Season 1 Episode 9

Mr. Monk and the Marathon Man

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 13, 2002 on USA
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Episode Summary

A woman is murdered but her married lover and the prime suspect, Trevor McDowell, has an ironclad alibi: he was running in the San Francisco marathon at the time of death.

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Sharona screams "Go Adrian" while on the fence you can see from her face that she isn't saying anything.

    • At the beginning of the episode, Monk views the corpse just before they load it into the ambulance. He and Stottlemeyer and everyone else then head up to her apartment to look around. In the next scene, while Lt. Disher is still putting on his rubber gloves and before Monk even has a chance to ask questions about the scene, Stottlemeyer hangs up the phone and announces that the medical examiner has determined that the victim was strangled before she went over the edge and declares the apartment a crime scene. That was the world's fastest ambulance ride and autopsy in recorded history.

    • The camera that Monk is holding at the beginning of the episode (one of two he bought) is a Fujifilm Quick Snap Single Use Camera that sells for about twelve dollars. To zoom in on the man with the uneven buttons as he does he would need a reflex camera with a zoom lens. A throw-away wouldn't do it.

    • When the victim is in her apartment, she has cotton between her toes. When they show her to Monk in the next scene, the cotton is gone.

    • The viewer comment asking how Monk could have beome a detective when he's had OCD all his life has been moved to the main Forum for general discussion.

    • As Stottlemeyer is ordering the cops not to touch or lean on anything, a cop in the background can be seen leaning with bare elbows against the balcony.

    • The USA Network website originally listed Hy Conrad as the writer. This doesn't match the on-screen credit of Mitch Markowitz.

    • At the very end of the episode when Tonday gives Adrian the headband, you'll notice a rather large Grand and Toy truck drive past them. Grand and Toy is only available in Canada--it's a stationery store.
      The truck reveals the filming location Toronto and was obviously missed during the editing.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Sharona: (about to run a race with Monk) This should be easy for you. You're good at touching poles.

    • Monk: (to Tonday) I've admired you ever since I was a strong child.
      Sharona: Young child.

    • Stottlemeyer: The smudge stays. You go.

    • Monk: How's it going in there?
      Stottlemeyer: It's going great. Except he (the suspect) wants to know what that little squeaky noise behind the mirror is.

    • McDowell: I screwed up big time.
      Stottlemeyer: How long have you been screwing up?

    • Monk: I had a life before we met.
      Sharona: I know you had a life. I just didn't know it involved gym shorts and showering with other guys.
      Monk: I didn't shower with other guys. I had a note from my doctor.
      Sharona: I bet you had lots of notes from your doctor.
      Monk: As a matter of fact, I did. I had a whole, separate binder.

    • Monk: (about to shake hands with five people) It's a stampede. Get a wipe ready.

    • Sharona: You should have ignored the stupid sweater.
      Monk: It was askew.
      Sharona: So what? So what? Why can't you just let people be askew? I mean, what are you, the Askew Police?
      Monk: Yes, I'm the Askew Police.

    • Sharona: You couldn't tell me over the phone?
      Monk: I wanted to see your face light up when I told you. (Sharona glares) Okay, I'll take a rain check on that lighting up thing.

    • Sharona: You're in great shape.
      Monk: No. If I can't find the remote, I just watch whatever's on.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: "Start The Watch" by Jeff Beal

    • No new episodes were aired August 30 or September 6 because of the U.S. Open coverage. This is the first original episode to be shown since "Mr. Monk and the Other Woman" on August 23.

    • The sunglasses hanging from the neck of Captain Stottlemeyer's undershirt reflect a real-life habit of Ted Levine's, which may have begun when he played Alan Shepard in From the Earth to the Moon.