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Monk: Mr. Monk and the Big Game

When Julie's basketball coach is found dead in the shower, seemingly electrocuted by accident, the authorities accept the easy explanation. However, Julie and her teammates think otherwise and hire Monk to find out what really happened. Meanwhile, Natalie acts as replacement coach to Julie's team, and recruits a hesitant Monk to be her assistant. Monk, who has never won anything in his life, wants nothing more than the team to win, so that he can get his first trophy.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x3
Production Number: 504
Airdate: Friday July 21st, 2006
Network: USA Network

Director: Chris Long
Writer: Jack Bernstein

Guest Stars
Emmy ClarkeEmmy Clarke
As Julie Teeger
Anthony HolidayAnthony Holiday
As Referee
Hayley ChaseHayley Chase
As Emily C.
Jane HajdukJane Hajduk
As Attractive Mom
Jazz RaycoleJazz Raycole
As Kimberly
Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence
As Mascot Girl
Jim OJim O'Heir
As Park Ranger
Judith ScottJudith Scott
As Principal Franklin
Molly McCookMolly McCook
As Emily J.
Rey HerreraRey Herrera
As Newscaster
Samantha SmithSamantha Smith
As Coach Hayden
Main Cast
Tony ShalhoubTony Shalhoub
As Adrian Monk
Traylor HowardTraylor Howard
As Natalie Teeger
Episode Notes
It is revealed in this episode that Monk has solved a total of 104 cases since joining the force.

Episode Quotes
Julie: Is this a bad time?
Monk: Yes.
Emily: Should we come back?
Monk: No. It’s always a bad time.

Monk: Seems like the coach ran into a lot of bad luck in this room all at once.
Natalie: Well, I guess that’s how it happens sometime.
Monk: Yes, to me, but this happened to someone else.

Principal Franklin: Oh yes, we met last year at the Career Day. How have you been?
Monk: The same.
Principal Franklin: Well, I’m sorry to hear that.

Principal Franklin: (About the coach) Well, now that you mention it, the day before the incident she was crying in the teacher’s lounge. She didn’t say why, I didn’t think anything about it. A lot of our teachers cry, quite a bit.

Monk: Natalie, I need a bigger mantle!
Natalie: Mr. Monk, your mother would be so proud.
Monk: Oh, no, she wouldn’t. But it’s nice of you to say.

Natalie: You okay?
Monk: Girls' bathroom...
Natalie: What are you afraid of? (pokes Monk) Cooties?
Monk: Don't laugh. Jury's still out on cooties. If we could only get more federal funding.

Monk: Take a look check it out. Up you go.
Natalie: Up you go.
Monk: Up you go.
Natalie: Up you go.
Monk: Up you go.
Natalie: Well, I’m just the assistant, remember?
Monk: I believe the word “assist” is a very large part of the word “assistant.” Right? “Assist,” from the Latin meaning “Up you go”!

Natalie: Can't you see it? They feel so terrible about what happened they're just in complete denial.
Monk: Well, they are offering to pay me $57.
Natalie: Okay, first of all you're not taking their money.
Monk: So you want me to say no?
Natalie: Well, I don't know, you already said yes. Maybe it's a good thing. Maybe... maybe it'll give them closure. Okay, this is what we are going to do. We're gonna look into it, and then we're gonna sit them down and we're gonna tell them...
Monk: ...that it was all their fault.

Julie: (After offering Monk $57 to solve the case) We know it's not what you usually get, but it can count for me as my birthday present.
Monk: Here's the thing. I wasn't planning on buying you a birthday present.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndy Breckman
Executive ProducerTony Shalhoub  |  Andy Breckman
Main Title ThemeRandy Newman
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