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In Mr. Monk and the Three Pies we meet Adrian's brother Ambrose. When Captain Stottlemeyer comes to Ambrose's house Ambrose gives him a cup of coffee with a number 6 on the mug.

Adrian explains that the number is to represent where the mug should go in the cupboard (between 5 and 7). From the transcript:

00:35:06 Why is it numbered?
00:35:07 Mother numbered ..
00:35:09 So we'd always put them back in the right order.
00:35:11 Of course she did.

Was Monk's mother also OCD, that she needed to have the mugs in a certain order, or was Adrian's and Ambrose's need for order such that she numbered the mugs so that her two sons wouldn't have to agonize about which mug went where?

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Ambrose had been living in that house for 32 years before this episode so it´s more plausible to understand that he established the order of the cups or more probably both brothers did when they were younger.

It´s true that the mother was supposed to have some mental issues as she was 'catatonic' (perhaps and exaggeration) for some time after their father left them.

  • I updated my question from the transcript, which states that their mother is the one who numbered the mugs. – Jack B Nimble Oct 22 '12 at 17:30
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No, Adrian developed OCD at a young age, which meant that he was the one who pu the numbers on the cups

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    I updated my question from the transcript, which states that their mother is the one who numbered the mugs. – Jack B Nimble Oct 22 '12 at 17:28

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