Monk

Monk (2002)

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Mr. Monk Goes to Jail - S2-E16

Factual error: When Monk visits the prison for the first time, he is searched, passed, and has a mini-panic attack because people have touched him. Sharona steps forward to comfort him, and she puts her arms around him. This is a very serious breach of procedure and it is not possible for the guards to miss it, because Sharona has not been searched. It's a common technique for trying to pass contraband called 'a touch through' - a person with an item to be smuggled into the prison (drugs, usually), passes them on to a person who has been searched and is therefore 'clean'. Monk would be taken back to the guard's station to be searched again. He would not be allowed leniency because the guards happen to know or to like him - visitor ingress and egress is always done under CCTV and the guard would know he was being watched - quite possibly by someone who doesn't know who Monk and Sharona are.

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Suggested correction: Sharona was searched first by the female guard.

In fact Sharona breaks away from the female guard to go to Monk. She has NOT been searched.

The correction is correct. The female guard already finished patting Sharona down before the male guard even had a chance to start his pat down of Monk.

Bishop73

Yeah, the correction is correct. I went back six times through that clip: Sharona and Monk both get searched, and then Sharona touches Monk.

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Suggested correction: Randy says when that uncle dies that they were never close, so his leaving him the farm comes as a total surprise. It's still a character mistake, however, Randy is established as the sort of person who could "blank out" a relative that long-lost.

Captain Defenestrator

Mr. Monk and the Miracle - S7-E9

Plot hole: The pharmacist's plan is really stupid. He changes all their meds so they don't work, after drinking from the fountain he changed them back so it appears the fountain healed them. The problem is if they think the fountain healed them they're not going to take their meds, so their pain would come back.

brianjr0412

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Suggested correction: He didn't just change their medication so it didn't work, he changed it so they actually got sicker or worse. Even if they stopped taking their real medication, they'd still feel better than before when they were worse off and still think it was the fountain. But since he wasn't trying to scam anyone out of any money, he didn't need a long term solution for when their pain came back. Just enough to stop the monastery from digging up the fountain.

Bishop73

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Suggested correction: I'm not sure what you mean by "ordinary" cops. Captain Stottlemeyer is the one pulling the file. Plus, we don't see what they had to do to request access the files. There's no indication they just went in and randomly pulled the file with no authorization.

Bishop73

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Suggested correction: The phone is a wall type that connects directly at the back. The jack on the wall is wired, and the phone connects when it's mounted. This was a feature of many wall mounted phones as you didn't want exposed wires.

Mr. Monk Is on the Run (1) - S6-E15

Plot hole: *Spoilers* Monk and Stottlemeyer cook up an ingenious plan to make Monk appear dead, but how the fugitive Monk acquires his regular clothes (in place of Mitch's uniform), the bullet-proof vest and the gun is not addressed. The police are watching Monk's apartment, Disher is watching Natalie and Julie, and Sheriff Rollins is watching Stottlemeyer, leaving us to wonder just how they managed all this right under their fellow cops' noses. (00:43:00)

Jean G

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Suggested correction: Stottlemeyer is a police captain. The sheriff can't watch his every move, and there are still plenty of cops who are loyal enough to Stottlemeyer for him to get one of them to deliver them to Monk or leave the items somewhere for him to retrieve.

Captain Defenestrator

Nice theory, but there's absolutely no hint of it in the episode. The lack of any explanation creates a bit of a plot hole because it leaves us wondering.

Jean G

Mr. Monk and the Three Pies - S2-E11

Factual error: In this episode, when Sharona and Monk arrive to visit his brother, they talk about the swing set. Monk tells Sharona that his father put up the swing when he was 8 years old but this is a much newer swing set. Look at the curved plastic seats: these have come about in the last six to eight years. It also doesn't look at all rusty like a 40 year old swing would.

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Suggested correction: Ambrose is obsessed with leaving the place "exactly the way dad left it for when he comes back." Hoarding old newspapers for him would be a character mistake, but things like keeping the old swingset maintained and up to current safety regulations so everything's perfect "when he returns" would be a thing he'd find to do around the house. His agoraphobia might not be so bad in the yard. Alternately, he could pay someone for yard upkeep, which would include the swingset.

Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty - S4-E16

Factual error: Since Monk has OCD it would be highly unlikely for him to be on a jury. Plus, Monk works for the police department and since he technically works in the criminal justice system, that would have made him exempt from jury duty.

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Suggested correction: First, he would have to ask for exemption in writing prior to serving, with proof, regarding hardship for his OCD. While it's possible his doctor might say serving jury duty would result in physical harm due to his mental illness, it's unlikely to be given by Dr. Kroger. And Monk is not an active peace officer, so that wouldn't earn him an exception.

Bishop73

Mr. Monk Is on the Run (2) - S6-E16

Continuity mistake: At the end, when Dale Biederbeck is screaming at Monk, Dale is sitting in his wheelchair with both his hands down in his lap. The shot cuts in the middle of his sentence, and suddenly he has one hand up on the cell bars. (00:40:30)

Jean G

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Suggested correction: When he says Adrian is trapped in a worse prison, you see him put his hands on the bar. They're not in his lap.

Bishop73

Mr. Monk Makes A Friend - S5-E11

Continuity mistake: Monk leaves his front door standing open in anticipation of his new friend's arrival. No one goes near the front hall, but when Hal gets there, he lets himself in by opening a door that has somehow closed itself. (00:10:30 - 00:11:50)

Jean G

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Suggested correction: That wasn't the front door that was open. It was the door to the bathroom that is open, which is on the other end of the hallway.

Bishop73

No. It's the front door.

Jean G

The door that's open is the bathroom. You can see the sink and a towel hanging up.

Bishop73

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Suggested correction: Natalie doesn't have a sister in this episode. The woman seen is credited as "Aunt Teresa." They're most likely cousins. Children of cousins are often referred to as nieces/nephews. This would make Natalie "Aunt Natalie" to Anne Marie (and Teresa would be "Aunt Teresa" to Julie).

Bishop73

Mr. Monk and the Class Reunion - S5-E6

Continuity mistake: At the start of the episode, when Katherine Rutherford is killed, she lands on her stomach with her eyes wide-open. Yet when Stottlemeyer and Disher arrive and see the cops looking at the body, she is now lying face-up and her eyes are closed. It is hard to believe that the police would move the body that much without first marking its original position with tape.

dmcreif

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Suggested correction: It's a TV and movie trope that cops outline a body with tape or chalk, that's what photographs are for. But if someone found an old lady lying on her stomach, especially without blood, they might roll her over to check if she's OK or could be resuscitated.

Bishop73

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Suggested correction: This is technically true, however, Ecuador is a relatively easy country for US expats to request political asylum in.

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Suggested correction: Not necessarily, as in many cases when someone is trying to claim someone else's inheritance it can take years until such a case is finally resolved by a judge's ruling.

Prince Eitel Joe

The point of the mistake is Randy said all his uncles are dead, but then later, Harvey Disher is alive. The farm wasn't in some probate court for years, Harvey had died the month before.

Bishop73

Mr. Monk Buys A House - S7-E1

Plot hole: Monk and Natalie temporarily incapacitate Jake before crawling all the way down the hall from the bathroom to the living room while pulling a heavy claw-footed bathtub. Exactly why didn't Monk or Natalie think to consider a more permanent solution to preventing Jake from attempting to kill them again, like grabbing his gun and using it to detain him until the police could arrive to arrest him? (00:30:00 - 00:39:05)

dmcreif

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Suggested correction: It's tricky to make that determination. First off they were panicked and possibly facing death. Not to mention he was a large and powerful guy. Maybe they grab the gun and maybe they detain him. You can't fault characters for making rash decisions. He was only incapicated for a short time so it may have been risky to take that option.

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Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece - S6-E14

Factual error: When Stottlemeyer and Randy are at the painter's daughter's home they find a picture showing him in front of Carson papers, which leads the Captain to say: they have a contract with the treasury, they are producing the paper for the U.S. currency. This is wrong: the treasury is not in charge of printing the Federal Reserve Notes. Rather it is the privately owned Fed that prints the Federal Reserve Notes and then lends it to the treasury at interest. And the interest added is the reason why there will never be enough money to pay the interest, i.e. the state debt.

