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

A method actor gets in the way as Monk tries to solve a case.


Randy Zisk


Andy Breckman (created by), Hy Conrad | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Stanley Tucci ... David Ruskin
Susan Ward ... Michelle Cullman
Andrea Bogart ... Actress Playing Disher
Greg Grunberg ... Jack Leverett
Peter Weller ... Actor Playing Stottlemeyer
Stanley Kamel ... Dr. Charles Kroger
Angel Oquendo ... Garage Attendant
Carrie Reichenbach ... Actress Playing Natalie (as Carrie Chason)
David Mersault ... Director
Lara Black Lara Black ... Young Female Cop
Margot Boecker ... Pretty Police Woman


A TV producer has gotten the idea of developing a movie based off of the events of Monk's capture of Steve Wagner in "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut." They have hired renowned actor David Ruskin to play Monk. However, to get into the role of Monk, Ruskin shadows his character for a couple of days as Monk investigates the linked homicides of a young woman killed in her apartment and a pawnshop owner shot dead during a robbery. However, things get bad when Ruskin gets a little too into the role of Monk. Written by dmcreif

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

7 July 2006 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Stanley Tucci won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series" for this episode. See more »


When Tucci and the others are doing the scene impersonating the Monk characters, the arrangement of the knick knacks goes back and forth several times between shots, even when Tucci has his back to them. See more »


Dr. Charles Kroger: That must have been a traumatic experience for you Adrian. And they cancelled the movie?
Adrian Monk: He said he wanted to play a character who wasn't so dark and depressing. He's in England doing Hamlet.
Dr. Charles Kroger: How about the little getaway you were planning? The weekend away?
[Adrian shakes his head]
Dr. Charles Kroger: All right, okay, maybe another time.
Adrian Monk: I guess I'm back to square one.
Adrian Monk: It's good to be home.
Dr. Charles Kroger: Adrian, please don't be hard on yourself. I think we should go back to three days a week for just a little while. That...
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Spoofs Monk: Mr. Monk and the Astronaut (2006) See more »


Trudy's Theme
Performed by Jeff Beal
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two monks equals 3 morons
26 January 2018 | by sandcrab277See all my reviews

If you liked this episode you are the third moron...the writers are really grasping at straws to keep this series going from week to week...the only notable improvements were the actresses that played the movie roles for natalie and randy...better than previous eye candy by far...what would have made this episode a success would have been the real solution to trudy's murder by the actor portraying monk

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