In this episode, we learn that Monk lived 2.2 miles from the garbage dump as a child.
This episode marks the first time that Monk has been wrong in his "Here's What Happened" explanation. This is also the first episode to feature more than one explanation sequence
Captain Stottlemeyer is seen playing with a yo-yo in this episode. This is a reference to the Season 4 episode "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Wife", in which Stottlemeyer learned that trick in his anger management class.
Natalie: Did you just mail your garbage to someone?
Monk: These are desperate times, Natalie--desperate times.
Natalie: You know what. Mr. Monk, I’m so... disappointed in you.
Monk: What took you so long?
Monk: Some things are bigger than the truth.
Natalie: Like what?
Monk: Like that... mountain of garbage out there!
Natalie: Did you think City Hall was some kind of magical place like the Land of Oz, where nothing bad ever happens?
Monk: Yes, yes I did.
Randy: I did too.
Randy: He’s like a vigilante. A garbage vigilante.
Stottlemeyer: You could say that. But don’t.
Stottlemeyer: Randy, I don’t think we need to stand here and pick apart the “Alice Cooper wants an antique chair” theory.
Monk: I got it all figured. When this truck’s full, I’ll a drive it into the bay. Then come back, get another truck, keep driving them into the bay. One bag at a time, one truck at a time. One bag at a time, one truck at a time.
Monk: It's true, Alice Cooper is a hippie, but he's the bad kind of hippie. He's the kind of hippie that breaks into people's offices, beats them up, and shoots them in the head. Why? To steal their antique chairs.
(about the garbage)
Natalie: I'm starting to get used to...
Monk: You are? Really? Then you'll going to enjoy Hell.
Monk: Yes sir, it just came to me last night in a vision. One, we evacuate the city, every man, woman, and child.
Mayor Ray Nicholson: Evacuate?
Monk: Two, we burn it down. We just burn it. Scorched earth.
Mayor Ray Nicholson: Uhh.
Monk: Then just to be safe, we collect all the ashes and what do we do? We burn the ashes. Three, we bring everybody back and start over. Think of it, we rebuild San Francisco ...from scratch. Start fresh, everything clean. Everything brand new. Gonna have that new city smell. Fresh off the lot, we can even straighten out Lombard Street while we’re at it.
Randy: (to Monk) So you were wrong? 'Cause usually when you say, "Here's what happened," it's pretty much what happened.
Monk: Somebody ate all the cashews.
Natalie: What does that mean?
Monk: It means that he probably liked the cashews best.
Monk: (Pops out from behind the aisle) Do you have any more of these Odor-Eaters?
Drugstore Manager: How many do you need?
Monk: Oh, about...a trillion.