Season 4 Episode 2

Mr. Monk Goes Home Again

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 15, 2005 on USA
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Episode Summary

On Halloween, an armored car driver is shot several times with his own gun. Monk is called from the crime scene by Ambrose, who says that their father is coming to visit, but not before Captain Stottlemeyer shoos away a pigeon and Monk finds a clove cigarette on the ground. While the captain interviews a witness and discovers that the killer was not after money, the Monk brothers wait for their father and Ambrose hands out carefully counted treats. Meanwhile, a man dressed as Frankenstein's monster snatches candy from some of the children trick-or-treating with Julie. Leaving Ambrose alone with Natalie, whom he seems to be developing a crush on, Adrian investigates the candy theft and discovers that all of the victims received candy from "the special man" (Ambrose). He also finds a clove cigarette linking the two crimes. When Julie convinces Monk to take her out trick-or-treating again because she hardly got any candy, he comes across another clue: a dead pigeon he believes is the same one the captain shooed away. He convinces a reluctant and skeptical Stottlemeyer to have the pigeon autopsied and the pieces of the puzzle fall together.moreless

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  • Great episode, great storyline. John Turturo deserves an emmy.

    The interplay between Ambrose and Natalie is wonderful. I wonder if the writers developed that thread of the two possibly dating for some future continuity.

    Monk is perfect as usual. He seems to be dominant over Ambrose, and harbors more than a little frustration. It is a bit of a stretch that he recognises the dead pidgeon, but it fits perfectly into the plot.
  • Don't be surprised if John Turturro gets nominated for another Emmy Award in the fall of 2006. The ending was just perfect, as it looks as if we could see another storyline for Mr. Monk.moreless

    Don't be surprised if John Turturro gets nominated for another Emmy Award in the fall of 2006. The ending was just perfect, as it looks as if we could see another storyline for Mr. Monk. There was a goof though. Monk says Ambrose hadn't left the house in 34 years. Here's the thing, it was 32 years when the house caught fire, and Ambrose got out. Just thought I'd bring that up, no problem, really.moreless
  • Very funny episode, the crime was a classic.

    This episode was very funny especially his brother tracking how much candy he needs for halloween, Monk sticking the dead pigeon is Stotlemeyer's face. The crime was great, just like most of them seem to be in this show. A bad guy wants to do something bad then in order to hide it he has to do an even worser thing. This pretty much seems to be the whole idea behind "Monk" crimes. The criminal doesn't look like he could even be a bad guy, but then turns out to be really evil. I was surprised why they played the "sad" music in the credits.moreless
  • John Turturro is superb.

    John Turturro reprising of Ambrose is superb. His interaction with Adrian and Natalie was excellent. In the scene with Adrian when he asks if they have a romantic relationship and he says Business and professional. Then he asks Natalie out on a date at the house of course because of his agrophobia. At first she turns him down because of the fact that he is Adrian\\\'s brother (and I think she is secretly in love with Adrian)but later she agrees.

    Their is one little mistake in the phone Ambrose calls and asks for Sharona on Natalie\\\'s cell phone unless the phone number belongs to Adrian the chances of them having the same number is remote.moreless
  • John Turturro returns as Ambrose in one of the best episodes of Monk.

    Almost everything about this episode was top-notch. First of all, the mystery was better than most episodes. Even though we knew who the killer was from the start, the motive was unclear and there were lots of good subtle clues dropped along the whole way.

    Second, the comedy in the episode was hilarious. One scene that comes to mind is when trick-or-treaters come to Ambrose's door and he says something along the lines of "By giving you this treat, you agree that you cannot committ and tricks against neither me, my house, nor my property." It was hilarious that he takes such a simple thing like Halloween and treats it so seriously.

    Third, this was a great episode for character development. We learn more about Adrian and Ambrose's past when Natalie looks at the photo album (such a sad scene), and Natalie's character also grows stronger here. I like that she didn't flat-out reject Ambrose when he asked her out.


    And last, the drama was great. I seriously thought that Ambrose would die when he ate the candy bar. And also, though the Monk brothers reconciled in "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies," there is still tension between them as they wait for their father comes home and Adrian says that he's not coming back. Since their father didn't come back at the end, it also leaves the door open for future episodes.

    So altogether, this episode had the perfect balance of mystery, comedy, character development, and drama to make it one of the best episodes of Monk.moreless
David Weisenberg

David Weisenberg

Paul Gilstrap

Guest Star

Brent Hinckley

Brent Hinckley

Store Manager

Guest Star

David Batiste

David Batiste


Guest Star

Emmy Clarke

Emmy Clarke

Julie Teeger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • While the group is sitting together at the table waiting for Monk and Ambrose's dad, we see a full screen of a digital Seiko clock hanging on the wall. While the seconds change, we hear a ticking sound. Since it's digital, it would not have such sound and it's very unlikely that the clock itself is synthetically producing it.

    • How did Ambrose know that Natalie was a widow?

    • Ambrose describes an award that he pronounces "niz-em-ewe," which he says stands for the National Society of Instruction Manual Writers. That would be "NSIMW," not "NSIMU," although some poetic license with the "double U" might have been taken by the society's founders.

    • Armored car drivers generally do not work alone, and would not be considered "off duty" while still in uniform and driving the company truck.

    • Ambrose has not left his house in 34 years (other than during the fire), but yet he either still keeps his house key in his pocket, or someone had the great presence of mind to find it and give it to him on the way into the ambulance.

    • An autopsy is a post-mortem examination performed on a human corpse. The proper term for examining a dead animal is a necropsy.

