A woman is murdered during the San Francisco marathon and Monk suspects her married lover, Trevor McDowell, even though he was running in the race. Although McDowell disappears from the video tape of the race less than halfway through and reappears only at the end, the data from a computer chip indicates that he was present at all checkpoints during the race. After interrogating the murdered woman's ex-husband as a possible suspect only to find that his alibi is probably credible, a frustrated Stottlemeyer provides Monk with a brilliant suggestion--that the computer chip was passed off to someone else during the race. Monk meanwhile has the chance to visit his hero, an aging runner from Nigeria whom Sharona briefly suspects may be the murderer's accomplice--a theory Monk refuses even to consider. When Monk figures out what really happened, he must catch the murderer himself to prove his theory. Written by
Did You Know?
Monk refers to competing in a 1500-meter race when he was in high school in May 1974. At that time, American track and field was not using the metric system; changing to metric distances did not start until 1978. The 1974 race would most likely have been a mile. See more
[McDowell is led in handcuffs to a waiting police car
Officer, just wait a minute. Do you know who I am?
Yes, sir. You sold me a dinette set last year.
Watch your head.
[she puts McDowell in the backseat of the car and shuts the door. Monk comes up and leans to be at Trevor's eye level
Trev, you might want to make a note in case it ever comes up again: these new plastic Hide-A-Keys. It turns out they don't sink. Yeah. They float.