SCENE 1 – NEW
1 INT MONK’S APARTMENT – DAY 1
Monk turns. The WASTE BASKET IS SMOKING!! It’s on FIRE!
Hey! Hey! Fire!
There’s a FIRE EXTINGUISHER on the wall on the wall. Monk panics! He takes it down and carries it to the waste basket.
Then he stops,and reads the label on the extinguisher.
2 CLOSE UP- FIRE EXTINGUISHER LABEL 2
It says: STAND 8 FEET FROM THE FLAME. *
3 RESUME- SCENE 3
SMOKE is filling the room! A SMOKE ALARM starts WAILING. BEEEEEEEP!
“Stand 8 feet from flame…” *
Monk starts to pace out the distance from the wastebasket! *
Eight feet. Five, six… seven… *
During this, the front door opens. Natalie enters.
Natalie sees the crisis in progress: The flames! The smoke! And Adrian Monk, carefully measuring the floor.
Are you okay?
What are you doing?!
Measuring. It says eight feet. *
They mean approximately.
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It doesn’t say approximately.
Oh, for Gods sake. Give me that! *
Natalie takes charge! She’s fearless! She grabs the FIRE EXTINGUISHER and SPRAYS the waste basket.
No! No! YOU’RE TOO CLOSE! READ THE LABEL! READ THE LABEL!
Just stand over there. Stand back! *
Natalie easily puts out the fire. Then she CLICKS OFF the smoke alarm.
It’s over. A beat. They both collect themselves.
Are you okay? We did it. *
I’m going to
write them a letter.
It should say “approximately.” We *
could’ve been killed.
Are you Monk?
Adrian Monk? The detective?
The admired, respected detective?
If you still
want the job, we can
talk in the living room.
Aren’t you here from the agency?
No, I came
here to hire you. I’m
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3 CONTINUED: (2) 3
Captain Stottlemeyer said you might be
able to help me. He said you were the
best cop he ever met. I guess he’s
never seen you put out a fire.
sorry. I’m not taking any work
I recently lost a dear friend.
Oh. I’m sorry. Who died?
No one died.
My nurse is out of
town. Her mother is sick.
said you might change
your mind. I can pay you. I’m not
rich, but I’ll borrow if I have to… *
I’m sorry. I can’t.
(pleading, eyes tearing)
Detective Monk. There was a man. *
In my house last night. I killed
That gets Monk’s attention.
another man in my house
a few days ago. They’re after
something. I can’t figure it out.
Nobody can. Do you have kids?
Monk shakes his head.
I have a
daughter. She’s 13 years
old. I’m scared. I don’t say that
very often. But I’m really scared.
Please. Help me. Help us.
Monk considers her. *
SCENE 2 – NEW
1 INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY 1
Natalie emerges from a classroom.
Monk is there
in the hallway. He’s cleaning something…
or straightening something. You know, being Monk.
What are you doing?
Well, this picture wasn’t exactly…
That doesn’t matter. *
What do you call a guy who studies
That’s what you are.
No I’m not.
Yes you are.
I really don’t think I am.
Well, for the
next five minutes
are. I need you to tell Julie’s
teacher that a dart-fish can live
for more than two year.
She starts to drag Monk toward the classroom. Monk resists.
Natalie. Here’s the thing. I can’t
lie. I’m not good at it…
Are you a man?
MONK-CASTING SCENE 3 – 8/20/04 2.
Am I a…?
Are you a man?
Then you can lie. That’s what men
2 INT. CLASSROOM – CONTINUOUS 2
Natalie drags Monk back into the classroom.
(to Mr. Franklin)
Hello again. I
thought you might
have some questions, so I went down
my own expert. This is Professor
Monk manages a nervous, weak smile.
He’s an ick… icky…
Natalie looks at Monk, gesturing: “help me.”
renowned. He wrote a
book about fresh water fish.
Really? What was it called?
Fresh Water Fish.
By Adrian Monk.
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2 CONTINUED: 2
I tried to read it.
(gesturing “it was
over my head”)
Monk- as always- has become distracted. He’s fidgeting with something on a wall or desk.
Professor? Professor Monk?
Finally Monk snaps out of it.
doesn’t think that
Julie’s fish- you know, the one I
showed you- could live longer than a
year or two.
What do you think?
I think it can.
I don’t see
how. It’s a common
variety dart-fish. It doesn’t have *
an immune system or it’s own
Natalie shoots Monk a look: “invent something!”
true about most dart
-fish. But this is a completely
different species. It’s a North
Korean dart fish.
It’s a very
strong fish. Very tough.
They’d have to be to live in a
country like that. They can live
for four or five years.
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2 CONTINUED: (2)
Natalie gestures: “No! Higher… higher…”
Or six… or seven… or eight.
That’s it. Nine years.
There’s a COMPUTER on the desk. Mr. Franklin starts typing.
I’d like to
read that book of yours.
What did you say your name was?
Natalie breaks down… and confesses-
The truth is: it’s not
the same fish. I’ve been replacing
it every year.
Mr. Franklin stops typing.
gave it to her before
he died. I don’t have the heart to
tell her the truth. It’s all she
has left of him.
Natalie reaches for the phone. She holds up the receiver. She challenges Mr. Franklin-
If you want to
call that little girl
and tell her the fish she’s been
talking to and praying to every night
has been dead for six years, go ahead.
I’ll dial it for you.
to dial the phone.
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3 CONTINUED: (3) 2
I’m sorry. I
didn’t know. She can
bring the fish to the science fair. *
Thank you. *
MR. FRANKLIN *
But I can’t give her an award. *
need an award. She just
needs to get through junior high
school without falling apart.
Come on, Professor. I’ll drive you home.