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MR. MONK AND THE MIRACLE (#709)
EPISODE PREMIERE: November 28, 2008
It’s Christmastime, and three homeless men come knocking on Monk’s door. But they aren’t looking for a handout. Their friend, Willie, has turned up dead, and the police have ruled it an accident. The homeless men suspect murder, and they’d like to hire Monk to investigate. Monk resists, but Natalie insists that Monk help these less-fortunate souls during the holiday season.
Monk takes the case, and soon agrees that Willie was in fact murdered. Monk goes to police headquarters where he finds Lt. Disher picking up the slack for Captain Stottlemeyer, who is suffering from severe back pain. Disher agrees to look into the case, and urges Stottlemeyer to go home and get some rest. Stottlemeyer arrives home and is greeted by a mysterious message painted on his door. The message depicts an angel pouring water, accompanied by the word “drink.”
It turns out that many people have been receiving this same message, and they’ve been flocking to a local monastery’s fountain that resembles the drawings. To add to the mystery, the fountain appears to have miraculous healing powers for those who drink from it. Stottlemeyer is skeptical of the whole thing, but when he goes to the monastery, he’s so desperate to feel better that he decides to take a drink.