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Mr. Monk Visits a Farm 

Disher inherits his uncle's farm and invites Monk to visit him when he suspects that his uncle's death was not really an accident.

Director:

Andre Belgrader (as Andrei Belgrader)

Writers:

Andy Breckman (created by), David Breckman
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Brooke Adams ... Sheriff Margie Butterfield
James Gammon ... Oates
Ricardo Chavira ... Jimmy Belmont
Jack Kehler ... Harvey Disher
Joaquín Garrido ... Raul (as Joaquin Garrido)
Armando Cosio Armando Cosio ... Bus Driver
Dan Arnold Dan Arnold ... Uniform Cop
Ellis Kirk Ellis Kirk ... Sullen Townie
Henry Grissett Jr. Henry Grissett Jr. ... Square Dance Caller
Jane Galloway Heitz Jane Galloway Heitz ... Wife
Ken Barnett ... Deputy Hatcher
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Storyline

One day after farmer Harvey Disher is seen having an argument with his neighbor Jimmy Belmont, Harvey turns up dead in his truck, apparently having shot himself after accidentally running over his prize-winning pig. His nephew Randy inherits the farm, quits his job at the SFPD and decides to take a stab at running the property. But he soon gets suspicious about the circumstances of his uncle's death, and calls Monk up to investigate. Written by dmcreif

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 February 2007 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Tony Shalhoub's wife, Brooke Adams, has appeared in three episodes as different characters. In this episode, she is Sheriff Margie Butterfield. In Monk: Mr. Monk and the Kid (2005), she played Mrs. Abigail Carlyle. And in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Airplane (2002), she was the stewardess. See more »

Goofs

Even though Harvey's pick up truck's hood is half way through a live electrical barbed wire fence, and the fence is still sparking, Deputy Hatcher opens the driver's side door to look at him without receiving a shock, or even any fear of receiving a shock. See more »

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Adrian Monk: Thanks for letting me keep my bags with me. Is this where I catch the bus going back?
Bus Driver: NO!
[the bus driver hurriedly shuts the door and drives off. Monk surveys the road to Randy's farm]
Adrian Monk: That's a lot of dirt...
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References Dr. Giggles (1992) See more »

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Farmyard Monk
24 August 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.

Am one of those people who generally likes Season 5, though can definitely see why some will not, with more emphasis on the humour and the mysteries being more obvious and in some cases playing second fiddle. "Mr Monk Gets a New Shrink" and "Mr Monk and the Leper" are particularly outstanding. "Mr Monk Visits a Farm" may not be one of the best Season 5 episodes or of the show, but it is very good and entertaining. It is a case of the mystery being secondary to the character moments and the chemistry between Monk and Disher, and other than the motive the mystery was very average and not a hard one to figure out, one where we solve it well before both Monk and Disher from the very beginning.

There is also an error in continuity, finding out that Disher had an uncle out of the blue just like that despite being told earlier on in the show's run with "Mr Monk Gets Cabin Fever" that he didn't have one. Another thing that jarred a little was Monk suddenly seemed to overcome some of his phobias, again just like that with not so much of an issue (in normal circumstances with Monk that would have been impossible).

However, the character moments are delightful. Loved the more compassionate and generous Monk, and that Disher is more developed than usual was much appreciated after Season 5 had episodes that saw him too much of a goofball and not always a funny one. How he was developed was done beautifully, did find myself feeling a little emotional. His chemistry with Monk was similarly done beautifully. "Mr Monk Visits a Farm" is a very funny episode, especially Monk in the hen/chicken house and when he thinks that he has inhaled marijuana (evoking fond memories of Season 4's "Mr Monk Stays in Bed", when he only has a cold but thinks he has the Ebola virus).

As said many times, 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.

Jason Gray-Stanford, in very much a Monk and Disher-centric episode, gives some of his best acting as Disher, showing more emotion to usual while also being amusing. Brooke Adams is a nice presence.

It's not just the cast though. Another star is the writing, which is also essential to whether the show would be successful or not and succeed it does here. The mix of wry humour, lovable quirkiness and tender easy-to-relate-to drama is delicately done, particularly the last one. The quirks are sympathetically done and never exploited or overdone.

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. Oh and a good job is done with the different opening credits sequence to accommodate the changes made. The episode is made with a lot of slickness and style as always.

Overall, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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