After the attempted murder of a former child star from Monk's favorite show, Monk accepts the job as her bodyguard.
Lt. Randall Disher
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Man in Line
Near the end of the episode, as Mr. Monk is holding Christine Rapp at gunpoint, he says a line from one of his favorite episodes, "Grounded for Life". He mentions this is the fifth episode from Season 2 of the show she starred in, but the DVD case he looks at earlier clearly lists "Grounded for Life" just before Episode 4, "Broken Arm, Broken Heart", making it the third episode of that season.
When Monk returns the book, he makes the cashier put the bills directly into his wallet. However, he has no problem handling the coins with his bare hands.
Monk: (as he enters a messy apartment with Natalie) Uh! Don't touch anything.
Natalie: Yeah, I'll try not to.
Monk: I was talking to myself!
Monk: Please! I'm saying please.
Natalie: I'm sorry, Mr. Monk, I'm not moving.
Monk: It's humiliating. Look at me, I'm last in line.
Natalie: Mr. Monk, there are two of us, and you're second.
Monk: Out of two. Second out of two. We call that last.
Monk: No matter how bad things got, I knew if I could just make it to Tuesday night--8:00, Tuesday night--everything would be okay. It would all make sense, at least for half an hour. They were like my other family. Who am I kidding? My real family was my other family.
Kim Kelly: She needs a bodyguard.
Monk: Bodyguard, right.
Kim Kelly: Someone we can trust. I know you're busy...
Monk: Oh, I'll do it.
Kim Kelly: Okay. A thousand dollars a week, is that fair?
Monk: Ummm. Okay, it's a deal. I can't pay it all at once.
Kim Kelly: No, we would pay you.
Monk: Oh, even better.
Monk: A mirror? Oh, very good. Excellent precaution. I see, so that if you're lying in bed and someone breaks in through that door... you have the... triangul...or... I don't get it.
Christine Rapp: It's more of a personal thing. You know, you should really read my book.
Christine Rapp: Shy, huh? I like that in a man.
Kim Kelly: She likes anything in a man.
Stottlemeyer: "Her former costar, Steven Dorn, declared 'Christine Rapp is dead to me.''"
Steven Dorn: That is a figure of speech.
Stottlemeyer: "She's a loudmouth, a liar, and a tramp. Next time I run into her, I hope I'm driving a truck."
Monk: Did you say that? Why would you say that?
Steven Dorn: Because she's a loudmouth, a liar, and a tramp.
Monk: Oh my God. My God. Oh... my... God.
Natalie: You okay?
Monk: This is horrible. It's horrible. What are you drinking?
Monk: Is it hot?
Monk: Good. Pour it into my eyes.
Natalie: Mr. Monk...
Monk: Do it. Blind me!
Natalie: Don't be mad. I know how you hate surprises. So I'm just going to warn you, I'm going to be surprising you.
Monk: Wait, when?
Natalie: In about 10 seconds. This is sort of a heads up, a sort of alert.
Monk: Wait! You can't just burst in here and say "Surprise alert." You have to give me a little warning.
Natalie: Oh, okay, sorry. This is the surprise alert warning. "This is a surprise alert!" Now... surprise!
Natalie: Forget about Christine Rapp and her stupid, stupid book. Everybody in Hollywood's crazy, and if we think about that stuff, nobody would go to the movies.
Monk: I don't go to the movies.
Natalie: Or watch TV.
Monk: I don't watch TV.
Natalie: You get my point.
Natalie: (knocking) Hello! Hello, Mr. Timlinson! I don't think he's home.
Monk: Probably not. He's single and he's dead.
Natalie: Oh, yeah.
Natalie: Are you going in?
Monk: It'd be a crime not to.
Natalie: It'd be a crime if we did.
Monk: So it doesn't matter either way.
Monk: They were the only family I have. Now I got nothing.
Natalie: That's not true, Mr. Monk. You got me. And you have Julie, and you have Randy and the captain. We're your family.
Monk: Ehh, it's not the same.
Natalie: Sure it is.
Monk: You don't say funny things.
Natalie: Sure we do.
Monk: Say something funny.
Natalie: Well, I can't just say funny off the top of my head.
Monk: Cathy Cooper could.
Natalie: Well, she had writers. Okay, wait wait. I got one. "Knock knock."
Monk: That's not funny.
Injoke: Among the names on the Silver Globe ballot are Tyna Hurd and Tara McSherry, the show's new 8th season Production Accountant and Production Secretary, respectively.
Injoke: As the end credits of The Cooper Clan roll as Monk watches it with Christine, associate producers Nathan Perkins, Sheryl Johnson-Poelking, and Sal Savo listed. They're the real-life associate producers on Monk. On the next screen, Ann Kaiser, Silver Tree, and Holden Chang, also staff members, are listed as Cooper Clan staff members as well in the same positions.
Czech Republic: March 3, 2010 on TV Nova
Slovakia: November 29, 2010 on Markiza
Finland: June 9, 2012 on YLE TV1
The Brady Bunch: Numerous references to the 1960s-70s TV show.
* The similarly alliterative titles: Brady Bunch vs. Cooper Clan.
* Both shows are set in the 70s and feature the clothing and slang of the era.
* Cathy Cooper resembles the younger daughter, Cindy Brady, played by Susan Olsen.
* The house interior resembles the house interior of the Brady family.
* The Coopers have a pet dog, Scamp; the Brady Bunch have a pet dog, Tiger.
* Cathy Cooper saying "Adrian, Adrian, Adrian!" and how he's perfect references Jan's referring to her perfect sister as "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"
* There's a horse sculpture on the family table, similar to the one in the Brady Bunch house.
* Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady, published a tell-all bestselling biography, Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg, which chronicled his behind-the-scenes sexual escapades.
* Several of the Cooper child actors had subsequent run-ins with the law, as did some of the Brady child actors.
* "Cooper Clan" episode plot lines--breaking Mom's vase, taking the school crossing guard job way too strictly--are parodies of actual classic Brady Bunch scripts.
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