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Monk: Mr. Monk Is the Best Man

Stottlemeyer proposes to the love of his life, but someone sets out to ruin his wedding.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 8x13
Production Number: 816
Airdate: Friday November 13th, 2009

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Special Guest Stars
Virginia MadsenVirginia Madsen
As T.K. Jensen
Teri PoloTeri Polo
As Stephanie Briggs

Guest Stars

Co-Guest Stars
Michael ShalhoubMichael Shalhoub
As Minister
Michael Coleman (2)Michael Coleman (2)
As Second Cop (Mike)
Barbara BrownellBarbara Brownell
As Aunt Nora
Boo ArnoldBoo Arnold
As Cousin Curtis
Charlie WeirauchCharlie Weirauch
As Rookie Cop
Keisuke HoashiKeisuke Hoashi
As First Cop
Mark Edward SmithMark Edward Smith
As Forensic Tech (Peters)
Maurice PattonMaurice Patton
As Store Clerk
Michael BernardiMichael Bernardi
As Sarcastic Cop
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


TK arrives at the station and waits for Stottlemeyer to come out for their date. However, Monk has been adding up the clues and notices that Stottlemeyer has trimmed his mustache, flossed, is rehearsing a speech, and keeps patting a small box in his pocket. He explains that the captain is going to propose to TK. Everyone tries to hide the knowledge but they burst into tears as Stottlemeyer comes out. He quickly realizes that Monk figured things out and told everyone, and starts to go down on his knees to propose. TK tells him not to do it thee, but says she wants to hear what he has to say in private...

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Episode Quotes
Disher: Peters, any ID at all? Fingerprints, anything?
Forensic Tech: You need fingers for fingerprints.

Disher: "Cupid was a gun for hire. Took aim at Leland Stottlemeyer. Who's love was wallowed in the mire. We love you, TK Stottlemeyer! Mr. and Mrs. Stottlemeyerrrrrr."
Natalie: Sounds a little like Light My Fire.
Disher: What part?
Natalie: The words. And the music.

Stottlemeyer: Um, there's something else. I guess this is as good a time as any. Uh, you and I.. we go way back. Probably some 20-odd... or even.. mostly odd years.

Stottlemeyer: Yeah, I'm asking you to be my best man.
Adrian: Really? Wow! I'm.. I'm.. what am I? I'm surprised. I'm flattered. I'm slightly apprehensive. And I'm anxious, which... I'm always anxious. So that doesn't really...
Stottlemeyer: Is that a yes?
Adrian: Yes.

Natalie: You want me to hold the ring?
Adrian: I got it.
Natalie: Why don't you put it in your pocket?
Adrian: Pockets rip.
Natalie: How about a drawer?
Adrian: Not reliable.
Natalie: Really? I find drawers to be pretty reliable.
Adrian: I'd just worry about it. You know, I'd obsess over it. Probably end up carrying the whole bureau around with me.

Stottlemeyer: Monk, the evidence is over here. Randy, go get him. It's a mixed arrangement, they're supposed to be mixed up.

Stottlemeyer: Okay, we have a victim found in Colin Park. He was shot once and then burned.
Adrian: I read the file, so where are we?
Stottlemeyer: Still unidentified. Randy, what do we know about him?
Disher: Well, we know he was... flammable. That's pretty much it.

Disher: Hey, I'm looking forward to coming to the bachelor party tonight. What time should I get there?
Adrian: 6 o'clock.
Disher: Bachelor party starts at 6 o'clock?
Adrian: Be there or be square.

Disher: I'll send this down to the lab.
Stottlemeyer: We're in the lab.
Disher: Then I'll just put it right there.

Adrian: Okay, does everybody have pizza?
First Cop: Uh, there's nothing on it.
Adrian: I know! I ordered plain.
First Cop: Not even cheese?
Adrian: I ordered extra plain. No fuss, no muss. And use your coasters. All right, the large coasters go under the small coasters. And there's trash bags in the kitchen. Everyone gets one, I put your names at the top.
Second Cop: Monk, there's a bathroom in the bathroom.
Adrian: Where do you want me to put it, Mike, in the kitchen?

Adrian: All right, I would like to say a few words about our friends, Leland Francis Stottlemeyer.
Stottlemeyer: Thank you, thank you very much.
Adrian: And it goes like this. "A man walks into a bar with a duck on his head." There's more, there's more. "The bartender says 'Say, aren't you Leland Stottlemeyer whose first marriage was annulled after five days, and whose second wife, Karen, left him after 20 years? And then you dated Linda Fusco, who was later convicted of first-degree murder?'" Wait, wait. "And then Leland says 'That's right.' And then the bartender says, 'Every relationship you've ever had has ended in disaster and you wanna get married again? You're crazy. No wonder you have a duck on your head.'" And Leland says...
Stottlemeyer: And Leland says I need a drink.

Stottlemeyer: Whoever this guy is, he's ruining my life.
Disher: Well, that's supposed to be my job.
Stottlemeyer: Exactly.

Disher: So who's on your short list?
Stottlemeyer: I've been at this all morning. Most of these guys are either in jail or dead.
Disher: Yeah, or both.
Stottlemeyer: No. Nobody is both.

Adrian: (at a florist) You smell that? They should open some windows.
Natalie: Mm, I think it smells wonderful. I bet you Heaven smells just like this.
Adrian: I bet it doesn't. $20.

Joy: I found it.
Adrian: Excuse me?
Joy: This is your flower.
Natalie: It's plastic.
Joy: Mm-hmm.
Adrian: I love it.

Adrian: You're not going to even ask him?
Natalie: No, Mr. Monk, it's crazy, don't mention it again.
Disher: Hey, how you guys doing?
Natalie: Mr. Monk wants to walk TK's father down the aisle.
Adrian: We're the exact same height. I mean, how often does that happen?
Natalie: Mr. Monk, I'm sure he'd like to walk his daughter down the aisle.
Adrian: Well, she can walk behind us. Just ask him. I'm talking about the exact same height. Think how cool that would look.

Adrian: Well I'm not giving up. It's gonna work out somehow. You love her. You need her. She's your answer.
Stottlemeyer: She's my answer. Where'd you hear that?
Adrian: Trudy used to say that. My Trudy.

Adrian: That's what this whole thing has been about. You were in that group with Martin Kettering, and you've been a fugitive for 12 years.
Stephanie Briggs: Just shut up.
Adrian: I already started. It's very hard for me to stop.
Stottlemeyer: It's true, you have to let him finish. Go ahead.

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-ProducerDouglas Nabors  |  Shana Stein  |  Dylan Morgan  |  Josh Siegal
Associate ProducerNathan Perkins  |  Anton Cropper  |  Sheryl Johnson-Poelking  |  Hayley Helmreich  |  Sal Savo
Production DesignerChuck Parker
EditorJohn Duffy (1)
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Corbin Bronson
Unit Production ManagerAnthony Santa Croce
First Assistant DirectorAnton Cropper
Second Assistant DirectorEric Oliver
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 ManagerLyal R. Holmberg
Transportation CoordinatorSteve Weinmuller
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 MixerKevin Roache  |  Elmo Ponsdomenech
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 OperatorLawrence Commans
Main Title ThemeRandy Newman
Production AccountantTyna Hurd
Chief Lighting TechnicianThomas Pugh
Transportation CaptainFred Teague
Key CostumerJessica Torok
"B" Camera OperatorHarvey Rubin
Construction ForemanBrad Shoemaker
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