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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. MONK (#812)
EPISODE PREMIERE: October 16, 2009
Natalie tries to throw a surprise birthday party for Monk while he investigates the mysterious death of an office building's maintenance man.
Late at night in a quiet office building we see Bradley Foster, the building's maintenance man, hard at work. Meanwhile, in the basement utility room, a mysterious intruder is doing some work of his own. He's fiddling with the access panel to the trash compactor. Later, as Foster is finishing up his work, he clicks the compactor on, but it quickly jams. He turns the power off and climbs into the garbage chute. Before he can realize what's happening the intruder steps out of the shadows and switches on the power! Foster is swallowed by the compactor and killed.
The next day at police headquarters, Natalie is trying to find the perfect birthday present for Monk's 50th birthday. Of course, Monk insists that he doesn't want anything – especially not a party, and assures Natalie that she'll never be able to surprise him.
Later on, Monk gets called to the utility room where Bradley Foster was crushed by the compactor. The only other person in the building on the night Foster was killed was Richard Meckler, a patent attorney who recently filed a patent for a self-cleaning vacuum cleaner invented by a man named Kurt Pressman.