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Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike 

A city-wide garbage strike throws Monk completely off his game as he tries to solve the murder of a union boss.

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Mayor Ray Nicholson (as Chi Mcbride)
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Larry Cutler (as David Deluise)
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Drugstore Manager
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Union Vice President
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Jimmy Cusack
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Morris
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Alice Cooper
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Dr. Charles Kroger
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Ron Neely
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Reporter #1 (as Darlene Kegan)
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The San Francisco sanitation union has gone on strike, demanding better pay from the city. As a result, garbage collection has stopped and the streets are now lined with trash bags. Monk, naturally, has a hard time dealing with the stench. Things get worse, though, when union boss Jimmy Cusack is found dead in his office of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, bringing negotiations to a halt. Monk finds evidence of foul play, but the stench causes him to make outrageous accusations against the mayor, and even Alice Cooper. Written by dmcreif

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14 July 2006 (USA)  »

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This episode contains a few "firsts": This is the first episode to have more than one "Here's What Happened" sequence. In fact, it has three. This is the first time that Monk has let his morals slip (not that it was intended, keep in mind the fact that the city reeks of garbage). See more »

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The press hears the mayor is a suspect in a murder because the detectives were speaking in the "whisper spot." San Francisco's City Hall does not have a whisper spot. This feature is in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. See more »

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Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Randy, I don't think we need to stand here and pick apart the Alice-Cooper-wants-an-antique-chair theory.
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With a title like this. . .
30 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

As soon as I saw the title of "The Garbage Strike," I knew this episode was going to be hilarious. The Sanitation Union has gone on strike for better wages, and when the union leader is found dead, the union members become even angrier and less willing to negotiate. As another reviewer wrote, this show gets off to a weak start: in an uncharacteristic turn (probably caused by his anxiety over the garbage in the streets), Monk tries to pass off the leader's murder as a suicide. He hopes that if the union members see the death as a suicide, they will reconcile with city leaders and start collecting the garbage again. However, at Natalie's insistence, Monk soon comes clean and begins investigating the murder. This is a typical Monk case with lots of details and twists. As the reeking bags of garbage pile up all over the city, Monk's already fragile mental state deteriorates even more, with hysterical results. Be sure to stay tuned for Alice Cooper's hilarious cameo!


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