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Lt. Randall Disher
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
When Natalie is at the waiting room she has her legs crossed but when she picks up the activity book her legs are crossed the other way.
Trivia: Randy Disher formed his band, the Randy Disher Project, seventeen years ago when he was in twelfth grade, which makes him about thirty-five years old.
Trivia: Monk 's last (and only) visit to a dentist happened thirty-five years ago, when he was twelve, which makes him forty-seven years old in this episode.
Natalie: (asking Monk about his fear of dentists) Okay, how afraid are you? On a scale from 1 to 10.
Monk: Ha, 10? I'm so far beyond 10, I laugh at your 10s. I lie awake at night, dreaming about 10s!
Monk: Well, these two bruises - 10 inches apart. There's another set of bruises exactly 10 inches apart.
Stottlemeyer: Yeah! What caused that?
Monk: Well it must be something 10 inches apart.
Stottlemeyer: Thanks a lot.
Stottlemeyer: Randy, you're no good to me like this. Go to a dentist.
Disher: I have an appointment. Saturday.
Stottlemeyer: Oh, I get it. You don't want to use up your sick days. You're saving your sick days for when you're not feeling sick, is that it? (pause) Let me go talk to Monk. You make me want to talk to Monk.
Natalie: (to Disher) Sweetie, it's okay to cry. It means you have a heart.
Natalie: If anyone says anything, we'll say that--
Disher: My tooth hurts.
Natalie: Yeah. Perfect. You have a toothache.
Disher: Oh, God, God, this hurts!
Natalie: I think you're overdoing it.
Stottlemeyer: You saw it?
Disher: Sort of. I was sedated.
Stottlemeyer: You were sedated? Randy, one time I was under anesthesia. I thought my mustache was a chipmunk.
Detective Patterson: I was the Green Lantern once. It was great. I didn't want to wake up.
Disher: It was as real as you are right now, standing in front of me.
Monk: I'm not standing.
Natalie: This is Randy we're talking about. He'd do anything for you.
Monk: And I'd do anything for him. Except this, Natalie. I can't do it. I have a thing about dentists.
Natalie: You have a thing about everything.
Monk: That's true. But dentists are in a separate category altogether. Okay? I can't even discuss it. I can't even think about discussing it. I can't even talk about thinking about discussing it.
Monk: (to Natalie) I don't get cavities. I brush my teeth twelve times a day and I floss every ninety minutes.
Monk: What's that?
Little Boy: It's a drill.
Monk: Don't be afraid.
Little Boy: I'm not afraid.
Monk: Don't be afraid. Don't be afraid.
Monk: (referring to a wall chart showing gum disease and rotten teeth) I'm pretty sure this is how the Nazis decorated their bunkers.
Dr. Bloom: (offering his hand for Monk to shake) The Adrian Monk? The detective? It's a pleasure to meet you.
Monk: (cringing) Unh! Unh!
Dr. Bloom: Apparently, the pleasure's all mine.
Monk: (to Stottlemeyer) I wasn't really on my game. I have this thing about dentists. Kroger calls it a supermegaphobia. If germs are here and snakes are here, dentists are--You see that branch up there, the second one from the top? The one above that one.
Stottlemeyer: Monk, cut it out. I mean it. This is a floss-free zone.
Natalie: You miss him. I can tell.
Stottlemeyer: Look, Natalie, it's not like we were going steady, okay? We worked together. He was just another cop.
Natalie: That is not true!
Stottlemeyer: You're right. It's not true. He's not just another cop. He was the single most annoying human being to ever wear a badge. (Monk walks by, gargling.) Present company excepted.
Stottlemeyer: I thought you'd like to come along.
Disher: Why? You know, I'm not a cop anymore, Leland. Captain. Look. It's my notebook. No more witness statements. Just lyrics and song ideas now.
Stottlemeyer: You're writing songs?
Disher: Yeah, I wrote seventeen last night. I'm on fire.
Stottlemeyer: I'm sure you are.
Disher: (to Stottlemeyer) I should warn you. You might not like what you hear. It's pretty powerful stuff. You might not be able to handle it.
I don't need a gun
To make me feel strong.
I don't need a captain
To shoot me down all day long.
I don't need your mustache,
Don't you condescend to me.
I don't need nobody,
'Cause, baby, I am free.
International Air Date:
Greece: Sunday 14th October 2007 at 18.45 on Star
The uncut version of Randy Disher's music video "Don't Need a Badge" can be seen (and heard) at usa's website.
Disher's high school band was first mentioned in the special Christmas episode "Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa."
The actor portraying the Chuckling Detective is listed as Gregg Daniel in the end credits but as DeSean Terry on the official USA Network Monk site.
Detective Patterson: I dreamed I was Green Lantern once. It was great.
Green Lantern is the name of several heroic charcters in the DC Comic universe. Created by artist Martin Nodell in 1940, the first Green Lantern was engineer Alan Scott who discovered a mystic lantern and after fashioning a ring from it was empowered with a variety of powers. The character was reimagined by writer John Broome and editor Julius Schwartz in 1959 in a sience fiction vein as test pilot Hal Jordan became a member of a vast interstellar police force called the Green Lantern Corps. A number of other Earthmen have followed in Jordan's footsteps over the years, including John Stewart who is featured in the current Justice League animated series. Green Lantern has always been one of the most colorful and powerful superheroes. He also receives a prominent mention in Donovan's 1966 hit song Sunshine Superman.
Dr. Bloom: Ever see the movie Marathon Man, Mr. Monk?
Marathon Man (1976) is a thriller about a graduate student who is drawn into a plot involving a secret organization headed by a Nazi criminal. In one scene, the main character (Dustin Hoffman) is tortured at the hands of his dentist.
Given the in-jokes that permeate this series, it's possible that Randy Disher's brief attempt to ditch the force for a career as a rock musician reflects the situation of Ted Levine's character, Frank Holman, in the '80s series Crime Story: Holman trades the life of a safecracker/thug/hit man for a successful career as a rockabilly singer in Las Vegas.
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