A 911 call from a judge identifies the man who is about to murder her as rich and obscenely fat financier Dale Biederbeck. But "Dale the Whale" weighs over 800 pounds and can't get up from his bed, making it impossible for him to have committed the murder, despite the 911 call and the testimony of a ten-year-old witness who saw an extremely fat man through the window of the judge's house. The fact that Biederbeck sued Monk's wife for libel after she criticized his ethics in a newspaper article gives Monk added incentive to find him guilty. While Monk and Captain Stottlemeyer try to figure out how Dale could have committed the murder, Sharona gets her chance to play Lois Lane, or rather Florence Nightingale, by briefly serving as Biederbeck's nurse instead of Monk's. She also finds herself attracted to Dale's private physician, Christian Vezza. Written by
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Vezza says that he was conceived during the Northeast Blackout of 1965, a blackout that affected much of the Northeastern United States and left 80,000 people without power for up to twelve hours. Nine months after the blackout, there was supposedly a big increase in births, called the "Blackout Baby Boom." However, examination of birth statistics showed no significant difference compared to previous years. See more
After Monk and the others first meet Dale the Whale, they go see a judge. Monk is placing jelly beans on a scale. When the scene starts there are 4 beans. Monk places 6 more beans and when he is placing the 7th making a total of 11 the close-up shows only 6 jelly beans. See more
[referring to Dale 'the Whale' Biederbeck
In case you're wondering, YES, he really is that fat, okay? He's ORCA! He's horrific!