Season 2 Episode 5

Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 25, 2003 on USA
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Stottlemeyer's wife suspects foul play in the death of one of her documentary subjects--the world's oldest man. He dismisses her concerns but has Monk check things out... and Monk suspects a murder really was committed.

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  • Introduction to Karen Stottlemeyer, and let's nominate Trudy for sainthood!

    This is really the first episode centered around Adrian Monk and Leland Stottlemeyer's relationship. Obviously, there's plenty of awkward comedy as both do things differently. In my opinion, the alarm clock scene "7:30" vs. "8:00" is just one of those timeless classic moments you get from a great series like Monk. It's a testament to the creativity of the show's writers as well as Stottlemeyer's cleverness in ensuring Monk's happiness.

    Now, obviously... things fall apart once we get to the carpet-vacuuming scene, in which Stottlemeyer gives a showstopping tirade: "DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE? DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE? YOU ARE THE WORLD'S BEST MARRIAGE COUNSELOR! YOU COULD SAVE EVERY MARRIAGE IN CALIFORNIA, ALL PEOPLE HAVE TO DO IS LIVE WITH YOU FOR TWO DAYS! TWO DAYS! AND THEY'D NEVER COMPLAIN ABOUT THEIR SPOUSE AGAIN!". Also, it's funny when he says he'll call the Vatican and have Trudy nominated for sainthood.

    Also, the bit on Karen's video is an interesting story thread, as she does another video in "Mr. Monk Gets Fired" (Season 3, Episode 4), and having the time capsule play into the investigation was clever.

    An overall good episode.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show monk monke must investgate the oldest man in the world and how he died he thinks he was murderd and he does it for stadumires wife since she did a documetry on him along time ago and staudmire gets kicked out his house for now sice she thinks he does not pay attention to her and she wants him to see the docmentry and in the meantime he is living at monks house and things start to get out of control and they learn that one guy that is close to the mayors killed a person by hit and run and then bured the letter in a time capusl and he is aressted this was a good epmoreless
  • Monk thinks that a 115 year old man (the oldest man in the world) was murdered and he has to deal with Stottlemeyer who's on the outs with his wife as a guest.moreless

    Overall, this was one of the better Monk. It's well written with a great mystery and funny gags and is touching as well with Stottlemeyer and what he's going through. Also, I like the reason Monk keeps the table at a different angle than everything else. Tony Shaloub is both quirky and touching as Monk being able to sympathize yet annoy Stottlemeyer to death. Ted Levine gives one of his best performances as Stottlemeyer giving a multi-dimensional performance that he will never top getting to solve a case for once. The scenes with him and Monk are hilarious as they drive each other crazy. Bitty Schram is fine as Sharona, but really doesn't get anything to do, but she has some funny lines and moves the story along. Jason Gray-Stanford is about the same as Disher. The supporting cast is tops especially Glenne Headly as Karen Stottlemeyer. Funny and touching episode too.moreless
Glenne Headly

Glenne Headly

Karen Stottlemeyer

Guest Star

Stellina Rusich

Stellina Rusich

Trudy Monk

Guest Star

Kurt Fuller

Kurt Fuller

Dennis Gammil

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • It seems like the Monk from the past wasn't orderly enough to put his shoes on the couch.

    • When Stottlemeyer is drinking a beer at night, where did he get it? Monk doesn't drink and he doesn't have many visitors.

    • In the scene where Monk and Stottlemeyer are talking back and forth between the kitchen and the dining room while Monk cleans up after Stottlemeyer's sandwich, the kitchen island is missing.

    • The date on Derreck Leveroni's gravestone says 1980-1997, but when Captain Stottlemeyer confronts the suspect, he asks where his car was on December 10, 1998, and the death date is later revealed to be December 2, 1998.

    • When Monk and the Captain are watching Karen's documentary videotape of the world's oldest man, Monk's remote control is not in a plastic zip-lock bag as it was in the pilot episode.

    • When Monk and Stottlemeyer are having the table-shoving scene in Monk's apartment, we see that the entire floor is varnished hardwood, yet when we get to the dueling vacuum scene, there's a huge area rug covering 2/3 or more of the same wood flooring. Where did that come from?

  • QUOTES (28)

    • (Adrian is standing on the dining room table to avoid a snake)
      Stottlemeyer: I thought you were afraid of heights.
      Monk: Snakes trump heights. It goes germs, needles, milk, death, snakes, mushrooms, heights, crowds, elevators...
      Stottlemeyer: Okay, okay, I don't need the entire list.

    • Stottlemeyer: Hell of a thing, the oldest man in the world. Randy had a theory. He thinks maybe the second oldest man in the world did it, you know to claim the title. He actually looked into it.

    • Karen: It's supposed to be [painful]. "No pain, no gain."
      Sharona: I have a different motto: "No pain, what's the catch?"

    • Stottlemeyer: Did you write that?
      Karen: Well, you weren't supposed to read it. At least not for a hundred years.

