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Monk: Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk

While Monk investigates the mysterious death of an office building's maintenance man, Natalie tries to plan a surprise party for Monk's 50th birthday despite his refusal to cooperate.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 8x9
Airdate: Friday October 16th, 2009

Director: Tawnia McKiernan
Writer: Peter Wolk

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Special Guest Stars
Virginia MadsenVirginia Madsen
As T.K. Jensen

Guest Stars
John Carroll LynchJohn Carroll Lynch
As Kurt Pressman
Lex MedlinLex Medlin
As Richard Meckler

Co-Guest Stars
Michael Coleman (2)Michael Coleman (2)
As Uniform Cop #1
Michael Patrick McGillMichael Patrick McGill
As Uniform Cop #2
Sean BlodgettSean Blodgett
As Dr. Z
Aaron LinkerAaron Linker
As Little Monk
Anna Beth MillerAnna Beth Miller
As Mrs. Meckler
David PiresDavid Pires
As Brad Foster
Gregory ThompsonGregory Thompson
As Paul Wellman
Jack BettsJack Betts
As Cowboy Hank
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


A maintenance man, Bradley Foster, is working late at night as someone breaks into the basement. Foster goes to the basement and dumps garbage into the trash compactor. He discovers that a tire iron is jammed in the works. When he turns off the circuit breaker and climbs down to clear it, the intruder turns the compacter back on and Foster is brutally ripped apart...

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Episode Quotes
Natalie: How about a watch?
Adrian: I already have one.
Natalie: Some people have two.
Adrian: Why would I want two? Look, if you have one wristwatch, you always know what time it is. If you have two, you're never sure.

Adrian: Look, you know, you don't understand. If you buy me something then I have to pretend to like it. And then I have to remember to thank you and then I have to return it. It's a nightmare, it's a nightmare.

Adrian: Why did the captain want to see me again?
Natalie: I told you. It's a double homicide in Marin County.
Adrian: You said triple homicide.
Natalie: I don't think so.
Adrian: You said triple. All right. What happened, did someone get better?

Natalie: I am not giving up, Mr. Monk. You are officially on notice. I am throwing you a party.
Adrian: As a matter of fact, you are not.
Natalie: Oh, yes I am. We're going to have balloons and cake and dancing.
Adrian: Oh, for the love of God, why?
Natalie: Because, Mr. Monk, it's your birthday, and whether you like it or not, you have friends who love you and want to celebrate your life. We're happy you were born.
Adrian: You are so cruel.

Adrian: Self-cleaning vacuum. Do I wake or do I dream?
Natalie: I don’t know, Mr. Monk.

Stottlemeyer: I know she's been trying to throw you a party, and, um, she's going to. Oh, she's gonna get you.
Natalie: I'll get you.
Stottlemeyer: But this is a murder victim's place of residence. Do you honestly think she would do it here?
Adrian: No. No, I don't. And that is precisely why I do. And because I do, I don't. So yes, I do.

Disher: A blow dart, you know, a poison dart.
Stottlemeyer: What happened to the dart? It would have been sticking in his neck.
Disher: Not necessarily. There could have been a long elastic wire attached to the blowdart. They're called dartarangs.
T.K. Jensen: How do you know they're called dartarangs?
Disher: Because they're probably called dartarangs. Or at least that's what they should be called.
Stotltemeyer: (whispers) Just nod your head and say maybe.
T.K. Jensen: Maybe.

Kurt Pressman: Well, you know what Thomas Edison said. Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
Adrian: I have a theory. I think Edison said that to explain his B.O.

Natalie: All right, about how this? It won't be a party. I mean, not technically, it'll just be me and Julie, we'll come over tonight and we'll have a birthday cake and a couple of candles.
Adrian: I don't want a cake.
Natalie: Okay, fine, uh, how about a cupcake? One cupcake and one candle.
Adrian: Crumbs.
Natalie: Okay, a plastic cupcake, a picture of a candle, and I promise we won't have any fun at all.

(trying to hide)
Natalie: The dumpster, the dumpster.
Adrian: I can't.
Natalie: The port-a-john.
Adrian: Have we met?
Natalie: Mr. Monk, you have to choose.
Adrian: I choose death.

Cowboy Hank: Now listen, Adrian, I want you to keep your spurs clean, huh?
Natalie: Yeah, I don't think you have to worry about that.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndy Breckman
Executive ProducerTony Shalhoub  |  Randall Zisk  |  Andy Breckman  |  David Hoberman  |  Tom Scharpling
Co-Executive ProducerJack Bernstein  |  Hy Conrad  |  Joe Toplyn  |  David Breckman
ProducerScott Collins  |  Anthony Santa Croce
Co-ProducerDouglas Nabors  |  Shana Stein  |  Dylan Morgan  |  Josh Siegal
Associate ProducerNathan Perkins  |  Hayley Helmreich  |  Sal Savo  |  Anton Cropper  |  Sheryl Johnson-Poelking
Production DesignerChuck Parker
EditorThomas R. Moore
CastingCorbin Bronson  |  Anya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
Unit Production ManagerAnthony Santa Croce
First Assistant DirectorRandol P. Taylor
Second Assistant DirectorStacy Stuart
MusicJeff Beal
Music EditorCraig Pettigrew
Costume DesignerIleane Meltzer
HairstylistMartin Declercq  |  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
Property MasterRich Hobaica
Construction CoordinatorJay Jergensen
Script SupervisorKathy Mulligan
Production CoordinatorAnn M. Kaiser
Assistant EditorChad Mochrie
Post Production SupervisorHolden Chang
Supervising Sound EditorFred Judkins
Re-Recording MixerElmo Ponsdomenech  |  Kevin Roache
LeadmanAngelo Amodio
OtherCary Conway (Lead Painter)  |  Jon Perkins (Technical Advisor)
Stunt CoordinatorCharlie Brewer
Production SecretaryTara McSherry
Art DirectorWilliam E. Brownell
Post Production CoordinatorAlex Seymour
Sound MixerDavid Chornow
ConsultantFern Field
Costume SupervisorPerri Kimono
Boom OperatorKen Beauchene
Key Makeup ArtistEla Barczewska
Art Department CoordinatorLisa Parker
Main Title ThemeRandy Newman
Production AccountantTyna Hurd
Chief Lighting TechnicianThomas Pugh
Transportation CaptainFred Teague
Key CostumerJessica Torok
"B" Camera OperatorHarvey Rubin
Special Effects Make-upEd French
Construction ForemanBrad Shoemaker
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