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Natalie Teeger (episodes 39+)
Lt. Randall Disher
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
When Mr. Monk told the woman he was interviewing that she could not smoke in the house, she got up and left. Why didn't she just take her lit cigarette with her? Also, wastebasket would not have flamed up that quickly but would have smoldered for a little while.
When Monk and Natalie enter the the museum's women womb exhibit, Monk stops and Natalie says Doctor Monk.
When Mr. Franklin is looking up "Larry Tilburn" he's not on an Internet search engine; the computer isn't even logged in.
Science fair exhibits are not permitted to use open flames, let alone unattended ones.
When Monk is pacing off the distance for the fire extinguisher, the nozzle varies between folded and extended, even though the first thing he did was extend the nozzle.
When Julie's fish is flopping on the ground, you can see the string pulling it.
I don't think that they realize how carefully icemen are studied and analyzed. Despite the fact that this was a humourous little tangent, if there was some puncture wound that would cause an alternate end to our cave-friend, they would have known about it long before this.
When Monk is chasing the perpetrator, they go down several flights of stairs before the man trips and the fish goes flying. Monk picks it up, takes a few turns in the hallway, and ends up in the science room he'd just left before taking those stairs.
Stottlemeyer: You mean that's just a regular rock? Son of a bitch, I stood in line for a half-hour just to touch this stupid thing.
Applicant #3: Mr. Monk, can I be honest with you?
Monk: I wish you wouldn't . . . .
Applicant #2: What would my hours be?
Monk: Nine a.m.
Applicant #2: Until?
Monk:: Until one.
Applicant #2: One p.m.?
Monk: Until one of us dies.
Dr. Kroger: Your new assistant is out there somewhere.
Monk: God help her.
Monk: You're a doctor. Can't you make her come back?
Dr. Kroger: What would you like me to do? Fly back to New Jersey and drug her, bring her back here?
Monk: No. But thank you. (Pause) She's pretty smart. She'd probably escape.
Dr. Kroger: Didn't she sell her house?
Dr. Kroger: And she moved back to New Jersey.
Dr. Kroger: And she remarried her ex-husband.
Monk: I'm not sure I like where you're going here.
Stottlemeyer: It's a goldfish.
Monk: Technically, it's a crimson marblefish.
Disher: Is it extinct?
Stottlemeyer: If it was extinct, we wouldn't be looking at it, would we?
Stottlemeyer: Well, does anybody have any ideas?
Disher: Maybe it swallowed something. Like a diamond.
Stottlemeyer: Does anybody besides Randy have any ideas?
Natalie: Are you a man?
Natalie: Then you can lie. That's what men do.
Human corpuscle: Hello. I'm a white corpuscle. I'm an important part of your body's defense system. I travel through your bloodstream and I fight bacteria and diseases. Would you like to know more about me?
Natalie: No. I'd like to know less about you.
Monk: (reading note from dead perp's pocket) "2:30 Sea of Tranquility." What is that? A club?
Stottlemeyer: No, I don't think so. Who'd want to go to a club called the Sea of Tranquility? Besides you.
Monk: (about a Neanderthal skeleton) This man didn't freeze to death. He was murdered. There's a puncture wound in the side of his skull.
Natalie: It was over 30,000 years ago.
Monk: Well, there's no statute of limitations on murder. I think I know what happened.
Natalie: Detective Monk, why don't we solve my case first and then we'll come back here later and figure out what happened to Og, okay?
Natalie: You really are the worst liar in the world.
Monk: I tried to tell you that.
Natalie: An honest man. Who'da thunk it?
Lyle Peck: (guiding a group of children through the Miracle of Birth exhibit) Step carefully through this opening into the womb, and then we're going to take a left up the fallopian tubes.
Monk: What about your wife's niece? The one that's a nurse? She never called me.
Stottlemeyer: Yeah, uh, Monk here's the thing - I love her.
Monk: I understand.
Monk: And you recently started dating again.
Natalie: How did you know that?
Monk: It's patently obvious. I happened to notice these in your coat pocket. Birth control pills. (Pause as Natalie looks at Julie and back at Monk.) Um. I'm sorry.
Natalie: I can't believe you said that. In front of my daughter? What's wrong with you? Do you have zero social skills?
Julie: Mom, it's okay, I'm not a baby.
Julie: Wow, [Monk's] like Velma in Scooby Doo!
Monk: Wait a minute! Wait a minute! My mistake! These are not birth control pills. These--these are TicTacs. Little pink and green TicTac candies. But don't eat them. They're--they're special adult--you know (blows to indicate extreme bad breath)--TicTacs.
