Season 3 Episode 4

Mr. Monk Gets Fired

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 16, 2004 on USA



  • Trivia

    • In "Mr Monk Meets Dale the Whale"; the nurse who trained Sharona is established as someone who speaks very shrill and whiny but in this episode we see her and she sounds totally different.

    • Throughout the series, it has been mentioned several times that Monk never takes off his shoes. Sharona has commented on it a couple of times, when Monk has been asked to remove his shoes (she says things like "That's true. I've never seen him take off his shoes."). In this episode, when Sharona goes to Monk's apartment to check on him and she finds him standing in the living room, staring at the wall, he is wearing his pajamas. When he realizes that he's solved both cases and they are connected, he smiles and starts dancing. Sharona asks him what he's doing and he replies that he's doing a jig. She says he's not doing a jig. She doesn't know what he's doing and doesn't want to know and gets up to leave. During this exchange, the camera focuses on Monk's feet, which are bare.

    • In the coroner's office, Monk says that the pox vaccination indicates that the woman must be from the Baltic states and at least 26 years old because the pox vaccination ended in 1978. In Estonia they still had the pox vaccination in 1988 and maybe in the other Baltic states, too, so Monk's conclusions were slightly off.

    • At the beginning of the episode, a loud splash can be heard and a woman is seen swimming underwater, but there are no spreading circular ripples where she originally entered the pool.

    • When the cops arrest the perpetrator at the end, they don't read him his rights. Oops.

    • Why didn't Stottlemeyer inform the commissioner that Monk could file charges against the department for discrimination? Because of his OCD, I don't think Monk could be terminated from duty so easily.
      However Monk is now an independent contractor so the employment laws don't work here.

    • When Sharona works in the hospital, she is wearing jewelry. At least here in Sweden, nurses aren't allowed to wear jewelry when working.

    • The computer page says "1998 to present" but the Commissioner later refers to them as "ten years' worth of files." 1998 to 2004 is six years, not ten.

    • Monk theorizes that the mountain-climbing fiancé is left-handed, which he is. However, he wears his watch on his left arm. Left-handed people usually wear their watch on their right arm.

  • Quotes

    • Sharona: You told her that stupid Marmaduke joke, and you got a medical plan?

    • Disher: Captain, Monk's here.
      Stottlemeyer: He's where?
      Disher: He's outside in the garage.
      Stottlemeyer: What's he doing here?
      Disher: I don't know. He's Monk.

    • Head nurse: He's out there every day, just sitting there. Kind of creepy.
      Sharona: He's not creepy; he's just sad. (Pause) And creepy. I guess he's both. I'll go talk to him, okay?

    • Job interviewer: What do you think is your greatest strength?
      Monk: (Long pause as he searches for an answer.) My decisiveness.

    • Job Interviewer: (looking at stack of papers) How many magazines did you read?
      Monk: Just one.

    • Job interviewer: Any questions for me?
      Adrian: If I get the job, would I get this chair?
      Job interviewer: (Smiles at him.) Not while I'm here.

    • Dr. Kroger: Adrian, just a little pointer here. You don't have to keep saying "car bomb."
      Adrian: Okay, I'll just say "bomb."

    • Monk: You think your house is that clean, mister? You don't know the meaning of the word "clean."

    • Monk: I haven't had a job interview in twenty years.
      Dr. Kroger: You're going to be fine. You just have to be your. . . (long pause)

    • Stottlemeyer: What did the fire marshal have to say?
      Disher: Two points of origin. And the test for artificial accelerant came back negative. Uh, positive. (To Karen) Could I--should I go back and do it again?

    • Monk: I'm doing a jig.
      Sharona: That's not a jig.
      Monk: What is it, then?
      Sharona: I don't know, and I don't want to know.

    • Young officer: (after Stottlemeyer congratulates him on solving a case) Thank you, sir. I hate these punks.
      Stottlemeyer: (to camera) We don't hate. No, we don't really hate anybody. We try to understand, um, the underlying causes. Particularly the minorities. . . .

    • Stottlemeyer: Nobody is trying to embarrass you, Commissioner, but I am going to rip that hairpiece off of your head. It is a critical piece of evidence.
      Commissioner: You wouldn't dare.
      Stottlemeyer: (to Monk) Are you sure?
      Monk: One hundred percent. (Stottlemeyer pulls the commissioner's hair.) Ninety-three to ninety-four percent. (Stottlemeyer tries again.) Seventy-four percent.

    • Monk: (to Sharona) I was a cop. That's all I ever wanted to be. Couldn't fix the whole world, I knew that, but I could fix little parts of it, one little piece at a time. Put things back together. I--I need it. I need it. I miss it. I miss it so much.

  • Notes

    • The commissioner's friend Carlos Murata has the same last name as Fraidy Cop from "Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger." Relatives, maybe?

    • Glenne Headly, who previously guest-starred in "Very, Very Old Man" and "The Captain's Wife," appears for the third time in this episode as Captain Stottlemeyer's ditzy, documentary-making wife, Karen. Their sons, Jared and Max, are not mentioned.

  • Allusions

    • Sharona: . . .that stupid Marmaduke joke. . .
      Marmaduke is the beloved cartoon Great Dane created and drawn by Brad Anderson that has endured for fifty years, been published in more than twenty countries, and been compiled in more than twenty books that have made over $10 million dollars.

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