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Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa 

The department flies into action after one of their own is poisoned by a secret Santa gift at their very own Christmas party.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cpl. Alice Westergren
Frank Prager
Sister Heather
Charlotte Prager
Casey Longstreet ...
Dori Prager
Detective Chasen
Burnadean Jones ...
Toddler's Mom
Detective Robbins
Sweater Detective
Emma Bretthauer ...
Coughing Girl


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 WyattJones

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2 December 2005 (USA)  »

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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 »


Adrian Monk: [in this scene everybody is handing out presents as secret Santas] Captain.
Capt. Stottlemeyer: Hey.
Adrian Monk: Well, Merry Christmas.
Capt. Stottlemeyer: Oh, you got me!
Adrian Monk: It's an air purifier, for your house.
Capt. Stottlemeyer: Are you saying my house smells?
Adrian Monk: Not your house, but houses... like yours, sometimes get a um, odor, that's a... you know sour, or, or very unpleasant kind of stench of... not your house.
Capt. Stottlemeyer: Thank you, thank you, Monk.
Capt. Stottlemeyer: [captain laughs] Merry Christmas.
Adrian Monk: Merry Christmas.
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Joy To The World
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Good Christmas Episode
4 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a nice - and funny - Christmas episode with some nice messages.

It opens with a Christmas party at the police station. Capt. Stottlemeyer receives a bottle of port wine as his gift from his "secret Santa" but isn't interested in it. He can't find the gift he supposed to give to someone so he gives that instead. It's poisoned and the cop who drinks it dies. I won't say anymore because this has a few twists to it that are interesting.

The funniest part of the show was when Monk went undercover as a Santa in the mall. That was only a short scene, but it was very good.

There are some warm, sentimental moments in here, too, for most of the cast members and a few others. This is an episode that leaves you with a good feeling....almost perfect for the Christmas season.

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