In this episode (the first one of the series), Monk's wife Trudy is played by the actress Stellina Rusich. She played Trudy in only 4 episodes during seasons 1&2 (up to episode 2-5). After that the part of Trudy Monk was played by the actress Melora Hardin, starting in episode 3-8. Hardin appeared in 10 episodes total, all the way up until the last one, season 8, episode 16.
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In this pilot episode, the character played by Jason Gray-Stanford is listed as "Lt. Deacon". Throughout the rest of the show's run, his name is Lt. Randy Disher.
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Monk's irrational fears in order of severity from most to least are as follows: germs, needles, milk, death, snakes, mushrooms, heights, crowds, elevators.
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Jason Gray-Stanford who plays Lt. Disher originally auditioned for the role of Deputy Mayor Shelden Burger.
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