Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 8/16/02
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  • Episode Description
  • An ex-cop is forced to shoot a billionaire software magnate who turns mugger, but nobody can account for why the would-be mugger would turn to crime.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tony Shalhoub

    Adrian Monk

  • Bitty Schram

    Sharona Fleming

  • Jason Gray-Stanford

    Lt. Randall Disher

  • Ted Levine

    Captain Leland Stottlemeyer

  • Timothy J. Lea

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Post-asylum relief, followed by a tad annoyance.

    By Monkfan64, Feb 08, 2014

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 07, 2010

  • Optimum of the first one

    By tonic13, Jun 05, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Sharona: Adrian, I'm giving you until 3. (Monk looks at his watch) Sharona: No, not 3 o'clock. I'm counting to three.

    • Sharona: Dammit, I hate this car. Dammit Dammit Dammit! Monk: Why don't you try saying dammit a few more times. That might help.

    • Monk: This guy . . . what's the opposite of Batman? Sharona: You are.

    • Sharona: You folded like a cheap suit. Monk: A cheap tent. For the record, I folded like a cheap tent.

    • Sharona: You felt sorry for your boss? I can't imagine what that feels like . . . . Monk: Get in the car.

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    Notes (4)

    • Music: "Worried Monk" and "Running Away" by Jeff Beal

    • The Kelly Street scene, which seems to occur during cold weather despite the summer clothing in the rest of the episode, was originally part of the pilot (filmed in November-December 2001) but removed from the final version as presented on USA Network. Apparently the "cold snap" discussed by the DJs on Sharona's radio was added to account for this inconsistency. (Thanks to members of the monkfans group for this information.)

    • An episode entitled "Mr. Monk and the Dead Dog" was at one time scheduled as the season finale, suggesting that we would be seeing more of Kelly Street. Or possibly it was this episode with a different title and in a different sequence. Either way, USA Network clearly changed its corporate mind and the title was abandoned.

    • As a member of the Yahoo! monkfans board noted, there's also a Hitchcock motif in this episode: an intimidating housekeeper named Mrs. Danvers and Hitchcock films on the marquee (Psycho and The Man Who Knew Too Much). The Hitchcock movie referred to is Rebecca based on the famous novel of the same name. Mrs. Danvers is evil housekeeper of a wealthy man who killed his wife.

    Trivia (6)

    • If Archie Modine had shot a knife-wielding mugger three times without warning, as shown here, there would have been an investigation and he would certainly have lost his gun permit at the very least.

    • Monk and Sharona try to get Otterman to pay them their fee for the recovery of a Picasso worth over $2 million. In reality, a painting of such worth would be insured and Monk would be paid a substantial finder's fee by the insurance company. It might be some kind of private arrangement whereby Otterman hoped to avoid a hike in insurance premiums, but the fee would still be significantly greater than the $1,460 Sharona finally settles for.

    • When Monk is buying three identical lamps, the lady at the counter tells him that he owes $95.75. That would mean that each lamp cost $31.91666667, not very likely (with or without included sales tax).

    • At the murder scene, Monk scoops up Modine's keys with a pen what would avoid contaminating the evidence with his fingerprints (but still contaminating the crime scene). But then he just hands the keys over to Modine, who handles them without gloves or anything.

    • Isn't impersonating an officer a criminal offense?

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    Allusions (1)

    • Mrs. Teal: I used to say that I married Batman. Batman is the DC Comics superhero who dresses in a bat-like costume and places himself in dangerous situations in order to apprehend criminals.

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