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MR. MONK AND THE CRITIC (#806)
EPISODE PREMIERE: September 18, 2009
Natalie becomes convinced a critic who panned her daughter Julie's theatrical performance was responsible for a murder at the same time as the show.
Callie Esterhaus, a young waitress, is getting ready for a big night in a fancy hotel room when her date shows up early. We never see the date's face, but we watch as he leads her out to the balcony, proposes, and then... throws her over the balcony's railing to her death!
Meanwhile, across town Natalie is taking Monk to the theater to see her daughter Julie perform in a play. Julie has a prominent role in the production, so Natalie is filled with nervous excitement, which grows when she sees a well-known theater critic named John Hannigan take a seat in a balcony box. Monk is excited too, but for a different reason. He's gone to the men's room, and he can't stop raving about the immaculately clean facility and the man in charge of it all, a fastidious men's room attendant named Gilson.