Season 2 Episode 3

Mr. Monk Goes to the Ballgame

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 11, 2003 on USA
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Episode Summary

When a ruthless CEO and his wife are lured to their deaths, Monk connects their murders to a baseball great and his quest for the home run record.

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  • An amusing suspence story with much intrigue.

    The first shots of this episode are really epic, with the dingling music playing in the background over the sleek, night lights of San Francisco. We know we're in for great ride, but boy... once the stupid GPS tracking announcer drives Lawrence and Darby Hammond to their 'destination', and they get shot, then the silly voice chirps out "Thank you for using the SafeVoyage System, I thought to myself "Yeah, right... whatever you say, .

    The character development for Benjy is nice for this episode, and the naked man we see gives us our first taste of how uncomfortable Monk is with Nudity, which later plays out in "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man" (Season 6, Episode 3). Sharona's "Oh, my running gag was quite funny, especially when after five times, they all look at her expecting her to say it a sixth time. The 'Girls Can't Eat 15 Pizzas' clue was neat, and on my last viewing, I couldn't help but notice on my last viewing that when Monk starts saying in detail that it's an acronym: 'G' stands for 'Girls', 'C' stands for 'Can't'... it's almost PRECISELY the way Kevin Dorfman would have replied. Even though he hasn't appeared yet, this shows how alike Adrian and Kevin are.

    Great episode, great story.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show monk a murder happens to one of the richest men and his wife they both get killed after they are lead the wrong way to the place there looking to go and turns out that after they investgate it was all over a home record that a man who caught a ball long time ago did not want the record to be brok then the ball would be worthless and that the murders were just tring to through the player off his game and the baseball player teaches benchi how to play ball this was a good epmoreless
  • CEO Lawrence Hammond and his wife are murdered when their GPS system misdirects them to a secluded parking lot.

    There are many funny moments in this episode. One is when Mr. Monk visits an art class with a nude male model. Sharona cannot understand his reaction. Hasn’t he seen a naked man before? No. Has he seen himself naked? Once. Priceless! Another moment is Mr. Monk as an umpire for Benjy’s Little League game. He is adamant about keeping the home plate clean. In addition, Captain Stottlemeyer's depiction of the baseball dad was a delight. I enjoy the tension between Mr. Monk and the Captain. With all the funny moments, I forgot to try to "crack" the investigation.

    While this was not the strongest episode, I was thoroughly entertained.

    Mr. Monk does not disappoint in this one.

Jane Carr (II)

Jane Carr (II)

Mrs. Jenkins

Guest Star

Darby Stanchfield

Darby Stanchfield

Erin Hammond

Guest Star

John Sanderford

John Sanderford

Lawrence Hammond

Guest Star

Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel

Dr. Charles Kroger

Recurring Role

Kane Ritchotte

Kane Ritchotte


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • While Sharona interviews the naked art model, Monk stands a vase upright, causing the entire class to groan with frustration. They do not seem bothered, however, by the fact that Monk and Sharona are standing between themselves and the naked man.

    • When Dr. Kroger tells Monk that his hour is up, Monk responds that he's only had fifty-seven minutes. A visit to a psychiatrist is only fifty minutes long. The psychiatrist has ten minutes between patients.

    • Would Monk really pick up somebody else's baseball bat, lying in the dirt, as he does when giving Benjy his "pep talk"?

    • In the beginning of the show, the murderer shot five shots at the wife, but later in the show Lt. Disher said that there was four rounds shot into the wife.
      The fifth, slightly delayed, shot hit the husband.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Stottlemeyer: (in a sarcastic voice) Congratulations. Mrs. Hammond was having an affair. (after a pause) Yeah, I can't ignore that, send someone over to the Newport Inn.

    • Stottlemeyer: Monk!
      Monk: Toby, sit. (Opens the door and lets Toby get away.) I was never good with animals.
      Stottlemeyer: (to Disher) Go! Go! Fetch! Get the ball! Get the ball!

    • Stottlemeyer: (on hands and knees) Yes, you're a good dog. Good boy, good boy. Gimme the ball. Gimme the ball, Toby.
      Disher: Toby, give the ball to the captain. (No reaction.) Toby! Toby release! (Stottlemeyer gives him a look.) Okay, just give me the ball. (Toby growls.)

    • Monk: (to Stottlemeyer) I'm done. I think I'm done. Am I done? I'm just going to leave.

