Season 5 Episode 3

Mr. Monk and the Big Game

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 21, 2006 on USA
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Episode Summary

Julie and her basketball teammates hire Monk to investigate the death of their coach.

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  • Another fun filled day in the life of Monk

    This time Monk investigates the apparent accidental death of his assistant's daughter's high-school bball coach. The background conflict is Monks inability to have won anything throughout his life. Even to the point that his mother disqualified him during his only achievement of winning a musical chair contest! ;D

    As always Monk battles through his neurosis piling up the clues as to whodunnit! However the final scene is quite predictable in that he ends up coaching the girls team in the winner-takes-all final, as the new coach (his assistant) is sent off for arguing with the coach. The twist is that she then finds the final clue that reveals who the killer is and the girls go on to win the match....

    ... or do they?!

    Almost a classic episode. More of the same harmless fun please!moreless
  • fun Fun FUn FUN

    I really enjoyed watching this episode. I thought that the whole plot line was genesis and involved a lot of character development. I felt so sorry for Natalie especially when Monk had a whistle but I did find it extremely funny. Monk coaching a load of high scool girls at basketball sounds hilarious ... trust me it actually is. I thought that Randy was funny especially when Julie was interviewing him and stottlemeyer on DNA. He did not know a thing. I think the best part of this episode however was when they had the one minute silence and Monk was trying to get a scuff mark off of the basketball court and it kept squeking really loud. I laughed so much I nearly fell over.moreless
  • I like this show...

    this is only the second episode that I have seen of MONK but I have to say I'm really starting to like it. This episode was also pretty funny. Monk solves a mystery of what happend to the basketball coach at a school. He ends up solving it as usual. I thought that one of the funniest parts of this episode was when Every one was in the Gym remembering the coach and it was quiet monk sees a black mark on the floor and he just has to get rid of it causing a squeeking noise. Well i like this show and this was an exellent episode. Later...moreless
  • Like the others.............FUN

    In this episode Monk solves three cases in one, the death of the coach, a forest fire and a two year old golf case.

    As usual the episode pleases us with several fun Monk situations:

    - he’s attempt to be an assistant of coach a basketball team and don’t having idea of that;

    - he’s playing with a new toy a whistle, leading Natalie crazy;

    - in the end of the match he tries to make sure the adds of the girls together were 100%.

    The end of episode, the Monk smile when he sees all the trophies was deserved.

  • Fun episode

    I enjoyed this episode a lot even though it wasn't the best the series has had to offer. Watching Monk attempt to coach basketball added in good humor that pushed the pace of the show.

    Monk's obsession with his whistle almost had me rolling on the floor in laughter. I enjoyed the way the murder and the ivestigation were set-up, even if it was obvious who the killer was right away. Despite knowing who did it, I enjoyed the way the writers kept the killer's motive pretty hidden until towards the end.

    The scene at the end with Monk and the trophies was one of the types of scenes that this show is incredible at doing. When you watch it you can't help but crack a smile and be happy for Monk. He deserves it.moreless
Hayley Chase

Hayley Chase

Emily C.

Guest Star

Molly McCook

Molly McCook

Emily J.

Guest Star

Jazz Raycole

Jazz Raycole


Guest Star

Emmy Clarke

Emmy Clarke

Julie Teeger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Why was Capt. Stottlemeyer given a suspected arson case, with no injuries or fatalities, 2.5 hours outside San Francisco?

    • All the girls on Julie's basketball team had their first name on the back of their jerseys instead of their last name, which is the most common name put on the back of an athletic jersey.

    • While the three girls are asking Monk to find out what happened to their coach he is ironing his shoe laces. As the camera changes angles his shoe laces change positions several times.

    • A teacher/coach would never shower in the same shower room as his or her team, even after the students had left! There are too many issues, such as sexual harrasment, that could come up. All schools have private showers for their coaches usually attached to their coaching office.

    • Trivia: Monk has solved 104 murders since starting with the force.

    • Despite having evicted Natalie from the game, the referee walks by her at least twice after she takes off her mascot headpiece and doesn't react.

    • All modern appliances (which the hairdryer in the episode appeared to be) have a fail safe feature to prevent electrocution. They will automatically shut off the moment they hit the water.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Referee: Offensive foul, Number 11.
      Natalie: What are you talking about? Are you blind? She was moving her feet! It was a block! She was moving her feet, she had no position!
      Referee: Coach, get back on the bench.
      Natalie: You're a joke.
      Refree: Technical foul, Coach Teeger. Now who's a joke?
      Natalie: It's still you!
      Referee: That's it, Teeger, you're gone!

    • Natalie: Mr. Monk, what are we going to do?
      Monk: What do you mean?
      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 $75.
      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... 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: 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.

    • Julie: Is this a bad time?
      Monk: Yes.
      Emily C.: 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 sometimes.
      Monk: Yes, to me, but this happened to someone else.

    • 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"!

    • Monk: Ah, this brings back memories. Sitting in the principal's office.
      Natalie: You? I can't picture you being sent to the principal's office.
      Monk: I wasn't sent. I used to go there on my own. To report on the troublemakers, I was Mr. Campman's eyes and ears. That's what he called me.
      Natalie: Ummm, so you spied on other kids
      Monk: I was keeping the study hall safe for people like you. You're welcome.

    • 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: Well, now that you mention it, the day before the incident (Hayden) 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: Fine, everybody just go out there and give 100%
      Emily C.: But Coach Hayden said we should give 110%
      Monk: No, no, that's a bad idea anyway. It's mathematically impossible. Just give 100%, it's a nice round number.
      Emily C.: Well I'm going to give 110%.
      Monk: Fine, okay, then Julie, you give 90%.
      Emily J.: Well I'm going to give 115%.
      Monk: For god's sake, fine, then Julie you're done to 75%
      Julie: Mr. Monk, how am I supposed to…?
      Monk: Just do it! Okay, all right, now that's 110%, 100%, 100% 115%, 75%.

    • Monk: Natalie, I need a bigger mantel!
      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...

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Greece: November 11, 2007 on Star
      Finland: December 13, 2008 on YLE TV1
      Slovakia: February 3, 2010 on Markiza

    • There is a mention of the Conrad Country Club - another in-joke reference to crew member Hy Conrad.

    • Dratch Valley is named after "Monk" producer Daniel Dratch. This is one of several occurences that Monk producers and crew lend their names to characters and locations.