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MR. MONK GETS HYPNOTIZED (#708)
EPISODE PREMIERE: September 12, 2008

Logline:

Monk visits a hypnotist and emerges to find that he’s acting like a six year-old.  Will he snap out of it in time to find a famous actress who's been abducted?

Synopsis:

A woman is trying to sell her jewelry at a small, mom-and-pop jewelry store.  She becomes nervous when she thinks she sees her husband approaching through the store’s window.  When she leaves, the elderly owners recognize her from a tabloid newspaper– she’s the famous actress, Sally Larkin.  She’s been in the headlines recently as she and her billionaire husband, Aaron, have been going through a messy divorce.  Seconds later, the store owners hear a scream and rush outside.  Sally’s car is there but she’s gone, leaving behind only a torn piece of clothing.

At the crime scene the next day, Monk is miserable, not even able to appreciate a spectacular rainbow.  To make his mood even worse, an uncharacteristically upbeat Harold Krenshaw shows up.  It turns out that Harold’s been seeing a hypnotist, and it appears to be working.  Monk, envious of Harold’s progress, takes the hypnotist’s business card.

Later, Monk and the gang go to Aaron Larkin’s lavish estate to interview the billionaire, who is the prime suspect in his wife’s death.  As they enter Aaron’s home, Disher passes out pieces of homemade gum.  Stottlemeyer tries a piece and immediately spits it out on the floor.  During questioning, Aaron admits having animosity toward his wife, but he insists he had nothing to do with the abduction.  Monk can barely concentrate on the case – all he can think about is Harold Krenshaw and how happy he was.  That night, he breaks down and makes an appointment for hypnosis without telling anybody.

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