Monk helps the police investigate a brutal string of nine murders but he is unable to stop two more killings before figuring out the pattern behind the killings.
Lt. Randall Disher
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Dr. Charles Kroger
During the opening credits, inside the dry cleaner shop, in one shot, the red lettering on the front window says, in reverse, CLEANERS, and in the next shot it says ALTERATION.
Stottlemeyer gave Sharona his cell phone number at the toll plaza. Sharona calls Stottlemeyer all the time--why wouldn't she already have the number?
A sticker on the side of the toll booth in the opening scene advertises "Fast Pass," but the Bay Area's automated toll system is called "FasTrak."
Monk fishes a magnolia leaf out of the Babcocks' pool, but no magnolia trees are visible in their yard.
Lt. Disher refers to Henry Smalls (the last juror killed) as the "twelfth juror" rather than the eleventh.
When Monk is apologizing for his button at the theater, you can see several movie posters, including one for Jaws (1975). Jaws wasn't rereleased in theaters in 2003.
Monk says that the odometer is at "9999." Actually when it's first shown, it's at 99999, and cars don't even have a four-digit odometer. Losing a digit like that seems very un-Monklike.
Mrs. Ling: Hey, saw your boyfriend on TV last night. Kenny Shale. He's a good man. I like him.
Sharona: Yeah? Well I like Mr. Monk better.
Mrs. Ling: Oh. Mr. Monk's a crazy man.
Sharona: I like him better.
Mrs. Ling: No.
Sharona: I do.
Mrs. Ling: Stop saying that.
Monk: Okay, let's compromise. You pay the ticket, and I--don't.
Sharona: What kind of compromise is that?
Monk: Well, it's the economical kind.
Disher: He's got a body part in his freezer. A human finger.
Stottlemeyer: Really? Well, the DA's gonna love that. They love body parts in the freezer.
(Disher hangs a paper by the victims' pictures)
Stottlemeyer: What are you doing?
Disher: I'm leaving a space for the next victim.
Stottlemeyer: Take that down. Take it down right now.
Sharona: Adrian, you're not the craziest man in the room.
Ian: I don't remember much about it [the accident]. I was working on the roof. There was a loose tile. Next thing I knew, I woke up and I was a human smokestack.
(Monk strains a leaf out of the Babcocks' pool)
Lisa Babcock: Thank you.
Monk: What should I do with it?
Lisa: Throw it away.
Monk: But it's wet.
Lisa: It's a leaf.
Stottlemeyer: What is this, a high school dance? Give the girl [Sharona] some room.
Monk: The odometer is at 9999. I'm trying to get it to zero.
Monk: So . . . then it'll be at zero.
Kenny: Thank you again for inviting me.
Monk: Don't make a mess back there.
Sharona: It's my car.
Monk: That's true. Don't make a mess back there.
Stottlemeyer: Are you sure?
Monk: Do you mean, am I certain?
Stottlemeyer: That's what I meant by "Are you sure?"
Sharona: Who's stopping you? You don't need me.
Monk: I don't need you? Haven't you been paying attention for the last three years?
Monk: Number One . . . you have some lint on your jumpsuit. Number Two . . . could you help Number One?
Disher: And are you ready for this? (another long pause)
Stottlemeyer: Yes, Randy, we're ready! You don't have to ask. You never have to ask!
Disher: Captain, are you ready for this? (long pause)
Stottlemeyer: Randy, you could be halfway through your first sentence now.
Monk: Sharona. Sharona? Sharona?
Stottlemeyer: If you're looking for Jackie O., she's over there.
Stottlemeyer: (to Monk) Did you hurt both of your hands?
Sharona: No, just the left one.
Stottlemeyer: Then why do you have bandages on both . . . ? Right. Symmetry.
Sharona: You called him [Kenny Shale] a weasel.
Stottlemeyer: No, I didn't.
Sharona: Yeah, you did. Three weeks ago.
Stottlemeyer: I never said "weasel." I said he was a . . . "woof." Oh, yeah, I said "weasel." I called him a weasel, but you see, that's not a bad thing. I had a weasel. A weasel is a noble animal, all right? It's a term of endearment. Jerry, hey, how are you doing, you weasel? Good to see you! See, I call everybody a weasel.
Stottlemeyer: It's like a full moon every night.
Mrs. Ling: (to Monk) It's cellophane, crazy man.
Mrs. Ling: That's how I sew them-–parallel. That's my style.
Monk: But it doesn't match! The stitching is all different. I have to live in this town!
Monk: It's ten o'clock, Mrs. Ling. The ticket says Tuesday ten a.m.
Mrs. Ling: It's an approximation, Mr. Monk. It means about ten o'clock, not at ten o'clock. Crazy man! What's wrong with you?
Sign at dry cleaners: Ring Bell for Service Except Mr. Monk!!!
Monk: I don't know yet. The jury's still out, so to speak.
Monk: May I tell you something?
Dr. Kroger: That's why we're here.
Dr. Kroger: There's nothing wrong with being ambitious. It just means that you're human.
Monk: Human? It's been a long time since anybody's called me that.
Monk: Sharona... murderers, okay?
Disher: (to Sharona) I was thinking of voting for him, but now I'm worried about his judgment. I mean, going out with you, there's no telling what he might do. Start a nuclear war or something.
Monk: We're working here.
Stottlemeyer: He's brilliant, but he's Monk. He's lost in Monkland.
Mrs. Ling: Mr. Monk, why you bring me here? I got to close the shop, I'm losing the money. You're my worst customer!
Disher: Longest car ride of my life.
Stottlemeyer: The press can wait. That's what they get paid for.
This episode was originally titled "Mr. Monk and the Twelfth Victim," apparently referring not to a jury member but to the frozen body of what was actually the first victim. Under its new title, it was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award by the Mystery Writers of America but unfortunately didn't win the award.
As originally written, this episode reintroduced a character from the pilot, Deputy Mayor Sheldon Burger, but was apparently rewritten with a new character, Kenny Shale (played by Jerry Levine). Possibly Rob La Belle, who played Sheldon Burger in the pilot, was unavailable. In any case, there's little similarity between the two characters. Jerry Levine previously directed "Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect."
Although USA Network billed this episode as the season finale, the second season resumed in January 2004 with seven new episodes.
The official site spells the title as "Mr. Monk and the Twelfth Man."
When the serial killer murders the tenth victim in the movie theater, the marquee outside shows Psycho and The Man Who Knew Too Much. (The same marquee was also used in Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger). Psycho, Hitchcock's classic psychological thriller, (Paramount, 1960), starred Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much was released originally in 1934 by Gaumont British Pictures, starring Peter Lorre and Leslie Banks. Hitchcock remade it with James Stewart and Doris Day for Paramount in 1956. The double bill would presumably include the later version.
Disher: I mean, he's going out with you. There's no telling what else he might do. Start a nuclear war or something.
This remark about mayoral candidate Kenny Shale is an allusion to another USA Network series, The Dead Zone. In the first-season finale, protagonist Johnny Smith (Anthony Michael Hall) has a vision of a future nuclear war caused by congressional candidate Greg Stillson (Sean Patrick Flanery).
Stottlemeyer: Let me guess. The killer is. . . .
A reference to talk show host Johnny Carson's running skit in which he played a cheesy psychic, the Amazing Carnac. He'd predict the answers to questions in a sealed envelope that he'd hold up to his forehead, usually with hilarious results. For instance: "Mine Sweeper! And the question is. . . 'Name the book Hitler wrote about his cleaning lady."
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