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Monk: Mr. Monk and the Foreign Man

Monk meets a visiting African widower who's determined to find the hit-and-run-driver who killed his wife near Monk's apartment. Monk begins to identify with the man and confuses his wife with Trudy.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 8x2
Airdate: Friday August 14th, 2009

Special Guest Stars
Adewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
As Samuel Waingaya

Guest Stars
Gregory SporlederGregory Sporleder
As Kenneth Nichols
Erich AndersonErich Anderson
As John Buxton
Henri LubattiHenri Lubatti
As French Chef
Constance EjumaConstance Ejuma
As Ansara Waingaya
James Kimo WillsJames Kimo Wills
As Gas Station Slacker (as Kimo Wills)
Laura Johnson (1)Laura Johnson (1)
As Carolyn Buxton

Co-Guest Stars
Burl MoseleyBurl Moseley
As Grocery Store Clerk
Chris CoyChris Coy
As Second Slacker
Eloy MendezEloy Mendez
As Dishwasher
Lisa JayLisa Jay
As Gail
Lydia BlancoLydia Blanco
As Maria Fuentes
Mary GarripoliMary Garripoli
As Laundry Customer
Suziey BlockSuziey Block
As Waitress
Main Cast
Tony ShalhoubTony Shalhoub
As Adrian Monk
Traylor HowardTraylor Howard
As Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-StanfordJason Gray-Stanford
As Lt. Randall Disher
Ted LevineTed Levine
As Captain Leland Stottlemeyer


Ansara Waingaya, a teacher from Nigeria attending a conference in San Francisco for two weeks, does some late-night shopping at a convenience store. She goes outside and calls her husband Samuel in Nigeria. She gets his answering machine and leaves a message saying that she loves him. As she walks across the street, a blue van runs her over and drives away...

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Episode Quotes
Natalie: What?
Adrian: Do you smell that? Is that you?
Natalie: Is what me?
Adrian: Are you cooking bacon?
Natalie: Does it look like I'm cooking bacon?

Adrian: I knew it. It's a hippie. It's incense. He's burning incense down there By the way, that's a perfect name for that stuff because that's how people react to it. They get incensed. Get it? Incense, incensed. You add the "D." Forget it.

Natalie: Are you trying to impress that girl?
Disher: What girl?
Natalie: The CSI tech. You think that's a quality she's looking for in a man? Do you think she's saying, "Why can't I meet an attractive 30-something nonsmoker who's oblivious to the stench of rotting flesh?"

Adrian: Oh, for the love of crackers.

Adrian: Do you mind? It's 7:45. People are trying to sleep.
Samuel Waingaya: They are?
Adrian: Yes, they are.

Samuel Waingaya: I don’t know your name
Adrian: Monk. Adrian.
Samuel Waingaya: Adrian. What does it mean?
Adrian: It means nobody picks you for their softball team in seventh grade.

Natalie: Do you drink coffee?
Samuel Waingaya: I love coffee.
Natalie: Ah, then you're gonna hate this. (Samuel laughs) What?
Samuel Waingaya: What you said about the coffee. It was very funny.
Natalie: Am I that funny?
Adrian: No.

Adrian: Okay, this is how we do our laundry in America. There are your whites.
Samuel Waingaya: My whites, excellent.
Adrian: Your off-whites. Your off-off-whites. There are the primary colors, red, yellow, green, blue, and that’s indigo. Left socks, right socks. I’ve labeled them for you.
Samuel Waingaya: But in Nigeria, we just wash all of our socks together.
Adrian: Well, I don’t like to judge people, but that’s wrong.
Samuel Waingaya: So you mean you separate everything? But how much is that going to cost?
Adrian: $200.

Laundromat Woman: Excuse me, are you using all the machines?
Samuel Waingaya: That's right.
Laundromat Woman: But they're empty.
Samuel Waingaya: That is the pre-wash cleansing cycle.
Laundromat Woman: The pre-wash what?
Samuel Waingaya: The cleansing cycle. If you are going to live here, you should learn some of the customs. Did you see that, with the finger? What does that mean.
Adrian: That means "We're number one" and we should hurry.

