History Trivia / Monk

4th Mar '17 10:38:56 PM jormis29
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** "Mr. Monk and the Airplane" featured a brief cameo from Tony Shalhoub's co-star from ''Series/{{Wings}}'' (Creator/TimDaly) as himself, with Sharona raving about how ''Wings'' was her favorite show. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Adrian swears he never saw it.]]

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** "Mr. Monk and the Airplane" featured a brief cameo from Tony Shalhoub's Creator/TonyShalhoub's co-star from ''Series/{{Wings}}'' (Creator/TimDaly) as himself, with Sharona raving about how ''Wings'' was her favorite show. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Adrian swears he never saw it.]]



** Monk's standoff with Winston Brenner in Monk's darkened apartment in "Mr. Monk and the Blackout", with Monk wearing nightvision goggles, is similar to the climatic scene in ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' where Buffalo Bill (Levine) stalks Clarice Starling (JodieFoster) through a dark basement. Coincidentally, Ted Levine and another actor from that movie, Scott Glenn, would later reunite in "Mr. Monk Is On the Run," but in reversed roles, with Glenn playing the villain and Levine being a supporting protagonist.
** In "Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever," Monk's alias name in witness protection is "Frank Conway," a reference to Shalhoub's character Kevin Conway in ''Film/ACivilAction'' where he costarred with JohnTravolta.

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** Monk's standoff with Winston Brenner in Monk's darkened apartment in "Mr. Monk and the Blackout", with Monk wearing nightvision goggles, is similar to the climatic scene in ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' where Buffalo Bill (Levine) stalks Clarice Starling (JodieFoster) through a dark basement. Coincidentally, Ted Levine and another actor from that movie, Scott Glenn, would later reunite in "Mr. Monk Is On the Run," but in reversed roles, with Glenn playing the villain and Levine being a supporting protagonist.
** In "Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever," Monk's alias name in witness protection is "Frank Conway," a reference to Shalhoub's character Kevin Conway in ''Film/ACivilAction'' where he costarred with JohnTravolta.Creator/JohnTravolta.



* RealLifeRelative: Quite a number of people in Tony Shalhoub's actual family have appeared on the show.

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* RealLifeRelative: Quite a number of people in Tony Shalhoub's Creator/TonyShalhoub's actual family have appeared on the show.
10th Feb '17 9:03:45 PM creader
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** CharacterOutlivesActor: Dr. Kroger appears in the novels ''Mr. Monk Goes to Germany'' and ''Mr. Monk is Miserable'', both of which were published after Stanley Kamel's death. However, they were both set prior to "Mr. Monk Is On the Run", filmed when Kamel was still alive.
10th Feb '17 9:02:42 PM creader
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* TheDanza: [[{{MSNBC}} Lawrence O'Donnell]] plays Judge Lawrence Barr in two episodes.

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* DawsonCasting: Tony Shalhoub is actually six years older than Monk is supposed to be. Hence, though he turns 50 in "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk," he's actually 56 in that episode, which aired in 2009.

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Tony Shalhoub is actually six years older than Monk is supposed to be. Hence, though he turns 50 in "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk," he's actually 56 in that episode, which aired in 2009.



* DirectedByCastMember: Tony Shalhoub was Monk as well as one of the show's executive producers.

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** Two of Tony Shalhoub's ''Series/{{Wings}}'' costars appeared in guest roles: TimDaly AsHimself (complete with an ActorAllusion for Shaloub) in the first season and Steven Weber as the killer of the week in a fifth season episode.
** Monk's former partner in "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month" is played by Enrico Colantoni, who previously appeared in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' with Tony Shalhoub.
** The actor in "Mr. Monk and the Actor" is played by Stanley Tucci, who was considered for the role of Monk and co-starred with Tony Shaloub in ''Film/BigNight''.

