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
Did You Know?
This episode marks the first appearance of Melora Hardin
as Trudy Monk, who had been portrayed previously by Stellina Rusich
during the first two seasons of the show. Rusich is a Canadian actress who was originally hired when the show was being produced in Canada. When the production was moved back to Los Angeles it was no longer practical to bring Stellina down when she was needed. The producers decided to hire an American actress as they were planning to feature Trudy in a number of future episodes. See more
When Monk finds the discarded video tape cassette he makes a point of keeping it on the assumption it may be important to the case. However, he makes no effort to keep the envelope it was in, which might itself have provided some much needed information for the case (e.g., fingerprints). 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.