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MR. MONK AND THE CRITIC (#806)
EPISODE PREMIERE: September 18, 2009
On their way home from the show, Monk and Natalie run into Stottlemeyer and Disher, who are at the hotel investigating Callie Esterhaus's death. Monk joins the investigation, and quickly deduces that Callie was proposed to before being thrown off the balcony. Natalie smells distinctive cologne, but no one else notices. Disher arrives with Hannigan's review of Julie's play, and Natalie is furious to read that Hannigan has called Julie's performance "completely forgettable.”
The next day, Natalie pays a visit to Hannigan, who coldly refuses to reverse his harsh review. Even his fiancée, the daughter of Hannigan's boss, is appalled at her future husband's insensitivity. Hannigan's lunch arrives, and his fiancée bemoans the fact that he eats at the same establishment every day. Natalie smells Hannigan's cologne and hurries off.
Natalie arrives at police headquarters and announces that Callie Esterhaus was killed by John Hannigan. Natalie states her case: Hannigan uses the distinctive cologne she smelled at the crime scene, Callie worked at the restaurant where Hannigan ate every day, and Callie referred to a man in her datebook as "J.” - Hannigan's first initial. Callie and Hannigan must have been having an affair, and Hannigan decided to kill Callie before his fiancee found out.
But no one believes Natalie, not even Monk. After all, they saw Hannigan at Julie's play, so he has an airtight alibi. And furthermore, they can't help but wonder if Natalie's anger with Hannigan's review is clouding her judgment. But Natalie is adamant: Hannigan must have found a way to leave the theater during the play to kill Callie, because nobody who actually saw Julie perform would call her "forgettable.” To prove her point, Natalie makes Julie sing her song for everyone in the police station.