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** Two of Tony Shalhoub's ''Series/{{Wings}}'' costars appeared in guest roles: TimDaly AsHimself (complete with an ActorAllusion for Shaloub) in the first season and Steven Weber as the killer of the week in a fifth season episode.
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** Monk's former partner in "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month" is played by Enrico Colantoni, who previously appeared in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' with Tony Shalhoub.
** The actor in "Mr. Monk and the Actor" is played by Stanley Tucci, who was considered for the role of Monk and co-starred with Tony Shaloub in ''Film/BigNight''.
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* MetaCasting: Stanley Tucci, one of the actors originally considered for the role of Monk, plays in "Mr. Monk and the Actor" as David Ruskin, who is playing the role of Monk in a movie. Creator/AlfredMolina, who had also auditioned for the role, appears in "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man" as computer programmer Peter Magneri.
17th Dec '16 2:52:06 PM rafi
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* HideYourPregnancy: Traylor Howard became pregnant before shooting began for the second half of season 5. To avoid causing problems, it was necessary for writers to position Natalie during scenes such that her midsection and below is hidden by items like bags, tables, or car doors. This is evident in "Mr. Monk Makes a Friend" and "Mr. Monk and the Really, Really Dead Guy". In "Mr. Monk Is at Your Service," the writers took advantage of Traylor's pregnancy by incorporating it into the episode. For most of her scenes, Natalie stands or sits in positions that make it so that we see only the section above her chest, (like behind a desk or leaning against her car with the driver's side door open). However, when she needs to rescue Monk from her old obsessive boyfriend, she wards off his advances [[PillowPregnancy by stuffing a pillow down her chest]]. For these scenes, they just filmed her like they would in normal episodes, like in the first half of the season.
19th Nov '16 6:52:34 PM omega05
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** The actor in "Mr. Monk and the Actor" is played by Stanley Tucci, who was considered for the role of Monk and co-starred with Tony Shaloub in ''Film/BigNight''.
23rd Oct '16 12:57:28 PM gjjones
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** Canadian Jason-Gray Stanford as the American Randy Disher.

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** Canadian Vancouver-born Jason-Gray Stanford as portrays the American Randy Disher.
19th Sep '16 2:14:22 PM rafi
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* CastingGag: There are several.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert," Kris Kedder stole the copyright credit to roadie Stork Murray's song, and kills Stork when the guy threatens to sue him. Kedder's actor Brad Hunt is a minor songwriter, according to the IMDB.
** In "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month," Monk's ex-partner Joe Christie is played by Enrico Colantoni, who starred with Tony Shalhoub in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''.
** In "Mr. Monk Joins a Cult," Monk has OCD. The cult leader, Ralph Roberts, is played by Howie Mandel, a big time mysophobe.
** "Mr. Monk, Private Eye" stars Fred Weller as the episode's murderer, Jay Bennett. Weller's cousin Creator/PeterWeller not only directed that episode, but also was the actor playing Captain Stottlemeyer in the TV movie ''The Killer Astronaut'' "Mr. Monk and the Actor".
** Episodes where Tony Shalhoub's wife Brooke Adams or his brother Michael appear.
** In "Mr. Monk and the Dog," when Monk is taking care of Amanda Castle's dog Shelby, Natalie hands him a catch-in-action pooper scooper to help him clean up after her. But what's better? It's a Sha-Poopie! Tony's brother Dan pitched it on ''American Inventor'' in 2006 but it got rejected.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail," Monk goes undercover in a prison as cellmate to a convicted quadruple murderer named Darnell "Spyder" Rudner, who is played by Creator/DannyTrejo. Trejo is an actual ex-convict and a reformed gang member.
** Ambrose's onscreen appearances are not the first time that Tony Shalhoub and John Turturro appeared onscreen together. They previously appeared in ''Film/BartonFink'', where Turturro played a playwright and Shalhoub played a producer Turturro's character consulted for advice.
7th Aug '16 8:29:05 AM dmcreif
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** The episode where Monk learns of a potential lead to Trudy's murderer has Creator/TimCurry playing a ManipulativeBastard who for various reasons is unable to move around much and is immobile, just like [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas Forte]].

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** The episode where Monk learns of a potential lead to Trudy's murderer has Creator/TimCurry playing as a ManipulativeBastard who for various reasons is unable to move around much and is immobile, just like [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas Forte]].



* UnfinishedEpisode: According to an episode guide, there was going to be an episode where the detective solves a murder while on a cruise. The cruise line company that owned the ship was okay with it until they started making numerous demands. The producers eventually decided it was more trouble than it was worth and scrapped the episode. The script didn't go to waste though; it was adapted into the 2014 novel "Mr. Monk Gets on Board".