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Suggested correction: While the Federal Reserve is in charge of maintaining our currency (through the creation or destruction of currency, real or digital), the U.S. Department of Treasury is in fact responsible for printing money, through the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Bishop73

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Mr. Monk and the Big Game - S5-E3

Factual error: The hair dryer would not have hurt anyone as it was plugged into a FCI outlet. These outlets will immediately sense the interruption and cut the power to ensure electrical safety. The coach would have been alive. (00:02:23)

Factchecker91

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Suggested correction: You mean a GFCI outlet, but they specifically mentioned the outlet. Natalie points it out, basically saying shouldn't it have prevented the coach being shocked and Monk suspects it was tampered with. Later Disher says it was defective.

Bishop73

Mr. Monk Bumps His Head - S4-E11

Other mistake: The diner Monk enters to eat something after the truck driver gave him five bucks is the same diner that Christie and Sharona are waiting in to meet Monk after work in the episode Monk and the employee of the month. But while this episode is said to be in Wymington, the earlier one is set in San Francisco.

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Suggested correction: This is trivia at best. While the set may be reused, it's not meant to be the same diner. It might be a chain restaurant so they look similar, but the seats inside are different.

Bishop73

Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger - S1-E12

Plot hole: When Monk explains to Miss. Mass how she had murdered Sonny, a flashback of the crime shows that she isn't wearing gloves when she leaves the note to get him to go to the alley. Had the cops checked the note for prints, they would have shown Miss. Mass' fingerprints on it and knew she was responsible for Sonny's death.

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Suggested correction: Just because they lifted fingerprints off the note, there wouldn't be a way to identify them as belonging to Ms. Maas if her prints aren't in the system. As a witness (and ruled out as a suspect because they thought she was blind), they wouldn't have fingerprinted her just because the found unknown prints and wanted to rule her out.

Bishop73

What about gun residue on the hands?

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Suggested correction: It's never wall-to-wall carpeting. It's always a rug, and the Captain even calls it a rug. In the shot of the vacuum and the Captain's feet, you can see the hardwood floor behind him.

Bishop73

Mr. Monk Goes to Jail - S2-E16

Factual error: When Monk visits the prison for the first time, he is searched, passed, and has a mini-panic attack because people have touched him. Sharona steps forward to comfort him, and she puts her arms around him. This is a very serious breach of procedure and it is not possible for the guards to miss it, because Sharona has not been searched. It's a common technique for trying to pass contraband called 'a touch through' - a person with an item to be smuggled into the prison (drugs, usually), passes them on to a person who has been searched and is therefore 'clean'. Monk would be taken back to the guard's station to be searched again. He would not be allowed leniency because the guards happen to know or to like him - visitor ingress and egress is always done under CCTV and the guard would know he was being watched - quite possibly by someone who doesn't know who Monk and Sharona are.

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Suggested correction: Sharona was searched first by the female guard.

In fact Sharona breaks away from the female guard to go to Monk. She has NOT been searched.

The correction is correct. The female guard already finished patting Sharona down before the male guard even had a chance to start his pat down of Monk.

Bishop73

Yeah, the correction is correct. I went back six times through that clip: Sharona and Monk both get searched, and then Sharona touches Monk.

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Trivia: The flight attendant Monk drives crazy in 1-13 is played by his real-life wife. She also plays Sheriff Butterfield in "Monk visits a farm"and the crazy cat lady in 8-14.

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Answer: Stottlemeyer was already upset after the phone call. He was trying to get "Kevin" (who would have to be a judge, but no further character information is given) to issue a restraining order with no evidence of needing one, except that Adrian Monk said she needs one. Kevin said he would need to "sleep on it." So it's clear they've been trying to provide protection and unable to get the results they need, which seems to be based on no one trusting Monk the way Stottlemeyer does. He's just angry that they failed to protect Linda despite all their work. Although it does feel like a scene was cut, or altered, from the show that shows the futile attempts to protect Linda which built up to his outrage.

Bishop73

Answer: While walking upstairs in the victims house randy starts messing with his out of place tennis shoes. When he gets upstairs to monks he has on other shoes. Could have to do with the expensive rug.

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