Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Earthquake 

Renowned philanthropist Henry Rutherford is killed when a moderate earthquake rocks the city and sends a display case falling on top of him. But when Monk examines the scene, he finds clues that suggest foul play.


Adam Shankman


Andy Breckman (created by), Tom Scharpling | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Bitty Schram ... Sharona Fleming
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Stottlemeyer
Amy Sedaris ... Gail Fleming
Cameron Daddo ... Darryl Wright
Stanley Kamel ... Dr. Charles Kroger
Janine Theriault ... Christine Rutherford
Max Morrow ... Benjy Fleming
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Father Hatcher
Ross Petty Ross Petty ... Henry Rutherford
Andy Marshall ... Police Officer
Russell Ferrier Russell Ferrier ... Workman
Eric Fink Eric Fink ... Taxi Driver
Henri Li Henri Li ... Uniformed Cop


Renowned philanthropist Henry Rutherford is killed when a moderate earthquake rocks the city and sends a display case falling on top of him. But when Monk examines the scene, he finds clues that suggest foul play.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

4 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Tony Shalhoub speaking gibberish is a direct spoof of his role in Quick Change (1990) where he plays a cabby who speaks gibberish. See more »


After Sharona discovers Monk in his aphasic condition she calls his therapist. He tells Sharona that the aphasia is centered around the occipital cortex of the brain. This is incorrect. Aphasia is due mostly to damage or stress to the brain's language center, Wernicke's Area in the cerebral cortex. The occipital cortex is the vision center of the brain, and damage to this area typically leads to blindness or other vision issues. See more »


Sharona Fleming: Don't do this. Every time I like somebody, you ruin it.
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References Spider-Man (2002) See more »


Monk Theme
Written by Jeff Beal
Performed by Grant Geissman
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Murder amid an earthquake
11 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Monk' has always been one of my most watched shows when needing comfort, to relax after a hard day, a good laugh or a way to spend a lazy weekend.

"Mr Monk and the Earthquake" may be a lesser episode of Season 1, but that is not a bad thing when it is still a pretty good episode in a solid season. Just have a preference for the likes of "Mr Monk and the Candidate", "Mr Monk and the Psychic", "Mr Monk Goes to the Asylum", "Mr Monk and the Other Woman" and "Mr Monk Meets Dale the Whale".

Agree that it is a predictable episode, especially at the end which has events that one can smell from a mile off. For Season 1, the crimes were silly, even sillier than that of "Mr Monk Takes a Vacation", sadly to the point of ridiculousness and stretching plausibility.

However, "Mr Monk and the Earthquake" is still a good episode and has many great things. One of the best things about 'Monk' has always been the acting of Tony Shalhoub in the title role, it was essential for him to work and be the glue of the show, and Shalhoub not only is that but also at his very best he IS the show. Have always loved the balance of the humour, which is often hilarious, and pathos, which is sincere and touching. It is remarkable here that right from the first episode to when the show ended that one likes him straight away, even with his quirks and deficiencies that could easily have been overplayed, and also that he is better developed than most titular characters of other shows at this particular stage. Who can't help love Monk's brilliant mind too?

He is very well supported by a sharp and no-nonsense but also sympathetic Bitty Schram, whose Sharona makes for a worthy and entertaining partner for Monk's sleuthing and somebody with a maternal side. There is always a debate at who's better between Sharona and Natalie, personally like both in their own way and consider them both attractive though as of now leaning towards Natalie as the better acted and more attentive of the two.

Also by a very amusing, and sometimes even funnier than that, Ted Levine, what a difference from his Buffalo Bill in 'The Silence of the Lambs', while Jason Gray-Stanford is almost up there with the other three leads though his material isn't always as inspired in general.

It's not just the cast though. Another star is the writing, which is also essential to whether the show would be successful or not and succeed it does here. The mix of hilarious wry humour, lovable quirkiness and tender easy-to-relate-to drama is delicately done but extremely deft. The chemistry between Monk and Sharona and Monk and Gail are very entertaining and sees some very funny moments, especially the latter. Schram also shares good chemistry with Cameron Daddo (who is good, though to me there are killers on the show that are more interesting and better-acted).

While some of the story and crimes are not as good as usual, the deductions and how Monk comes to them don't disappoint.

Visually, the episode is shot in a slick and stylish way, and the music is both understated and quirky. Much prefer the jazzy Season 1 theme tune to the later "It's a Jungle Out There", which always struck me before as one of my least favourite assets of 'Monk' but has since grown on me, which should have been kept. It's all very capably directed.

In conclusion, pretty good. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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