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* StageMom: As it turns out, Jenna has a Stage ''Dad'' who not only shaped her [[AmbitionIsEvil dangerously ambitious]] personality, but also aided in murdering the victim by stabbing him. As established during Monk's speed date with Jenna, she quotes how her dad always says "When opportunity comes knocking, don't ask question; just kick down the door."


* MurderTheHypotenuse: A variation. Jenna frames Gail for killing the lead male actor in the play so she can have the lead role.

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: A variation. Jenna frames Gail for killing and her father conspire to kill the male lead male actor in and frame Gail so that Jenna can replace her as the play so she can have the lead role.female lead.



* PlotAllergy: In life, the victim was allergic to several foods, including peanuts. Later, it's revealed the victim was convulsing, not from being stabbed, but from an allergic reaction to the peanut oil in the apple he ate.

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* PlotAllergy: In life, the victim was allergic to several foods, including peanuts. Later, it's revealed the victim that he was convulsing, not from being stabbed, but from an allergic reaction to the peanut oil in the apple he ate.


* IsThereADoctorInTheHouse: It plays into the actual murder and Sharona injuring Gail to stop her from stabbing Monk for real onstage when they both see Sharona holding the bottle of peanut oil. The first time, the "doctor" was actually Jenna's father who actually stabbed him and incorrectly diagnosed his pulse. The second time, Jenna's father calls for a doctor on seeing her injured. Monk calls him out for impersonating a doctor.

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* IsThereADoctorInTheHouse: It plays into the actual murder and Sharona injuring Gail tackling Jenna to stop her from stabbing Monk for real onstage when they both see Sharona holding the bottle of peanut oil. The first time, the "doctor" was actually Jenna's father who actually stabbed him and incorrectly diagnosed his pulse. The second time, Jenna's father calls for a doctor on seeing her injured. Monk calls him out for impersonating a doctor.



* PlotAllergy: In life, the victim was allergic to oysters and peanuts. Later, it's revealed the victim was convulsing, not from being stabbed, but from an allergic reaction to the peanut oil in the apple he ate.

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* PlotAllergy: In life, the victim was allergic to oysters and several foods, including peanuts. Later, it's revealed the victim was convulsing, not from being stabbed, but from an allergic reaction to the peanut oil in the apple he ate.

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Sharona's sister Gail gets arrested for supposedly murdering her costar onstage during a performance. Monk and Sharona are suspicious, especially when they find out that Gail's understudy Jenna scheduled a hair appointment months in advance. To get to the bottom of the case, Monk replaces the lead actor.

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* BigSisterInstinct: Sharona works to prove Gail's innocence.


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* IsThereADoctorInTheHouse: It plays into the actual murder and Sharona injuring Gail to stop her from stabbing Monk for real onstage when they both see Sharona holding the bottle of peanut oil. The first time, the "doctor" was actually Jenna's father who actually stabbed him and incorrectly diagnosed his pulse. The second time, Jenna's father calls for a doctor on seeing her injured. Monk calls him out for impersonating a doctor.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: When Monk tries to act out the part of an abusive partner, he can't bring himself to break anything and moves all the stage furniture with precision. Not exactly a good way to express anger, but the audience is enthralled nonetheless.


* HiddenDepths: Played with. While Monk's eidetic memory, his ability to memorize a play after one show ''and'' play the part of a cruel criminal is nonetheless impressive in the eyes of the play's director.

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* HiddenDepths: Played with. While Monk's eidetic memory, memory is no secret, his ability to memorize a play after one show ''and'' play the part of a cruel criminal is nonetheless impressive in the eyes of the play's director.


* HiddenDepths: Played with. While Monk is already a brilliant detective to begin with, his ability to memorize a play after one show ''and'' play the part of a cruel criminal is nonetheless impressive in the eyes of the play's director.

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* HiddenDepths: Played with. While Monk is already a brilliant detective to begin with, Monk's eidetic memory, his ability to memorize a play after one show ''and'' play the part of a cruel criminal is nonetheless impressive in the eyes of the play's director.


* HiddenDepth: Played with. While Monk is already a brilliant detective to begin with, his ability to memorize a play after one show ''and'' play the part of a cruel criminal is nonetheless impressive in the eyes of the play's director.

