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MR. MONK AND THE THREE JULIES (#612)
EPISODE PREMIERE: January 25, 2008
Monk must find a murderer who, to Natalie's horror, appears to be killing women with the same name as her daughter.
While Monk and Natalie are waiting outside a crime scene, they happen to overhear a call on the police radio mentioning a homicide. The victim’s name? Julie Teeger. Natalie, understandably terrified to hear her daughter’s name, hops into Captain Stottlemeyer’s brand new car and speeds off to the scene of the crime. The victim doesn’t turn out to be Natalie’s daughter, which is good news for Natalie, though not for the dead Julie Teeger’s distraught husband, to whom Stottlemeyer makes a promise that he’ll track down the killer. But just as Monk is in the middle of examining the crime scene, the police hear another call about a dead bicyclist. The second victim’s name? Julie Teeger! This death appears at first to be a hit-and-run accident, but once Monk takes a closer look, he realizes something bizarre is going on: someone in San Francisco is killing Julie Teegers.
Natalie and the police soon track down their Julie Teeger, who is alive and well and in the middle of a driving lesson in preparation for her driver’s test the next day. With Julie safe under police watch, Stottlemeyer, Disher and Monk follow a lead that takes them to the home of Julia Teeger and her son, Matthew. Matthew Teeger, who suffers from mental illness and has a history of violence, is considered a prime suspect. Matthew is nowhere to be seen at the Teeger home, but Monk does uncover a nasty surprise; the late Julia Teeger, dead but preserved through the handiwork of her son, an amateur taxidermist. Through the undercover work of Lieutenant Disher, the police manage to apprehend Matthew Teeger, and Julie is relieved to hear that the ordeal is over and she is free to go to her driver’s test. But while she is gone, Matthew Teeger escapes from police custody, and a frantic search for him begins.