Natalie: He [Stottlemeyer] said you were the best cop he ever met. I guess he's never seen you put out a fire.
Natalie: (letting herself in) Are you okay? What are you doing?
Monk: (measuring) It says eight feet. Stay back.
Natalie: They mean approximately.
Monk: No, it's not. It doesn't say "approximately." You have to trust the label makers. Professional label makers.
Natalie: Give me that! (Grabs fire extinguisher.)
Monk: (as Natalie puts out fire) You're too close!
Monk: Ahh! Ohh! You smell that? What is that?
Natalie: It's a pet store. Have you ever been in a pet store?
Natalie: What have you been doing?
Monk: For one thing, I've been avoiding pet stores.
Monk: (reading instructions on fire extinguisher) "Hold upright. Pull ring pin. Stand eight feet from flame." (Walking backwards) One, two, three, four, five. . . .
Natalie: Mr. Franklin, if you want to call that little girl and tell her that the fish that she's been talking to and praying to for the last six years is dead, then you know what, go ahead. I'll dial it for you.
Natalie: (to Monk on the phone) I'm calling to see if you still need that assistant. (pause) No, I can't come tonight. (pause) Because I can't leave my daughter. (pause) Okay, okay. Calm down. How big is the spider?
Natalie: (about the parrot) What happened to him?
Monk: His wife died.
Pet store clerk: That's right. We had a female in there with him, but she died about a year ago. How did you know that?
Natalie: Why not put another female in there with him?
Monk: Won't work. He'll never feel the same about anyone else.
Pet store clerk: That's right. How did you know that? We put another female in there with him, but I'm afraid ol' Sergeant Pepper is going to grow old and die alone in this little cage.
Natalie: (to Monk) What was her name?
Monk: (sadly) Trudy.
Natalie: Fetus ahead!
Monk: Maybe I should have mentioned this earlier. But I--give me a second--I have a number of phobias.
Natalie: You? No!
Monk: Oh, yes. and one of them--near the top of the list, actually--is the miracle of birth.
Natalie: What do you call a guy who studies fish?
Monk: An ichthyologist.
Natalie: That's what you are.
Monk: No, I'm not.
Natalie: Yes, you are.
Monk: I really don't think I am.
Natalie: For the next five minutes you are.
Natalie: (as Monk heads for the emergency exit) We have to go [back] through the pelvis.
Monk: I think this is going to be a caesarean.
This episode's opening credits are different from the previous episodes of the season; they have been edited to remove any clips that included Sharona in the scene. Replacing those scenes are a couple with the new assistant Natalie.
Tony Armatrading (Mr. Franklin) is credited as Anthony Armatrading.
The end credits omit Bernadette L. Speakes, listed on the official site as Applicant #2, and give that role to Rachel Winfree, listed on the site as Applicant #3. In order to include both actresses and avoid assigning two cast members the same role, the listings here follow the official site.
This episode explains Sharona's absence and introduces Monk's new sidekick, Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard), and her eleven-year-old daughter, Julie (played by thirteen-year-old Emmy Clarke).
Scissor Attack; In the opening scene when Natalie stabs the intruder with a pair of scissors, there is more than a passing resemblance to Hitchcock's 1954 classic, Dial M For Murder, in which Grace Kelly kills her attacker in exactly the same way.
Julie Teeger: He's like Velma in Scooby Doo.
When Monk figures out that Natalie hid her money in a coffee can, Julie rightly compares him to Velma, a brainy character in the cartoon detective show Scooby Doo who always gets everything right.
Pet Store Clerk: Yeah, it's Sergeant Pepper.
The name of the Monk-like parrot who's mourning his dead "wife" refers, of course, to the Beatles song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" from the band's 1967 album of the same name. One line of the lyrics reads, "We'd like to take you home with us, we'd love to take you home"--exactly what many viewers wish Monk would do with the parrot. The parrot's behavior suggests that he's an African lovebird, but I've been informed that he's really a sun conure, which is native to Malaysia.
Title: Mr. Monk and the Red Herring
The term "red herring" originally referred to a salted, smoked herring, so-called for its reddish-brown color (c. 1420). In 1884, it was first used figuratively for a false lead (so-called because fugitives supposedly used red herrings to divert bloodhounds from their trail). Logic teachers and composition instructors use the term to refer to a logical fallacy that distracts the reader or listener from the real issue. Mystery fans will recognize it as a seeming clue that misleads the reader or viewer, and often the protagonist as well.
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