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* UnfinishedEpisode: According to The author's notes for ''Mr. Monk Gets on Board'' state that there was an episode guide, there was going to be an episode where the detective solves written for season 3 involving Monk and Sharona solving a murder while on a cruise. The cruise line company that owned the ship was okay with it until they started making numerous demands. The producers eventually decided it was more trouble than it was worth and scrapped the episode. The script didn't go to waste though; it was adapted into the 2014 novel "Mr. ''Mr. Monk Gets on Board".Board''.



*** Once this had been done, a few ideas as to how Dr. Kroger would be involved floated around. Having Dr. Kroger help Monk solve the case had to be shot down because this would ruin the clinical doctor-patient detachment. The result is that Dr. Kroger doesn't show up during any of the investigation scenes, and the scene where Dr. Kroger and Monk investigate Francis Merrigan's office has them peer through the window instead of breaking into the office proper because of this.

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*** Once this had been done, a few ideas as to how Dr. Kroger would be involved floated around. Having Dr. Kroger help Monk solve the case had to be shot down because this would ruin the clinical doctor-patient detachment. The result This is that the reason why Dr. Kroger doesn't show up during any of the investigation scenes, and the scene where Dr. Kroger and Monk investigate Francis Merrigan's office has them peer through the window instead of breaking into the office proper because of this.



** Future guest stars Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci were also considered. Amusingly, Tucci's role as David Ruskin in "Mr. Monk and the Actor" is as [[MetaCasting an actor playing Monk.]] Also Molina's role was a man suspiciously similar to Monk.

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** Future guest stars Alfred **Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci were also considered. Amusingly, Tucci's considered for the role as David Ruskin of Monk before Tony Shalhoub was picked. Incidentally, both would guest-star in "Mr. ''Monk'' episodes ("Mr. Monk and the Actor" and "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man" respectively) and received Special Guest Star billing. Amusingly, David Ruskin (Tucci's character) is as [[MetaCasting an actor playing Monk.Monk in a TV movie.]] Also Molina's role was a man suspiciously similar to Monk.Peter Magneri (Molina's character) has some of Monk's eccentricities.
11th Jul '16 7:44:03 AM dmcreif
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* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: When Stanley Kamel died of a sudden heart attack on April 8, 2008 during the production hiatus between seasons 6 and 7, the producers decided that there was no way to try recasting a new actor in the role of Dr. Charles Kroger (as Kamel had played the part in close to half of the 93 episodes that had been made to that point) or have him PutOnABus, so the same heart attack fate was given to Dr. Kroger. As a result, "Mr. Monk Buys a House" is unique in that it has a card reading "In loving memory of Stanley Kamel" before the closing credits at the end. The episode also introduced HectorElizondo as Dr. Neven Bell, a therapist to replace the void left by Dr. Kroger for the remaining two seasons of the show. The replacement therapist does seem to have a noticeable effect on the feel of the remaining episodes, especially season 7.
** CharacterOutlivesActor: Dr. Kroger appears in the novels ''Mr. Monk Goes to Germany'' and ''Mr. Monk is Miserable'', both of which were published after Stanley Kamel's death. However, they were both set prior to "Mr. Monk Is On the Run".

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* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: When Stanley Kamel died of a sudden heart attack on April 8, 2008 during the production hiatus between seasons 6 and 7, 7. There was no way the producers decided that there was no way to could try recasting a new actor in the role of as Dr. Charles Kroger (as Kamel had played the part in close to half of the 93 episodes that had been made to that point) or have him PutOnABus, so the same heart attack fate was given to Dr. Kroger. As a result, "Mr. Monk Buys a House" is unique in that it has a card reading "In loving memory of Stanley Kamel" before the closing credits at the end. The episode also introduced HectorElizondo as Dr. Neven Bell, a therapist to replace the void left by Dr. Kroger for the remaining two seasons of the show. The replacement therapist usage of Dr. Bell instead of Dr. Kroger does seem to have a noticeable effect on the feel of the remaining episodes, especially season 7.
** CharacterOutlivesActor: Dr. Kroger appears in the novels ''Mr. Monk Goes to Germany'' and ''Mr. Monk is Miserable'', both of which were published after Stanley Kamel's death. However, they were both set prior to "Mr. Monk Is On the Run".Run", filmed when Kamel was still alive.