    • Paul Gilstrap, disguised as Frankenstein's monster, goes around stealing candy from the kids who went to Ambrose's house. Julie went to Ambrose's house, she didn't get any candy from him, but there is no way that Gilstrap could have known this. When she's with the other kids who have their candy stolen, Gilstrap doesn't even try to take hers. For all he knew, she could have had the poisoned Neptune bar with her.

    • In this episode, Ambrose tells Julie that he ONCE made a mistake (it just happens to also be in the "quotes" section). But, in "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies," we find out that Ambrose has made at least 2. The first was when he was younger, he broke one of their mother's numbered coffee mugs (I think it was # 7 or 8). And the second one was in an instruction manual for an answering machine, he misspelled a word in the German section.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Monk: It's just candy.
      Ambrose: I know how much I need every year. I have it down to a science. Based on current weather conditions, recent census data and the demand from previous Halloweens. Last year, I ended up with just one extra candy bar.
      Stottlemeyer: Well, Ambrose, that's... uhm... that's very... I don't know what the hell that is. Come on, Lieutenant, I'll buy you a Snickers bar.

    • Kids: Trick or treat! (reaching for candy)
      Ambrose: Wait, wait, not yet! "Trick or treat"--I've accepted your terms, which means we now have an implied contract. By accepting this treat, you are, in effect, promising to refrain from committing any tricks against me or this property, now or in the future. Are there any questions?
      Kid: Yeah, do you have any peanut chews?
      Ambrose: There's only what's in the bowl. Now, one per customer.

    • Stottlemeyer: What'd he say?
      Monk: He said, "Grrr."
      Ambrose: No, no, he said, "Arrrrrrrrrr!"

    • Monk: He left the house once.
      Julie: At least he left.
      Monk: The house was on fire. I had to drag him out.

    • Stottlemeyer: I hate pigeons. They're rats with wings.

    • Natalie: She's at that impossible age. Between eleven and twenty-five.

    • Natalie: Mr. Monk, you can't blame yourself.
      Monk: Wanna bet?

    • Ambrose: It's all right. I made a mistake once.

    • Ambrose: (to Julie) That's Dad's study. We're not allowed in there.

    • Ambrose: You're a widower; she's a widow. And I know how you are with the ladies. I remember in high school, those girls calling you on the phone, talking to you on the phone, complimenting you . . . .
      Monk: Those were my teachers.

    • Vampire Boy: (referring to Monk) Is he drunk?
      Julie: No. He's thinking.

    • Monk: How many of you stopped by my brother's house, the big gray house at the end of Oak View?
      Witch Girl: You mean the special man who never comes out?
      Monk: That's right. Where the special man lives.

    • Stottlemeyer: Okay, you're saying that there's a connection. I'm here. Convince me. Why would a killer who every cop in this city is looking for hang around to steal candy from children?
      (The Monks hold a whispered conference.)
      Ambrose: We don't know.

    • Natalie: There is a nut out there. The only way you can go out is with a police escort.
      Julie: Lieutenant Disher! Come trick-or-treating with me!
      Disher: Oh, uh, I don't, uh . . . . Can I?
      Stottlemeyer: No.

    • Monk: Cross at the green, not in between.

    • Natalie: (looking at an old photo album) Is that your father?
      Ambrose: Oh, that's him and Ambrose.
      Natalie: He named the turtle after you?
      Ambrose: He named me after the turtle.

    • Natalie: I like this one. You look so happy.
      Ambrose: Mom was worried because we never laughed, so she made us practice. That's us practicing. So now I can laugh (heh heh) if I have to.

    • Monk: No, thanks. I'm allergic.
      Mrs. Gilstrap: To chocolate?
      Monk: No, ma'am. I'm allergic to food that's been sitting in a bowl all night that other people have been touching.

    • Ambrose: (to Natalie) Would you ever, uh, consider, uh, going out with someone like me, or, more specifically, me? Of course, we can't actually go out, I mean, we can't go outside, but we can go anywhere else.

    • Monk: Captain, this is the same pigeon. I remember it had five little brown spots on its back because I remember thinking that it reminded me of the constellation Cassiopeia. Look. See it? Look!

    • Stottlemeyer: You want me to do an autopsy on a pigeon?

  • NOTES (2)

    • John Turturro, this episode's Special Guest Star, reprises his role as Adrian Monk's agoraphobic brother, Ambrose, who first appeared in "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies."

    • Jasmine Jessica Anthony is billed as Jessica Anthony and Mary Matilyn Mouser as Mary Mouser.


    • Monk: I remember thinking that it reminded me of the constellation Cassiopeia.

      Cassiopeia, a highly visible W-shaped constellation in the northern sky, is named after a beautiful queen in Greek mythology. The wife of Cepheus, king of Ethiopia, Cassiopeia made the mistake of boasting that she was more beautiful than the Nereids, the daughters of Nereus, god of the Mediterranean Sea. As punishment for her arrogance and impiety, she was ordered to sacrifice her equally beautiful daughter, Andromeda. The princess was rescued from a sea monster by Perseus, who was rewarded with her hand in marriage. The ancient Greeks visualized the constellation Cassiopeia as a woman seated on her throne with her head always pointed toward the North Star, Polaris.

    • Ambrose: No, it wasn't Frankenstein; it was Frankenstein's monster. Frankenstein is the name of the scientist who created the monster.

      Ambrose is right, of course, except that the original Frankenstein was a graduate student, not a full-fledged scientist. The subject of innumerable film adaptations, the characters were created in 1816 by nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley, wife of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, for her novel Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus , first published in 1818.