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MR. MONK ON WHEELS (#711)
EPISODE PREMIERE: January 16, 2009
When Natalie unwittingly helps a thief steal the bicycle of a biotech CEO, she ropes Monk into solving a crime straight out of "Encyclopedia Brown” — until Monk learns the hard way how dangerous this thief really is.
Monk and Natalie are downtown when a man steals a bicycle from a nearby office building. As the thief rides away, he hits a pothole and crashes. Natalie, unaware that the man is stealing the bike, helps the crook to his feet and sends him on his way. Seconds later, the bike’s rightful owner, a man named Dean Berry, bursts out of the office building, but it’s too late. The thief has gotten away.
Natalie feels guilty about what happened, and goes to Berry’s office to try to make amends. Berry is a research scientist who runs a high-tech, bioengineering lab. A square tomato Berry is developing impresses Monk, but the lab’s most important project is an experimental corn seed that sprouts in 20 minutes. All that’s left is to show the high-tech seeds to investors at an upcoming meeting. After a successful demonstration, Berry locks the seeds in a passcode-protected vault.