1x06 Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum
First Aired: Aug. 09, 2002 on USA
Summary: While he was about to prepare his dead wife's favorite dinner in her old house to celebrate the anniversary of the day they met, Monk realized he is in the wrong house and got arrested for unlawful entry and then taken to Medford Psychiatric Institute for forty-eight hours of psychiatric…
Main Characters in this Episode
Adrian Monk: I wasn't joking.
Dr. Moris Lancaster: Mm-hmm. [takes back the newspaper clipping about Dr. Gould's murder] Do you know what delusion is? It's a false belief sustained despite clear evidence to the contrary.
Adrian Monk: [turns his attention to the fishing rod] The fishing line.
Dr. Moris Lancaster: Pardon me? What?
Adrian Monk: There was a fishing line in this rod. Where did it go?
Dr. Moris Lancaster: Well, what do you think happened to it? You think I used it to strangle somebody on the ward? [Jane barges in]
Janie: Dr. Lancaster! I'm sorry to interrupt, but I heard he was in here. [She confronts Monk] Where is it?
Adrian Monk: What?
Janie: You know what! My necklace, the one you said reminded you of your wife. He stole it. I know he did.
Adrian Monk: This is ridiculous!
Janie: I took it off in the infirmary. That's the last time I had it. You were in there!
Dr. Moris Lancaster: Well, there's a simple way to solve this. Adrian, empty your pockets. [Monk empties his pockets and the necklace is there]
Adrian Monk: Oh my god.
Janie: Thank you. [snatches it] VERY MUCH!
Adrian Monk: How did that get there? I swear I... don't remember taking it.
Dr. Moris Lancaster: I know you don't. I know.
Sharona Fleming: Well, how much longer?
Dr. Moris Lancaster: That's hard to say. It could be a month.
Sharona Fleming: A month? [They examine Monk, standing out in the garden]
Dr. Moris Lancaster: It could be as long as a year. Adrian is bipolar. He's delusional and he's paranoid. He sees murder mysteries everywhere he turns. In fact, he's befriended another patient, and the two of them are trying to prove that Santa Claus really does exist.
Sharona Fleming: Santa Claus?
Dr. Moris Lancaster: Mm-hmm. They went out on the roof collecting evidence. It would be funny if it wasn't so... dysfunctional. [Dr. Lancaster and Sharona meet Monk] Adrian, look who's here.
Sharona Fleming: Hey, boss. How you feelin'?
Adrian Monk: Ah, I feel good. I can't-I can't wait to go home.
Sharona Fleming: Well, we were just talking about that.
Dr. Moris Lancaster: Adrian, would you mind if I showed your friend some of the artwork that you made yesterday? [He shows some artwork] Oh, here it is. Wait a minute. [shows them a disturbed image of Trudy's grave]
Adrian Monk: Did I draw that?
Dr. Moris Lancaster: You don't remember? Isn't that Trudy's grave?
Sharona Fleming: Um, Dr. Lancaster said that you saw Santa Claus.
Adrian Monk: [scoffs] No, we didn't actually see him. Manny took a picture, but he lost the camera. But we found a piece of a red suit.
Dr. Moris Lancaster: We'd love to see it, Adrian. [Monk looks through his pockets for the piece of Santa fabric that he found, but he finds it missing]
Adrian Monk: It was here. It was in here. A little piece of fabric, you know, of Santa's-Santa's, you know, suit. Okay, no, no. It was a piece of... fabric, and...
Sharona Fleming: Doctor? Can I talk to you privately?
Adrian Monk: Like... Santa's tuis.
Dr. Moris Lancaster: Sure. [He and Sharona walk away]
Sharona Fleming: He's not himself. He needs me. Look, I could be here two, three times a week, okay? I still have my license. Maybe they can give me a job here.
Dr. Moris Lancaster: Sharona, I know you mean well, but the less contact Adrian has with his old life, the better. You can write him a letter. You can bring him something from home. I'm sure he'd like that, but no visits. [Sharona approaches Monk, who is looking under his bed]
Sharona Fleming: Look, Adrian. I-listen, I-I can't take you home right now.
Adrian Monk: Sharona, look at his shoes, just look at his shoes. They're smudged. Could be soot. Those are boat shoes. They're made for traction. And I think, he has been walking on the roof.
Sharona Fleming: Adrian, just try to listen to Dr. Lancaster, okay?
- Goof (revealing mistake): When Mr. Monk checks the back of Trudy's picture the secret message from Sharona is visible though it was facing the wall and wasn't exposed to light.
- Goof (revealing mistake): SPOILER: When Dr. Lancaster shoots Dr. Gould the first time, no bullet hole appears on Dr. Gould's chest, although it is clear that that is where he was shot.
- Goof (factual errors): Mental health facilities such as the one in this episode are careful to keep all doors and windows leading outside carefully locked to prevent patients from wandering off. The second-floor window of Manny's room would certainly have been locked to prevent patients from doing exactly what he did - climb out onto the roof.