The murder of a loved one brings the crime-solving gang back together in the first trailer for Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie, Andy Breckman’s follow-up film to his blue sky show that wrapped its run on USA in 2009. When Adrian Monk’s (Tony Shalhoub, in a turtleneck!) stepdaughter Molly Evans (Caitlin McGee, taking over for Alona Tal) needs his help finding her fiancé’s killer, he braves a world still very much in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which, if you know anything about Monk, is about the most selfless thing he could do.
Last month Peacock released some first-look images of the film, which is directed by series veteran Randy Zisk, introducing the adult version of Molly, now a journalist like her mom Trudy (Melora Hardin), and a smug billionaire (is there any other kind?) played by Sex Education’s James Purefoy. Now the trailer gives us a taste of Monk’s relationship with Molly, who seems very familiar with her stepdad’s “traumatic symptoms unprecedented in psychiatric history” (Monk sounds almost proud of their severity, a reminder that he was always in competition with Tim Bagley’s Harold Crenshaw over their conditions).
Rick Eden (Purefoy), like so many of the charming villains on this show before him, invites Monk, Natalie (Traylor Howard), Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine), and Randy Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) into the lion’s den. He’s obsessed with going into space, which seems to be one of the defining billionaire hobbies. How that storyline will intersect with the murder of Molly’s fiancé remains to be seen, as well as what’s going on with the twins played by Richard Kind. Also, is Randy in San Francisco on vacation, or did he come back to help Monk? Will Sharona (Bitty Schram) make an appearance? And is this really Mr. Monk’s last case?
We’ll have our answers when Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie premieres December 8 on Peacock.
Danette Chavez is the Editor-in-Chief of Primetimer and its biggest fan of puns.