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MR. MONK 100TH CASE (#707)
EPISODE PREMIERE: September 5, 2008
Thurman is called in for questioning, but with little evidence against him, the police are forced to let him go. The police get a warrant to search his photography studio, where they find all they need to make an arrest. Unfortunately, Thurman has disappeared, and soon after the raid another woman, Kate Kindel, turns up dead, and all signs point to Thurman once more.
The authorities finally catch up with Thurman at a motel and surround him, but he chooses to kill himself rather than surrender. Thurmanís reign of terror appears to be over, and the episode of ďIn FocusĒ wraps up to a round of applause from those at the viewing party.
But something about the case has been bothering Monk. Monk begins to think aloud at the party. The circumstances of Kate Kindelís death donít fit with the rest of the case. Kindel was killed north of San Francisco, while Douglas Thurman was heading south. Kindel was strangled from behind, not in front, like the previous three victims. Monk is convinced that while Douglas Thurman killed the first three victims, the fourth victim, Kate Kindel, was killed by someone else.
Then Monk has an idea. He asks to rewind the episode of ďIn Focus,Ē which has been digitally recorded, to the scene where the police raid Douglas Thurmanís studio. Monk notices that a roll of film is planted in the studio while the raid is in progress. Then, Monk asks to fast forward to a scene in Kate Kindelís apartment. In the scene, when Monk asks for someone to turn on a light, James Novak knows exactly which switch to flick. Monk concludes that Novak had been in Kindelís apartment before, and that it was Novak, not Thurman, who killed Kindel.