Mr. Monk Goes Back to School

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 6/20/03
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  • Episode Description
  • When English teacher Beth Landow falls from the clock tower at Trudy's former high school, Monk is called in and quickly disproves the police theory of suicide. The trail of clues leads to a science teacher but he has an iron-clad alibi. Monk becomes a substitute teacher in the hopes of solving the case.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tony Shalhoub

    Adrian Monk

  • Bitty Schram

    Sharona Fleming

  • Jason Gray-Stanford

    Lt. Randall Disher

  • Ted Levine

    Captain Leland Stottlemeyer

  • David Breckman

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • The first true kickoff in the 'Monk' series' overall narrative! Very enjoyable!

    By Monkfan64, Feb 09, 2014

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, Jun 09, 2010

  • Mr.Monk goes back to school is a great episode of monk and has an interesting murder.

    By _-_CSI_Freak_-_, Jun 23, 2006

  • An elaborate plot, with a good comedy to mystery ratio, setting the bar high for the second season of Monk.

    By Dave428, Jun 28, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (27)

    • Monk: Great work everybody. (cough) For tomorrow, read chapters one read whatever the hell you want! (cough cough cough)

    • Monk: Can I ask you something? Derek: Apparently there's no stopping you.

    • Derek Philby: You ever take the SATs? Monk: No. They gave me a . . . different test.

    • Monk: Is that ethical? Sharona: Do you care? Monk: No. I thought I should ask because the kid is here.

    • Stottlemeyer: I've seen suicide notes printed. I've seen them written in blood. I've seen them written in crayon.

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    Notes (4)

    • With this episode, the set for the police station is different.

    • Look closely: In the cafeteria, there is a sign that says "Kold Milk."

    • Fans can't fail to notice an even more conspicuous change. The opening credits now contain scenes from last season's episodes mixed with glimpses of the new season, and the familiar Monk theme by Jeff Beal has been replaced by Randy Newman's "It's a Jungle Out There."

    • Kane Ritchotte, who played Benjy in the series pilot, returns to the role after being replaced by Max Morrow for the first season. Presumably the juggling of child actors has to do with production being moved from Toronto to Los Angeles. Kane is American; Max is Canadian.

    Trivia (13)

    • Sharona asks how Trudy could've afforded to attend such a wealthy school but when we meet her parents in "Mr. Monk and the Game Show", it's obvious she's rich.

    • When Monk is reiterating the sequence of events of Philby's murder to him, he claims that Philby killed Beth before and a flashback is shown of Philby clocking her over the head. The mark on her head would definitely be visible and the police would have noticed this and come to the conclusion that is was the cause of her death.

    • The fireman guessed that the groundskeeper came in and tried to relight the fire in the fireplace. The groundskeeper's body would have been nowhere near the fireplace though since he was walking into a different room.

    • When the groundskeeper entered his home, he would have smelled the abundance of natural gas. He certainly may have been stupid enough not to get out of the house, but in the episode, he didn't seem to notice the smell at all.

    • Monk had only introduced himself and stated what they would be reading when he got pelted with the eraser. Sharona came in and rescued him moments later. As soon as she was done yelling at the jerk who threw the eraser, the bell rang ending class...which is apparently only a minute or two long.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Nick Patterson: Expect me when you least expect me!
      Actor David Rasche, who plays irate father Nick Patterson, also played Sledge Hammer on the TV show of the same name. The character, a parody of Dirty Harry, tended to solve problems with gratuitous violence and mouth inanities like the one above that no one could understand, either.

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