Season 8 Episode 5

Mr. Monk Takes the Stand

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 11, 2009 on USA



  • Trivia

    • Part of Monk's evidence that the guy's alibi was phony was the fact that he jackhammered a big block of granite to pieces. Later on, the bad guy's defense attorney attempts to discredit this theory by saying that if the guy actually did jackhammer the block of granite to pieces, then the pieces should be able to be pieced back together like a giant puzzle. The DA should have objected to point this out.

    • When Gildea sees Rudy, he calls him a "dope-smoking, chain-snatching little thug." However, when Monk, with his eidetic memory, recites it back, he says Gildea called him "Quote: a chain-snatching, dope-smoking little thug," transposing the two adjectives.

  • Quotes

    • Gildea: Harrison, it's Adrian Monk. He's never lost a case in his life.
      Powell: Well, neither have I. This'll be great.

    • Friedken: Now, did everyone review the grand jury transcripts and the follow-up reports?
      Natalie: Mr. Friedken, don't worry. They can do this in their sleep.
      Stottlemeyer: In fact, on at least two occasions, Lt. Disher has.

    • Monk: Uh, this is amazing. It's perfect.
      Natalie: Mr. Monk, that's a display stand. The art is out here.
      Monk: Oh. Well, that's junk.

    • Monk: Uh, wipes. Plural. Plural wipes. Wipes.
      Natalie: Okay.
      Monk: It's a dust factory in here.
      Natalie: Mr. Monk, he's a sculptor. It's part of his job.
      Monk: That's no excuse.

    • Powell: Mr. Monk, are you okay?
      Monk: I'm fine.
      Judge: You were making a noise.
      Monk: I don't think so.
      Judge: Could you read that back, please?
      Court Stenographer: "Witness: The defendant removed a sheet revealing a naked eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"

    • Natalie: How do you sleep at night?
      Powell: Like a baby. In a really expensive bed. Thanks for asking, though.

    • Natalie: You can't say no. Well, you can, but you can't.
      Monk: I can, but I can't? I don't understand.
      Natalie: You don't, but you do.

    • Powell: Do you really want to go up against me again, Former Detective Monk?
      Monk: Yes I do. I'll see you on the ball field.
      Powell: The ball field?
      Monk: I've seen your curveball. I can hit it now.
      Powell: Oh, I'm really looking forward to this.
      Monk: No, you're not.

    • Natalie: You're going to do great. You've seen his curveball.
      Monk: I don't even know what that means. I can't believe I'm doing this again.
      Stottlemeyer: I'm proud of you, man. Your'e getting back on the horse.
      Disher: Yeah, Monk, okay, a couple of suggestions. Just a thought, maybe work on not crying--I mean, not quite so much in front of the jury.
      Monk: Okay, that's a good note.
      Natalie: Yeah, also, you can think "mayday" all you want, but it's probably a mistake to yell the word "mayday" from the witness stand.
      Monk: Did I do that?
      Natalie: Just a couple times.
      Stottlemeyer: More than a couple of times.
      Monk: I'd better write these down.
      Stottlemeyer: There are no timeouts.
      Natalie: Right.
      Stottlemeyer: No do-overs.
      Natalie: No heavy, heavy, sweating.
      Stottlemeyer: No, no, no, no.

  • Notes

    • Injoke: Monk notes that they've been to trial 112 times. This is the 113th episode, although several episodes were two-parters and some cases may not have gone to trial.

    • Injoke: The judge is named Santa Croce, after producer and unit production manager Anthony Santa Croce.

    • International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: March 9, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: December 3, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: June 30, 2012 on YLE TV1

  • Allusions