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MR. MONK AND THE BADGE (#817)
EPISODE PREMIERE: November 20, 2009
Monk finds his return to the police force to be more challenging than he expected when he becomes involved in the case of a serial killer.
Captain Stottlemeyer calls Monk to his office for some important news. Monk assumes the worst, but the news is actually positive. Monk has been reinstated to the police force!
Monk is nervous and excited for his first day back. As Natalie sends Monk off to work, she reveals that she has an interview for a glamorous job with a concert promoter. As Monk and Natalie say goodbye, Monk laments that this could be the end of their partnership.
At police headquarters, Monk receives a warm welcome from his fellow officers. Stottlemeyer has even arranged for Monk to sit at the same desk he used years before. But Monk is disappointed to learn that he’s been relegated to desk duty in the case of the Pick Axe Killer – the department’s hottest case.