    • Stottlemeyer: (handing Benjy the game ball) Don't lose that. When you make it to the majors, that's gonna be worth a fortune.

    • Disher: Should I release it [a grainy security photo] to the press?
      Stottlemeyer: What's the point? I've seen better pictures of Bigfoot.

    • Disher: May we come in, Mr. Browning?
      Walker: What if I say no?
      Stottlemeyer: Don't say no.

    • Sharona: Adrian, why don't you go talk to him [Benjy]?
      Monk: Me?
      Sharona: Yeah, give him a pep talk. He respects you.
      Monk: He does? Why?
      Sharona: Because he doesn't work for you.

    • Stottlemeyer: (disputing a call) You want the health department to come visit your restaurant?
      Umpire: I don't have to take this, not for twenty dollars a game! I quit!

    • Sharona: (as Monk obsessively cleans home plate) Adrian, Adrian! It's okay. It's clean enough!
      Stottlemeyer: Okay, guys, we're going to be here a while, so if anyone has any homework they need to do, they might as well get it out now.

    • Monk: Sharona, I can't. I can't. I can't do this.
      Sharona: Why? Because he's naked? (Monk nods.) You've never seen a naked man before?
      Monk: No.
      Sharona: You've seen yourself naked, right?
      Monk: Just once.

    • Monk: Hey, hey, you looked good out there.
      Benjy: What game were you watching? I sucked!
      Monk: Yeah, you did, kinda. Listen, Benjy, do me a favor and just, your mom thinks I'm giving you a pep talk.
      Benjy: Why?
      Monk: I don't know! I don't know, because I'm a guy, we're two guys, I don't know, I don't know. (Waves his arms.) Just kinda nod your head and pretend I'm giving you some good advice.

    • Monk: Trudy and I almost bought this house.
      Sharona: Really? (Monk looks at her.) Adrian, you made a joke! You were joking. You feeling okay?

    • Monk: (to Stottlemeyer and Disher) Can I make a prediction here? You're both going to say "Oh, my God." Twice.

    • Monk: (umpiring a game) Strike! Strike one! Ball! Ball one! That was a ball. That was ball one. That was ball one. No, strike. Strike. Ball, ball. Time! Time out!

    • Sharona: Next time he [Benjy] is going to bat clean-up. Sounds like something you would do. Clean-up? Get it?
      Monk: I get it.

    • Mrs. Jenkins: (crying) Could I have one of those [wipes]?
      Monk: I'm sorry. I only have four left.

    • Dr. Kroger: Well, okay, I hate to end the session on that note, but the hour's up.
      Monk: No, it's not. It's only been fifty-seven minutes.
      Dr. Kroger: How'd you do that? You wearing a watch?
      Monk: No.
      Dr. Kroger: You could see my watch, right?
      Monk: No. It's a gift . . .
      Dr. Kroger: . . . and . . . a curse.

    • Monk: Somebody fix the scoreboard! The numbers are wrong! No wonder attendance is down.

    • Monk: Captain, he shot the wife first. Why would he do that? I would have done the husband first, wouldn't you?
      Stottlemeyer: I don't know, Monk. It's never come up.

    • Sharona: Thank you, Adrian. I thought I'd thank you now, because in half an hour you're probably going to piss me off again.
      Monk: You're welcome.

    • Scott: What about the police? What are they doing?
      Sharona: Well, sometimes they take a day or two to catch up with us.
      Monk: (adjusting a stadium chair) Meanwhile, I'm working on it, around the clock. I'm going to get that other one out in the bleachers.

    • Sharona: What's your problem? The human body is beautiful thing.
      Monk: No. It isn't.

    • Sharona: Adrian, you are a great detective. A terrible umpire, but a great detective.

    • Sharona: You can't tell if a "1" is upside down.
      Monk: I can tell. The whole scoreboard, it's like some surreal abstract art thing.

    • Disher: You ready for this?
      Stottlemeyer: Ready for what? Just say it, Randy.

    • Sharona: So you're going to let a murderer go because you can't talk to a naked man?
      Monk: Yes.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Toby
      The dog that they are trying to get the baseball from is named Toby. Toby is also the name of the dog Sherlock Holmes would borrow for tracking. Incidentally Jason Gray-Stanford sounds suspiciously like the voice he uses for the title character of Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century when he trying to get Toby to listen.