Lt. Randall Disher
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Dr. Charles Kroger
It seems odd that Monk, who hates having dirt on his hands, would spend days reading and re-reading the newspaper without wearing gloves. (It wouldn't be surprising if he wore gloves every morning to read the paper.) Then, when he finished, he threw the paper in the trash can. In the fourth-season episode, "Mr. Monk Stays in Bed," we learn that Monk has an extremely particular routine for preparing the recyclables. Unless he only started recycling in between these two episodes, he wouldn't have thrown the newspaper in the trash.
In the scene where Stottlemeyer and Disher pull up outside of the auto shop, Disher is holding his long coat when he exits the car. Then, when Monk is explaining why they're all there, Disher's wearing his coat. In the next cut, he's holding it, then he's wearing it again when he enters the auto shop.
Throughout the scene when Captain Stottlemeyer and Monk are on the phone to the police captain in Paris, the dishes in the cabinet behind Monk keep appearing and disappearing.
Monk says that Nestor has been delivering his newspaper for two years. If that's true, it seems strange that Nestor doesn't know the details about how Monk likes his paper delivered and therefore has to keep going back to correct it.
When the police are at Monk's apartment, as he is speaking to Stottlemeyer, Monk straightens a jar on his mantel. The lid is on one way after he fixes it, then the camera cuts to Sharona. After it cuts back to Monk, the lid is on a different way, and Monk turns it adjusts it back to exactly the way it was before.
Railroads invariably use heavy-duty padlocks on all manually operated switches. This prevents tampering by pranksters, disruption of railroad schedules, collisions, derailments, etc.
Before Stottlemeyer and Disher leave the office, Stottlemeyer puts his coat on over his suit jacket. When they arrive at Monk's apartment, he takes the coat off and no longer has the jacket on underneath.
The camera pans over Disher's personal ad just before Sharona reads it aloud. The text of his personal description does appear there, but the text describing whom he's seeking does not. Sharona doesn't change the page when she moves on to the depiction of herself, so just where is she reading this?
Stop 'n Go Clerk: How 'bout a lottery ticket?
Sharona: Oh no. You just had a big winner. I never buy a ticket unless the jackpot's more than 10 million dollars.
Monk: (pretending to laugh) Yeah, 10 million dollars. I don't know how they can even call that a jackpot.
Stop 'n Go Clerk: How you folks doin'?
Monk: You really wanna know?
Stop 'n Go Clerk: No.
Monk: People used to say Trudy was way out of my league.
Sharona: You think they were right?
Monk: Oh, of course they were.
Dr. Kroger: Adrian, we can talk about your sex life with Trudy or we can sing show tunes until this session is over. It's your choice. (Pause)
Monk: (singing) "If ever I would leave you... "
Kevin: (while Monk and Sharona are arm-wrestling) Mr. Monk, I don't think you've met Vicky before?
Vicky: Well, he obviously can't shake hands right now.
Kevin: Oh, that's okay. He's not big on handshakes, anyway.
Kevin: Hi, everybody. Who's winning?
Monk, Sharona, and Benjy: I am!
Stottlemeyer: Did you hear anything?
Monk: What time was that?
Stottlemeyer: Five thirty.
Monk: (Nods, then shakes his head) Oh, no. I wouldn't have heard a thing.
Monk: Nah. I was vacuuming.
Monk: Excuse me. Don't touch that!
Young Detective: Who are you talking to?
Monk: Hurry up! But not too fast. But hurry up. But not too fast.
Sharona: It's a woman. There's lipstick on the bottle.
Monk: How did I miss that?
Stottlemeyer: (to Monk) She's stronger and smarter than you.
Monk: What are you doing?
Cop: Wiping my feet.
Monk: On a mat?
Monk: If something spills, I want to be here.
Sharona: Adrian, trust me. If something spills, you don't want to be here.
Monk: That's a good point.
Monk: What if I go nuts?
Sharona: What if you went nuts? Oh, boy. I'm going to have to use my imagination on that one.
Disher: (to Monk) Sorry. I wasn't laughing at you.
Stottlemeyer: I was.
Disher: So . . . we're back to Monk's theory?
Stottlemeyer: I'm afraid so.
Monk: I cleaned last night.
Disher: Did you sleep at all?
Stottlemeyer: He can sleep when he cleans. I've seen it.
Dr. Kroger: Do you have to be the man?
Monk: I don't have to be the man. I just have to be . . . mannish.
Monk: Why do you say that? Why do you torture me?
Sharona: Because I can.
Older Detective: Excuse me. Where's the bathroom?
Monk: I--I don't have one.
Older Detective: You don't have a bathroom?
Monk: Don't get me started--I am still so angry with that architect.
Kevin: (to Lt. Disher) My first place, though, on 26 Harmony Lane--that was a studio. But what I did was--and you might want to write this down on a separate page for yourself--I put the bed up on a loft, to create some space.
Sharona: You're feeling pretty good about yourself.
Monk: I'm allowed--once a decade.
Kevin: My place in Maui isn't ready, so I'll be staying at my house in Aspen for awhile.
Monk: (to Sharona) You think you can take me?
Sharona: Why would I want to take you?
Sharona: (reading Disher's personal ad) "Looking for a petite blonde with a no-nonsense attitude. Kids okay." That's me!
Disher: Don't flatter yourself.
Monk: Can I go home now?
Sharona: You are home.
Dr. Kroger: It's something we've never talked about; your physical relationship with your late wife.
Monk: I consider that a personal question.
Dr. Kroger: Yes, it is. That's what I do.
This was the first episode in the second half of Season 2, after their six-month break.
Note the personal ad listed below the one placed by Randy. Benji where have you gone? Desperate to reach you. Please call home. All our love M & D. This is apparently an in-joke referring to Sharona's son Benji.
The official Monk site to the contrary, this episode is not a true season premiere; it merely begins the second half of season two. Season three will begin in June or July 2004.
Benji: Oh boy. This is like Triple H vs. the Undertaker.
Triple H and the Undertaker are both professional wrestlers in the WWE.
Monk: Ah, Marmaduke. I love Marmaduke.
Marmaduke is a long-running newspaper comic featuring an enormous Great Dane named Marmaduke who always caused problems for his owners due to his great
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