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MR. MONK MAKES THE PLAYOFFS (#713)
EPISODE PREMIERE: January 30, 2009

Logline:

Monk has scored tickets to the biggest football game of the year, but he and Captain Stottlemeyer can't go inside until they figure out who tried to blow up a fan in the parking lot.

Synopsis:

David Gitelson, the back-up quarterback for a local professional football team called the Condors, is out partying the night before a big playoff game.  While heís in a nightclub, his driver, Shawn Metzger, finds the teamís top-secret playbook in the back seat of the Gitelsonís limousine.  Metzger calls the opposing teamís coach and works out a deal. 

The next morning, as Gitelson prepares for the game in the locker room, he opens his playbook and immediately knows thereís something wrong.  He goes to the parking lot, finds Metzger, and accuses him of selling him out.  Gitelson threatens to call the police, and the verbal argument becomes physical.  Metzger grabs a weapon and strikes Gitelson in the head!  Gitelson collapses, dead.

Later, Monk and Captain Stottlemeyer arrive at the stadium.  Monk has been invited to watch the game from the press box with Bob Costas (Monk once helped Costas out of a jam), and Monk has brought Stottlemeyer along for some male bonding time.  As they walk through the parking lot, they encounter crowds of rowdy tailgaters, including one fan in full makeup whoís already passed out in his lounge chair.  Monk is appalled.  Just as Monk and Stottlemeyer are about to enter the stadium Ė BOOM!! Ė a fanís grill explodes into a giant fireball!

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