When a sarcastic and unpopular ringmaster is murdered by an acrobat wearing a face mask and a Ninja-like costume, Stottlemeyer suspects an animal trainer who not only has a motive (he's the former lover of the ringmaster's dinner date) but also owns the murder weapon. Monk, however, suspects the ringmaster's ex-wife, a trapeze artist billed as "the Queen of the Sky" who is also a sharpshooter. Unfortunately for Monk's theory, the trapeze artist, Natasia Lovara, has a broken foot, confirmed by X-rays. The mystery, as in "Billionaire Mugger" and "Dale the Whale," is not who did it but how it was done. Meanwhile, the everythingaphobic Monk alienates Sharona by telling her that her fear of elephants is irrational and advising her to "suck it up." Only when the elephant actually crushes its trainer's head in front of both Monk and Sharona does he begin to empathize with her and attempt to offer her the sort of comfort and understanding that she routinely offers him. Having been informed by...
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[20:19]Monk says to Sharona, "You know who you should marry: the Elephant Man." This is an allusion to Joseph Carey Merrick, a performer in Victorian-era Britain during the later part of the 19th century. He was born with deformities so severe that he was exhibited as a human curiosity known as the "Elephant Man." See more
When Sharona lit her cigarette in the hospital, Monk pointed out that you can't smoke in hospitals. As a police officer, shouldn't Stottlemeyer have made her put it out? See more
Oh, suck it up.
I don't think it's my turn to suck it up. I think it's your turn to suck it up.
Why don't you both suck it up?
Excuse me! Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?
Well, you should. Come here.
References The Elephant Man
It's a Jungle Out There
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Randy Newman See more