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
Near the end, Fusco is seen watering what are clearly fake, plastic plants on her balcony. See more
You owe me 85 cents.
Fine. Take it out of my paycheck.
Don't think I won't.
How'd you get so cheap? Really?
I work for a living! All right? At least I used to. Now I just get bull kelp splashed on me.
References The Maltese Falcon