Season 2 Episode 12

Mr. Monk and the T.V. Star

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 30, 2004 on USA



  • Trivia

    • Although the polygraph does measure your pulse, it also measures many other physiological responses to lying, such as respiration rate and galvanic skin response (sweating). Even if Brad managed to fool one of the sensors, it's extremely unlikely that he would fool them all.

    • Marci starting a petition to save the old theme song is reminiscent to something that happened in real life soon after the series itself changed its theme song from the rhythm, instrumental version to the Randy Newman version.

    • As in "Mr. Monk Goes To The Theater," the scenes that are viewed through the prison glass always reveal the editing process. When they cut from one actor's face to the other, the reflective glass shows both faces (and the lip sync) at all times.

    • At the crime scene, Disher turns off the VCR without gloves or any kind of protection, even though VCR buttons are a good spot to lift fingerprints from. When he handles the tape, he uses a handkerchief.

    • When Sharona has Monk take her picture with Brad Terry, he doesn't go through the elaborate nitpicky taking-and-retaking of pictures we've seen in previous episodes, such as "Theater."

  • Quotes

    • The only signature in Monk's High School Yearbook: Adrian, I'm so proud of you. Mom

    • Marci: (to Monk) Promise me something. If you ever get your own show... don't change the theme song.

    • Stottlemeyer: This is my favorite part, where everyone stands around and you explain the case.
      Terry: Thanks.
      Stottlemeyer: I wasn't talking to you. I was talking to Mr. Monk.

    • Monk: I think I'm finally getting the hang of sixth grade.

    • Monk: (watching a CSI-like drama) What planet are they supposed to be on?

    • Stottlemeyer: (to Disher) I like him. Just a regular guy, like you. Or me.
      Monk: Or me!

    • Sharona: Great. So I'm the victim again? Do you enjoy shooting and stabbing me?
      Monk: No, I don't enjoy it, but it's my job.

    • Stottlemeyer: Where have you been?
      Sharona: Parallel parking.
      Stottlemeyer: For twenty minutes?
      Monk: Parallel means parallel is all I'm saying.

  • Notes

    • Marci warns Monk that if he ever gets his own show, he should never change the theme song. Immediately following this line, the end credits roll, accompanied by Jeff Beal's old Monk theme.
      This scene caps the self-references that pervade this episode, but it also emphasizes USA's sensible solution to the theme song debate: Use the new song for the opening credits and the old one for the closing credits.

    • The uncredited writer who walks past the cart is David Breckman, brother of series creator Andy Breckman, who wrote some of the episodes ("Back to School," "Asylum," and "Married").

  • Allusions

    • Crime Lab S.F.:
      The of the show and the methods used by the detectives to solve their cases are very similar to CSI and its spinoff CSI Miami.

    • Club Car:
      When Sharona and Monk are taking a tour of the studio, note the name on the front of the cart: "Club Car." The Club Car was also the name of the bar/restaurant where the characters sometimes hung out on Wings, the NBC comedy series in which Tony Shalhoub played the cab driver Antonio.

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