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MR. MONK GETS LOTTO FEVER (#703)
EPISODE PREMIERE: August 1, 2008
The next time we see Billy Logan, he’s knocking on the door of Malcom O’Dwyer, a lottery fanatic considered to be a suspect in Marissa Kessler’s death. O’Dwyer, thrilled to meet a lottery employee, invites Billy into his apartment and shows him a wall of pictures of station personnel. Logan doesn’t like what he sees, so he whips out a baseball bat and delivers a fatal blow to O’Dwyer’s head. Logan removes a picture of himself and a friend from the wall.
Later that day, Monk and Stottlemeyer investigate O’Dwyer’s death, which has been made to look like a suicide. Monk quickly deduces that O’Dwyer’s death was in fact murder. Monk asks for a wipe, but Natalie isn’t there. Monk finds her outside, signing autographs for a group of adoring fans. Monk, jealous of the attention she’s been receiving, delivers an ultimatum – either Natalie works for him or the lottery. Feeling hurt, Natalie chooses the lottery.
That afternoon, we see Capt. Stottlemeyer in a locker room preparing to play racquetball. As the captain leaves, Billy Logan appears. Logan reaches into Stottlemeyer’s locker, and exchanges one of Stottlemeyer’s lottery tickets for one his own.
During that night’s lottery drawing Monk, Stottlemeyer, and Disher sit around the television in police headquarters. They watch in amazement as each of Stottlemeyer’s numbers come up, one by one. Stottlemeyer has won the lottery! But the good times don’t last long. The next day, Natalie shows up at Monk’s apartment. She’s shaken, frightened. The lottery commission has accused Natalie and Stottlemeyer of cheating.