Dr. Conrad Gould
Dr. Charles Kroger
Patients in psychiatric hospitals are not allowed phones. How did Monk manage to smuggle one in and call Sharona at the end of the episode?
Trivia: On the back of Trudy's picture, written in glow-in-the-dark ink, it reads: "In Oct 1988 board of directors appointed Gould new director of the institute - Lancaster protected - wrote numerous letters denouncing Gould. You're in danger! Get out"
Mental health facilities such as the one in this episode are careful to keep all doors and windows leading outside carefully locked to prevent patients from wandering off. The second-floor window of the room belonging to the patient with the Santa fixation would certainly have been locked to prevent patients from doing exactly what he did, climb out onto the roof.
A patient in a psychiatric hospital would not be allowed to keep or wear a necklace.
Dr. Lancaster: You do know it's supposed to be a self portrait?
Manny: That's me right there (indicates a small boy at the bottom of the painting).
Dr. Lancaster: Why do you look so small?
Manny: Everybody's small compared to Santa.
Manny: Dr. Lancaster! Dr. Lancaster! Guess what I'm painting?
Everyone (except Monk and Dr. Lancaster): Santa Claus!
Jane: He actually stays up all night and waits for him.
Manny: He's coming soon. It's definitely getting colder out.
Jane: It's August, whackjob!
Cop: Drop the gun, Santa!
Monk: You mean it's a communal bathroom? Every--everyone uses it?
John: This is the Monkey Room. There's a funny story behind how it got that name.
Monk: What is it?
John: I don't know. But it must be a funny story.
Sharona: I can't protect you here.
Monk: What could happen? It's a hospital.
Monk: Hang on, Manny. They're coming to get you. And Merry Christmas.
Monk: There's a lot of, you know, gravity out there. Falling is bad. You know that, right?
Monk: That's a marlin, isn't it?
Dr. Lancaster: Yes. One of two things I caught in Mexico.
Monk: What was the other?
Dr. Lancaster: Dysentery.
Monk: (to Sharona) Good news. I'm seriously considering you for employee of the month.
Manny: It was Santa. As big as life. He was standing by the big chimney, getting ready to slide down. And then, his cell phone rang.
Manny: There've been over four hundred documented sightings of Santa Claus. Scientifically documented. And it's on the Internet, so you know it's true.
Manny: What do you want for Christmas?
Monk: I just want two and two to be four again.
Dr. Kroger: Judge Hackman says you're lucky those people didn't press charges. Or shoot you.
Monk: That's a lot of laundry for a man who just got here yesterday.
John: Thank you. Thank you very much.
Sharona: You're in the wrong house.
Monk: Are you sure?
Sharona: I'm looking at my caller ID. Adrian, get out of there.
John: You know, sometimes I wish I'd joined the Rolling Stones when they asked me.
The majority of "asylum" exteriors for this episode were shot at The Shouldice Clinic in Toronto, Canada--a clinic specializing exclusively in the repair of hernias.
Music: "They're Killing Dr. Gould", "Back Safe At Home", "Losing It?" and "Monk Escapes" by Jeff Beal
The character Jon Wurster was named after Tom Scharpling's real life comedy partner, Jon Wurster.
David Breckman, who co-wrote this episode, is the younger brother of executive producer Andy Breckman.
Despite their up-front billing as regulars, neither Jason Gray-Stanford nor Ted Levine appears in this episode.
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