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* HiddenDepth: HiddenDepths: Played with. While Monk is already a brilliant detective to begin with, his ability to memorize a play after one show ''and'' play the part of a cruel criminal is nonetheless impressive in the eyes of the play's director.


* HiddenDepth: Played with. While Monk is already a brilliant detective to begin with, his ability to memorize a play after one show ''and'' play the part of a cruel criminal is nonetheless impressive in the eyes of the play's director.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: A variation. Jenna frames Gail for killing the lead male actor in the play so she can have the lead role.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: The first flashback simply shows the "doctor" coming up on stage, checking the victim's pulse and claiming he's dead. In Monk's [[TheSummation summation]], we see that the fake doctor pocketed the fake knife, secretly stabbed the victim with a ''real'' knife, and ''then'' checked the pulse and claimed the man dead.
* PlotAllergy: In life, the victim was allergic to oysters and peanuts. Later, it's revealed the victim was convulsing, not from being stabbed, but from an allergic reaction to the peanut oil in the apple he ate.
* SpeedDating: Monk has to go through this in order to get in a word with Jenna. [[HilarityEnsues What follows is a montage of Monk socially stumbling from one speed date after another]].
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Gail expresses how surprised she is that Monk isn't worried about stage fright. He humbly shrugs it off that the rehearsal was easy. She then points out that ''of course the rehearsal is always easy''. Realizing he's going to be performing on a real stage in front of real people, Monk mumbles "[[OhCrap That is true...]]"

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* HiddenDepth: Played with. While Monk is already a brilliant detective to begin with, his ability to memorize a play after one show ''and'' play the part of a cruel criminal is nonetheless impressive in the eyes of the play's director.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: A variation. Jenna frames Gail for killing the lead male actor in the play so she can have the lead role.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: The first flashback simply shows the "doctor" coming up on stage, checking the victim's pulse and claiming he's dead. In Monk's [[TheSummation summation]], we see that the fake doctor pocketed the fake knife, secretly stabbed the victim with a ''real'' knife, and ''then'' checked the pulse and claimed the man dead.
* PlotAllergy: In life, the victim was allergic to oysters and peanuts. Later, it's revealed the victim was convulsing, not from being stabbed, but from an allergic reaction to the peanut oil in the apple he ate.
* SpeedDating: Monk has to go through this in order to get in a word with Jenna. [[HilarityEnsues What follows is a montage of Monk socially stumbling from one speed date after another]].
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Gail expresses how surprised she is that Monk isn't worried about stage fright. He humbly shrugs it off that the rehearsal was easy. easy. She then points out that ''of course the rehearsal is always easy''. easy''. Realizing he's going to be performing on a real stage in front of real people, Monk mumbles "[[OhCrap That is true...]]"

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* HiddenDepth: Played with. While Monk is already a brilliant detective to begin with, his ability to memorize a play after one show ''and'' play the part of a cruel criminal is nonetheless impressive in the eyes of the play's director.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: A variation. Jenna frames Gail for killing the lead male actor in the play so she can have the lead role.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: The first flashback simply shows the "doctor" coming up on stage, checking the victim's pulse and claiming he's dead. In Monk's [[TheSummation summation]], we see that the fake doctor pocketed the fake knife, secretly stabbed the victim with a ''real'' knife, and ''then'' checked the pulse and claimed the man dead.
* PlotAllergy: In life, the victim was allergic to oysters and peanuts. Later, it's revealed the victim was convulsing, not from being stabbed, but from an allergic reaction to the peanut oil in the apple he ate.
* SpeedDating: Monk has to go through this in order to get in a word with Jenna. [[HilarityEnsues What follows is a montage of Monk socially stumbling from one speed date after another]].
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Gail expresses how surprised she is that Monk isn't worried about stage fright. He humbly shrugs it off that the rehearsal was easy. She then points out that ''of course the rehearsal is always easy''. Realizing he's going to be performing on a real stage in front of real people, Monk mumbles "[[OhCrap That is true...]]"
* TruthInTelevision: Any person in the medical field will tell you not to check one's pulse with the thumb, it's not as sensitive as the middle and index finger.

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