The San Francisco sanitation union has gone on strike, demanding better pay from the city. As a result, garbage collection has stopped and the streets are now lined with trash bags. Monk, naturally, has a hard time dealing with the stench. Things get worse, though, when union boss Jimmy Cusack is found dead in his office of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, bringing negotiations to a halt. Monk finds evidence of foul play, but the stench causes him to make outrageous accusations against the mayor, and even Alice Cooper. Written by
Did You Know?
When accusing Alice Cooper of the crime, Monk says he doubts that 'Alice Cooper' is even his real name. Alice Cooper's birth name is in fact Vincent Damon Furnier. See more
When Captain Stottlemeyer and Lt. Disher drive up to stop Monk from trying to pick up all the garbage on his own, they park the car behind a huge line of piled up trash bags. The camera then cuts to Monk driving the garbage truck, and when it cuts back to the two getting out of the car all the garbage is gone. See more
[watching Monk trying to clean up San Francisco's garbage single-handedly
Lt. Randall Disher
He's like a vigilante. A garbage vigilante.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
You could say that, but don't.