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Suggested correction: Randy says when that uncle dies that they were never close, so his leaving him the farm comes as a total surprise. It's still a character mistake, however, Randy is established as the sort of person who could "blank out" a relative that long-lost.

Captain Defenestrator

Mr. Monk and the Kid - S3-E16

Character mistake: Stottlemeyer says that the human finger was "still bleeding, freshly severed." But prior to him saying this, when we are shown the finger, there is no bleeding whatsoever and the blood on the severed end had already dried.

Knever

Mr. Monk is the Best Man - S8-E13

Character mistake: At the end, after Stephanie fired the gun, Captain Stottlemeyer shows her the gun's magazine but calls it a "clip." A police captain like Leland would know the difference between a clip and a magazine and would use the right word.

Bishop73

Mr. Monk and the Three Julies - S6-E13

Character mistake: Julie has just passed her driver's test. At the end, she drives up with two teenage friends in the car and offers the stranded Captain Stottlemeyer a ride. Instead of simply accepting, by-the-book cop Stottlemeyer would be lecturing her. California law prohibits new teenage drivers from having other teens in the car. (00:40:15)

Jean G

Mr. Monk Goes Back to School - S2-E1

Character mistake: Sharona invites Monk home for dinner. Monk is playing with his food, and Sharona guesses it is because the potatoes are mixed together with the carrots. Sharona asks Kyle to fetch two plates (So Monk can separate the potatoes and carrots.) As he tilts the dinner plate, Monk succeeds in scraping all the carrots onto one dish - save for one stray potato - all the while speaking. He completes his thought without removing the stray potato. In all other instances, Monk cannot allow such a transgression. He either corrects it before saying his piece, or after. But he cannot let it go.

Mr. Monk Goes Back to School - S2-E1

Character mistake: When Kathy is presenting her model of General Robert E. Lee's surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9th, 1865, she incorrectly states that the surrender occurred "at the courthouse in Appomattox, Virginia." The surrender didn't take place at the actual courthouse, but rather at the McLean House, a private residence selected by Grant and his aides for the meeting of two of the greatest generals in American history. This is a common misconception as the village itself is called Appomattox Courthouse. (00:29:05)

Mr. Monk and the Big Game - S5-E3

Character mistake: When Julie asks "who discovered DNA?", Captain Stottlemeyer says "Watson and Crick. Two British scientists." However, James Watson is American (as of 2021 he's still alive), not British. And the duo only discovered the structure of DNA, not DNA itself. As much knowledge as the Captain demonstrates on the subject, he should know these two facts at least.

Bishop73

Mr. Monk and the Badge - S8-E14

Character mistake: When Monk is talking to the cops on the shooting range about the window washer's story, he says that the window washer said he was on the 7th story of the building. But in the press conference Monk saw in the bar, he said he was on the 6th story. Monk isn't likely to forget a detail like that, especially since it's the detail that's bothering him about the story. (00:19:25)

Captain Defenestrator

Mr. Monk Goes Camping - S8-E12

Character mistake: The campers suspend their packs with food from a tree, while the two criminals watch from behind a tree. Criminal 1 asks, "What are they doing?" Criminal 2 responds, "They're getting their food off the ground, it keeps the bears away." But they only suspend the packs a few feet off the ground, still easily within reach of the criminals and certainly within reach of a bear.

Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece - S6-E14

Character mistake: While the concept of the knife height and stab wound is OK, the way Monk measures the height of the knife is way off. He says it's 48", which is 4 record lengths, but he doesn't put the bottom of the record where the top previously was, sometimes he only moves it half way up. Then the top of the record is above the knife, so it couldn't be 48" even if it was done right. As particular and accurate as Monk is, he wouldn't make this mistake.

Bishop73

Mr. Monk and the Genius - S7-E2

Character mistake: At the beginning when Monk is writing Natalie's check, we see a shot of it, but the I in "nine" isn't dotted. As meticulous as he is, Monk would never leave an I undotted (we've even seen him dot someone else's i) especially since it would bother him.

Bishop73

Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra - S3-E11

Character mistake: Monk says that Croatia is a new country and didn't exist until 1992, but Croatia gained independence in 1991. However, Croatia still existed prior to that, it was just part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. So things could still be made in Croatia.

Bishop73

Mr. Monk Makes A Friend - S5-E11

Character mistake: At the crime scene, the #8 evidence marker is in the bathroom. When Monk and the Captain are examining the body, a #8 evidence marker is seen on the lamp. They wouldn't use a number more than once at a crime scene.

Bishop73

Mr. Monk Goes to Jail - S2-E16

Factual error: When Monk visits the prison for the first time, he is searched, passed, and has a mini-panic attack because people have touched him. Sharona steps forward to comfort him, and she puts her arms around him. This is a very serious breach of procedure and it is not possible for the guards to miss it, because Sharona has not been searched. It's a common technique for trying to pass contraband called 'a touch through' - a person with an item to be smuggled into the prison (drugs, usually), passes them on to a person who has been searched and is therefore 'clean'. Monk would be taken back to the guard's station to be searched again. He would not be allowed leniency because the guards happen to know or to like him - visitor ingress and egress is always done under CCTV and the guard would know he was being watched - quite possibly by someone who doesn't know who Monk and Sharona are.

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Suggested correction: Sharona was searched first by the female guard.

In fact Sharona breaks away from the female guard to go to Monk. She has NOT been searched.

The correction is correct. The female guard already finished patting Sharona down before the male guard even had a chance to start his pat down of Monk.

Bishop73

Yeah, the correction is correct. I went back six times through that clip: Sharona and Monk both get searched, and then Sharona touches Monk.

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Trivia: The flight attendant Monk drives crazy in 1-13 is played by his real-life wife. She also plays Sheriff Butterfield in "Monk visits a farm"and the crazy cat lady in 8-14.

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Question: Is it ever stated (in-universe or otherwise) if Natalie has a second job, or how she can afford everything, including all her new cars (I've seen her in at least 5 new cars, including an Audi)? She's always complaining she's broke, even after it's revealed she's a Davenport. But she also claims she doesn't take money from them. Plus, she's always trying to get Monk to pay her and/or pay her the full amount she's owed.

Bishop73

Answer: Through the entire show, I don't recall her ever mentioning another job. The two explanations I had for being able to afford those cars, was there might have been a life insurance policy after her husbands death (or Mitch left her quite a bit after he died). The other may have been she had accepted some money from her family willingly or unwillingly asked for it. But in truth, I would imagine it was for product placement in the show. Most shows like Monk tend to keep the characters moderately wealthy or financially healthy, so they can insert products or items for the characters to use. Phones, food items, cars etc.

Lummie Premium member

Answer: In one of the episodes it shows her going back home and that she came from money. Her parents are wealthy. Maybe that is the answer.

But in the show after it's revealed she comes from money, she states she doesn't take money from her parents, despite still visiting them.

Bishop73

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