Monk (2002)

8 mistakes in Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect

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Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect - S2-E7

Deliberate mistake: All the mail bombs are delivered in packages tied with knotted string. The USPO hasn't allowed string-tied packages since the mid-90s (they get caught in automated equipment), but since the knots were crucial to ID-ing the suspect in this episode, that fact had to be ignored.

Jean G

Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect - S2-E7

Continuity mistake: When Monk spills the potted plant and grabs a vacuum cleaner from the hall, he's holding the handle with several large paper towels. When he plugs the vacuum in, he now has a wipe in his hand instead. When he's finished plugging in and turns around, the wipe has vanished and there's nothing in his hands or on the vacuum. But when we cut to a wider shot as he turns the vacuum on, the paper towels reappear on the handle.

Jean G

Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect - S2-E7

Continuity mistake: Monk throws the bomb into the toilet and shuts the door, pulling it towards him. When we see him hit by the blast there's no door in the way, and in the reverse shot looking into the bathroom the door has swung open into the room again, despite the blast radiating outwards. Plus it should have destroyed the door anyway.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect - S2-E7

Plot hole: Technically, Brian Babbage's plan would never have worked due to the fact that all outbound mail goes to a main post office from the local post office and then placed through scanners to determine the contents, which would have inevitably exposed the bomb inside.

Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect - S2-E7

Character mistake: Brian Babbage is such a perfectionist and plans out such an elaborated plan for his crimes that it is very unlikely that he would simply leave the ketchup bottles sticking to the ceiling for the police to be found after he had timed the perfect glue for his plan. Plus, he even had staffers who already knew about the bottles and it would have taken him not more than a single order for the bottles to be removed. (00:23:50)

Prince Eitel Joe

Adrian Monk: Unless I'm wrong, which, you know, I'm not.

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Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico - S2-E2

Trivia: According to co-producer Tom Scharpling, the Mexican homicide cops are purposely written as parodies of Stottlemeyer and Disher, right down to their attitudes, their ranks, their suits, and Captain Alameda's mustache. Even the bumbling lieutenant's name is a little joke on Disher. Plato means "dish" in Spanish.

Jean G

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Question: If Monk is afraid of germs, then why does he keep touching things that could possibly have germs on them like parking meters or books?

Answer: That's the thing about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It's not something rational. He just has to touch things like that. It's not something he can rationally think through. However, since part of his disorder includes an obsession with cleanliness, he also has an assistant walk around handing him wipes periodically. It's like when he gets a cold and uses both a humidifier (because that's what you use when you're congested) and a dehumidifier (to counteract the effects of the humidifier). He may spout rationalizations after he does something, but his compulsions exist outside of any rational thought whatever.

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Answer: Notice also that in the opening credits scene when he is touching parking meters her also wipes his hand on his clothes each time he does it.

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