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Recap / Monk S 4 E 16 Mr Monk Gets Jury Duty

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Stottlemeyer and Monk both have their own headaches to deal with in the same week — Monk is finally selected for jury duty at the same time that Stottlemeyer has to keep notoriously slippery drug lord Miguel Escobar in custody until he can hand him off to federal authorities. Monk struggles with being the lone juror who senses something suspicious about plaintiff Karl Pillemer's story about the defendant stealing money and attacking him while Stottlemeyer tries his best to keep Escobar secure. But a secret is lurking within the courthouse, and the two may just find their cases are more closely tied together than they think.

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This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Artistic License – Law: The Stottlemeyer and Disher subplot is about them capturing fugitive Miguel Escobar, then keeping him in their custody until he's to be handed off to the feds at the courthouse for an extradition hearing that will transfer him to federal custody. The local (state) and federal courts do not share courthouses in San Francisco, so there would have been no reason to make the transfer in the lobby of the local (state) courthouse. In fact, the transfer would probably be conducted at the jail where Escobar was being held.
  • Dramatic Chase Opening: The episode begins with Stottlemeyer and Disher chasing drug lord Miguel Escobar through an outdoor market and eventually apprehending him.
  • Handy Cuffs: When the SFPD hands off "most wanted" fugitive Miguel Escobar to the feds, they considerately cuff him with his hands in front of him, making his escape attempt easier to accomplish.
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  • Inconvenient Itch: Escobar gets an itchy nose while restrained.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Stottlemeyer and Disher personally capture Miguel Escobar, a notorious wanted fugitive (who sounds like he is on the FBI Top Ten Most Wanted list). A few weeks later, conflict arises between the SFPD and FBI when their Special Agent Lapides shows up in Stottlemeyer's office with a letter from the U.S. Attorney General demanding Stottlemeyer hand custody of Escobar over to the Feds. Stottlemeyer doesn't want to, as he wants to have Escobar tried for a local homicide in San Francisco, but the Feds want him tried for trafficking drugs into seven different states (and possibly several homicides linked to it).
  • Mugged for Disguise: Juror #12 wasn't actually called for jury duty, but instead killed another woman who had been so that she could get onto a jury at the same time as Escobar's arraignment.
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  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Colombian drug smuggler Miguel Escobar is a pretty obvious ripoff of famous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar — since both Escobars were involved in drug smuggling operations to the United States that also involved large numbers of murders. They even have the same surname.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Natalie realizes something must be wrong when she walks by the deliberation room and sees that the blind is uneven, knowing her boss would never willingly leave it that way.
  • Rogue Juror: Monk becomes the lone juror who doesn't think Perry is guilty. It's also done deliberately by Juror #12— she was only there to prolong the trial until she could help Escobar (her lover) escape, so she looked over the shoulder of the juror next to her and voted the opposite way. As it happened, the person next to her was Monk, the only "not guilty" vote, so she ended up voting the same way as the other ten jurors.
  • Skewed Priorities: After the jurors get captured and tied to their chairs, Monk has the idea to grab the evidence knife... And use it to straighten the blinds.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Monk is summoned by court for Jury Duty. Hilarity Ensues, as Monk finds himself trapped in a small room with 11 other people, persisting throughout the episode that he prefers to work alone. Anyway, the jury consists of a bunch of apathetic ignorants who immediately vote guilty just to get out of there quicker. One of whom is a Jerkass, another one has a cold, and the foreman is a Straight Man-turned-grunt. Which has happened before.
  • Would Rather Suffer: Monk tells Natalie he would rather be sucked out of an airplane than have jury duty.
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