New this month Plot hole: Why is everyone talking about the gun piece as if it's evidence, even the police do. 1st they don't know who called in the tip. 2nd the reporter touched it with her bare hands and kept it for over 24 hours before turning it over to the police, and 3rd the chain of evidence is completely messed up. It would never be considered evidence by police.
New this month Plot hole: Marci makes a diagram of one of Monk's cases and calls it "Mr Monk and the three pies" but she shouldn't even know about that case, it happened the episode before Monk and Marci met, so she wouldn't have been following him around.
New this month Plot hole: The D.A. says that ballistics show that the bullet came from Monk's gun. The simplest thing to do would be to look at the gun, they'd know that it hadn't been fired and was full. With Monk's OCD we know it was cleaned, and the sheriff came in right after, so Monk couldn't have reloaded it. Yet they overlook all of this.
Continuity mistake: When Monk attempts to steal the truck at the gas station and grabs the sleeping driver's keys, he drives the truck in circles and then stops. When he stops, the truck is exactly parallel to the end of the concrete slab where the gas pumps are located. However, when the police arrive, the truck is now at a different angle with the back of the truck now being closer to the end of the concrete slab than the front. The gas station attendant would not have moved the truck himself as the police would have told him not to touch anything at the scene.
Character mistake: Season 3, episode 12, "Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever": When Randy Disher is having Chinese food in his apartment with his new girlfriend, he gets a fortune stating that he is going to get money from his uncle. Randy says that he doesn't have an uncle. In Season 5, episode 14, "Mr. Monk Visits a Farm", Randy inherits a farm from his uncle who appears to have committed suicide, but was actually murdered.
Deliberate mistake: All the mail bombs are delivered in packages tied with knotted string. The USPO hasn't allowed string-tied packages since the mid-90s (they get caught in automated equipment), but since the knots were crucial to ID-ing the suspect in this episode, that fact had to be ignored.
Factual error: In the flashback where Monk is explaining how the money was stolen, the principal finds the 5 dollar bill he wrote "good luck" on and holds it up for everyone to see. The bill he holds is a 5 dollar bill which was released in 2000, with the enlarged Lincoln. The flashback takes place in 1972.
Revealing mistake: Look at the stuntman who stands in for Tony Shalhoub when the balloon crashes and the basket scrapes and bumps along the ground. He is about fifty pounds lighter than Shalhoub, looks nothing at all like him and his hair looks like a Harpo Marx fright wig dyed black. He is one of the most obvious stand-ins I have ever seen.