When an officer dies after drinking poisoned wine sent to Captain Stottlemeyer as a Christmas gift, the captain suspects Frank Prager, who tried to shoot him outside a bar several months earlier. Searching the crime scene for clues, Monk notes that the bullet holes seem to form a pattern, but neither he nor Stottlemeyer can figure out the message they're intended to convey. To solve the case, Monk is forced to go undercover... as Santa Claus. Written by
Did You Know?
In the opening, the killer is shown poisoning the bottle of port by using a syringe to inject the poison through the cork and into the port, but when Detective Chasen opens the bottle and pours a drink, the bottle has a typical port stopper: a cork stopper with a hard plastic cap. The syringe and needle would not have penetrated the plastic cap. See more
[During the gift exchange, Alice gives Monk a whisk broom and dustpan combination
Alice, this... this I love.
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Sung by Tony Shalhoub
and Traylor Howard See more