A skydiving student on spring break appears to have drowned in midair - a case strange enough to convince Monk to travel to Mexico to investigate. While there, he must deal with a myriad of phobias, the theft of his luggage, the shortage of his favorite brand of bottled water, and apparent attempts on his life, all while trying to unravel one or more murders that are not what they seem. Written by
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The detectives in San Macros, Captain Alameda and Lieutenant Plato, are thinly disguised versions of Captain Stottlemeyer and Lieutenant Disher. Alameda has the same mustache as Stottlemeyer and Plato is Spanish for "dish" or "plate". Additionally, Alameda and Plato wear the same suits that Stottlemeyer and Disher are wearing in this episode. This is actually the start of a recurring trope (more common to see in the series of Monk novels by Lee Goldberg) that every police department that Monk consults for has equivalents of Stottlemeyer and Disher (the novels "Mr. Monk Goes to Germany" and "Mr. Monk Is Miserable" are good examples of this). See more
Monk reads the coroner's report, which as an official Mexican document would be in Spanish. Monk does not understand Spanish. We know this because he pulls out a Spanish-English dictionary and looks for the Spanish word for "Stop" as he is about to be rundown. See more
[Stottlemeyer and Disher have been told that Monk is dead
In a way, given what he had to deal with, he was the bravest man I've ever known. I measured everything I did against him. He was my yardstick. I never told him that.
Lt. Randall Disher
I'm sure he knew, sir.
I'm sure he did. The son of a bitch knew everything. I want a full-dress funeral. I want the governor there. I want the entire department there with black armbands and white gloves.
Lt. Randall Disher
Sir, Monk wasn't on active duty. We can't go full dress.