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MR. MONK GOES TO THE BANK (#611)
EPISODE PREMIERE: January 18, 2008
When the safety deposit box holding one of Monk's treasured possessions is robbed, Monk will do whatever it takes to solve the case.
It's nighttime, and two cops are outside the West Bay Trust bank, writing a parking ticket for an illegally parked SUV. They mention that the bank had just been robbed the day before, but tonight there's no evidence of trouble. As the cops drive away, however, a glimpse inside the bank proves that not everything is as it seems: four people are trapped inside the bank's vault. The unfortunate foursome? Monk, Natalie, Capt. Stottlemeyer and Lt. Disher.
Flashback to a few days earlier: Monk and Natalie are in the kitchen preparing a meal of burnt toast when they see a television report about a bank robbery – at Monk's bank. At the crime scene, Stottlemeyer is taking statements from the employees about the robbery. They tell him that a heavily-accented Russian in a green hooded sweatshirt forced his way in, grabbed all the money, broke into the safety deposit boxes, and then, after shooting one of the tellers, made his getaway with the stolen goods. When Monk and Natalie arrive at the bank and learn that Trudy's bracelet has been stolen from Monk's safety deposit box, Monk vows to track it down.