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 (as Gregory Thompson)
Cowboy Hank
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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Natalie Teeger: It's your birthday, and whether you like it or not, you have friends who love you and want to celebrate your life. We're happy you were born!
Adrian Monk: You're so cruel.
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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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