Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny 

Law student Julie Parlow's grandmother is kidnapped and held for ransom. But they don't have any money, so why did the kidnappers release her? And why did they feed her pizza?


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Andy Breckman (created by), Joe Toplyn | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Bitty Schram ... Sharona Fleming
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Stottlemeyer
Rachel Dratch ... Julie Parlo
Pat Crawford Brown ... Nana Parlo
Currie Graham ... Harold Maloney
Eden Rountree ... Carol Maloney
Michael Shalhoub Michael Shalhoub ... Ron Abrash
Larry Hankin ... Bearded Man
Scott Nankivel Scott Nankivel ... Tom Burton
Jenni Pulos ... Sascha Gordon
Christina Huntington Christina Huntington ... Edie Rusher
Hugh Dane ... Sgt. Lane
Hira Ambrosino ... TV Reporter


Unable to pay for Monk's services as a private detective, middle-aged law student Julie Parlo offers him a trade--she'll help Monk become reinstated as a policeman with the SFPD if he'll help her find her missing grandmother. The only clue to the identity of the kidnappers is a roughly drawn lightning bolt on a note left at the grandmother's house, leading Stottlemeyer and Disher to suspect the former leader of an anti-Vietnam War group from the Seventies. But when the captain, anticipating Monk's reinstatement, invites Monk to help him with interrogation, Monk accidentally discovers that the suspect's tattoo doesn't match the symbol on the note--it has three humps instead of two. Meanwhile, the kidnappers order Julie to provide turkey dinners to the homeless in exchange for the return of the grandmother. Julie complies and her grandmother is returned safely, leading Stottlemeyer to put the case "on the back burner." True to her promise, Julie informs Monk of a loophole that will ... Written by WyattJones

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

6 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Monk says to Ron Arbash "you look familiar". The actor playing Ron Arbash is Tony Shalhoub's brother, Michael Shalhoub. See more »


[9:24], while talking to Sharona about law school and her parents, Julie Pario (Rachel Dratch) is startled by the phone ringing before it actually starts to ring. See more »


Sharona Fleming: [8:27] Are you OK?
Lt. Randall Disher: She has a cat.
Sharona Fleming: Well why don't you tell her to bring it upstairs?
Lt. Randall Disher: No. No. It doesn't matter. If the cat's been in the house in the past year I can't stop sneezing.
Sharona Fleming: Really? Remind me to buy you a cat.
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Referenced in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Three Julies (2008) See more »


It's a Jungle Out There
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Randy Newman
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4 April 2019 | by sandcrab277See all my reviews

The moron takes a case because he thinks he's getting his badge back ... there is no way in hell that leland will allow the moron to carry a badge yet alone a gun ... its a waste of time and space for all... this show gets worse with each episode ...writers take note

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