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MR. MONK AND THE BADGE (#817)
EPISODE PREMIERE: November 20, 2009
Later that day, one of Monk’s coworkers, Officer DiMarco, bursts in to inform him that the Pick Axe Killer has been arrested. A window washer named Manny Alvarez saw someone matching the killer’s description and tipped off the police. It’s great news, but Monk is a little disappointed that the case was solved without his help.
A week later, Natalie is enjoying her exciting new job in the music business, and Monk has left his desk job to begin working with a new partner, Detective Doyle. Monk has suspicions about Manny Alvarez’s story, so he takes a break from his work with Doyle to investigate the location where Manny claimed to spot the Pick Axe Killer. Monk quickly establishes that it would have been impossible for Manny to see the killer from that vantage point. Monk shares this information with his superiors, but since the man they arrested off Manny’s tip has confessed to being the Pick Axe Killer, nobody wants to entertain any theories that might interfere with the successful closure of the highly publicized case.