Trivia: According to co-producer Tom Scharpling, the Mexican homicide cops are purposely written as parodies of Stottlemeyer and Disher, right down to their attitudes, their ranks, their suits, and Captain Alameda's mustache. Even the bumbling lieutenant's name is a little joke on Disher. Plato means "dish" in Spanish.
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Trivia: In "Mr. Monk and the Airplane," Monk and Sharona are boarding the plane when Sharona spies Tim Daly. She is very excited and says she watched him all the time on a show called "Wings." Monk says he never saw that show. Tim Daly and Tony Shalhoub were co-stars on Wings together for many years.
Trivia: Marcy, the obsessed fan of Brad's crime show, complains bitterly about his series changing its theme song. This was written as a little joke on Monk's real life fans, many of whom protested the show's 2nd season musical change from Jeff Beal's instrumental to Randy Newman's vocal theme. Newman's vocals opened this episode as usual, but after Marcy repeats her "don't change the theme song" mantra at the end, Beal's theme was brought back to play over the closing credits. It's been used at the end a number of times since.
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Trivia: When Monk is playing the 'find the queen' game with the crooked busker, one of the onlookers is Andy Breckman, the show's creator. He can be seen smiling in a close-up shot of him after Monk wins a second time. He has glasses, a beard and moustache, and is bald on top.