Monk (2002–2009)
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Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk 

While Natalie attempts to surprise Monk with the ultimate 50th birthday party, a janitor and a patent lawyer are killed during the launch of the first vacuum with a self-cleaning filter.




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Episode cast overview:
Kurt Pressman
Richard Meckler
Aaron Linker ...
Annabeth Miller ...
Mrs. Meckler (as Anna Beth Miller)
Brad Foster
Paul Wellman
Cowboy Hank
Michael Coleman ...
Uniform Cop #1
Uniform Cop #2
Sean Blodgett ...


Natalie is determined to throw a surprise party for Mr. Monk, even though he's certain that she can't do it. Meanwhile, a janitor is killed shortly before a businessman is poisoned. Mr. Monk is distracted during the case, because he's always on the look out for a surprise party being sprung on him, and also obsessed with a new vacuum cleaner! Captain Stottlemeyer finally sees some romance in the form of Virginia Madsen as T. K. Jensen. Written by Sharnhorst

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery






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16 October 2009 (USA)  »

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First and only episode not to begin with "Mr. Monk..." See more »


The first victim was a janitor but the building manager called him the maintenance man. "Janitor" and "maintenance man" are not interchangeable terms and the building manager would know this. Janitors clean while maintenance fixes things (and get paid more). Also, the janitor was shown going a long distance to throw out half a bag of trash. A real janitor would take out all the trash at once instead of making multiple trips. It is also very strange that the janitor was throwing the garbage into the shredder/compactor by handfuls rather than dumping it by bagful. See more »


Adrian Monk: If you buy me something, then I have to pretend to like it. And then I have to remember to thank you, and then I have to return it, and it's a nightmare. It's a nightmare!
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Ice is nice
20 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Monk's impending 50th birthday is fraught with peril as Natalie plans a surprise party for the reluctant detective. He also gets his hands on a super-duper vacuum cleaner, which he does everything but marry. Meanwhile, people start dying around him. The two plots mesh quite nicely. Meanwhile, the captain meets a woman who might just prove to be a keeper. This is assuming she doesn't turn out to be a killer (remember his last flame?). I must admit the killer in this episode is telegraphed early on, but it is fun watching him try to outmaneuver the defective detective. We get to see Monk as a little boy in a poignant flashback.

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