Season 1 Episode 7

Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Aug 16, 2002 on USA
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Episode Summary

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.

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  • Post-asylum relief, followed by a tad annoyance.

    Whew! After the asylum episode, you think you can relax to the hum of the helicopter rotors in the background at this episode's beginning, but before long, Sharona becomes slightly annoying as she frequently interrupts the Billionare mugger's case at hand to discuss her paychecks. Adrian and Randy maintain the innocence of the story, but ultimately, things work out. Better than the last one!

    A memorable line comes when Sharona fails to start her car and says "Damn it, damn it, DAMN IT!", and Monk calmly suggests "Why don't you try saying 'damn it' a few more times? Maybe that'll help".moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep monk is back to work again this time tring to find out why a billion air that was famous with computers would try to mug some with a knife for one and try to find out why he would turn to crime. monk and his assitant try to figure it out . this ep was really good and liked it becasue it had to do with a wife that was cheating and them planning a plan to get rid of him and it showed more on monks wife murder more info on it. this was a great ep i thought.moreless
  • Optimum of the first one

    Excellent this episode, in the beginning you find that the Bilionario is wild or something thus, so that to steal being that rich it already and?

    In the end of the Genius of the Monk he obtained to unmask the case. Another good one of the episode is that it always has if the comedias.

    I do not understand because the notes in are here below of 9 for the Monk.moreless
Aron Tager

Aron Tager

Leo Otterman

Guest Star

Michael Gossack

Michael Gossack


Guest Star

Roger Petersen

Roger Petersen


Guest Star

Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel

Dr. Charles Kroger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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?

    • How did Sharona find Monk at the restaurant? She says she's been "looking all over for him" but did she just drive all over the city until she found him?

  • QUOTES (16)

  • 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.


    • 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.