    • Karen: Thank you for looking after him.
      Monk: It was my pleasure.
      Sharona: No, it wasn't.
      Monk: No, it wasn't. I took the liberty of packing up your things and putting them in your car. (Touches knuckles with the captain.)
      Stottlemeyer: Let's not do this again real soon, okay? (Winks.)
      Monk: You got it.

    • Monk: The urge to confess.
      Stottlemeyer: It's a cop's best friend.

    • Monk: Looks like a snakebite. There was a snake loose when the security guard was killed.
      Stottlemeyer: Good old Curly.
      Monk: Or Moe. It could have been Moe.

    • Gravedigger: The ground was frozen solid. It was as if the earth didn't want him.

    • Mayor: Captain, I'm going to grant your request. Just do me one favor. Don't be wrong.

    • Stottlemeyer: You know what I'm going to do? First thing tomorrow morning, I'm going to call the Vatican and nominate your late wife for sainthood!

    • Stottlemeyer: Why ask me? My hippie wife's a better cop than I am.

    • Monk: Karen kicked you out?
      Stottlemeyer: How did you know that?
      Monk: You didn't eat dinner at home. There's a receipt here from Happy Burger.

    • Disher: Somebody is killing world record holders, one at a time.
      Stottlemeyer: You think we ought to warn the fat twins on the motorcycles? Maybe we should put a twenty-four-hour guard on the man with the beard of bees?
      Disher: I can never tell when you're being sarcastic, sir.
      Stottlemeyer: I'm being sarcastic, Randy!

    • Stottlemeyer: Monk, I'm going to say something I've been wanting to say for a long time.
      Monk: What is it?
      Stottlemeyer: I just solved the case.

    • Disher: Enrico Palamo-–he was Italian. He collected yarn. He made the world's biggest ball of yarn. He was murdered three years ago, still unsolved.
      Stottlemeyer: Well, maybe the world's biggest kittycat did it.

    • Monk: Don't forget.
      Stottlemeyer: I won't forget.
      Monk: That's what you said yesterday.
      (Disher snickers.)
      Stottlemeyer: Shut up.

    • Stottlemeyer: (to Monk) You know what you are? Do you know what you are? You're the world's best marriage counselor! You could save every marriage in California! All people have to do is live with you for two days-–two days! And they'll never complain about their spouse again!

    • Stottlemeyer: How old was this guy?
      Karen: A hundred fifteen.
      Stottlemeyer: A hundred fifteen? People that old, they die. It's like their job.

    • Stottlemeyer: What are you doing? I have a coaster.
      Monk: I always put another one underneath. It's like a back-up.

    • Stottlemeyer: It's kind of messy in there. Could have been a fight.
      Monk: Is that probable cause?
      Stottlemeyer: Probably.
      Monk: Probably probable cause?

    • Monk: Can I have your gun?
      Stottlemeyer: No. Not unless you plan to use it on yourself.
      Monk: Maybe I will.

    • Stottlemeyer: What's that?
      Monk: New showerhead. This way we both have our own.

    • Stottlemeyer: You come in here again, Monk, and I'll shoot you. 'Night.

    • Stottlemeyer: I don't mind living in your shadow, Monk. You're a freak of nature.
      Monk: Thank you.

    • Stottlemeyer: I always have a glass of milk before bed.
      Monk: But that's not..
      Stottlemeyer: Shut up.

    • Stottlemeyer: Sweetheart, I'm going to strangle Monk and then I'm going to call you right back.

    • Karen: Is that coffee?
      Stottlemeyer: Yes. It's a coffeefall.

    • Stottlemeyer: Look, I need a few minutes. Could you stall her?
      Disher: What should I do?
      Stottlemeyer: Talk to her.
      Disher: About what? What does she like to talk about?
      Stottlemeyer: How I ruined her life.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Daniel Dratch was nominated for the 2004 Edgar Award for "Best Television Episode Teleplay" for this episode.

    • Although Audrey Wasilewski is listed in the opening credits, USA Network omits her at their website listing for Monk.

    • Not surprisingly, this is Ted Levine's favorite episode. Glenn Headley, who appears here for the first time as his wife, is a member of the acclaimed Steppenwolf Ensemble. Ted also has Steppenwolf ties, having starred in the Steppenwolf production of "Buried Child" in 1995.

    • "Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man" was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe award by the Mystery Writers of America but unfortunately didn't win.

    • Several viewers have noted that Trudy looks different in the final scene, but she's played by the same actress as in the pilot and other season-one episodes, Stellina Rusich.

    • Mrs. Stottlemeyer (Glenne Headly), whose special way of tying the captain's tie was conspicuously absent in the pilot, hinting at marital troubles, appears for the first time in this episode. In "Baseball," we glimpsed the Stottlemeyers' thirteen-year-old son, Jared. This episode mentions "the boys," indicating that the captain has at least two children. (Note: Stottlemeyer's family, including his second son, Max, all appear in "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Wife," but Jared is played by a different boy.)