Trudy's father, a game show producer, invites Monk to Hollywood to determine if the host is helping a contestant cheat. Monk has to become a contestant himself in order to clinch the case, as well as to confirm his suspicions about the death of the host's assistant. Written by
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, Ted Levine
, and Jason Gray-Stanford
were written out of this episode. The three actors attempted to renegotiate their contracts and sat out the episode when an agreement was not reached. Schram was fired after the following episode. See more
Monk says the police didn't check out Lizzie Talvo's death because it wasn't a criminal investigation. Her car went off a road for no reason, and even a casual check would have revealed that the brake line was cut rather than frayed. There would have been an investigation. See more
[on the phone with Sharona, talking about Kevin
He's in the kitchen right now, naming every egg salad sandwich he's ever had... Eight, including today... It's - it's not funny... Stop. Stop laughing... Look, Sharona, I - I don't know why you asked him to look in on me, I - I'm not a child! Please stop laughing!... Okay, I'll call you back. Give her my best!... Okay. And when you come back... bring a gun.