Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Meets His Dad 

Monk meets his long lost father after 39 years.


Jerry Levine


Andy Breckman (created by), Tom Scharpling | 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
Brian Kerwin ... Ben Glazer
Tom Everett ... Kenneth Woods
Emmy Clarke ... Julie Teeger
Christie Lynn Smith ... Valarie
Catherine Bach ... Sara Jo
Joe Holt ... Midland Detective
Dan Hedaya ... Jack Monk
Alex Morris ... Red
Bryce Robinson ... Excited Orphan
Deborah Geffner ... Nun
Drew Matthews ... Third Orphan


It's Christmas time and Monk gets a call to go to the station. When he arrives he is told that his father whom he hasn't seen in 39 years has been arrested. Monk learns that the man is not the man he was told he was; that he is a trucker and that he asked Monk to the station to help him get out of jail. It seems he has a lot of deliveries to make. The gang convinces Monk to go with him and while on the road Monk lets out some of the pent up feelings he has. But also Monk wonders why he is taking such an unusual route like he's going back and forth when he could be going straight to his destinations but his father's boss insists that he follow his route. Written by

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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17 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dan Hedaya appears in this episode as Adrian Monk's father. He also starred in Commando (1985) (as Arius, the deposed dictator who abducted Jenny Matrix), which had a scene that was filmed only ½ mile (800 meters) north of a location in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa (2005)(#4.9 December 2, 2005). See more »


Midland, TX is shown with lots of trees and mountains in the background and a rolling terrain. Midland is, in fact, flat and featureless and this episode was obviously not filmed there. See more »


[as their truck is careening down a hill, out of control]
Jack Monk: I gotta say something. I'm sorry I wasn't there for you and Ambrose. I'm so sorry. Oh, I'm a bad father. That's all that matters.
Adrian Monk: You're not a bad father, look at Jack, Jr.
Jack Monk: He's a *putz*!
Adrian Monk: What?
Jack Monk: Actually, he's not even a putz. He dreams one day of becoming a putz! He lives downstairs in my basement. He smokes pot all day long. He steals money from my wallet.
Adrian Monk: He's not... a doctor?
Jack Monk: No, I made it up. I lied. I wanted to have a son that I ...
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The Twelve Days of Christmas
Performed by Jason Gray-Stanford, Traylor Howard, and Ted Levine
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Totally Implausible But A Fun 'Ride'
4 August 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The crime is the secondary story in this episode. The main story is Monk seeing his father for the first time in 39 years and how the two slowly re-establish ties Dan Hedaya, one of the better characters of our era, plays "Jack Monk," a long-haired sleazy-looking 68-year-old truck driver.

The murder case, which is shown primarily in the introduction, is one where a guy doesn't actually commit homicide but stands by and watches his nemesis accidentally kill himself and does nothing to prevent it, when he could have helped. In this case, he helps the accident finish off the guy by making sure the victim doesn't have a foothold when the man is choking as his tie is caught in the engine. The tie-in, pun intended, is that the elder Monk also drives truck for this company and his boss-murderer.

Monk, believe-it-or-not, reluctantly takes a long trip in his dad's big truck to Phoenix because Capt. Stottlemeyer convinces him this may be his only shot to ever connect with his dad. By the way, I've watched every episode up to this one and Monk would never go anywhere without all his necessities....but, that's the story here.

This one then blends humor, sentimentality, and suspense at the end as the two men's lives are in danger in the truck when it speeds down a mountain with no breaks!

In all, a very flawed because of so many things that are out of character here, but a very entertaining episode, and that's why we watch isn't it? I give it high marks, simply for the entertainment.

Hedaya was riveting and weird but then again, what male isn't strange in the Monk family? Speaking of that, I wish we'd see Adrian's brother "Ambrose" again. JohnTurturro was hilarious in that role.

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