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MR. MONK PAINTS HIS MASTERPIECE (#614)
EPISODE PREMIERE: February 1, 2008
Monk takes up a new hobby – painting – and meets with unexpected success.
Bennie, the cantankerous owner of Bennie's Junk ‘n' Stuff, is talking to his assistant. He tells the reluctant young man to set up traps around his property to protect against intruders, and though concerned about the danger, Hector dutifully obliges. Later that evening, Hector's fears turn out to be well-founded: an armed intruder sets off a trap, and ends up with a fatal gunshot to the chest.
While examining the crime scene the next day, Monk makes some important discoveries, and realizes that the intruder must have had an accomplice. Natalie also spots something of interest: a painting set, complete with a stack of blank canvases. Since Dr. Kroger had only that morning suggested that Monk pick up a new hobby, Natalie urges him to buy the paint set – and Bennie the Junkman makes an offer they can't refuse.
Monk has some trouble getting started with his new hobby, so Natalie signs him up for an art class at the local community college. Although his instructor and classmates aren't very impressed with his work, Monk begins to find his stride, painting the world as he wishes it looked, complete with perfectly round clouds and perfectly straight bananas.