** "Mr. Monk and the Big Game" features a high school mascot named Jen. Her actress? '''Creator/JenniferLawrence'''!

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** "Mr. Monk and the Big Game" features a high school mascot named Jen. Her actress? '''Creator/JenniferLawrence'''!Jen, played by the up and coming Creator/JenniferLawrence (before she became famous as Katniss Everdeen in ''The Hunger Games'' films and Mystique in the ''X-Men'' prequel movies).
3rd Apr '16 10:41:37 AM nombretomado
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Most of the cast have been supporting actors / actresses for years.
** Tony Shalhoub was cabbie Antonio Scarpacci on ''Wings''. He also played a Lebanese-American FBI agent working with DenzelWashington in ''Film/TheSiege'', and was the comic relief of pawnshop owner Jack Jeebs from the ''Film/MenInBlack'' movies, where he was subjected to TommyLeeJones blowing his head off multiple times.
** Monk hired the gal from ''Series/TwoGuysAGirlAndAPizzaPlace'' to be his assistant.
** Jason Gray-Stanford is a long-time anime voice actor.
** [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb]] got tired of skinning women in Ohio, so he joined the SFPD and became a captain.
** "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan" becomes hilarious when you notice Stottlemeyer's tension and friction with NYPD Robbery-Homicide Captain Walter Cage. That's because Captain Cage is played by Mykelti Williamson. Williamson and Levine worked together playing cops in ''Film/{{Heat}}'', where they were respectively Sgt. Drucker and Det. Bosko, two of [[Creator/AlPacino Lt. Vincent Hanna]]'s plainclothes detectives.
** And a few familiar faces pop up throughout the series, including Adam Arkin as Dale the Whale, [[VideoGame/LegacyOfKain Simon Templeman]] and [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Michael Hogan]] in the pilot.
** [[Series/BurnNotice Michael Weston]] turned up in "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut" to stage his girlfriend's death before his brief career as a test pilot. It must have been one of his early missions, just because he got caught.
** [[Series/{{Frasier}} Bulldog]] is an amoral surgeon in "Mr. Monk Goes to the Hospital".
** "Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show" gives us [[Literature/AClockworkOrange Alex]] [[Creator/MalcolmMcDowell DeLarge]] as a snobbish fashion designer.
** "Mr. Monk and the Big Game" has JenniferLawrence, the future [[Film/TheHungerGames Katniss Everdeen]], play Julie's basketball team mascot.
** Apparently Elliot T. Jindrake, after being fired, decided to start practicing law.
** [[EverybodyLovesRaymond Robert Barone]] took up the job of a crooked handyman in "Mr. Monk Buys a House".
** [[Film/ThePrincessDiaries Joe]] quit being Mia's chauffeur and took up psychiatry.
** [[NYPDBlue Sylvia Costas Sipowicz]] is Stottlemeyer's girlfriend in seasons 5 and 6.
** In "Mr. Monk, Private Eye", [[Series/InPlainSight Marshall Mann]] is the guy who hit Linda's car.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert", when Kendra Frank ropes Monk and Natalie into investigating her boyfriend Stork's murder, you think that since she's played by Tamara Feldman, she's obviously [[{{Film/Hatchet}} Marybeth Dunston]] using an alias name to hide from Victor Crowley.
** [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Major Zero]] is the drifter a blind Monk is forced to try identifying while blind in "Mr. Monk Can't See A Thing."
*** In that same episode, we see Eddie Murdoch use a shovel to kill [[Film/DieHard2 Dulles Chief Engineer Leslie Barnes]] and blind Monk.
** Looks like [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Castiel]] also moonlights as a mob boss.
** Randy's mom falls in love with [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga the future mayor of Gotham City]]. When he turns out to be a criminal, she decides to start seeing [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Bobby Singer]].
** From the same episode, [[Disney/WreckItRalph Sgt. Calhoun]] apparently has a second job as a marriage counselor.
** I had no idea that one of the friends of Dr. Kroger's son was [[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Mac]].
** Looks like [[Series/TwentyFour Wayne Palmer]] survived his assassination attempt and has taken up a career as a medical doctor. Or maybe it's [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Robin Wood]] and he's taken a break from helping the Slayer?
** Wait a minute... you mean to tell me that [[spoiler: the man who had Trudy Monk killed]] is [[{{Coach}} Coach Hayden Fox]]?!
