Natalie Teeger (episodes 39+)
Lt. Randall Disher
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
In "Mr. Monk and the Panic Room", we learn that Monk is unable to speak to someone unless is looking at them. Here, he cannot bring himself to look at Miss Telenko, yet speaks very directly to her.
Sheryl Thorn is murdered on May 2. However, in "Medicine," Sharona informed Monk that Mardi Gras wasn't for another nine months, meaning that "Medicine" is set in May. If Monk has been on his own for three months at the beginning of "Red Herring," this time frame is impossible, unless the "Vegas" episode takes place in May 2005, three months after it first aired on February 18, 2005.
Monk adamantly claimed that he didn't gamble (and was extremely hesitant to do so, even under extenuating circumstances), but in "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan," he nonchalantly wagered money in a three-card monte game (not realizing that the dealer was crooked, of course).
Monk's initial assumption of murder was based on the way the victim touched the fingerprint pad (upside down and not completely vertical). He consider that "abnormal." But it's possible (and logical) that the victim extended her right arm when facing the elevator back panel (with her back to the door) to do it.
When Natalie and Adrian enter the room where all of the SFPD guys are sleeping off the party, you see a low-top, gray and black cross-trainer sneaker beside the chaise lounge where Lt. Disher is sleeping. The next shot from this angle shows a white, high-top sneaker in the same place.
Stottlemeyer: So that means if I'm drunk as a skunk, completely plastered, I'm as smart as you.
Stottlemeyer: Randy, give me the money. You'll get it back when you get home.
Disher: I'm not ten years old.
Stottlemeyer: Yeah, that's true. Give me the money.
Disher: I'm never gambling again for as long as I live.
Stottlemeyer: Wanna bet?
Disher: A thousand bucks? Sorry.
Natalie: Mr. Monk, don't do it.
Stottlemeyer: Mr. Monk, it's Randy.
Monk: I have to do it. It's Randy.
Natalie: (to Stottlemeyer) He gets hooked on everything. He's the most compulsive person I've ever met. He's like a different species.
Monk: Thank you.
Monk: Blackjack. I've heard of that game.
Natalie: It's not a game, believe me.
Stottlemeyer: (to Disher) You stay there. If you go near those tables again without me, I'll shoot you in the leg.
Monk: Where's your boyfriend [Lewis the bellboy]?
Natalie: Sent him out. Told him I need a certain kind of shampoo.
Monk: Boy, it's like you have superpowers.
Natalie: It's a gift.
Monk: And a curse?
Natalie: No. Just a gift.
Teresa Telenko: (referring to Monk) Is he blind?
Natalie: Define "blind."
Natalie: (referring to the showgirls) Mr. Monk, they're not naked.
Monk: They're nakedish.
Wanda the Barfly: (to Stottlemeyer) Turn around. I want to see your tush. (pause) Those are different pants. Where are the jeans?
Monk: (reading Stottlemeyer's trophy) First place karaoke contest?
Monk: Do you sing?
Stottlemeyer: Apparently. . . .
Disher: (to Stottlemeyer) Money is like the tide. It ebbs and it flows. It's all in the book. Right now my luck's sort of ebbing.
Monk: What are you doing?
Natalie: Poking around.
Monk: You can't do that.
Natalie: I can do anything I want.
Monk: There's an old saying. Don't--change--anything. Ever.
Natalie: That's an old saying?
Monk: I've been saying it for years.
Lewis: Is this an insurance thing?
Stottlemeyer: No. This is a we-ask-you-questions-
Stottlemeyer: I talked to someone.
Monk: Good! There you go. Who?
Stottlemeyer: It was a man. (Pause.) Or a woman.
Monk: Ah. Man or a woman. That narrows it down. So--so--so it wasn't a child.
Stottlemeyer: Could have been.
Natalie: (to Disher) Ohh. I didn't know you had a book. Then you can't lose.
Stottlemeyer: Uh, it's okay, Monk, 'cause me and the other married guys, we--we went down the hall until she left.
Stottlemeyer: Which one of you idiots invited Monk?
Stottlemeyer: Where's my pants? Randy, where's my pants?
Disher: You threw 'em out the window.
Stottlemeyer: Why'd I do that?
Disher: One of the girls bet you a dollar you wouldn't.
Stottlemeyer: (taking a dollar out of his boxer shorts waistband) Looks like she paid up.
Natalie: I've done a lot of things you don't know about.
Monk: Really? Like what?
Natalie: Like none of your business.
Monk: You ever done hard time?
Monk: They [the gamblers] look miserable.
Natalie: They are miserable. You might be the happiest person here.
Monk: Vegas? Las Vegas?
Stottlemeyer: (on the phone and thoroughly drunk) Monk, I solved the case. (Pause.) At least, I think I did.
The casino set featured in this episode is the Montecito, which is used as the home base of the fellow NBC/Universal series Las Vegas.
Eric Gelman, an aspiring actor who played a paparazzi photographer in this episode and "First Paparazzi" in "Mr. Monk and the TV Star," was fatally stabbed on April 17 on his way home from his job at the Marmalade Cafe in Los Angeles. He was 32.
If you enjoy watching Stottlemeyer get drunk, check out Ted Levine's performance in Ellen Foster (where he drives like a maniac and manages to fall upstairs) and Harlan County War (in which he does a jig, sings "Shady Grove," passes out, and wakes up to find Holly Hunter pouring cold water on his head). The classic TV Series Crime Story features a drunken Frank Holman (Ted) in at least one episode ("The St. Louis Book of Blues"). And he sings (Elvis-style rock) in several episodes.
James Brolin is billed as Special Guest Star in this episode.
Daniel Thorn: Two million here, four million there, and pretty soon you're talking real money.
This is a variant on a phrase attributed to former U.S. Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen: "A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking real money."
Louis the Bellboy: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
From a Las Vegas commercial. This slogan implies that all the wild things that go on in Vegas will be kept secret.
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