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Lt. Randall Disher
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
When talking to Dr. Kroger, Monk appears to have an aversion to taking medication but he had no problem doing it in "Mr. Monk Goes To The Asylum."
When Monk rubs chalk powder an the placemat to see the original suicide note there is no other writing, but in the flashback where the husband is writing a fake suicide note he is clearly writing on the same placemat as his wife was. If this were true both notes would show up in the chalk powder
Psychiatric medications don't start working overnight. They need to be built up over a few weeks before they have any noticeable effects. Also, a (good) psychiatrist would have started Monk at a low dosage, which would gradually be increased over several months until the right balance was found, eliminating his problems and phobias but still allowing him to do his job.
The water pistol Monk uses is jet black, possibly with a brown handle. Because of child-safety laws, all toy guns have to be brightly colored or have a bright orange cap on the tip of the barrel so children will be safe when holding one. However, this particular pistol is missing both of these features.
Monk asks Sharona for a copy of the woman's suicide note and sees that it's in red ink. How can he tell the color if it's a copy?
When Monk is talking to the car salesman, he has a large ketchup blotch on his shirt pocket. He sees it, but he doesn't remove it. A few seconds later, it's gone. Even if he had rubbed it off, there would still be a spot on his pocket.
When the police are driving to the robbery near the end of the episode, there's a quick scene where Stottlemeyer is half hanging out of the window of the squad car and holding a pistol in his right hand. However, his right arm is supposed to be in a sling. Holding a gun and wearing his sling would be impossible.
Monk: (to Sharona) It's a conundrum. (Chuckles.) Conundrum . . . conun- . . . conundrum. It's a funny word.
Monk: There's something wrong with this [suicide] note.
Monk: I don't know. (Tosses the note back.)
Monk: How're you doing, Toy Store?
Disher: What did you call me?
Monk: "Toy Store." Your name's Disher. Dish, plate, Plato, Play-Doh. Where do you buy Play-Doh?
Disher: Toy store.
Monk: (eating the remains of Stottlemeyer's sandwich) I'm hungry. Is that a crime?
Stottlemeyer: (as Monk is hugging him in his hospital bed) Oh, my God. What have you heard?
Monk: What do you mean?
Stottlemeyer: He never hugs anybody. What's wrong with me?
Sharona: It wasn't your fault.
Monk: Yes, it was. It always is.
Sharona: I know you and Stottlemeyer go way back.
Monk: Oh, yeah. We first met two weeks after I became a detective. He was my fourth partner.
Sharona: You had three partners in two weeks?
Monk: Yeah. They were all nice enough guys. But we just didn't really click, you know.
Sharona: That's hard to believe.
Disher: Thank you.
Monk: He's my captain, too.
Trudy: You can still smell me on that old thing [a pillow]?
Monk: Yes, I can. It's your strawberry shampoo, and that lilac lotion you always wore.
Trudy: You never even liked that lotion.
Monk: I love it now. . . . I love it now.
Monk: I'm afraid of change. And I'm afraid of not changing. And I'm afraid of change. And I'm afraid of not changing.
Monk: You can't rush the Monk.
Sharona: "The Monk"?
Monk: The Monk needs a little fresh air. I will see you cats and kittens outside.
Monk: Secret sauce. Fantastic. What's in that?
Burger Girl: They don't tell us.
Monk: So it's like a mystery. Ah. The Monk likes mysteries. I'm a detective.
Burger Girl: I think it's Russian dressing.
Monk: Oh, man. You just ruined it for me.
Monk: You've been a bad boy, Lester. Me and my posse had better have a word with you.
Sharona: (referring to Monk's Hawaiian shirt) What are you wearing?
Monk: It's a little something called style. You wouldn't understand.
Stottlemeyer: (also reacting to Monk's shirt) Mother of mercy. What happened to you?
Monk: (to Stottlemeyer) You thought I was good before. Wait till you see this. Hey, you might want to take notes or something.
Monk: (to Sharona) You're a big L7. It's a square. That's what you are.
Monk: (to Dr. Kroger) Look at me. I'm--I'm helpless. I'm pathetic. I'm not even a man. Just a broken machine.
Monk: I could never work here. Couldn't wear the uniform. It's not my scene.
Shift supervisor: I would never hire you.
Sharona: You're taking this stuff?
Monk: They're great. You want one?
Sharona: Why didn't you tell me? I'm your nurse.
Monk: This is why. Because I knew you'd bring me down. You're bringing the Monk down, man.
Sharona: Is it you?
Monk: I think so.
Sharona: What happened to the Monk?
Monk: Trudy didn't like him.
Sharona: Neither did I.
Sharona: Adrian, you're sick.
Monk: No, no, I'm well, and you can't stand it, can you? I'm doing fine without you. It drives you crazy.
Sharona: Come on.
Monk: I'm happy, Sharona, for the first time in years, and I love it. I love the Monk.
Monk: Your old man's bringing me down, man. That whole generation. . . .
College Boy: He's younger than you.
Monk: A stop sign is not a suggestion!
Sharona: Yes, it is!
Disher: Hey, Lester. You remember my partner, don't you? You put a bullet in his shoulder. You got anything to say to him?
Sharona: Where are you going?
Monk: New Orleans.
Monk: Mardi Gras.
Sharona: Mardi Gras? Mardi Gras's not for another nine months!
Monk: You know what they say. . . . Wherever the Monk is, it's Mardi Gras.
Sharona: I missed you.
Monk: I missed me, too.
Randy Zisk received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for his work on this episode.
For his performance in this episode Tony Shalhoub won the 2005 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series.
This is the last episode in which Bitty Schram appears as a regular character. Her character, Sharona Fleming, is written out of the series in the next episode, "Mr. Monk and the Red Herring."
Trudy is again played by Melora Hardin, who has taken over the role from Stellina Rusich.
Although this episode is billed by USA as the season finale, it's really more of a semifinale. New third-season episodes will resume in January, with seven more to come (sixteen in all) before the season really ends.
Meredith Lieber (Burger Girl) is credited as Meredith Roberts on USA Network's official Monk site. Lance Krall, the car salesman, played Floppy the Clown in "Mr. Monk Goes to the Carnival" and the bingo card checker in "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies."
Monk: Are you sure you want to throw these away? Because if you do, you'll never see the Monk again.
The plot of this episode resembles that of the 1994 Jim Carrey film The Mask, in which a man who considers himself a loser puts on a mask that transforms him into something wild and opposite from himself, much as the pills transform Monk. At the end of The Mask, a man and a woman are standing together and the man asks, "Are you sure you want to throw this away? Because once you do, you'll never see The Mask again," and the woman responds by throwing the mask away.
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