Sharona's actress sister, Gail, is suspected of murdering Hal Duncan, a fellow actor who dies onstage after Gail stabs him with what she insists is a retractable knife. When Sharona's mother (who thinks that Sharona is Monk's partner, not his assistant) arrives for a visit and Sharona tells her the bad news, Monk and Sharona promise to "do whatever it takes" to discover what really happened. "Whatever it takes" turns out to be a bit more than Monk bargained for, however. After talking with the props manager, he begins to suspect that Jenna Ryan, Gail's understudy, somehow killed Duncan and framed Gail, even though she was at a party on the other side of town when Duncan died. In order to talk with and observe Jenna, he endures a painful half hour at a speed dating service and even agrees to take the dead man's part in the play for two days until a new actor arrives. While Monk is on stage battling stage fright and fully aware that one of the knives on the stage is real, Sharona ... Written by
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The director is impressed by Monk memorizing the entire play in just one viewing. But Monk's first viewing of the play (he asked Sharona when her sister was going to come on stage, so he obviously had not seen it) was interrupted by the murder. However, he wouldn't have to know the entire play. He was playing Burt - Burt (the character) is murdered before the play is interrupted. See more
Speed dating? No, no, that's like Dante's Seventh Circle of Hell.