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Lt. Randall Disher
When they first arrive for counseling, everyone is introduced to each other but less than a minute later Sharona calls Dalton Padron "Mr. Dalton" (when explaining to the counselor how they know each other).
When Randy is talking about his Mom and her new husband he says that he is 37, but on the Ecuadorian Visa application it states that Dalton Padron's date of birth is 3/26/1960 which, at the time of airing, would have made him 43.
After exiting the closet, Monk asks what day it is, to which Sharona replies they've only been in the closet for five minutes. However, during their time in the closet, Dalton had to load close to a thousand heavy books into his car (he's finished and pulling out when Disher arrives), so it must have been considerably more than five minutes.
In most scenes the letter of Joshua Skinner looks worn and ripped, however the letter handed to Dalton (at the beginning) looks like a new piece of paper.
When Sharona is sitting on the blanket for the picnic, why does Monk refuse to step onto the grass, opting instead to balance precariously on the thin slab of concrete? He's walked on a number of unpaved surfaces by now. It would make sense for him to not want to sit on the grass, but to not stand on it? How did he even get to his concrete perch in the first place? Later in the episode, Monk walks across grass to a concrete bench to give Sharona a few journals.
Disher opens the door of the cabinet, revealing the dead body and starts to gag on the smell. The cabinet isn't exactly airtight. Wouldn't the entire store have smelled? It had been in there for well over a week at least.
When they are stuck in the cave, Monk asks Sharona for the wedding ring back. She slips it off easily and gives it to him, but earlier in the episode, it was too small for her finger and she had to use soap to get it off.
When Sharona is leading Monk out of the cave, the light from the cave entrance is behind them and to their left. She is obviously leading him completely in the wrong direction.
When Monk wakes Sharona up to chase after Dalton, he is wearing pajamas. Dalton is walking away from the house at a fairly brisk pace. In the next scene, Monk and Sharona have caught up to him far away from the house. Monk is now wearing his usual suit. How did he change clothes and still manage to catch up to Dalton?
Monk is trying to go to sleep and is bothered by the crooked shelf. Sharona is already asleep (or at least resting) in her tent. They go outside to chase after Dalton and it is bright daylight outside.
When Monk is trying to sleep but is bothered by the crooked shelf, why exactly is he trying to sleep with the lamp on?
Why do Monk and Sharona read the letter that she picked from Dalton's pocket in the middle of the hall where anyone could walk up and see them? Dalton could not have gotten it from them and subsequently burned it if they had just gone to their room and locked the door.
Why would Dalton have bothered with this entire charade in the first place? As an antique dealer with an interest in history, couldn't he have called the marriage counselor and simply explained that he is researching the history of the prospectors for whatever reason and request to view the journals? The counselor isn't very protective of them. She lets Monk pull one down and start flipping through it without batting an eye.
In the opening sequence when Tolliver is reading Joshua Skinner's letter, we hear Skinner saying "We just finished off the last of the beef jerky and I was about to shoot one of the mules for supper...". The pack animals we see tied up outside the mine, however, are donkeys, not mules.
Lt. Disher tells Monk and Sharona that the man who married his mom is 37. However, the birthdate on the man's visa is 3/26/1960, making him roughly 43, a discrepancy of six years.
Monk says that West Virgina became a state after the Civil War. West Virginia actually became a state in 1863, during the Civil War.
When the marriage counselor is telling Monk and Sharona about the journals, she says there are 947 journals. One of the men who is also there for counseling mentions this later in the episode, but he wasn't there to hear her say the exact number, so how did he know when nobody told him?
"PhD" is misspelled as "Phd" on the Waterford Institute sign.
Monk says that Trudy died "six years ago." This statement would make sense if the episode had aired in 2003, as originally scheduled. However, since the episode was delayed until 2004, "seven years ago" would now be correct.
In Monk and Sharona's room, the two-light lamp sconce is noticeably crooked (left side higher than the right), but Monk doesn't seem to notice it and obsesses about the shelf instead.
Sheriff Mathis: (gun drawn at an attacker) Sir, drop your hammer, or I'll drop mine.
Sharona: Maybe he just loves her.
