Lt. Randall Disher
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Dr. Charles Kroger
From the scene in the dining room it can clearly be seen that a canvas is used as a backdrop through the door. This can be seen from the creases in the canvas and the fact the room does not fit the angles or dimensions of the scene portrayed.
The police department's "four-year hiring freeze" is not plausible. Government agencies usually associate hiring freezes with fiscal year budgets; there would usually be no reason to announce a freeze four budgets into the future. Even if the city government in general were subject to a hiring freeze, it would be extremely unusual for the police department to be subject to a freeze. Because police departments have relatively high turnover compared to other city departments, they are usually in a continuous state of hiring. As employees leave, a freeze would essentially reduce the number of positions in the department. For a department the size of the SFPD (with approximately 3,000 employees), this would result in a loss of hundreds of officers and other employees per year.
Near the end of this episode Adrian Monk looks at himself in the mirror in the butler's room. It had a very obvious smudge in the top right, yet Monk didn't clean it up - surely something that he really would have had to correct?
One of the leading advertisers for Monk, the fastidious character, is Swiffer dusting tools. Swiffer was mentioned and used in this episode.
Uncharacteristically, the usually meticulous Monk, in the guise of a butler, inspects his "master's" fireplace, finds a tiny piece of burned paper near the grill, picks it up with his bare hand, even though he was holding gloves, slips the paper into his suit pocket, even though there had to be a garbage pail, somewhere, and then puts the same hand on his face to cover his eyes, as if he were in pain. All this without having a fit about the filth, unless, the hand-over-the-eyes was a sudden realization of what he did.
Buchanan: I'm not going to ask you again.
Monk: Thank you, sir.
(Monk sees a frog)
Monk: Frog. Frog. Frog. Frog. Frog. Frog. Frog. Frog. Frog.
Natalie: Are you afraid of frogs?
Monk: I don't know; I've never been this close to one.
(a frog hops on Monk's shoe)
Monk: Yes, the answer is yes. Put frogs on the list. Where's the list?
Monk: There's never hope. I wish I drank. Is it wonderful?
Peggy: Yeah, it's pretty great.
Dr. Kroeger: You can let this news completely depress you…
Monk: Okay. Thank you.
Monk: What are you talking about? I'm not going in there alone. That would be like… me… going in someplace alone.
Natalie: You'll be able to look around. You're right there, you're in the belly of the beast.
Monk: Natalie, it's not a good thing, it's a bad thing. Okay, it's a belly and it's a beast. Now come and get me.
Monk: Symmetry. Sweet symmetry.
Monk: (asking about potential heirs) How much did they get?
Monk: And they wanted more…?
Murphy: Apparently they did.
Monk: From now on we're going to be cleaning the house my way. The Monk way.
Suzie the Maid: Who's Monk?
Monk: You see... I grew up in a monastery and the monks were very demanding. We were cleaning constantly, 18 hours a day. Mostly dusting. It was very dusty. Crypts, catacombs, it was holy dust. But still… you know… and that is the Monk way.
Monk: It's better to have loved and lost then to never have loved at all.
Buchanan: Do you believe that, Melville?
Monk: I don't know, sir. It's a tough call.
(When Monk considers keeping his butler job instead of waiting for the police hiring freeze to end)
Stottlemeyer: Look, Monk, I told you I am working on that, okay? Just give me a little more time.
Monk: It's too late, Captain. I've moved on. It's a new dawn.
Disher: What about Natalie?
Monk: I'm hoping that Natalie will remain in my employ. There is a position opening up in the kitchen. Speaking of kitchens, I really must get back. I have a duck in the oven that's not going to braise itself and the master is very particular about that sort of thing. (leaves)
Stottlemeyer: The master?!?
To hide Traylor Howard's pregnancy, Natalie is seen....
- Sitting at a table with Monk and her parents
- standing behind an open car door.
- sitting behind the wheel of a car
- sitting at a table
- sitting behind Leland's desk
- sitting in her bed under the covers
- "pretending" to be pregnant
- sitting behind Leland's desk, and then behind her jacket when she stood.
International air dates:
Greece: Sunday 20th January 2008 at 18.45 on Star
Finland: Saturday 14th February, 2009 at 19:45 on YLE TV1
Slovakia: February 16, 2010 on Markiza
Traylor Howard gave birth a couple of months before this episode aired, so in all likelihood, her real-life pregnancy was built into the episode as a "pillow pregnancy."
Sean Astin and Holland Taylor are listed as Special Guest Stars.
Monk: For the want of a nail, Mrs. Murphy, the kingdom was lost.
This is referencing a rhyme from medieval England, later abridged by Benjamin Franklin who removed all reference to the King for the American version:
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
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