Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico

Season 2, Ep 2, Aired 6/27/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Monk is sent to Mexico to investigate the strange case of a young man who drowned… in mid-air during a parachute drop. Monk is more concerned that he can't get his favorite spring water, and distracted by the fact someone is trying to kill him.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tony Shalhoub

    Adrian Monk

  • Bitty Schram

    Sharona Fleming

  • Jason Gray-Stanford

    Lt. Randall Disher

  • Ted Levine

    Captain Leland Stottlemeyer

  • Lee Goldberg

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Tedious, very... tedious.

    By Monkfan64, Feb 09, 2014

  • Subtle reversals throughout...

    By Gislef, Jun 04, 2005

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, Jun 09, 2010

  • So many laugh out loud moments.

    By MIZPURFIK, Jan 19, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (27)

    • Monk: The policeman outside said I was dead. I'm not dead... am I?

    • Captain Alameda: You are a brave man, Senor Monk. You're not sweating at all. Monk: I'm dehydrated. I'm outta sweat. I wanna sweat. I'm tryin' ta sweat.

    • Monk: What am I going to eat and drink? Sharona: They have food and water in Mexico. Monk: Answer the question. What am I going to eat and drink?

    • Hector: This is the only room with a three-way light. Monk: Good thing we called ahead.

    • Sharona: Oh, my God! He could have killed you! Monk: I think that was the idea.

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    Notes (2)

    • Not coincidentally, Plato, the last name of Captain Alameda's lieutenant, means "dish." Contributor lostinms notes the following parallels between Disher/Plato and Stottlemeyer/Alameda: In the scene where everyone believes Monk to be dead, Disher and Plato are wearing identical shirts and ties and Stottlemeyer is dressed like Alameda. And Plato resembles Disher in having an interest in Sharona though he expresses it differently.

    • Captain Alameda's complaint to Lt. Plato about just telling him the news parallels a similar conversation between Stottlemeyer and Disher in "Red-Headed Stranger" and "Mr. Monk Goes to the Ballgame."

    Trivia (6)

    • Why would Mexican officials notify Stottlemeyer about Monk's death before Sharona even identified the body?

    • When Monk and Sharona are at the restaurant a waiter walks by with a tray of food and drinks. In the background there is a man with a red shirt. After all the shots of people drinking water the same waiter with the same tray is shown, but flipped over. The man in the red shirt is in the background again.

    • When Monk is in the hotel room, he has a brown folder that reads "Departmento de Policía." It's a spelling mistake: in Spanish it reads "Departamento."

    • Assuming Monk spent about $1 per bottle of water, he spent in the neighborhood of $5,000 + tax for his water supply. Sharona has a pretty good reason to be upset next time Monk is late with her paycheck (which he frequently is).

    • Monk figured out that the killer had been to the U.S. before because he referred to the amount of water in the dead boy's lungs in terms of pints rather than liters. However, the doctor had been in Mexico for a couple of years and would not be using American equipment to do his work. He would be using metric equipment to measure the water and would have had to convert the measurement from metric liters to English pints, a useless act at best. So, he probably never would have made this mistake.

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