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
[upon noticing a bus with her image on it
I can't believe this is really happening!
I can't either.
[Natalie steps forward and starts to try to clean a smudge off her bus image's cheek
I hate to bring this up, but we've got work to do. Remember your predecessor Marissa Kessler? Murder victim? Multiple stab wounds? Does that ring a bell?
[Natalie steps back
[They continue up the street
OK, Randy and the Captain are probably already there. It should be just around the corner. It's ...