Season 5 Episode 3

Mr. Monk and the Big Game

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 21, 2006 on USA



  • Trivia

    • Why was Capt. Stottlemeyer given a suspected arson case, with no injuries or fatalities, 2.5 hours outside San Francisco?

    • All the girls on Julie's basketball team had their first name on the back of their jerseys instead of their last name, which is the most common name put on the back of an athletic jersey.

    • While the three girls are asking Monk to find out what happened to their coach he is ironing his shoe laces. As the camera changes angles his shoe laces change positions several times.

    • A teacher/coach would never shower in the same shower room as his or her team, even after the students had left! There are too many issues, such as sexual harrasment, that could come up. All schools have private showers for their coaches usually attached to their coaching office.

    • Trivia: Monk has solved 104 murders since starting with the force.

    • Despite having evicted Natalie from the game, the referee walks by her at least twice after she takes off her mascot headpiece and doesn't react.

    • All modern appliances (which the hairdryer in the episode appeared to be) have a fail safe feature to prevent electrocution. They will automatically shut off the moment they hit the water.

  • Quotes

    • Referee: Offensive foul, Number 11.
      Natalie: What are you talking about? Are you blind? She was moving her feet! It was a block! She was moving her feet, she had no position!
      Referee: Coach, get back on the bench.
      Natalie: You're a joke.
      Refree: Technical foul, Coach Teeger. Now who's a joke?
      Natalie: It's still you!
      Referee: That's it, Teeger, you're gone!

    • Natalie: Mr. Monk, what are we going to do?
      Monk: What do you mean?
      Natalie: Can't you see it? They feel so terrible about what happened they're just in complete denial.
      Monk: Well, they are offering to pay me $75.
      Natalie: Okay, first of all you're not taking their money.
      Monk: So you want me to say no?
      Natalie: Well, I don't know, you already said yes. Maybe it's a good thing. Maybe... maybe... maybe it'll give them closure. Okay, this is what we are going to do. We're gonna look into it, and then we're gonna sit them down and we're gonna tell them...
      Monk: ...that it was all their fault!

    • Julie: We know it's not what you usually get, but it can count for me as my birthday present.
      Monk: Here's the thing. I wasn't planning on buying you a birthday present.

    • Julie: Is this a bad time?
      Monk: Yes.
      Emily C.: Should we come back?
      Monk: No. It's always a bad time.

    • Monk: Seems like the coach ran into a lot of bad luck in this room all at once.
      Natalie: Well, I guess that's how it happens sometimes.
      Monk: Yes, to me, but this happened to someone else.

    • Monk: Take a look check it out. Up you go.
      Natalie: Up you go.
      Monk: Up you go.
      Natalie: Up you go.
      Monk: Up you go.
      Natalie: Well, I'm just the assistant, remember?
      Monk: I believe the word "assist" is a very large part of the word "assistant." Right? "Assist," from the Latin meaning "Up you go"!

    • Monk: Ah, this brings back memories. Sitting in the principal's office.
      Natalie: You? I can't picture you being sent to the principal's office.
      Monk: I wasn't sent. I used to go there on my own. To report on the troublemakers, I was Mr. Campman's eyes and ears. That's what he called me.
      Natalie: Ummm, so you spied on other kids
      Monk: I was keeping the study hall safe for people like you. You're welcome.

    • Principal Franklin: Oh yes, we met last year at the Career Day. How have you been?
      Monk: The same.
      Principal Franklin: Well, I'm sorry to hear that.

    • Principal Franklin: Well, now that you mention it, the day before the incident (Hayden) was crying in the teacher's lounge. She didn't say why, I didn't think anything about it. A lot of our teachers cry, quite a bit.

    • Monk: Fine, everybody just go out there and give 100%
      Emily C.: But Coach Hayden said we should give 110%
      Monk: No, no, that's a bad idea anyway. It's mathematically impossible. Just give 100%, it's a nice round number.
      Emily C.: Well I'm going to give 110%.
      Monk: Fine, okay, then Julie, you give 90%.
      Emily J.: Well I'm going to give 115%.
      Monk: For god's sake, fine, then Julie you're done to 75%
      Julie: Mr. Monk, how am I supposed to…?
      Monk: Just do it! Okay, all right, now that's 110%, 100%, 100% 115%, 75%.

    • Monk: Natalie, I need a bigger mantel!
      Natalie: Mr. Monk, your mother would be so proud.
      Monk: Oh, no, she wouldn't. But it's nice of you to say.

    • Natalie: You okay?
      Monk: Girls' bathroom...
      Natalie: What are you afraid of? (pokes Monk) Cooties?
      Monk: Don't laugh. Jury's still out on cooties. If we could only get more federal funding...

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Greece: November 11, 2007 on Star
      Finland: December 13, 2008 on YLE TV1
      Slovakia: February 3, 2010 on Markiza

    • There is a mention of the Conrad Country Club - another in-joke reference to crew member Hy Conrad.

    • Dratch Valley is named after "Monk" producer Daniel Dratch. This is one of several occurences that Monk producers and crew lend their names to characters and locations.

  • Allusions