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Monk: Mr. Monk Fights City Hall

When the parking garage where Monk's wife was killed is set for demolition, Monk intervenes but soon finds himself investigating the disappearance of a city official key to preserving the site.


Episode Info


Episode number: 7x16
Airdate: Friday February 20th, 2009



  • Currently 7.8/10
7.8/10 (14 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Tim Bagley
As Harold Krenshaw
Recurring
Hector Elizondo
As Dr. Neven Bell
Recurring
Kali Rocha
As Maria Schecter
Tim Conlon
As Paul Crawford
Jon Polito
As George Gionopolis
Tamlyn Tomita
As Eileen Hill
E.J. Callahan
As Al the Vendor

Co-Guest Stars
Jill Arrington
As TV Newswoman
Keith Burke
As Sheriff
Mike O'hara
As Foreman
Main Cast
Tony Shalhoub
As Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard
As Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford
As Lt. Randall Disher
Ted Levine
As Captain Leland Stottlemeyer

Recap

The city is preparing to tear down a parking garage and build a children's park in its place. Only one thing is holding up the demolition: Adrian Monk, who has chained himself to a pillar in the basement. When the foreman confronts him, Adrian throws the key down a sewer grate. He refuses to let them tear down the parking garage where his wife Trudy died. Natalie arrives but doesn't have much luck convincing Adrian to give up his cause. Councilwoman Eileen Hill pays a visit and tries to convince Adrian to leave. He explains that the demolition could destroy possible evidence in Trudy's murder. Touched and impressed by Adrian's years of service, Hill agrees to have the city council take a second vote on the matter in four days time, since the vote was 4-3...

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Episode Quotes
Adrian: Look, you’ve got to help me, come on. Hell no, we won’t go. Hell no… come on.
Natalie: Mr. Monk, I’m not going to chant with you.
Adrian: You have to. Otherwise, the “we” part doesn’t make any sense.

Disher: Okay, well, they were tourists. Probably German.
Stottlemeyer: Really? Why do you say that?
Disher: Because they were German.

(about a husband-and-wife set of corpses)
Disher: I, uh talked to a clerk at a hotel. They were staying downtown at the Best Western. He said that they were a pretty quiet couple.
Stottlemeyer: Yeah, they look pretty quiet.
Disher: Yeah, but they weren't this quiet. I mean, before last night they were just regular quiet, like, when they checked into the hotel.
Stottlemeyer: Randy, I know what you mean. I was trying to be wry.
Disher: Oh, sorry, my bad. Do you want to say it again?

Maria Schecter: I'm new here.
Adrian: Really? I never would have guessed that.
Maria Schecter: Are you patronizing me?
Adrian: No, I'm insulting you.

(in a hot dog factory)
Adrian: I was buried alive once.
Natalie: Yeah, I remember.
Adrian: I was in a box. I was underground for three hours. And that box is now the second-most frightening place I've ever been.

(eating a hot dog)
Disher: Boy, that's good. What is that, beef or pork?
Al the Vendor: We use "meat."
Natalie: Why do you say it like that?
George Gionopolis: Uh, we are required by law to put it in quotes.

(at a council meeting)
Harold Krenshaw: As you all know, we lost a dear friend this week. Eileen Hill's body was discovered earlier this morning. Let us pray that the San Francisco police catch her killer and bring him or her to justice. Or if they don't catch him, let us pray that Eileen's murder was the work of a random nut job, or frustrated ex-boyfriend, and not some kind of masked vigilante who, for some reason, has a personal vendetta against the city council, and is determined to slaughter us, one member at a time, picking us off when we least expect it, using a different, yet somehow appropriate method for each of his grisly killings! Amen.

Adrian: I can' t believe I won! I can't remember the last time I won anything.



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-ProducerDylan Morgan  |  Josh Siegal  |  Douglas Nabors  |  Shana Stein
Associate ProducerNathan Perkins  |  Sal Savo
Production DesignerWilliam E. Brownell
EditorArge O'Neal
CastingCorbin Bronson  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Anya Colloff
Unit Production ManagerAnthony Santa Croce
Second Assistant DirectorEric Oliver
MusicJeff Beal
Music EditorCraig Pettigrew
Costume DesignerIleane Meltzer  |  Steven Zimbelman
HairstylistMaxine Morris
Make-upDenise Hooper
Key GripStuart M. Abramson
Camera OperatorBuddy Fries
Set DesignerTim Crowshaw
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 EditorHoward Leder
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 (2)
Production SupervisorSheryl Johnson-Poelking
Art DirectorShanna Starzyk
Sound MixerDavid Chornow
ConsultantFern Field
Costume SupervisorMolly Harris Campbell
Boom OperatorChris Sposa
Main Title ThemeRandy Newman
 
Warning: Monk season 7 episode 16 guide may contain spoilers
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