FROM THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (8/26/04):
(by David Bianculli)
"When the Olympics are over Monday, NBC's fall season will start - and so will a new wave of Extras from new first-run shows.
Extras, of course, are jokes producers bury within shows that are caught by eagle-eyed Daily News readers.
Meanwhile, to empty the current mailbag, here are some of the best Extras that have trickled in the last few months, since last season ended.
Also from "Monk," Manhattan's Toby O'Brien - perhaps the all-time Extras champ - took the entire hour to catch what he thought was one long Extra joke.
For the episode called "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month," the setting was a store called Mega-Mart.
"With the vests emblazoned with 'May I help you?' and the fact that they sold guns and ammo, the store was a thinly disguised version of Wal-Mart," O'Brien writes.
"So I found it funny that, as the episode ended, the announcer said, '"Monk" has been brought to you by Wal-Mart.' I'm not so sure Wal-Mart knew they were sponsoring that particular episode, or if they were amused by the connection, but I sure found it funny!"
Yep! That's me, folks!
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