Season 3 Episode 11

Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 28, 2005 on USA



  • Trivia

    • How did Monk light the match in the coffin, since it was lined with fabric? He could have lit it if it was a white phosphorous-based match, but the productions of those were made illegal in 1901.

    • Monk says that he's never seen his feet., and yet, at some point in "Mr. Monk Gets Fired," he's dancing barefoot in front of Sharona. Did he not look at his feet then? How'd he get his socks off?

    • Natalie says that Trudy has been dead for nine years and Monk confirms this figure, but Trudy died in 1997 and the episode was filmed in 2004, so the correct figure would be seven years.

    • Monk is hit on the head with a shovel, yet we never see a single mark on him.

    • When Monk is adjusting the cinder block that's about to be smashed, he doesn't truly get it centered. And in the next scene, the block has moved an inch or two from its previous position.

    • Near the end of the episode, the wax from Monk's candle has dripped all over his hand. The camera turns to Stottlemeyer then returns to Monk, who is now holding a less-melted candle, and the candle wax on his hand has disappeared.

    • In this day and age, digging frantically for bodies in a huge graveyard is completely impractical. In situations like these, heat sensors can be used to detect body heat. (Such a device was used in the third episode of CSI).

  • Quotes

    • Stottlemeyer: We figure [Monk's] got about forty minutes of air if he's not panicked. (Pause.) Figure on fifteen minutes.

    • Natalie: I hope the crime scene's within walking distance because I'm not driving him.

    • Monk: Here's the thing. I'm a little--shy. I never--I never go barefoot.
      Natalie: It's true. I've never seen his feet.
      Monk: I've never seen my feet. I might have eighteen toes.

    • First Disciple: Wei Ling hasn't spoken in nine years. A vow of silence. He is cleansing his soul.
      Natalie: (to Monk) You should give that a shot.

    • Stottlemeyer: If I go public with this and I'm wrong, I'm going to wind up at the airport picking up cops who still have jobs.

    • Stottlemeyer: It's Sonny Chow's hair. No question about it. He's been dead for six years, and he's my primary suspect.

    • Stottlemeyer: What are you doing?
      Monk: Oh, nothing. I'm just polishing the lightbulbs.

    • Disher: (seeing the letters OW written in blood beside the corpse's hand) "Ow"? Why would anybody write "ow"? Usually that's something you'd say.

    • Natalie: (as Monk puts a small coin in the jar) It says five dollars.
      Monk: Suggested donation. Considered their suggestion. Appreciate their suggestion. Decided to give less.

    • Monk: (as Natalie is leaving) I'm about to solve the case. Aren't you interested?
      Perp: (sneaking up behind Monk) I'm interested. (Knocks Monk out with a shovel.)

    • Stottlemeyer: (referring to Chow's exhumation) Well, that was the opposite of fun.

    • Monk: (to Natalie) That came from the coffin? That's a death pillow? You hit me with a death pillow? Give me a wipe!

    • Natalie: Mr. Monk, this is not in my job description.
      Monk: (looking at pickled organs in jars) Oh, that's okay. I'm fine. What a beautiful pancreas.

    • Stottlemeyer: (looking into the coffin) Hey, you're the expert. Is it him or not?
      Disher: It's just hard to say. Sonny had a lot more hair. (Pause.) And skin.

    • Natalie: (looking at the unconscious Monk) He's smiling?
      Stottlemeyer: I've never seen him look happier.

    • Monk: Has the master ever heard of athlete's foot?

    • Wei Ling: (frustrated with Monk) Jesus Christ, would you just take off your shoes!
      First Disciple: Wei Ling, you have spoken! You must begin again.
      Wei Ling: Oh, forget it.

    • Master Zee: A great sorrow has entered this room.
      Monk: That would be me.

    • Master Zee: (giving Monk a candle) Light is your weapon, Mr. Monk. Be the light.

    • Natalie: We'll ask the wizard what he thinks.

    • Master Zee: (to Natalie) This man is your employer, your master. It is your job to serve him unquestioningly. (To Monk) I would not pay this woman any more money. You must teach her that wealth is in the heart, not in the bank.
      Monk: (to Natalie) It's not in the bank.

    • Monk: (entering empty museum with Natalie) Looks like we missed the crowd.

    • Natalie: Don't you understand? If Sonny Chow is alive, he's murdered at least two people.
      Disher: Uh huh.
      Natalie: You'd have to arrest him.
      Disher: I'd get to meet him.
      Natalie: He might try to kill you.
      Disher: You think so? Wow. That would be so cool! Sonny Chow!

    • Monk: You want to be careful with that [the coffin].
      Chris Downey: I've been doing this job since I was eighteen years old. I think I know what I'm doing, right? I don't go down to the station house and tell you how to beat a confession out of some kid.

  • Notes

    • Oddly, the actor who plays Sonny Chow ("the Cobra") does not appear in the credits either onscreen or at the official site despite appearing (in imaginary archive footage) in the opening segment and (as a corpse) in Monk's reprise of the murder of John Ricci.

    • Kathleen Mary Carthy, who plays the medical examiner, played a similar role (a field tech) in "Employee of the Month." (Her last name is misspelled as "Carty" on the official site.)

    • Mako (Master Zee) is billed as Special Guest Star.

    • The blackened weapon hanging on the wall of the temple resembles a Klingon weapon, which, in turn, was based on an Oriental sword.

  • Allusions

    • Poster
      Just before Monk and Natalie leave the Chow museum there is a brief shot with a poster for a martial arts film called Enter the Cobra, starring Chow. This is a reference to Bruce Lee's classic, Enter the Dragon (Warner Bros., 1973). Lee died in Hong Kong three weeks before the release.