(Randy hands a picture of Maria to Monk)
Monk: Uh! (pause) Is she rich?
Randy: No. That's the thing. She doesn't have a nickel. I send her some money every month, which she spends on bingo and paintings of Jesus.
Randy: My car's right here whenever you're ready.
Maria: Well, Honey, I think Ron's going to drive me home. I'll call you in the morning. Love you.
Randy: Love you too. (pause) In the morning?
Sharona: (walking past) You can't even get your mother to go home with you.
Monk: (to Sharona, inside the mine) You know who I miss? The coyote.
Dr. Waterford: I believe in Adrian and Sharona.
Sharona: Thanks a lot. Uh, but you should know. We're not really married.
Dr. Waterford: Oh, thank God! Good! Keep it that way.
Monk: Okay, we will. No problem there.
Sharona: Sit down.
Monk: You stand up.
Sharona: You sit down!
Monk: You stand up!
Sharona: Adrian, sit down!
Monk: All right, all right, how about this? How about we both just squat?
Sharona: Here, sit down.
Monk: No way.
Sharona: It's a bench. I mean, I can understand you not wanting to sit down on the ground, but I've seen you sit on a bench before.
Monk: No, no, no, not this one. Yesterday, when we arrived, there was a bird on it.
Monk: (leaving the closet) What day is it?
Sharona: We were only in there for five minutes.
Monk: I don't think so!
Monk: (as he and the group are herded into a closet) This weekend just will not end.
Monk: I can't sleep with a crooked shelf in the room.
Sharona: Well, when you turn the light off you won't see it.
Monk: I wish you could hear yourself sometimes. You live in a dream world.
Sharona: Why don't we just tell Maria what we know?
Monk: She won't believe us. Not without proof. Why would she? I'm a--I'm a cowardly mop salesman and you're my crazy alcoholic wife who attacked her husband for no reason.
Sharona: We're never going to get away with this! They're never going to believe we're really married.
Monk: We have nothing in common. I annoy you all the time. Why wouldn't they believe it?
Monk: (answering cell phone) Hello? Can't talk now. I'm trapped in a cave.
Dr. Waterford: (to Monk) Your first wife is in a place of honor on the mantel, while your current wife is sleeping on the floor.
Landlord: Aren't you supposed to have a warrant?
Disher: Aren't you supposed to have a sprinkler system that works?
Sharona: Oh my God, you're in a cave! I'm so proud of you.
Monk: Thank you. Let's get out of here.
Sharona: Don't worry.
Monk: I don't know how to not worry.
Sharona: You have to sit. This is a picnic.
Monk: I don't sit on the ground. Animals do things on the ground. Terrible, terrible things.
Maria: Adrian Monk? Do you know my son, Randy Disher?
Monk: No, no. Does he sell cleaning supplies? That's what I do.
Dr. Waterford: Aha! Couple number three.
Sharona: We have to do something. Randy's falling apart. I almost feel sorry for him.
Sharona: (to the doctor) We don't kiss. It's not our style.
Disher: They're going to a therapy clinic, Monk. For their honeymoon!
Disher: I know she's not the prettiest woman in the world, but she's my mom and I love her. How can anybody else?
Sharona: Have you been drinking?
Disher: Yes, I have. I couldn't think of any other way to get all this Scotch into my body.
Dr. Waterford: We can't let anger drive the bus. Anger needs to stay at the back of the bus. Or at least it needs to stay behind the yellow line. Because anger is a terrible driver.
Ted Levine, who unfortunately does not appear in this episode, was once Jim Beaver's understudy for a production of Shakespeare's Macbeth. At one point, Beaver injured his knee and Ted had to go onstage and deliver an impromptu variation of Beaver's lines.
This is the only second-season episode in which Ted Levine doesn't appear.
This episode's director, Craig Zisk, is the brother of the show's co-executive producer, Randall (Randy) Zisk.
Susan Kellermann's name is spelled with two ns in the opening credits but one n on the official site and the IMDb. TV Tome information for this actress can be found under both spellings.
This episode was originally scheduled for August 22, 2003, as the "season finale" of the first part of the second season.
Disher: My Spidey senses are tingling.
This is what Spiderman says when he senses danger.
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