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.