Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny 

Law student Julie Parlow's grandmother is kidnapped and held for ransom. But they don't have any money, so why did the kidnappers release her? And why did they feed her pizza?


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Andy Breckman (created by), Joe Toplyn | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Bitty Schram ... Sharona Fleming
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Stottlemeyer
Rachel Dratch ... Julie Parlo
Pat Crawford Brown ... Nana Parlo
Currie Graham ... Harold Maloney
Eden Rountree ... Carol Maloney
Michael Shalhoub Michael Shalhoub ... Ron Abrash
Larry Hankin ... Bearded Man
Scott Nankivel Scott Nankivel ... Tom Burton
Jenni Pulos ... Sascha Gordon
Christina Huntington Christina Huntington ... Edie Rusher
Hugh Dane ... Sgt. Lane
Hira Ambrosino ... TV Reporter


Unable to pay for Monk's services as a private detective, middle-aged law student Julie Parlo offers him a trade--she'll help Monk become reinstated as a policeman with the SFPD if he'll help her find her missing grandmother. The only clue to the identity of the kidnappers is a roughly drawn lightning bolt on a note left at the grandmother's house, leading Stottlemeyer and Disher to suspect the former leader of an anti-Vietnam War group from the Seventies. But when the captain, anticipating Monk's reinstatement, invites Monk to help him with interrogation, Monk accidentally discovers that the suspect's tattoo doesn't match the symbol on the note--it has three humps instead of two. Meanwhile, the kidnappers order Julie to provide turkey dinners to the homeless in exchange for the return of the grandmother. Julie complies and her grandmother is returned safely, leading Stottlemeyer to put the case "on the back burner." True to her promise, Julie informs Monk of a loophole that will ... Written by WyattJones

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Release Date:

6 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Captain Leland Stottlemeyer mentions in this episode that he had a brother in Vietnam. See more »


[9:24], while talking to Sharona about law school and her parents, Julie Pario (Rachel Dratch) is startled by the phone ringing before it actually starts to ring. See more »


Sharona Fleming: [11:30] This is crazy. What kind of ransom demand is this?
Adrian Monk: I know. The kidnappers are risking life in prison for what, $500 worth of food? I mean, the shelter on Third is serving turkey tonight, anyway.
Sharona Fleming: Well, we can't stand around here like this. We don't exactly blend in.
Adrian Monk: Do you have a suggestion?
Sharona Fleming: This is crazy.
Adrian Monk: It doesn't matter. I'm getting my badge back.
Sharona Fleming: I'll believe that when we see it. Julie Parlo didn't exactly seem like supreme court material.
Adrian Monk: Gravy?
Bearded Man: No thanks.
Adrian Monk: Everyone else is having ...
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References Sex and the City (1998) See more »


It's a Jungle Out There
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Randy Newman
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4 April 2019 | by sandcrab277See all my reviews

The moron takes a case because he thinks he's getting his badge back ... there is no way in hell that leland will allow the moron to carry a badge yet alone a gun ... its a waste of time and space for all... this show gets worse with each episode ...writers take note

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