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MR. MONK BUYS A HOUSE (#701)
EPISODE PREMIERE: July 18, 2008
Weeks later, Monk is moving into his new home. Monk is excited to be making a new start, and, most importantly, is thrilled at how quiet his new house is. Things are going surprisingly well when Monk notices a light fixture that’s slightly off center. He calls “Honest Jake,” a handyman Monk recently met at a hardware store. Honest Jake arrives to assess the situation, and soon finds a series of increasingly severe problems with Monk’s new house. Before long, Honest Jake is tearing Monk’s house apart.
Even with all of this upheaval, Monk manages to find clues relating to Joseph Moody’s death. Monk begins to suspect that Moody was killed by his nurse. When Monk and the gang go to question the nurse, they find her dead. She’s been stabbed, and the wound appears to have been made by a knitting needle. In addition, four thousand dollars in 1960’s currency is found at the scene.
Monk and Natalie return to Monk’s house to check on the progress of Honest Jake’s repairs. It isn’t going well. The house is a complete disaster, and Monk’s life has become more noisy and chaotic than ever. Then, Honest Jake’s assistant hands Monk Joseph Moody’s old scrapbook. Monk makes a discovery. When he turns over the scrapbook’s clippings, they tell the story of a famous, forty year-old bank robbery. Monk puts everything together. Joseph Moody robbed a bank forty years ago and stashed the money in his house. Forty years later, Moody suffered from dementia, and began babbling to his nurse about his hidden stash. The nurse killed Moody before he could tell anybody else his secret, but also before Moody could tell her exactly where the money was. She planned to search the house after Moody’s death, but Monk moving in so soon interfered. Honest Jake wasn’t really a handyman, he was the nurse’s lover, and he was looking for the money the whole time he was in Monk’s house. When Monk caught onto the nurse, Honest Jake killed her – not with a knitting needle – but with his awl.