On the season finale of 'Monk', Adrian Monk found himself stuck on jury duty. Among his fellow members of the jury were the following actors:
VAN EPPERSON - Postal Worker Juror
KEVIN BERNTSON - Sports Fan Juror
CARLEASE BURKE - Teacher Juror
BRYAN COFFEE - Sneezing Juror
KIMI REICHENBERG - Pierced Girl Juror
BONITA FRIEDRICY - Housewife Juror
BENITO MARTINEZ - Ex-Marine
Should any of these actors ever appear again in a TV series set in San Francisco (or if they already did), then we might be able to claim that they are playing the same characters they played on that jury, since none of them were known by more than their description or at best, by their seating number.
Some of the above jurors seem to have very specific identities - "Teacher Juror", "Postal Worker Juror", "Ex-Marine". But a character's occupation or background history, especially among the lesser supporting cast, is rarely mentioned. And even then, splainins can be found: for example, I'm sure there are plenty of teachers who have to moonlight in a second job because of the notorious low pay in their chosen profession.
At any rate, by remaining nameless these characters may one day provide the trivial links needed to connect 'Monk' to shows like the current ABC offering 'The Evidence', as well as to past series like 'Killer Instinct', 'Midnight Caller', or maybe even as far back as to 'The Streets Of San Francisco'!