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Monk: Mr. Monk Goes Camping

When one of three panel members refuses to reinstate Monk as a police detective, Adrian arranges to go on a camping trip with the man's son in the hopes he can schmooze his way back onto the force. Unfortunately, two armored car robbers have their money hidden near their camp.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 8x12
Airdate: Friday November 06th, 2009

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Guest Stars
Alex WolffAlex Wolff
As Brian Willis
Maurice CompteMaurice Compte
As Luke Johnston
Rodney EastmanRodney Eastman
As Del Johnston
Nick NerviesNick Nervies
As Norman Walters
Uriah SheltonUriah Shelton
As Nicky Phillips
David KronenbergDavid Kronenberg
As Will Dellman
Wade WilliamsWade Williams
As Captain Frank Willis

Co-Guest Stars
Liz BurnetteLiz Burnette
As Second Panel Member (O. Doering)
Rodney SaulsberryRodney Saulsberry
As First Panel Member (A. Horrocks)
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


Monk gets up early in the morning and goes to the closet to examine his police uniform. Natalie has left him notes saying to smile, to not smile too much, and to be himself (but not too much). He then goes to the courthouse for his afternoon reinstatement meeting. He arrives hours early and waits.. and waits... and waits. Finally the three panel members arrive and call the reinstatement meeting to order. The first two members are impressed with Monk and talk glowingly about his detective work. The third one, Captain Frank Willis, tells Monk that he doesn't believe he's qualified. The panel makes their final decision in a week but it has to be unanimous...

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Episode Quotes
Disher: I'm taking four kids camping this weekend. It's going to be so much fun. Everybody's going to get a badge.
Adrian: Almost everybody.
Disher: Hey, do you want to come? I could use the help.
Stottlemeyer: Eh, no.
Disher: Do you have plans?
Stottlemeyer: No.
Disher: You're not feeling well?
Stottlemeyer: No.
Disher: Well, I hope you feel better.

Natalie: Here are your wipes. Extra wipes. Back-up extra wipes. Some extra back-up wipes. You want me to write your name in your clothes?
Adrian: Ha, not necessary. A, my name's already in them, and B, these clothes aren't coming off.
Natalie: Even when you sleep?
Adrian: Oh, I won't be sleeping.
Natalie: Mr. Monk, where's your canteen?
Adrian: I won't be drinking either. Okay, if I drink water, I make water, you understand? I don't want to start the machine, you understand?
Natalie: Unfortunately, yes, I do.

Adrian: Who's your favorite band? I like the Various Artists. You heard of them? They do all kinds of soundtracks.

Adrian: Probably some juvies.
Brian Willis: Juvies?
Adrian: No, you know, they were probably playing hooky. I know I did when I was a kid. Yeah, I was a real hood. I was a hood in the hood.
Brian Willis: Somebody kill me.

Disher: I can't believe this is the same sky we have in San Francisco. Man, I could get used to this. How about you?
Adrian: I can never get used to anything.

Adrian: Okay, Brian caught the fish. Possession is 9/10 of the law. That's the rule. In fact, when you're in the woods, it's 10/10.
Nicky Phillips: 10/10s? That doesn't sound right.
Adrian: Yeah, rules don't have to sound right. That's another rule.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndy Breckman
Executive ProducerTom Scharpling  |  Tony Shalhoub  |  David Hoberman  |  Andy Breckman  |  Randall Zisk
Co-Executive ProducerJack Bernstein  |  David Breckman  |  Hy Conrad  |  Joe Toplyn
ProducerScott Collins  |  Anthony Santa Croce
Co-ProducerJosh Siegal  |  Dylan Morgan  |  Douglas Nabors  |  Shana Stein
Associate ProducerAnton Cropper  |  Nathan Perkins  |  Hayley Helmreich  |  Sheryl Johnson-Poelking  |  Sal Savo
Production DesignerChuck Parker
EditorThomas R. Moore
CastingAmy McIntyre Britt  |  Anya Colloff  |  Corbin Bronson
Unit Production ManagerAnthony Santa Croce
First Assistant DirectorRandol P. Taylor
Second Assistant DirectorJennifer Reiss
MusicJeff Beal
Music EditorCraig Pettigrew
Costume DesignerIleane Meltzer
HairstylistMargaret Hayes Jackson  |  Maxine Morris
Make-upDenise Hooper
Key GripStuart M. Abramson
Camera OperatorBuddy Fries
Set DesignerWilliam F. Matthews (3)
Set DecoratorSuzette Sheets
Location ManagerBarry Larson
Transportation CoordinatorSteve Weinmuller  |  Ken Catando
Property MasterRich Hobaica
Construction CoordinatorJay Jergensen
Production CoordinatorAnn M. Kaiser
Assistant EditorChad Mochrie
Post Production SupervisorHolden Chang
Supervising Sound EditorFred Judkins
Re-Recording MixerAndre Perreault  |  Ken Burton
LeadmanAngelo Amodio
OtherCary Conway (Lead Painter)  |  Jon Perkins (Technical Advisor)
Director of PhotographyAnthony R. Palmieri
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
Key Makeup ArtistEla Barczewska
Main Title ThemeRandy Newman
Production AccountantTyna Hurd
Chief Lighting TechnicianThomas Pugh
Transportation CaptainFred Teague
"B" Camera OperatorHarvey Rubin
Construction ForemanBrad Shoemaker
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