French Chef: What about the potatoes?
Adrian: Oh, yeah.
French Chef: What did you do? You were just supposed to peel them. They look like dice.
Adrian: (whispering) American style.
Samuel Waingaya: American style.

(in a van filled with fish)
Adrian: The smell! I can't breathe! I can't get a brake. First the incense, then the dead housekeeper, and now this. Oh, god it stinks! Oh! It's like chemical warfare.
Samuel Waingaya: Adrian Monk, will you please stop talking about the smell. Sometimes you are like a big crying infant. We have other problems, Adrian Monk. That's better.
Adrian: Can I say something?
Samuel Waingaya: Is it about the stink?
Adrian: No. Yes! I can't breathe.

Samuel Waingaya: Well, I am not going to give up and neither are you.
Adrian: Samuel, this is your final lesson. This is how we do things in America. We cry a lot. We confuse our dead wife with other people's dead wives. And then we give up.

Samuel Waingaya: I have an idea. I have an idea. Can you reach into my pants?
(very long pause)
Adrian: Yes...

Adrian: What's that smell?
Samuel Waingaya: My flesh. It's burning.
Adrian: It stinks.
Samuel Waingaya: Sorry.

Adrian: What's it like?
Samuel Waingaya: What is what like?
Adrian: Knowing.
Samuel Waingaya: Knowing is everything. But your turn will come, Adrian Monk. You are next. Do not give up.
Adrian: Never.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndy Breckman
Executive ProducerTony Shalhoub  |  Tom Scharpling  |  David Hoberman  |  Andy Breckman  |  Randall Zisk
Co-Executive ProducerJack Bernstein  |  Hy Conrad  |  Joe Toplyn  |  David Breckman
ProducerScott Collins  |  Anthony Santa Croce
Co-ProducerJosh Siegal  |  Shana Stein  |  Dylan Morgan  |  Douglas Nabors
Associate ProducerShana Stein  |  Hayley Helmreich  |  Anton Cropper  |  Sheryl Johnson-Poelking  |  Sal Savo  |  Nathan Perkins
Production DesignerChuck Parker
EditorJohn Duffy (1)
CastingAmy McIntyre Britt  |  Corbin Bronson  |  Anya Colloff
Unit Production ManagerAnthony Santa Croce
First Assistant DirectorAnton Cropper
Second Assistant DirectorEric Oliver
MusicJeff Beal
Music EditorCraig Pettigrew
Costume DesignerIleane Meltzer
HairstylistMargaret Hayes Jackson  |  Maxine Morris
Key GripStuart M. Abramson
Camera OperatorBuddy Fries
Set DesignerWilliam F. Matthews (3)
Set DecoratorSuzette Sheets
Location ManagerLyal R. Holmberg
Transportation CoordinatorSteve Weinmuller  |  Ken Catando
Property MasterRich Hobaica
Construction CoordinatorJay Jergensen
Script SupervisorSilver Tree
Production CoordinatorAnn M. Kaiser
Assistant EditorRichard Rodono
Post Production SupervisorHolden Chang
Supervising Sound EditorFred Judkins
Re-Recording MixerElmo Ponsdomenech  |  Kevin Roache
LeadmanAngelo Amodio
OtherCary Conway (Lead Painter)  |  Jon Perkins (Technical Advisor)
Director of PhotographyJoe Pennella
Stunt CoordinatorCharlie Brewer
Production SecretaryTara McSherry
Art DirectorWilliam E. Brownell
Post Production CoordinatorAlex Seymour
Sound MixerDavid Chornow
ConsultantFern Field
Costume SupervisorPerri Kimono
Boom OperatorKevin Santy
Main Title ThemeRandy Newman
Production AccountantTyna Hurd
Chief Lighting TechnicianThomas Pugh
Key CostumerNigel Boyd
"B" Camera OperatorHarvey Rubin
Construction ForemanBrad Shoemaker
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