanwhile, the captain meets a woman who might just prove to be a keeper. This is assuming she doesn't turn out to be a killer (remember his last flame?). I must admit the killer in this episode is telegraphed early on, but it is fun watching him try to outmaneuver the defective detective. We get to see Monk as a little boy in a poignant flashback.

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