Lt. Randall Disher
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Dr. Charles Kroger
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
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.
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.
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.
Monk: Two, we burn it down. We just burn it. Scorched earth.
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.
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.
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