Season 5 Episode 2

Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 14, 2006 on USA
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Episode Summary

Monk finds himself adrift in an ocean of filth when a garbage strike brings San Francisco to a halt...and Adrian to near-paralysis.

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  • My Ribs Still Hurt

    This is one of the funniest episodes from ANY series EVER. I watch it every few months. The dialogue, especially while Monk is spinning theories when is mind isn't right is hysterical. When you see him driving the truck, prepare to pause the show so your laughter doesn't cause you miss a thing. I laugh until I hurt EVERY time.
  • Monk + Garbage Strike = Comedy

    I loved this episode because it was just so funny it was basically Monk in his worst nightmare a town filled with Garbage.

    One bag at a time one truck at a time this episode shows Monk going a bit crazy and made him be wrong about a case for once which was a shocker but not as much as his next solution to the case which involved Alice Cooper and an Antique chair which Alice Cooper killed the guy for the chair but in the end didn't want it because it had blood stains and a bullet hole in it.

    Lucky for Monk, Stottlemeyer took him to a clean room free of germs also known as Monk Heaven which makes Monk able to solve the case.moreless
  • Monk is depended on to solve a murder of a garbage official during the dreaded garbage strike. Will the garbage piling up on the streets distract him? Is the beloved mayor involved?moreless

    This episode was pretty good. It had a great mystery but was completely out of character in some scenes. I especially hated the scene where Monk tries to clean up the entire city and he goes insane. In this scene he also suspects Alice Cooper of murder. It was just out of touch. The part in city hall with the whisper spot was COMPLETELY predictable. I was very dissapointed in the writers on that one. Other than that the mayor was a great part and all the characters had good screen time. It was for the most part a humorous episode with a great mystery.moreless
  • two words ... freaking hilarious

    I think I laughed more in this one episode than in all the other episodes combined. I mean what a situation and this is a bad situation for everybody but for Monk it's like x5. I thought that when he mailed his garbage to his shrink it was hilarious. I think I laughed the most every time Monk realised that the person he said had killed the victim actually didn't and Stottlemeyer would get that look and say something about him looking an idiot on tv. A great episode and remember to check for whisper corners in a museum cos you could be broadcasting your conversation about the mayor being a murderer to a lot of people.moreless
  • in this episode there is a garbage strick that is driving monk crazy

    This episode is halarious monk falsely acuses the mayor and the press finds out that they mayor may be a murderer. the funny thing about that is that in city hall there is a place where if you whisper everyone in the room can hear what you are saying and when monk was telling stottlemyer and disher monk is telling them and you can see the whisper spot sign and as monk is telling them the press and everyone else in the room can hear them then the press comes up to them and starts to ask them questions about it and they are furiouse because they wanted to keep that a secret.moreless
Michael Shamus Wiles

Michael Shamus Wiles

Jimmy Cusack

Guest Star

David DeLuise

David DeLuise

Larry Cutler

Guest Star

Frank Clem

Frank Clem

Ron Neely

Guest Star

Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel

Dr. Charles Kroger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In the scene where the cleaning lady discovers Cusack shot dead in his chair, the outside of the left wing of his chair (next to his head) is intact. However, when Monk arrives at the crime scene to investigate, that same side has a noticeable bullet hole in it.

    • Trivia: Monk addresses two garbagemen as "Ronnie and Morris" which were also the names of two friends back in "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month."

    • While Monk and Natalie are waiting for the mayor to exit City Hall, a cable car is visible turning the corner behind them. San Francisco City Hall is at least six blocks from the nearest cable car route.

    • The cleaning lady found the body at 7 a.m. What was she doing there at 7 a.m.? It's not impossible, but it is extremely unlikely that she would be there at that time. Cleaning crews almost always work when everyone else goes home for the evening - not right before people come in for the day.

    • Trivia: In the clean room, Captain Stottlemeyer plays with a yo-yo. This comes from his anger management class in "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage."

    • Trivia: In this episode we find out that Monk lived exactly 2.2 miles from the garbage dump

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Natalie: Did you just mail your garbage to someone?
      Monk: These are desperate times, Natalie--desperate times.

    • (looking for clues)
      Monk: Somebody ate all the cashews.
      Natalie: What does that mean?
      Monk: It means that he probably liked the cashews best.

    • Monk: What?
      Natalie: You know what. Mr. Monk, I'm so... disappointed in you.
      Monk: What took you so long?

    • Monk: Some things are bigger than the truth.
      Natalie: Like what?
      Monk: Like that... mountain of garbage out there!

    • Natalie: Did you think City Hall was some kind of magical place like the Land of Oz, where nothing bad ever happens?
      Monk: Yes, yes I did.
      Disher: I did too.

    • (about Monk)
      Disher: He's like a vigilante. A garbage vigilante.
      Stottlemeyer: You could say that. But don't.

    • Stottlemeyer: Randy, I don't think we need to stand here and pick apart the "Alice Cooper wants an antique chair" theory.

    • Monk: I got it all figured. When this truck's full, I'll drive it into the bay. Then come back, get another truck, keep driving them into the bay. One bag at a time, one truck at a time. One bag at a time, one truck at a time.

    • Monk: Do you have any more of these Odor-Eaters?
      Drugstore Manager: How many do you need?
      Monk: Oh, about...a trillion.

    • Monk: It's true, Alice Cooper is a hippie, but he's the bad kind of hippie. He's the kind of hippie that breaks into people's offices, beats them up, and shoots them in the head. Why? To steal their antique chairs.

    • Monk: First off, I don't think Alice Cooper is his real name.

    • Monk: Yes sir, it just came to me last night in a vision. One, we evacuate the city, every man, woman, and child.
      Nicholson: Evacuate?
      Monk: Two, we burn it down. We just burn it. Scorched earth.
      Nicholson: Uhh.
      Monk: Then just to be safe, we collect all the ashes and what do we do? We burn the ashes. Three, we bring everybody back and start over. Think of it, we rebuild San Francisco ...from scratch. Start fresh, everything clean. Everything brand new. Gonna have that new city smell. Fresh off the lot, we can even straighten out Lombard Street while we're at it.

    • Monk: Oh, Natalie. What am I gonna do? The whole city reeks.
      Natalie: I'm starting to get used to it.
      Monk: You are? Really? Then you're gonna love Hell.

    • Randy: (to Monk) So you were wrong? 'Cause usually when you say, "Here's what happened," it's pretty much what happened.

    • Dr. Kroger: Adrian, have you been sending me your trash?...Adrian, I know it's you, the garbage was arranged alphabetically and by food group, and the address was in your hand writing. Adrian, listen to me, it's scaring my wife, it's scaring my kids, and I want it to stop now!
      Monk: (As trash bags are falling from the sky in front of the window.) I want it to stop too.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Greece: November 4, 2007 on Star
      Finland: November 29, 2008 on YLE TV1
      Slovakia: February 2, 2010 on Markiza

    • This episode contains a few "firsts":
      This is the first episode to have more than one "This is What Happened" sequence. In fact, it has three.
      This is the first time that Monk has let his morals slip.

    • In the final scene, when the garbage men return to work and arrive at Monk's street, Jeff Beal's old theme song from the first season plays, as if to confirm a return to normalcy. Then, as the credits begin to roll, it switches to Randy Newman's current theme song.

    • Alice Cooper is billed as "Special Guest Appearance By."

    • When accusing Alice Cooper of the crime, Monk says he doubts that 'Alice Cooper' is even his real name. Alice Cooper's birth name is in fact Vincent Damon Furnier.