Season 2 Episode 11

Mr. Monk and the Three Pies

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 23, 2004 on USA
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Episode Summary

What could possibly make a cherry pie worth killing for? Monk finds out, with a little help from his long-lost brother Ambrose.

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  • about the episode.

    It had great acting for John Turturro.
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show monk there is a forth of july time festival and there are fire works and contest and stuff and there giving away 3 pies each in seprate events and monk keeps getting phone calles from his lost brother and he goes over there and he is just like monk in diffrent ways and they are told of this guy who fought with his wife and his brother says he heard gun shots like 4 of them and they go looking and they look into his story and it seems to be true what he isaying and monk realizes its in the flower that his brother lent the guys wife and the guy goes to kill the brother but monk get there and he is arrested this was good epmoreless
  • Monk's brother Ambrose calls and asks for his help, but Adrian has been nursing a grudge against him for years. Resolving a pair of murders and a sibling relationship in one episode - super sweet.moreless

    Ambrose hasn't left the house in many years because of his agoraphobia. More importantly, he hasn't called Adrian since Trudie was murdered. When Ambrose asks Adrian for help, Adrian doesn't want to and it takes Sharona's encoragement to get him to visit. Ambrose believes his neighbor killed his wife, but Adrian doubts this. Not only do they solve the case together, but Adrian comes to Ambrose's rescue at a dangerous moment. The show ends with the brothers visiting Trudie's grave together. They make up. This is a super touching episode that furthers our understanding of Monk by showing his family life.moreless
  • My favorite Monk

    My all time favorite Monk episode. It is not about the case (even though it is quite funny seeing people being killed because they got pie). It is the performance of John Turturro as Adrian's brother Ambrose.

    The two actor are in such harmony. It is unbelievable.

    The description of Adrian by Ambrose were just hilarious:

    'He was always the restless one: Dating girls by the ages of 24. Driving a car by the age 26.'

    And of course the rivalry of the two brothers about each tiny detail. Just brilliant.

    All in all a really nice and beautiful episode giving the character of Adrian more background.moreless
  • The addition of Monk's brother Ambrose makes this episode one of the best.

    This episode was great. The crime was imaginative and the way Monk solved it was incredible as usual. However, they were not what made the epsiode one of the best.

    Monk's brother Ambrose, played perfectly by John Turturro, makes this episode so much different and wonderful. Tony Shaloub and Turturro play off each other perfectly and are very entertaining. The brotherly interaction and one liners during this episode is awesome.

    I only hope that they bring Turturro back for many more episodes to reprise his role as Ambrose Monk.moreless
John Turturro

John Turturro

Ambrose Monk

Guest Star

Leslie Jordan

Leslie Jordan

Town Offical

Guest Star

Holt McCallany

Holt McCallany

Pat Van Ranken

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • It seems unlikely that Ambrose has Sharona's number even though he's never met her or has spoken to Adrian in six years.

    • When Ambrose mentions the German typo, he says "Bitte drücken Sie den Aufnahmeknopf 3 Sekunden" (= Please push the record button for 3 seconds) and than corrects it to "Bitte halten Sie den Aufnahmeknopf..." (= Please hold the record button...). Despite the fact that his German pronunciation is quite poor, both versions would be correct in German; the first one being the more likely one.

    • The three pies are each displayed as prizes on tables at the fair, and are clearly unwrapped. Even in a quaint little town, an unwrapped pie inspected for hours by the public and other creatures doesn't seem like an appealing prize.

    • Trivia: As Monk runs through his brother's burning, smoke-filled house to rescue him, he actually takes a moment to straighten a crooked pile of books. Classic Monk.

    • Lt. Disher's flag lapel pin switches from right to left and back again when they are at the sack race. The famous "Please step away from the pie" moment.

    • Two problems: First, when Van Ranken comes to the door, he states that he needs flour for his chili. Ambrose states you don't use flour to make chili. My wife assures me that she does use it--to make the chili thicker. Second, when Ambrose goes to call for help, Van Ranken yanks out the phone lines outside. Next we hear a busy signal on the phone. If the phone lines were cut, the phone would go dead.

  • QUOTES (29)

  • NOTES (8)

    • John Turturro was billed as Special Guest Star in this episode.

    • To more closely look like Adrian's genetic relation, John Turturro's hair was dyed and curled and his hairline trimmed to match Tony Shalhoub's.

    • Tony Shalhoub and John Turturro appeared together in the 1991 Coen brothers film Barton Fink.

    • We learn that Monk's father deserted him when he was eight. This could be the basis for a future episode.

    • Since the beginning of the series, Monk has sometimes wondered why his wife, Trudy, was at a parking garage the day she died. That question is finally answered in this episode by his guilt-ridden brother.

    • Lance Krall, who plays the bingo card checker in this episode, played Floppy the Clown in "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus."

    • The episodes for this part of season two are not being shown in the order in which they were produced, but as the characters are well-established at this point, it doesn't really matter.

    • John Turturro won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Ambrose Monk.


    • Disher: Step away from the pie!
      This exact line was spoken by a police officer in an episode of Wings, the NBC comedy series in which Tony Shalhoub played Antonio, the cab driver. References to Shalhoub's old role can be found throughout the series, most notably a guest appearance by Wings co-star Tim Daly in the season-one finale, "Mr. Monk and the Airplane."

    • Sharona: He's a regular Evel Knievel.
      Sharona is sardonically comparing Adrian Monk, the braver of the brothers, with daredevil Evel Knievel, notorious for his dangerous motorcycle stunts in the 1970s.