Lieutenant Adam Kirk (Stephen McHattie) is dropped off at a local carnival, where he is to meet with an informant, John Gitomer. Gitomer promises to give Kirk information on a massive shipment of purple haze coming in, but insists that they go on the Ferris wheel first. They get on the wheel, but just as the wheel starts up, Gitomer starts screaming for someone to stop the ride, as though he's being attacked by Kirk. When the operator shuts down the wheel and Kirk disembarks, Gitomer is dead with a knife stabbed through his heart. Internal Affairs believes that the hot-headed Kirk lost his temper, but Stottlemeyer believes Kirk to be innocent and brings Monk in to clear his name, while Monk simultaneously prepares for a reinstatement hearing. Written by
Did You Know?
According to Stottlemeyer, Monk has helped the SFPD solve six cases (since his departure from the force) as of the start of this episode. Since this is the fifth episode of the series, we have seen four of them at this point. See more
When Monk is in front of the review board, a member throws away a crumpled ball of paper, but it misses the waste basket. In subsequent shots the ball can be seen close to the waste basket, then several feet away, then close to the basket again. See more
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