Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Class Reunion 

Monk and Natalie go to Berkeley for Monk's 25th college reunion, but are sidetracked when Stottlemeyer shows up asking for their help on the recent homicide of a retired clinic nurse.

Director:

David Grossman

Writers:

Andy Breckman (created by), Daniel Dratch (as Dan Dratch)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Cynthia Stevenson ... Dianne Brooks
Brian McNamara ... Kyle Brooks (as Brian Mcnamara)
Franc Ross ... Clinic Doctor
Reginald VelJohnson ... Todd (as Reginald Veljohnson)
Charles Rahi Chun ... Simon (as Charles Chun)
Lindy Newton ... Younger Trudy
Luiggi Debiasse Luiggi Debiasse ... Younger Monk
Oliver Macready ... Drew Cooney
Alex Cohen ... Delivery Man
Charles Laulette ... Alumni Husband
Cutter Garcia Cutter Garcia ... Uniform Cop (as Cutter Mitchell Garcia)
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Storyline

Monk and Natalie go to Berkeley for Monk's 25th college reunion. While there, Monk runs into his college acquaintance Dianne Brooks. However, as the reunion unfolds, Monk becomes suspicious of Dianne's husband Kyle. After Captain Stottlemeyer shows up at the campus while checking out the murder of a beloved clinic nurse, Monk realizes that there is a murder plot involving Dianne. Written by dmcreif

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2006 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

During the dinner sequence when they are showing the pictures on the screen, a picture of Adrian and Trudy is shown. A woman identifies Trudy but can't remember Adrian's name. Natalie leans over and says, "It's Adrian." The woman says, "No, that's not it. It's Anthony, I think." This is an obvious reference to the actor playing Adrian Monk, Anthony (Tony) Shalhoub. See more »

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Diane says that she attempted suicide 25 years ago from depression over the recent death of her mother. That her suicide note mentions her dog, dinner with specific friends at a favorite restaurant, and her breaking a window, but not her mother seems highly improbable. See more »

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Natalie Teeger: You mean when he wrote it on your back, you could feel it? Y-you could do that?
Adrian Monk: I have very sensitive skin.
Natalie Teeger: That's like a superpower! Like a really weird, not very useful super-power.
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It's college reunion time with Mr Monk
19 August 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 Class Reunion" is another Season 5 winner. It's enormously entertaining, affectionately nostalgic and intriguing. It is not quite one of my favourite 'Monk' episodes, but it is a long way from being one of the worst. To me, up to this point in 'Monk' (so from the beginning to this episode) the only average or less episodes were "Mr Monk and the Missing Granny", which went overboard on the ridiculousness, and particularly "Mr Monk and the Big Reward", which didn't feel like 'Monk' at all.

The mystery is not difficult to figure out, if one looks closely and adds things up the murderer is obvious. It was however very cleverly plotted, with an elaborate set-up/plan and a knockout climax that is a big surprise. Disher's increasing stupidity and childishness has quickly gotten annoying over the course of just three episodes, am aware that he was always comic relief and never was the brightest bulb on the block but he wasn't as much an idiot as in this and the previous two episodes. Only when he tells Stottlemeyer the reasons for ruling out a suspect is funny, which is a Season 5 comedic highlight actually if more for Stottlemeyer's reaction.

Shining even more are the character moments, there are many hilarious moments here. Mostly with Monk, but one of the biggest laughs (another Season 5 highlight) comes in the form of Stottlemeyer being exposed for something that goes down like a lead balloon with those present. With Monk, standout moments are with the freezer, the dorm room door, the registration form and in the college cafeteria.

As said many times, 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.

Natalie is down to earth, sympathetic and sassy, also being sensitive to Monk's needs and quirks which Traylor Howard does well bringing out. Jason Gray-Stanford and Ted Levine are good as usual as Disher and Stottlemeyer. The supporting cast are solid, particularly Cynthia Stevenson and Brian McNamara.

It's not just the cast or story 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 wry humour, lovable quirkiness and tender easy-to-relate-to drama is delicately done, particularly the last one. The quirks are sympathetically done and never exploited or overdone.

Visually, the episode is shot in a slick and stylish way, and the music is both understated and quirky. While there is a preference for the theme music for Season 1, Randy Newman's "It's a Jungle Out There" has grown on me overtime, found it annoying at first but appreciate its meaning and what it's trying to say much more now. Oh and a good job is done with the different opening credits sequence to accommodate the changes made.

In summation, great episode on the whole. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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