Season 8 Episode 2

Mr. Monk and the Foreign Man

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Aug 14, 2009 on USA



  • Trivia

    • The housekeeper is murdered yet the police do not check the last call received on the cellphone, which was made by the murderer.

    • In the laundromat, there are two rows of washing machines back to back. As stated and how Monk operates, each pile is supposed to go in a separate machine. However, there are less machines then there are piles of clothing. By the time Monk says "I can't figure it out," there are four remaining piles of clothing but only two machines left. Between camera shots the remaining piles somehow all disappear despite the lack of machines.

    • In the laundromat, first there are three piles of white/gray clothing. As Monk says "We don't get the African TV here," there's a pile of gray slacks in front of him. The camera cuts in the middle of his sentence to a long shot and the pile has instantly disappeared and Samuel is picking up the red clothing. A little later, the camera cuts to the woman and Monk's piles of green and blue clothing are in front of her. The camera then cuts back to Samuel and Monk and both piles have instantly disappeared.

  • Quotes

    • Samuel: There is no greater friend than Adrian Monk.

    • Natalie: What?
      Monk: Do you smell that? Is that you?
      Natalie: Is what me?
      Monk: Are you cooking bacon?
      Natalie: Does it look like I'm cooking bacon?

    • Monk: I knew it. It's a hippie. It's incense. He's burning incense down there. By the way, that's a perfect name for that stuff because that's how people react to it. They get incensed. Get it? Incense, incensed. You add the "D." Forget it.

    • Natalie: Are you trying to impress that girl?
      Disher: What girl?
      Natalie: The CSI tech. You think that's a quality she's looking for in a man? Do you think she's saying, "Why can't I meet an attractive 30-something nonsmoker who's oblivious to the stench of rotting flesh?"

    • Monk: Oh, for the love of crackers!

    • Monk: Do you mind? It's 7:45. People are trying to sleep.
      Samuel: They are?
      Monk: Yes, they are.

    • Samuel: I don't know your name
      Monk: Monk. Adrian.
      Samuel: Adrian. What does it mean?
      Monk: It means nobody picks you for their softball team in seventh grade.

    • Natalie: Do you drink coffee?
      Samuel: I love coffee.
      Natalie: Ah, then you're gonna hate this. (Samuel laughs hysterically) What?
      Samuel: What you said about the coffee. It was very funny.
      Natalie: Am I that funny?
      Monk: No.

    • Monk: Okay, this is how we do our laundry in America. There are your whites.
      Samuel: My whites, excellent.
      Monk: Your off-whites. Your off-off-whites. There are the primary colors, red, yellow, green, blue, and that's indigo. Left socks, right socks. I've labeled them for you.
      Samuel: But in Nigeria, we just wash all of our socks together.
      Monk: Well, I don't like to judge people, but that's wrong.
      Samuel: So you mean you separate everything? But how much is that going to cost?
      Monk: $200.

    • Laundry Customer: Excuse me, are you using all the machines?
      Samuel: That's right.
      Laundry Customer: But they're empty.
      Samuel: That is the pre-wash cleansing cycle.
      Laundry Customer: The pre-wash what?
      Samuel: The cleansing cycle. If you are going to live here, you should learn some of the customs. (to Monk) Did you see that, with the finger? What does that mean.
      Monk: That means "We're number one" and we should hurry.

    • French Chef: What about the potatoes?
      Monk: Oh, yeah.
      French Chef: What did you do? You were just supposed to peel them. They look like dice.
      Monk: (whispering) American style.
      Samuel: American style!

    • (locked in a fish van)
      Monk: The smell! I can't breathe! I can't get a break. First the incense, then the dead housekeeper, and now this. Oh, god it stinks! Oh! It's like chemical warfare.
      Samuel: Adrian Monk, will you please stop talking about the smell. Sometimes you are like a big crying infant. We have other problems, Adrian Monk. That's better.
      Monk: Can I say something?
      Samuel: Is it about the stink?
      Monk: No. Yes! I can't breathe.

    • Samuel: Well, I am not going to give up and neither are you.
      Monk: Samuel, this is your final lesson. This is how we do things in America. We cry a lot. We confuse our dead wife with other people's dead wives. And then we give up.

    • Samuel: I have an idea. I have an idea. Can you reach into my pants?
      Monk: (after a long pause) Yes...

    • Monk: What's that smell?
      Samuel: My flesh. It's burning.
      Monk: It stinks.
      Samuel: Sorry.

    • Monk: What's it like?
      Samuel: What is what like?
      Monk: Knowing.
      Samuel: Knowing is everything. But your turn will come, Adrian Monk. You are next. Do not give up.
      Monk: Never.

  • Notes

    • When Monk is showing his scrapbook of Trudy, the first article has a picture of the original actress who played Trudy and not Melora Hardin.

    • International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: March 4, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: November 30, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: July 21, 2012 on YLE TV1

  • Allusions