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Season Three is the third season of Monk and began airing on June 18, 2004 on USA Network. The third season concluded after 16 episodes on March 4, 2005. It is the final season to feature Bitty Schram in the main cast, and the first one in which Traylor Howard appears.

Main cast[]


The third season of Monk began airing in the United States on USA Network on June 18, 2004. Like the previous season, it went on hiatus after nine episodes were aired. The second half began airing on January 21, 2005.

The third season was released on DVD on July 5, 2005. It includes four discs with a total runtime of 707 minutes. The first disc includes the special feature Favorites; the second the feature Monk (Tony Shalhoub) Character Profile; the third the features Life Before Monk and Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard) Character Profile; the fourth the feature Quirks.[1]


Awards and Nominations[]


  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor - Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub as in Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine)
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Actor - Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub)
  • ASCAP Awards for Top TV Series (Randy Newman)


  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing - Comedy Series (Randall Zisk for Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine)
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Musical or Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk)
  • Satellite Awards for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub)


Episode in Season Episode Overall Title Directed by Written by Aired U.S. viewers (millions)
1 29 "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan" Randall Zisk Andy Breckman June 18, 2004 5.54
When Monk travels to New York City to investigate his wife's murder, he gets tangled up in a baffling case involving the shooting of a foreign ambassador.[2]
2 30 "Mr. Monk and the Panic Room" Jerry Levine David Breckman
Joe Toplyn
June 25, 2004 4.70
When a big-time record producer is found dead in his panic room, Monk must help decide the guilt or innocence of an unlikely suspect.[2]
3 31 "Mr. Monk and the Blackout" Michael Zinberg Daniel Dratch
Hy Conrad
July 9, 2004 4.55
When the city is overrun by a string of unexplained blackouts, it's up to Monk to keep the "City by the Bay" out of the darkness.[2]
4 32 "Mr. Monk Gets Fired" Andrei Belgrader Peter Wolk July 16, 2004 4.68
Monk must find the evidence to put away a grisly murderer and regain his detective's license from the grouchy new police commissioner.[2]
5 33 "Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather" Michael Zinberg Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
July 23, 2004 4.73
Monk infiltrates an organized crime family as he tries to get to the bottom of an apparent mob hit.[2]
6 34 "Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf" Jerry Levine Hy Conrad July 30, 2004 5.40
The shoe is on the other foot when inexplicable happenings put Sharona's own sanity to the test.[2]
7 35 "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month" Scott Foley Ross Abrash August 6, 2004 5.77
Monk takes a job at a department store to solve the murder of one of the store's employees.[2]
8 36 "Mr. Monk and the Game Show" Randall Zisk Daniel Dratch August 13, 2004 4.85
Monk heads to Los Angeles to help the father of his late wife solve a very puzzling mystery on a game show.[2]
9 37 "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine" Randall Zisk Tom Scharpling
Chuck Sklar
August 20, 2004 5.88
Monk takes a new medication that alleviates the symptoms of his obsessive-compulsive disorder but impairs his ability to solve crime.[2]
10 38 "Mr. Monk and the Red Herring" Randall Zisk Andy Breckman January 21, 2005 5.50
Why would a thief want to steal an ordinary pet fish? Monk finds out, and meets a new assistant in the process.[2]
11 39 "Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra" Anthony R. Palmieri Joe Toplyn January 28, 2005 4.10
When all signs in a murder investigation point to deceased Kung Fu movie star Sonny Chow, Monk must find the real culprit.[2]
12 40 "Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever" Jerry Levine Hy Conrad February 4, 2005 5.00
When Monk is taken into protective custody after witnessing a Chinese mob killing, he's brought to a remote cabin in the woods where he uncovers another murder.[2]
13 41 "Mr. Monk Gets Stuck in Traffic" Jerry Levine Tom Scharpling
Joe Toplyn
February 11, 2005 5.02
Monk gets stuck in a traffic jam and finds that the cause of the standstill is murder.[2]
14 42 "Mr. Monk Goes to Vegas" Randall Zisk Tom Scharpling
David Breckman
Daniel Dratch
Joe Toplyn
February 18, 2005 5.40
Monk travels to Las Vegas when Captain Stottlemeyer suspects foul play in the death of a millionaire casino owner's wife.[2]
15 43 "Mr. Monk and the Election" Allison Liddi Nell Scovell February 25, 2005 4.85
When Natalie runs for school board, Monk must figure out who's behind an attempt on her life.[2]
16 44 "Mr. Monk and the Kid" Andrei Belgrader Tom Scharpling March 4, 2005 4.44
Monk unravels a baffling mystery after a toddler finds a severed finger in a park.[2]

An episode called Mr. Monk Is At Sea was written for the first half of Season 3 but never filmed because no cruise line was willing to loan a ship to the production crew to use for shooting due to concerns that the idea of murders being committed on board or people falling overboard would leave a bad impression on cruise lines. Even when the script was changed to reduce the victim count and the killer's identity, they refused to budge.

In said episode, Monk and Sharona were supposed to investigate a murder committed on a cruise ship. The episode is also often referred to as the series' "white whale" or 126th episode.

In early 2014, the episode's existence was made public when it was rewritten and published by Hy Conrad as the book Mr. Monk Gets on Board. The book follows the original plot but substitutes Natalie for Sharona and adds a subplot involving a book collector.