After a late night drawing, Gold Rush Lottery hostess Marissa Kessler is killed in a random crime of passion, but Monk suspects that there's something more to her murder than is visible. But while investigating, Natalie is approached by the TV station's manager, who asks her to pick the numbers at the next lottery drawing. Strapped for cash, Natalie can't refuse, and does the job so well she is given the position full time, leaving Monk short an assistant. But Natalie eventually finds herself crawling back to Monk after she and Stottlemeyer are accused of rigging the lottery system. Written by
Did You Know?
The advertising with Natalie's picture on the city bus was real and not CGI. The technique is known as "Vehicle Wrap" where the signs are printed on large vinyl sheets and then applied to the vehicle. Including the removal of the old sheets, an ad can be designed, printed and applied in just a few days. See more
The calendar on Dr. Bell's desk that Monk picks up and reads as a "91" shows the date as Friday, July 16th. The most recent year July 16th fell on a Friday was in 2004, but the show is said to take place in the immediate present. See more
Or maybe I just feel insulted.
Dr. Neven Bell
What I do is hard. I am out there, I am sweating out every clue. I am putting killers behind bars. What does she do? What does she do?
[He grabs a calendar off the desk with the date "July 16" on it
[in an approximation of Natalie's lotto voice
91! Number 91! 91! Number 91! 91! Number 91. How hard is that? A talking monkey could do her job, you see. It's embarrassing.
Dr. Neven Bell
Actually that's a 16. See, you're holding it upside down.