Natalie Teeger (episodes 39+)
Lt. Randall Disher
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Trivia: This episode gives us the first look at Randy's apartment.
The truck that "almost killed" Disher was already moving when he stepped into the street. But how did the bad guys know exactly when that would be?
A real witness protection program would not use the same cabin "for 30 years," and would not let the entire town know about it.
The federal witness protection program is administered by the U.S. Marshals Service, not the FBI.
Trivia: Agent Grooms, who was with the ATF in "Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect," is apparently now with the FBI.
Disher should have been suspicious that a "certified letter" from the IRS was delivered by a private courier and not the U.S. Postal Service.
Despite the heavy storm the night before, when Monk and his friends are lost in the woods the next morning, the surroundings are practically bone dry.
If you look carefully, you'll notice that the bent car antenna changes in degree of angle between shots.
When Monk and Captain Stottlemeyer are not sleeping in the bunk beds, both beds are made up with the pillow on the left end. When they're in the beds, Monk's pillow has been switched to the other end.
Stottlemeyer: During your stay your name is Frank Conoway. Here's your ID.
Monk: But this guy doesn't look like me!
Stottlemeyer: Monk, that's a picture of you.
Monk: (Pause.) It is?
Agent Grooms: Don't call any attention to yourselves.
Natalie: Good advice coming from a guy wearing a three-piece suit in the middle of the woods.
Monk: All men are brothers. Every man's . . . bent antenna diminishes me.
Natalie: What are you talking about?
Monk: I don't know.
Disher & Monk: (together) Oh, my God. I've got it. Here's what happened.
Deputy Coby: They're staying in the FBI cabin.
Stottlemeyer: Would you please quit calling it that?
Monk: Stop calling me the Prince of Darkness! That's how rumors get started.
Monk: I am positive I heard a man screaming at 1:15 last night.
Stottlemeyer: That was me. You tied my foot to the bed.
Monk: Captain, I am 100 percent sure that she probably killed him.
Stottlemeyer: What does that mean?
Monk: Ninety-five percent.
Stottlemeyer: Which way, left or right?
Monk: Ummmmm. . . .
Stottlemeyer: Not you!
Monk: I should tell you. I'm afraid of--places.
Natalie: You're always someplace.
Natalie: You're the Prince of Darkness!
Stottlemeyer: Nah, nah. He's not the Prince of Darkness. I've seen him vacuum the ceiling. The Prince of Darkness wouldn't vacuum the ceiling.
Disher: Now I have to go back and arrest my girlfriend for conspiracy and attempted murder. She'll probably break up with me.
Stottlemeyer: I could get used to this.
Monk: Yeah. Nice. You know what would make it even nicer?
Monk: If we were someplace else.
Disher: Looks like we all had a pretty full day. You guys solved the homicide and I led the hitmen into our trap.
Natalie: I know you mean well, but you're bad Karma.
Monk: Bad Karma. Yeah. Bad. Bad.
Martin Willowby: That's why the good Lord invented headphones.
Stottlemeyer: Top or bottom [bunk]?
Monk: Uh, ummmm. . . .
Stottlemeyer: Okay, I'll flip a coin. Heads or tails?
Monk: Ummmmm. . . .
Stottlemeyer: (as Monk starts to throw dirt in the trash) It's just dirt, Monk; you can throw it anywhere. (Pause as Monk attempts to throw the dirt "anywhere" but can't.) Go ahead.
Monk: (to Stottlemeyer about Natalie) I like her. I trust her. I--I depend on her. (Pause.) She'll probably be quitting soon.
Monk: I've got Nature--Nature on my hand! I need a wipe. (Natalie hands him a leaf.) You can't clean Nature with Nature!
Disher: (reading his "fortune" from a cookie)
"A friendly hand will save you from a dirty death."
Stottlemeyer: (about Disher) Kid thinks he's in love. He's the one ought to be in protective custody.
Agent Grooms: I know it's not the Four Seasons, but we've all seen worse.
Monk: I actually don't think I have.
Monk: She's been buying ice all day. That makes sixteen bags she's carried in so far.
Natalie: Maybe she's having a party.
Monk: No food, no beer, no chips, just ice.
Stottlemeyer: Maybe she's having an Adrian Monk party.
Natalie: (to Monk) Come on. I'll buy you a wipe.
Josh Stamberg, who played Agent Grooms in "Sleeping Suspect" (not to be confused with Stottlemeyer's nemesis Agent Colmes in "Godfather") reprises his role in this episode.
Monk: Every man's bent antenna diminishes me.
This silly line is actually an allusion to a beautiful and highly poetic sermon by the Reverend John Donne (1572-1631), which includes the famous line "No man is an island, entire of itself." Monk has in mind another well-known but often misquoted sentence, "Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee." (Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, #17, spelling modernized.) Monk is presumably recalling bits of this poemlike sermon from his college days; Natalie appears to be wholly unfamiliar with it. For the complete (very brief) sermon in the original spelling and an excellent audio recording, click on the More Info link.
Disher: This is like a Twilight Zone episode.
The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), a famous TV show written and produced by Rod Serling, is in constant reruns on the SciFi Channel. The fortune-cookie plot resembles that of the episode "Nick of Time," with William Shatner. Several other TZ in-jokes are scattered throughout "Cabin Fever," including the last name of the next-door neighbors, Willowby, which alludes to the episode "A Stop at Willoughby." It may also be reference to an episode of the second incarnation of The Twilight Zone (1985-1989), where there was an episode called "The Misfortune Cookie." In that episode, a food critic discovers that the fortune cookies at a Chinese restaurant he frequents seem to always foretell the future.
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