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Mr. Monk Goes to the Carnival 

A police officer and friend of Stottlemeyer is framed for a crime he didn't commit involving a ferris wheel. Meanwhile Monk tries to convince Stottlemeyer to get him reinstated.

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Leonard Stokes
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Rob Stefaniuk ...
John Gitomer
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Kitty Malone
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Board Member #1
Carolyn Scott ...
Board Member #2
Philip Williams ...
Landlord (as Phillip Williams)
J.C. Kenny ...
TV Reporter
Scott Wickware ...
IA Cop
Paul A. MacFarlane ...
Medical Examiner
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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 dmreif

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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2 August 2002 (USA)  »

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Trivia

This is the first episode where Monk utters the line "It's a blessing/gift and a curse". See more »

Goofs

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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[Monk and Stottlemeyer look at unclaimed photos from the day of the murder]
Photographer: Here you go. Unclaimed from the day you were asking about. This is everything.
Sharona Fleming: Adrian, I promised Benjy I'd take him on the bumper cars, so we'll meet you later, okay? Just stay close to the Captain, and if you get lost, find a policeman. Promise?
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Bingo.
[He pulls out the photo of Gitomer]
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Look at the sweatshirt.
Adrian Monk: I was thinking the same thing.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Zipped all the way up.
Adrian Monk: But it must've been 95 degrees that night.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Yeah.
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One of the best episodes
20 November 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Forget about the crime, and especially its resolution, because the best bit about this episode is Monk's interview by the review panel to get reinstated as a police officer, and Stottlemeyer's revelation about his support for it. The scene when they meet in the corridor is superb. It is pathetic to watch Monk's reaction, after he gets his hopes up so high and it gives an indication of how far he has come from his breakdown that he thinks he has a hope of working as a police office again, and how others don't see him as competent. Meanwhile Stottlmeyer wants him to solve a murder that implicates an officer with a bad history of beating suspects. The case is the usual stuff (not much physical proof but hoping the bad guy confesses) but still classic stuff.


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