History Trivia / Monk

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".
19th Mar '16 4:17:05 AM Hossmeister
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16th Mar '16 2:05:28 AM morenohijazo
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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.



* 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.

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* MetaCasting: Stanley Tucci, one of UnfinishedEpisode: According to an episode guide, there was going to be an episode where the actors originally considered for detective solves a murder while on a cruise. The cruise line company that owned the role of Monk, plays in 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 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.Gets on Board".
20th Feb '16 9:56:17 PM dmcreif
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** [[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".
26th Jan '16 8:01:57 PM GrammarNavi
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** The episode where Monk learns of a potential lead to Trudy's murderer has 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 TimCurry Creator/TimCurry playing a ManipulativeBastard who for various reasons is unable to move around much and is immobile, just like [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas Forte]].



** Dale "the Whale" Biederbeck, Monk's recurring ArchEnemy, is played by a different actor in each of his appearances because [[IncrediblyLamePun the role is too large for one guy to carry]]. He's played by Adam Arkin in "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale," by TimCurry in "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail," and by Ray Porter in "Mr. Monk Is On the Run, Part II".

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** Dale "the Whale" Biederbeck, Monk's recurring ArchEnemy, is played by a different actor in each of his appearances because [[IncrediblyLamePun the role is too large for one guy to carry]]. He's played by Adam Arkin in "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale," by TimCurry Creator/TimCurry in "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail," and by Ray Porter in "Mr. Monk Is On the Run, Part II".
11th Jan '16 6:56:56 PM dmcreif
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** 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''.
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** [[Series/BreakingBad Ted Beneke]] apparently lives another life as a police detective in Marin County. Furthermore, George Merkert is a very well-hated union boss.

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** [[Series/BreakingBad Ted Beneke]] apparently lives lived another life as a police detective in Marin County. before he cooked his company's books. Furthermore, George Merkert is a was the very well-hated union boss.boss of the sanitation union.
23rd Dec '15 10:11:28 PM dmcreif
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** To some extent, Monk is one as far as his ancestry. Monk has American ancestry. While Tony Shalhoub is American by birth (having been born in Green Bay, Wisconsin), he also has Lebbanese ancestry.

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** To some extent, Monk is one as far as his ancestry. Monk has American ancestry. While Tony Shalhoub is American by birth (having been born in Green Bay, Wisconsin), he also has Lebbanese Lebanese ancestry.



** Sharona's son Benjy is played by Kane Richotte in the season 1 pilot, as well as all of his season 2 and season 3 episodes, but is played by Max Morrow for all of season 1 except the pilot episode. This is because Richotte's episodes were filmed in Vancouver and also in Los Angeles, while episodes with Morrow were shot in Toronto, and the respective actor couldn't travel to the other coast for filming.

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** Sharona's son Benjy is played by Kane Richotte in the season 1 pilot, as well as all of his appearances in season 2 and season 3 episodes, 3, but is played by Max Morrow for all of season 1 except the pilot episode. This is because Richotte's episodes were filmed in Vancouver and also in Los Angeles, while episodes with Morrow were shot in Toronto, and the respective actor couldn't travel to the other coast for filming.



* OutOfOrder: There are three cases where the continuity is kinda interrupted.

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* OutOfOrder: There are three cases where While for the continuity is kinda interrupted.most part many of the episodes can be watched as procedural episodes without much concern for continuity, this happens a few times due to the episode-airing schedule not being the same as the production schedule:
11th Dec '15 9:34:54 PM dmcreif
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** John Turturro plays Adrian's older brother Ambrose, but he's actually four years ''younger'' than Tony Shalhoub.

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** John Turturro plays Ambrose is Adrian's older brother Ambrose, but he's actually brother. In real life, John Turturro is four years ''younger'' than Tony Shalhoub.



** All of the flashbacks with Trudy are this. Incidentally, if Trudy were alive today, she'd be five years older than Melora Hardin. But it's played straight: the flashback to Trudy's death in the series finale, for instance, depict Trudy when she was 35. Hardin was 42 at the time.



** In "Mr. Monk and the Bully", the wife of Monk's childhood nemesis [[spoiler: and her EvilTwin]] is [[Series/ModernFamily Claire Dunphy]].

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** 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]].



** [[Series/BreakingBad Ted Beneke]] apparently lives another life as a police detective in Marin County.

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** [[Series/BreakingBad Ted Beneke]] apparently lives another life as a police detective in Marin County. Furthermore, George Merkert is a very well-hated union boss.



** Two of Tony Shaloub'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 Shaloub.

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** Two of Tony Shaloub's 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 Shaloub.Shalhoub.



** It's notable that often the episodes were not aired in the order they were produced. "Mr. Monk and the Other Woman" was the seventh episode aired but the third to be filmed, which accounts for why Stottlemeyer and Disher suddenly seem to have reverted to being openly antagonistic towards Monk when they had begun to mellow towards him in "Mr. Monk Goes to the Carnival".
** "Mr. Monk Is On the Air" also aired out of order. It was probably meant to be aired after "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert" and before "Mr. Monk Meets His Dad", but ended up instead airing in February as part of the second half of season 5 between "Mr. Monk Is At Your Service" and "Mr. Monk Visits a Farm". You can tell because the episode is set in August 2006 while "Mr. Monk Is At Your Service" is set in April 2007. Additionally, Natalie's hair is longer, the episodes bracketing it had Traylor Howard using various items to [[HideYourPregnancy hide her pregnancy]] while she isn't doing so in this episode. Lastly, Natalie is driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee like in seasons 3 and 4 plus the first half of season 5, when in the rest of season 5.5 she drives a Buick Lucerne.

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** It's notable that often the episodes were not aired in the order they were produced. "Mr. Monk and the Other Woman" was the seventh episode aired but the third to be filmed, which accounts for why Stottlemeyer and Disher suddenly seem to have reverted regressed to being openly antagonistic towards Monk when they had begun to mellow towards him in "Mr. Monk Goes to the Carnival".
** "Mr. Monk Is On the Air" also aired out of order. It was probably meant to be aired after "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert" and before "Mr. Monk Meets His Dad", but ended up instead airing in February as part of the second half of season 5 between "Mr. Monk Is At Your Service" and "Mr. Monk Visits a Farm". You can tell because the episode is set in August 2006 while "Mr. Monk Is At Your Service" is set in April 2007. Additionally, Natalie's hair is longer, the episodes bracketing it had Traylor Howard using various items to [[HideYourPregnancy hide her first pregnancy]] while she isn't doing so in this episode. Lastly, Natalie is driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee like in seasons 3 and 4 plus the first half of season 5, when in the rest of season 5.5 she drives a Buick Lucerne.



** Tony's brother Michael Shalhoub has played three characters throughout the series' run:

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** Tony's brother Michael Shalhoub has played three characters throughout the series' run:played:



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Randy's original last name in the pilot was Deacon. Which led to a stealth joke: the first two letters of his and Stottlemeyer's first and last names put together spells "Lestrade" ('''Le'''land '''St'''ottlemeyer and '''Ra'''ndy '''De'''acon).

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Randy's **Randy's original last name in the pilot was Deacon. Which led to a stealth joke: the first two letters of his and Stottlemeyer's first and last names put together spells "Lestrade" ('''Le'''land '''St'''ottlemeyer and '''Ra'''ndy '''De'''acon).
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** [[Series/BreakingBad Ted Beneke]] apparently lives another life as a police detective in the Bay Area.

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** [[Series/BreakingBad Ted Beneke]] apparently lives another life as a police detective in the Bay Area.Marin County.
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