Tear Jerker: Monk

  • From Mr. Monk Takes The Stand: "OBJECTION! BADGERING! ...yourself."
  • Adrian's brother Ambrose confessing to Adrian that the reason he never went to see him after Trudy died was that he felt guilty because he asked her to get him cough medicine when her car blew up. Ambrose breaks down crying "It was me Adrian! It was my fault!" and Adrian hugs him assuring it wasn't.
  • The entire episode with the dogs.
  • The episode where Monk finds the man who killed Trudy. It's revealed that he's in the hospital, grievously injured. Monk steps in to talk to him about Trudy. He openly talks about how much Trudy meant to him and how he'll never love a woman the same way again. As a demonstration of how much she meant to him, Monk turns off the morphine drip, relishing the pain the killer feels, describing that as the thing he himself wants to do. Monk then turns on the morphine drip, stating that, that was what Trudy wanted. A very powerful scene showing us a visceral scene of just how much Monk was devastated by Trudy's death.
    Adrian Monk: "This is me, turning off your morphine... And this is Trudy, turning it back on."
  • The ads for the final season of the show set to Keane's "Time to Go".
  • The final episode is possibly one of these, depending on how emotional you can get. Keep your tissues handy:
    • From Part 1:
      • The opening scene at the apartment, seeing as it's the last conversation Adrian ever has with Trudy.
      • When Stottlemeyer gets the phone call about Trudy's death, as he and Adrian are talking to Dr. Malcolm Nash. You see his face immediately turns pale as he listens. When Adrian asks Stottlemeyer what has happened, Stottlemeyer has a very pained look on his face as if it physically hurts him to tell Adrian that Trudy's been killed.
  • Any scene when Monk is talking to his dead wife.
  • "Mr. Monk and the Kid," when Monk becomes a temporary foster parent. He begins to fall in love with the child and considers adopting him. However, the child begins to take on Monk's OCD-tendencies, and while telling him a story (Which was a bit like the situation the child was in!) Monk comes to a conclusion and states that the child won't be happy with Monk. The ending was sad, where Monk has to give him up for the kid's own good.
  • "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage". Monk's caught the killer, but Leland's found his marriage with Karen crumbling, to the point that he thinks she's having an affair with someone else and has Monk and Natalie follow her. But then Leland learns she's been seeing a divorce lawyer and has decided to end their marriage after 20 years.
    • Even worse, Leland's marriage problems had been hinted at ever since the pilot.
  • "Mr. Monk and the Dog". It turns out Shelby's puppies were proof of an affair and manslaughter, so Steven DeWitt comes in to destroy the evidence but Monk talks him out of it. At the end, Monk's selling the puppies but is too afraid to separate them. Someone with a farm comes by and buys all of them, since they have space for all of the dogs and are able to take care of the whole litter.
  • "Mr. Monk's Favorite Show" certainly counts. Monk explains that the reason he loved it so much as a kid was that it showed his view of the 'perfect family.' A family that he never had.
  • "Mr. Monk Buys a House", as the first episode to be filmed and aired after Stanley Kamel died of a heart attack in April 2008, necessitating Dr. Kroger to die. In fact, in the first scene, where Monk and Natalie are talking about it, one can see that some of Tony Shalhoub's and Traylor Howard's genuine emotions slip into their performances during the scene, Tony especially.
  • There is an episode where Captain Stottlemeyer gets kicked out by his wife and ends up staying with Monk. Monk drives him crazy, particularly the fact that while everything else in the apartment is perfectly straight, the coffee table is crooked. After Stottlemeyer has left, Monk sits and looks at the coffee table. Then he flashes back to when Trudy was alive. When he would come home from work tired, she would pull one end of the coffee table closer and put her feet on it, then put his head in her lap.
  • "Mr. Monk Goes Home Again": Monk is told by his agoraphobic brother Ambrose, who has only stepped outside once in many years, that their father, who abandoned them when they were young, is going to return to their old house (where Ambrose still lives} on Halloween night. Monk doesn't believe it, but Ambrose insists that it will happen. Monk, while waiting with his brother, realizes that there's a poisoner on the loose, just as Ambrose eats some of the poisoned food, something from which there is no hope of recovery. They call an ambulance for Ambrose, and Monk and Ambrose say their goodbyes, before they realize that Ambrose hadn't been poisoned at all. Upon returning to Monk's old house, it is discovered that their father left a note telling them that he came and went while they were out, and the end of the note reads 'P.S. Ambrose, I'm proud of you for going outside.' Sniff...
  • "Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa": most of the scenes with Frank Prager (a murder suspect). It turns out that he didn't murder anyone, but was guilty of assaulting Stottlemeyer. The crowning moment comes when Stottlemeyer releases Prager from custody so he can spend Christmas with his family because he feels terrible for what he did.
  • "Mr. Monk and Mrs. Monk": An old informant of Trudy's hires a woman to impersonate her to get a key that belonged to her old partner, leading Monk and his friends to briefly think she's still alive. As if Monk breaking down so badly his doctor has to physically help him just to take a drink of water isn't heartbreaking enough, he then comes to his senses enough to go her gravesite and cry, "It's not you... It's not you." He tells Natalie at the end he knew because "I went to the grave, and it still hurt." But nothing got as many tears as the scene when the imposter is dying from a gunshot and tells Monk, "I'm so sorry. You loved her... I'll tell her." What do you mean this is a comedy?
  • "Mr. Monk's 100th Case"-Ambrose Monk's heartbreaking description of how Adrian was affected by Trudy's death.
    Ambrose:"..and I sat there and watched as his soul left his body. The bomb exploded across the city..but it killed my brother too."
  • "Mr Monk Fights City Hall". Monk tries for most of the episode to save the parking garage in which Trudy was killed from being demolished to make way for a children's park. He's ultimately unsuccessful, but the City Council elects to call it the "Trudy Monk Memorial Playground" in her memory.
  • "Mr. Monk makes a Friend" really plays up Monk's No Social Skills and he was so happy to make a friend that turns out to be a murderer. Even when he's confronted by the truth, he still doesn't want to believe it. Especially tear jerking is Monk's wish to have a best friend when he was a little kid in his usual therapy session.