Natalie decides that the time has come for Monk to branch out and become a full-fledged private investigator. He's not keen on the idea and is quite happy with what he does. She doesn't give him much choice however as she's already gone ahead and rented office space. She's even had business cards printed for him. His first case isn't to his liking either. Local real estate agent Linda Fusco hires him to who clipped her car in the marina parking lot causing $900 damage. He quickly figures out who caused the crash but more interestingly, there's a direct link to a murder. Written by
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, who portrays Jay Bennett (the episode's antagonist), is a cousin of Peter Weller
, who directed this episode, and who also guest starred in the season 5 premiere "Mr. Monk and the Actor." See more
Natalie tells Mr. Monk about how her Grandfather founded the tooth paste company. Mr. Monk didn't know about it. Even though in Season 4, Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding, he learns for the first time about the toothpaste company. See more
[Monk gets so bored with waiting for a case that he calls Natalie's desk phone from his desk phone about ten feet away
Adrian Monk Investigation. What is the nature of your problem?
I'm been kept in a room against my will.
You were kidnapped... uh, do you know who did it ?
Yes. It's my personal assistant, her name is Natalie... Teeger.
[as he says that, the camera pans around Natalie to reveal Monk talking on his desk phone
References The Maltese Falcon