Factual error: As demonstrated in the earlier scene where Leonel shot the truck driver/arms dealer, bulletproof vests do not make the wearer immune to bullets. Bulletproof vests are only designed to stop penetrating injury- they do not counteract the high energy of an impacting round, which can easily break ribs and cause internal injury. When Hank empties Leonel's dropped gun into Marco, Marco is barely staggered despite the fact that he just took five rapidly fired bullets in quick succession to his upper chest. That many hits at such close range in such a small zone would have, at minimum, shattered several of Marco's ribs and potentially punctured one or both of his lungs - both critical and incapacitating injuries on their own. As a result, Marco should have been unable to lift his gun to shoot Hank twice in the chest, much less swing an axe. Additionally, at least one bullet appears to strike Marco's clavicle and upper shoulder- both areas that are not protected by the vest. (00:44:00 - 00:45:00)
15th Nov 2015
25th Feb 2015
Continuity mistake: When the police ambush Fury, one of the police cars rams Fury's car from behind and its hood is wedged underneath Fury's rear bumper. But when Fury puts the car into drive to flee from the police, the police car has suddenly backed up a few feet. Fury's AI accelerates the car forward but doesn't move the police car that's blocking Fury in from in front either, and this can be seen because the battering ram is still next to the driver side window. (00:27:50 - 00:29:50)
24th Aug 2014
Continuity mistake: "Nationwide Airways" is the name of the fictional carrier used in the episode, and it even has its own logo and livery. Yet in the exterior shot of the plane pushing back from the gate, it has suddenly transformed itself into a Delta Air Lines plane. It also looks like a 1990s Delta plane while it is taking off. (00:13:05 - 00:15:00)
29th Jul 2014
24th Jun 2014
Continuity mistake: The edition of the San Francisco Chronicle with the headline on Jimmy Cusack's death is dated April 1, 2006. However, at the end of the episode, which is a few days later, the newspaper with the front page photo of Stottlemeyer arresting Ron Neely, is dated March 24, 2006. In addition to the fact that the date of the arrest is a full week before the date of the murder, April 1, 2006 fell on a Saturday, when the episode says the murder was on a Monday night. (00:05:05 - 00:40:25)
24th Jun 2014
Factual error: The newspaper with the front page headline about Jimmy Cusack's death comes out the same morning that he is found dead. In reality, since it's said later that the cleaning crew found his body around 7:00 AM, it would be way too late for his death to have appeared in that same morning's edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. It would more likely appear in the next day's paper, by which time Monk had found out that Cusack had been murdered. (00:05:05)
6th Jan 2014
Continuity mistake: When Monk and Natalie are getting out of their car at Max Hudson's house, there is a woman on the sidewalk walking past the house. As soon as Monk asks, "What station is he on?" the camera angle changes to a view from Max's porch, and said woman suddenly disappears, when she should be seen walking across the driveway. (00:07:55)
11th Nov 2013
Factual error: While Monk and Natalie are waiting for the mayor to exit City Hall with his aide, you can see a cable car turning around the corner behind them. San Francisco City Hall is located on Van Ness Avenue between Grove and McAllister Streets, and this is at least six blocks from the nearest cable car line (which would be the turntable at Powell and Market Streets). (00:20:00 - 00:26:05)
28th Oct 2013
Continuity mistake: When Natalie is noticing Monk's nickname on his registration form, you can see a female extra with black hair, a gray outfit and a purse on her left shoulder walk past Natalie on the left side of the screen. Twenty seconds later, as Natalie is turning and preparing to walk away, the exact same female extra walks past her again, again going in the same direction. Also, in the same shot, you see a male extra with a satchel over his shoulder walk past the camera as Natalie is pulling the form from her purse, and he briefly and instantly reappears walking past Natalie again at the point where she grins and says, "I don't know!" for the second time. (00:05:25 - 00:06:10)
6th Oct 2013
Continuity mistake: When Monk and Natalie are first talking to Kendra Frank, when Kendra says,"Look, they're trying to say he OD'd! Okay? That's impossible! He's been clean for 17 months! I know, I talked to him about it every day!" you can see that Monk has his right arm down by his side. But when the camera changes angle to Natalie replying,"Well, Kendra, we were there. We saw a needle in his arm," Monk's right hand goes from being by his side to scratching the side of his cheek with his finger. (00:13:10 - 00:14:35)
6th Oct 2013
3rd Oct 2013
25th Apr 2013
26th May 2012
Revealing mistake: When Reese opens fire on Adrian, Jack and Natalie at his house, in a shot from Reese's perspective, the squibs from bullet hits on the ground appear to be below the barrel's trajectory. The bullets should be hitting the ground closer to his targets' feet.
26th May 2012
Factual error: In real life, the FBI does not have jurisdiction over routine homicide cases, which are almost always left to the local police. They have no jurisdiction over serial murder at all, unless a federal employee is a victim or one of the murders gets committed on federal property (like an army base, federal prison or national park, or on sovereign territory like a reservation). The only time the FBI would be involved in a homicide is if the individual crossed state lines in committing the crime.
17th Apr 2012
Continuity mistake: At the start of the episode, when Katherine Rutherford is killed, she lands on her stomach with her eyes wide-open. Yet when Stottlemeyer and Disher arrive and see the cops looking at the body, she is now lying face-up and her eyes are closed. It is hard to believe that the police would move the body that much without first marking its original position with tape.
Plot hole: How come Monk and Natalie didn't think it suspicious that Cassie Drake was killed in her house within less than twelve hours after they had found out she was responsible for killing her patient? Since Jake and Ramone were the only two people they had disclosed their findings to (apart from Stottlemeyer and Disher), they should have focused in on Jake much sooner. (00:24:00 - 00:27:00)
Continuity mistake: There are two noticeable continuity errors during the police investigation in Cassie Drake's house. When Stottlemeyer is squatting next to Monk, Monk's right hand instantly changes position between shots. Also notice that there is no sheet over the body at the beginning of the scene, but a few shots later, suddenly the lower part of Cassie's body is covered with a sheet despite no forensic technicians being there to place it. (00:27:00 - 00:27:30)
Continuity mistake: There are two mistakes when Natalie runs up to Monk after he leaves the port-a-potty. First, notice that when Monk is replying to Natalie's first question, her thumb is sticking out, but it isn't when the shot cuts to a front shot of Natalie. Secondly, as Natalie is leading Monk away, her purse has gone from being over her shoulder to being over her elbow, and back when Monk and Natalie turn to see Stork's body fall out of the port-a-potty. (00:11:45 - 00:12:20)
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