Lt. Randall Disher
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Dr. Charles Kroger
Randy arrests the killer for "three counts of felony murder," presumably including the two union drivers and the victim of the handgun. But no explanation was ever given of the handgun crime, and the killer was arrested moments after Randy dug the handgun out of the trash.
It has been established in previous episodes that Monk can keep accurate track of time in his head. Why would he need to look at his watch, especially if he knows it is broken?
When the police found the footprints in the sand, they would have made a plaster cast of them. Then they could have compared it to Even Coker's feet once he became a suspect to prove that he was at the site of the shooting.
In the opening scene with Captain and Karen Stottlemeyer in their driveway, you can see crewmembers reflected in the side window of her car.
Even early in the morning, is it really possible that no one in a quiet suburban neighborhood noticed a barefoot man running down the street with a rifle?
In the scene when Karen puts her hair clips on Stottlemeyer's shirt, he has four or five on the left side and one on his right side. When the camera turns to Karen and back to Stottlemeyer, the clip on the right side is gone. Then it returns to Karen and back to Stottlemeyer again and the clip is back.
If the killer walked over a gravel road and needed bandages, there should have been bloodstains in the footprints at the site of the tow truck crash, but no one ever mentions them and we don't see any stains.
While Sharona is returning the dog to Evan Coker and Monk is adjusting the sundial, the camera goes back and forth between her and Coker. Occasionally, when the camera is on Sharona, the gate behind her is open. Other times it is closed.
In one scene where the camera pans over Karen when she's in a coma, you can clearly see her chin move.
Sharona: Adrian, I'm going to spank you.
Monk: Are you talking to me or the dog?
Stottlemeyer: It's only money.
Karen: Only money? Who got hit in the head, you or me?
Stottlemeyer: That would be me.
Stottlemeyer: Did Adrian Monk just jump into a garbage truck?
Sharona: Yeah . . .
Stottlemeyer: (to Monk) Is that the watch Trudy gave you? So--you're not going to know what time it is for the rest of your life?
Stottlemeyer: Hey, Monk.
Stottlemeyer: Happy garbage day!
Karen: (to Stottlemeyer) Don't forget about the farmers' market, and don't pretend to forget about the farmer's market.
Stottlemeyer: I don't want to have another fight.
Karen: I would love to have another fight because I'm sick and tired of this one.
Stottlemeyer: The farmer's market? Why can't we just shop at the supermarket like everybody else?
Karen: Leland, please! Do you want your children to be like everybody else and have chemicals and pesticides and God knows what or do you want them to be better than everybody else?
Stottlemeyer: (defeated) Better. . . .
Stottlemeyer: (to the perp) My wife is gonna be fine. The doctors saved her life. You should call and thank them because they saved yours, too.
Stottlemeyer: I understand now, Monk. You can't let it go, can you?
Stottlemeyer: Don't ever lose that watch.
Monk: (pointing to Stottlemeyer's gun) You might want to let the lieutenant to hold that for you.
Stottlemeyer: Why? Are you afraid I'll use it?
Monk: I would.
Disher: It's Monk. He solved the case. He says it's not a union case.
Stottlemeyer: Is he sure?
Disher: He's Monk.
Monk: Call the captain. I've solved the case.
Cranky neighbor: Go!
Sharona: She did it?
Monk: No. I wish she did.
Monk: Max, you have to stay inside the lines.
Max: (coloring messily) I don't want to.
Monk: Please. It's--it's a rule. Rules are fun, huh?
Max: Say something crazy.
Jared: Hey, he's not crazy. He's . . . troubled.
Adrian: Thank you, Jared.
Dr. Kroger: It's a tough case. How do you feel?
Monk: I'm torn. Half of me is worried about Karen, forty per cent is worried about the captain, and five per cent is relieved that somebody finally understands what I've been going through.
Dr. Kroger: Do you know that's not a hundred per cent?
Monk: I know. I always keep part of me empty for emergencies.
Stottlemeyer: (waking up) What are you doing?
Monk: (adjusting Stottlemeyer's arms) Making them even.
Monk: You'll sleep better if they're even.
Evan Coker: Do you know him?
Sharona: He's my boss. I don't know how he got out. I must have left the gate open.
Cranky neighbor: Who are you?
Monk: Just a concerned citizen, ma'am. A good Samaritan, passing by.
Cranky neighbor: You're demented!
Monk: Oh, that's a matter of opinion.
Stottlemeyer: (picking up a bag of candy from a machine) Peanut butter. I hate these. Do you want it?
Monk: Why'd you buy it?
Stottlemeyer: I didn't buy it. I felt like hitting something.
Stottlemeyer: Well, maybe he wasn't thinking straight.
Monk: Maybe you're not.
Stottlemeyer: Look, Monk. You don't know what I'm thinking.
Monk: I do! The place you're in now--that's where I live.
Sharona: (to the dog) Adrian, no!
Monk: You call him Adrian?
Sharona: He's upset! He's nervous. He's always cleaning himself. You should be flattered.
Monk: I should be . . . but I'm not.
Sharona: Why are we even here?
Monk: I want to protect the captain.
Sharona: From who?
Monk: From himself.
Disher: Where are you going?
Stottlemeyer: Never you mind, son.
Disher: Okay. I'll go with you.
Disher: How are the boys doing?
Stottlemeyer: Scared to death. They're with my mother, which is scary enough.
Disher: (referring to the perp's bare footprints) Maybe he was an American Indian.
Monk: An American Indian sniper?
Disher: Maybe it was an uprising--against technology.
Disher: Do you want to see something really weird?
Monk: No. (Long pause while Disher stares at him and waits.) Okay.
Monk: She's going to want to keep it. We can't have a dog.
Disher: You don't live together.
Monk: Oh. Yeah.
Monk: Don't! Sharona, don't. Don't touch the dog. Okay, just, please, don't pat the dog. Don't touch the dog.
Monk: Okay, if you touch the dog, Sharona, I'll have to let you go.
Sharona: You always say you're gonna let me go, but you never do it.
Stottlemeyer: If I lose her. . . .
Monk: I know.
Monk: I know.
Stottlemeyer: Since we were kids. . . .
Monk: I know. (Pause.) I know.
Monk: (to the garbagemen) God bless you and your work.
Monk: When you get to the garbage dump, my bags go in sector nine.
Garbageman: (holding up a sloshing bag) What's in here?
Garbageman: You're throwing away water?
Stottlemeyer: (whispering) Don't ask.
For the first time in the series, Monk does not appear in the closing scene.
Ileane Meltzer, who plays Evan Coker's cranky neighbor in this episode and has worked as a costume designer for Monk, also played an angry neighbor in Love at Large, a romantic comedy/detective story in which Ted Levine plays a bigamist with two names and two lives.
Stanley Kamel appears briefly as Dr. Kroger but is not listed either in the credits or at the USA Network website.
This episode reintroduces Glenne Headly, who first played Captain Stottlemeyer's "hippie wife," Karen, in the delightful "Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man." The Stottlemeyers' older son Jared, played by an uncredited Cameron Kush in "Mr. Monk Goes to the Ballgame," is played in this episode by fourteen-year-old Jesse James (listed as Jesse James (I) on the IMDb). We also meet the Stottlemeyers' second son, Max, briefly alluded to in "Very Old Man," and played here by Connor Carmody, whose first name is misspelled as "Conner" in the ending credits.
One of this episode's creators is Beth Landau; the victim in "Back to School" is Beth Landow. Coincidence? Probably not.
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