Natalie Teeger (episodes 39+)
Lt. Randall Disher
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
The medical examiner tells us that the severed finger is a left pinkie, and we see Daniel's left hand bandaged in the rescue scene. But in Monk's storybook recap, the fiddler's pinkie is pointing to the right with the other fingers curling downward, an orientation that is possible only for the right hand.
When Julie pulls up Tommy's pant leg, she's kneeling next to Tommy. When the shot changes to a back shot, she's rising and standing, but then when it returns to her with Tommy, she's in the same kneeling position as initially.
Monk: . . . And then the most wonderful and surprising thing of all happened. Mr. Monk discovered that he loved that little prince. But he also realized that the little prince could never live happily ever after if he stayed at Mr. Monk's house (pause) because Mr. Monk can barely take care of himself. And so they're going to have to say goodbye. (Kisses the sleeping Tommy.) The end.
Monk: ("reading" to Tommy) Once upon a time in a kingdom called San Francisco, there lived a brave little prince, and his name was Tommy Graser. . . .
Monk: I'm tired of apologizing for him because he--he cares about putting things away--and--and how he looks. That's a good thing.
Natalie: Mr. Monk, he's not even two years old.
Monk: Well, then, he's in the vanguard, isn't he? He's a new breed. A new breed.
Dr. Kroger: In your heart of hearts, I think you know you're not ready for this.
Monk: I'm not giving him up.
Monk: (to big man in YMCA locker room) Could you--could you do me a favor and go away?
Monk: (on the phone with Julie) Listen very carefully. There are cleaning supplies in the hall closet. They're arranged alphabetically, then by height, then by date of purchase.
Natalie: Mrs. Carlyle, you can't go. They're expecting a man.
Monk: She's right. We'll have to find a man. (Everyone stares at him.) Or--or I could do it.
Abigail Carlyle: Do you have children?
Monk: Yes. I have a son. (Natalie stares.)
Abigail: Well, then, you know how I feel. Wouldn't you do anything for him? Wouldn't you die for him?
Monk: Yes. I would.
Natalie: What is this? Why is he wearing a helmet?
Monk: To protect his head.
Natalie: It must be so uncomfortable.
Monk: Oh, he'll get used to it. I used to wear one all the time.
Natalie: Your parents made you wear a helmet?
Monk: (Pause.) No.
Operator: Okay, sir, all right. Do you have any wipes?
Monk: Yes, I've got about two thousand!
Operator: That should be fine.
Monk: Not going to be enough!
Operator: Sir, you're gonna have to wipe your son's bottom. (Sound of screaming from the phone.) Sir, is the boy all right?
Monk: He's fine. That was me.
911 Operator: Sir, what is the nature of your emergency?
Monk: It's everywhere. B.M. It's B.M. B.M. B.M. It's B.M.
Operator: Sir, you have to stop saying "B.M." now. Do you mean your child is soiling his diaper?
Monk: Yes! Yes, he's soiling his--his diaper!
Operator: You mean you've never changed a diaper?
Teresa: Now before I go, do you have any questions for me?
Monk: Yes, yes. I have a couple of questions. What does he eat?
Teresa: He--eats food. (Pause.) He eats whatever you eat, only smaller portions.
Monk: So he's like a person.
Teresa Crane: (referring to Monk's signature) It doesn't have to be perfect. (Pause.) Maybe it does.
Disher: Tree sap. Lumberjack. Missing nine-fingered lumberjack.
Stottlemeyer: Who plays the violin.
Disher: Should I put a list together?
Stottlemeyer: Absolutely. Make sure you don't run out of paper.
Tommy: Nature dirty.
Monk: That's what I'm saying.
Monk: Oh, no, no, no, no. Tommy, don't put that [stick] in your mouth. No. See, that is nature. See, we never put that in our mouths. Nature is dirty. See. Nature. Dirty. Nature. Dirty.
Stottlemeyer: Looks like Monk finally found a friend.
Monk: Hello. My name is Adrian Monk.
Monk: That's right. I'm working with the police department as a consultant. Do you understand "consultant"?
Natalie: Mr. Monk, he's not gonna get that.
Monk: Um, an adviser. Sort of an adjunct.
Stottlemeyer: Monk, I don't know what an adjunct is.
Tommy: Much Monk!
Janet Novak: You're pretty good with kids.
Natalie: (looking at Monk) It's sorta my job.
Stottlemeyer: The boy's not talking.
Monk: Maybe he hates cops.
Stottlemeyer: Maybe he's two years old.
Stottlemeyer: (to Monk) There is a two-year-old boy named Tommy Graser--
Disher: Uh, not two years. Twenty-two months. Not quite two.
Stottlemeyer: Whatever. Anyway, he was, um, separated from his mother--
Disher: No, uh, guardian. She's not actually his mother. She, uh, runs a foster home. For the record.
Stottlemeyer: For the record, stand over there.
This episode is rare, in that no one dies.
Brooke Adams was billed as Special Guest Star in this episode.
The light piano music at the end of the episode is a remix of the first season theme song.
Tommy is played by twin toddlers Preston and Trevor Shores.
Pia Artesona (Woman in Park) is listed on the official Monk site but does not appear in the end credits. Kyle Bornheimer is credited on the IMDb as playing Officer Roberts in this episode, but both the end credits and the official site list him as Uniform Cop. Troy Cephers, oddly credited as SWAT Team on both the official site and the end credits, is listed on the IMDb as Troy A. Cephers.
Brooke Adams, who played the irascible flight attendant in season one's "Airplane," guest stars as Abigail Carlyle, the wealthy mother of the kidnap victim. Ms. Adams is, of course, Tony Shalhoub's wife.
This episode is the third-season finale. Production resumes this month, with the first of the fourth-season episodes to air in summer, probably June 17 or 24.
Lab Tech: It's a left pinkie. . . .
The word pinkie (sometimes spelled "pinky") derives from the Dutch word pinkje meaning "little finger." See "pinkie" in Merriam-Webster Online (link below) and click on "pinkie [2, noun]" for more details.
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