** Speaking of survivals, I guess [[Film/{{X-Men}} Sabretooth]] lived and went on to become a bounty hunter in "Mr. Monk and the Big Reward".
*** With one of the other bounty hunters played by DJ Qualls, who is a computer geek, possibly alluding back to his stint as a hacker in ''Film/TheCore''.
*** And before he was holding Tony Stark captive, [[Film/IronMan1 Raza]] was a museum tour guide.
** The man who buries Monk alive and also killed [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Richard Wilkins]] in "Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra" is MarkSheppard, aka [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Crowley]]. He also was FBI Agent Canton Delaware in the two part premiere to season 6 of ''Series/DoctorWho''.
*** And in the same episode, he gets some helpful advice from {{Creator/Mako}}.
** [[Series/TheOffice Dwight Schrute]] just so happens to be the murderer in the baseball episode.
** In "Mr. Monk and the Bully", the wife of Monk's childhood nemesis [[spoiler: and her EvilTwin]] is [[Series/ModernFamily Claire Dunphy]]. And Roderick Brody used to [[Film/TheTrumanShow be Truman Burbank's best friend]].
** The newlywed girl in "Mr. Monk Gets Drunk" is a nice cameo from actress FeliciaDay.
** [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Anya Jenkins]] is a teacher who tries to convince Sharona she's crazy.
** [[spoiler: Trudy's daughter]] turns out to be [[Series/VeronicaMars Meg Manning]].
** Creator/LaurenTom appears in "Mr. Monk and the 12th Man" as the dry cleaner typically annoyed by Monk's habits and also serves as a ChekhovsGunman within the episode.
** Apparently [[Series/StElsewhere Wayne Fiscus]] became a cult leader.
** According to "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man," [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Oswald Harvey]] decided to abandon the Squirrel Nut Zippers shirts (and clothes altogether).
*** Or maybe [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold Batman]] just decided to ditch his costume for a while.
** Creator/PeterWeller, best known for playing the titular character of the original ''Franchise/RoboCop'' franchise, cameos as an actor portraying Captain Stottlemeyer in "Mr. Monk and the Actor". The PornStache further increases the odds you won't recognize him, but if you're familiar with his voice, you'll be like, "Oh, that's who he is!" Weller also directed the episode "Mr. Monk, Private Eye," which starred his cousin Fred Weller as the murderer Jay Bennett.
*** In another tie between ''Franchise/RoboCop'' and this show, the guy who plays the actual murderer in "Mr. Monk and the Other Woman" is Patrick Garrow, who plays a crime boss that tries killing Alex Murphy with a car bomb in [[Film/RoboCop2014 the 2014 reboot]] film.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to the Bank," Dan Castellaneta, the actor who voices [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]], is the pawnshop owner.
** "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail" sees Monk befriend Darnell "Spyder" Rudner, an inmate played by Creator/DannyTrejo. Trejo seems quite at home as he actually is a reformed gang member who did time before turning to acting (although you can tell he's still being typecast as an aggressive person from the criminal lifestyle).
** In "Mr. Monk and the Leper," you see Paul Blackthorne as Officer, er, ''Doctor'' [[Series/{{Arrow}} Quentin Lance]], who turns out to have had leprosy.
** [[Film/HomeAlone Marv]] is the small-town sheriff in "Mr. Monk and the UFO"
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist," we see [[Film/IronMan Happy]] [[Creator/JonFavreau Hogan]] as a dentist who tortures Monk for information about stolen bonds.
** The guy who dies under suspicious circumstances in "Mr. Monk Gets Drunk" is [[Film/TheFugitive Deputy U.S. Marshal Bobby Biggs]].
** [[Series/BreakingBad Ted Beneke]] apparently lived another life as a police detective before he cooked his company's books. Furthermore, George Merkert was the very well-hated boss of the sanitation union.
** [[Series/{{Becker}} Bob]] became a police commissioner.
** That girl customer seen when Monk and the others question Joseph Wheeler in "Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink" is played by Kiernan Shipka, better known to many as Sally Draper from ''Series/MadMen''.
** [[Series/BlueBlood D,A. Robert McCoy]] was Ambrose's next door neighbor in "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies," while Garrett Moore was a TV station manager in "Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever".
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