Season 8 Episode 14

Mr. Monk and the Badge

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 20, 2009 on USA



  • Trivia

    • Both Monk and Stottlemeyer initially refer to the window washer as "Mikel Alvanov." When Monk confronts the window washer, he has "Manny" on his nametag and Monk subsequently calls him "Manny." At the end, Monk explains that "Mikel got greedy." There is an odd audio distortion as he says "Mikel," suggesting it was fixed in post edit. (The USANetwork site and the closed captioning identify him as "Manny Alvarez.")

    • Despite the Pickaxe Killer being the "most wanted man in California," the dialogue establishes that Stottlemeyer never hired Monk to investigate. This despite the fact the serial killer had killed five people by the time Monk rejoined the force.

    • When Manny and Monk start to fight, Manny uses a security device which saves him from falling down. When he puts it on, the right band is flat, the next shot it's twisted, and after that back to normal.

  • Quotes

    • Disher: How do you think he's gonna take it?
      Stottlemeyer: I don't know. It's Monk. It'll probably get weird.

    • Monk: I am going to roll call. It's like I'm dreaming. Maybe I'm dreaming.
      Natalie: Ow! What are you doing?
      Monk: I'm pinching you to see if I'm dreaming.
      Natalie: No, you're supposed to pinch yourself!

    • Monk: You polished the bullets.
      Natalie: Yeah, you don't want to shoot anybody with a dirty bullet.
      Monk: Yeah, they might get a infection. God, we're funny together.
      Natalie: We are.

    • Stottlemeyer: Adrian Monk is back. Back where he belongs.
      Monk: Seventy years ago, Thomas Wolf wrote, "You can't go home again..."
      Stottlemeyer: Monk, you don't have to say anything.
      Monk: Thank God.

    • Stottlemeyer: Okay, first order of business is the Pickaxe Killer.
      Disher: Gold Rush Killer.
      Stottlemeyer: It's not the Gold Rush Killer, Randy.
      Disher: But they used pickaxes.
      Stottlemeyer: Randy, forget about the Gold Rush Killer. Okay.
      Disher: Yes, sir.
      Stottlemeyer: We're moving on.

    • Jones: Now that, gentleman, is what you call a real woman.
      Doyle: No doubt about it.
      Monk: You can tell. No Adam's apple.

    • Disher: I don't see (Monk).
      Stottlemeyer: He's here somewhere. Separated the fruit salad.

    • Stottlemeyer: Come on, Monk, I want to show you something.
      Monk: What... what is it?
      Stottlemeyer: It's outside.
      Monk: What... what is it?
      Stottlemeyer: It's you not getting beaten up.
      Monk: Oh, I'd like to see that.

    • Weaver: Nice work, detective.
      Monk: Former detective.
      Weaver: Former former detective.
      Monk: Former former former detective.

    • Disher: So what are you gonna do?
      Monk: Uh, I haven't decided. I'll either go home and brood or go home and sulk. I'm leaning toward brooding.
      Disher: Well, when you leave, use the west entrance.
      Monk: Why?
      Stottlemeyer: Surprise.
      Monk: What is it?
      Disher: It's a surprise.
      Monk: Well, what is it?
      Stottlemeyer: Well, if we told you, it wouldn't be a surprise now, would it.
      Monk: No, I guess it wouldn't. What is it?
      Disher: What is it?

    • Monk: I pay $900 a week.
      Natalie: I am not taking a pay cut, Mr. Monk!
      Monk: Then you shouldn't have quit.
      Natalie: I didn't quit, you let me go. Oh, God, you make me mad! What are you looking for?
      Monk: The captain said there's be a surprise.
      Natalie: I'm the surprise! I talked to the captain this morning.
      Monk: Oh, good.
      Natalie: What... what, you're disappointed?
      Monk: No, I said "oh, good."
      Natalie: You sound disappointed. What were you expecting?
      Monk: I thought it might be Joey Heatherton.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: March 22, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: December 16, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: September 8, 2012 on YLE TV1

  • Allusions