Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny 

Law student Julie Parlow's grandmother is kidnapped and held for ransom. But they don't have any money, so why did the kidnappers release her? And why did they feed her pizza?


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Andy Breckman (created by), Joe Toplyn | 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
Rachel Dratch ... Julie Parlo
Pat Crawford Brown ... Nana Parlo
Currie Graham ... Harold Maloney
Eden Rountree ... Carol Maloney
Michael Shalhoub Michael Shalhoub ... Ron Abrash
Larry Hankin ... Bearded Man
Scott Nankivel Scott Nankivel ... Tom Burton
Jenni Pulos ... Sascha Gordon
Christina Huntington Christina Huntington ... Edie Rusher
Hugh Dane ... Sgt. Lane
Hira Ambrosino ... TV Reporter


Unable to pay for Monk's services as a private detective, middle-aged law student Julie Parlo offers him a trade--she'll help Monk become reinstated as a policeman with the SFPD if he'll help her find her missing grandmother. The only clue to the identity of the kidnappers is a roughly drawn lightning bolt on a note left at the grandmother's house, leading Stottlemeyer and Disher to suspect the former leader of an anti-Vietnam War group from the Seventies. But when the captain, anticipating Monk's reinstatement, invites Monk to help him with interrogation, Monk accidentally discovers that the suspect's tattoo doesn't match the symbol on the note--it has three humps instead of two. Meanwhile, the kidnappers order Julie to provide turkey dinners to the homeless in exchange for the return of the grandmother. Julie complies and her grandmother is returned safely, leading Stottlemeyer to put the case "on the back burner." True to her promise, Julie informs Monk of a loophole that will ... Written by WyattJones

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

6 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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Guest-star Rachel Dratch is sister to Monk story Editor, Writer and Producer Daniel Dratch. See more »


Julie can't remember whether forgery is a "Class B" or "Class C" felony. California doesn't classify felonies, and forgery can be prosecuted or punished as either a misdemeanor or a felony. See more »


Julie Parlo: [walks up to Stottlemeyer] Excuse me, Captain Stottlemeyer?
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Yep.
Julie Parlo: Hi, I'm Julie Parlo. Uh, where is the FBI? This is a kidnapping. I happen to be a lawyer, so I know that in a kidnapping situation the FBI has jurisprudence.
Lt. Randall Disher: That's only true if your grandmother's been taken across the state lines...
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: ...or if she's been held for more than 24 hours. And I think you meant to say "jurisdiction." What kind of lawyer are you?
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Referenced in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Three Julies (2008) See more »


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Written by Randy Newman
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Another good episode
15 August 2019 | by twanster-97655See all my reviews

I don't know what the other reviewers grudge against the show it but he clearly hasn't seen the show. Even the lesser episodes have good bits. This episode is fun, well paced and good humour.

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