Season 3 Episode 2

Mr. Monk and the Panic Room

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jun 25, 2004 on USA
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Episode Summary

When a big-league record producer is found dead in his panic room, Monk must help decide the guilt or innocence of a most unlikely suspect.

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Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie

Male Control Officer

Guest Star

Tony Franchitto

Tony Franchitto

First Cop

Guest Star

Beau Dremann

Beau Dremann

Second Cop

Guest Star

Kane Ritchotte

Kane Ritchotte


Recurring Role

Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel

Dr. Kroger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • After the tape recorder is left in the panic room as bait, Stottlemeyer asks Wolff if it will be safe in there. Wolff padlocks the door and says, "Yes sir, safer than the Bank of England." He overlooks the large hole cut in the door.

    • Disher and Sharona both correct people who refer to Darwin as a "monkey," but when they are both with Stottlemeyer in the police office, he calls Darwin a monkey twice and neither corrects him. Moments later, Disher raises the theory of "suicide by monkey."

    • After Stottlemeyer avoided being shot by Darwin due to Disher's mistake, he wasn't even upset with Disher. All he said was "The case is closed."

    • When Disher, Sharona, and Monk run down to the interrogation room to save Stottlemeyer, they start banging on the door without even checking to see whether it's locked.

    • After cutting a hole in the panic room door, it's odd that the police officer knew exactly where the door open button would be--especially since there were two buttons side by side. It also wouldn't have been very smart to put his arm through a hole in a sliding door and then open it, which may be why Stottlemeyer only did that as a last resort later.

    • Benjy was fighting with another kid in school and Sharona got very angry with him. But in "Mr. Monk Goes to School" she didn't mind that Benjy hit a kid.

    • When Monk goes to the kitchen to get some juice, he takes a cup from the cabinet and then closes the cabinet door. After the chimp "contaminates" the juice bottle and the cup, Monk goes to the phone to call Dr. Kroger, and that same cabinet door is now open, allowing the chimp to get cups and breakable dishes from it.

    • As the chimpanzee is wrecking Monk's apartment, a picture is slanting to the left, but an umbrella is hanging from the picture's right side.

    • Wouldn't Disher have been able to find a pass key to get into the interrogation room when he realized that Stottlemeyer had given Darwin a loaded gun?

    • Why didn't the police check the gun for fingerprints? It's standard procedure.

    • Why does Stottlemeyer take forever to push the button in the panic room and let Monk out? Instead he just tells Monk to push it... and tells him... and tells him... And why doesn't Stottlemeyer automatically check the gun Disher hands him to be sure that it's really unloaded?

    • When the police called her trying to figure out a way to enter the panic room, Chloe said that her husband had probably killed himself. Why didn't Monk question this when nobody even knew for a fact that he was dead yet?

  • QUOTES (21)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Mowgli, the chimp who portrayed Darwin, is Dennis Miller's pet.

    • Despite being credited as a "Special Guest Star," Carmen Electra has only one scene in this episode.

    • The pendant worn by Brad Hawkins's character, Kurt Wolff, which doubles as a mace delivery system, is a clever in-joke referring to Hawkins's television debut in V.R. Troopers. The three heroes wore matching pendants called Virtualizers, which enabled them to transform themselves into cyborg heroes by holding the pendants and saying "We are V.R." Another possible reference is to the various Morphers from Power Rangers, for which Hawkins provided the voice of the Gold Ranger, Trey. Hawkins's presence in an episode about the music business is also an in-joke as he dabbled in country music for a time. I won't even go into the presence of a pivotal animal role . . . at least the chimpanzee didn't talk like Jeb the dog. . . .

    • One of the characters is named Leo Navarro; Special Guest Star Carmen Electra is married to Dave Navarro.


    • The chimp's name, Darwin, was also the name of the Thornberrys' pet chimp on the Nickelodeon cartoon The Wild Thornberrys, what appears to be a coincidence, but the name certainly refers to Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution suggests that apes and humans evolved from a common ancestor.

      The chimp's real name, Mowgli, is an allusion to a (human) character in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.

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