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MR. MONK AND THE FOREIGN MAN (#807)
EPISODE PREMIERE: August 14, 2009
Monk finds himself increasingly drawn to a case involving a visiting African man who is investigating his beloved wife's hit-and-run death -- a case that strongly resonates with Monk.
Monk is investigating a twelve-day-old crime scene at the home of John and Carolyn Buxton, who have just returned from a vacation to find their housekeeper bludgeoned to death on their kitchen floor. Nothing is missing from the house. The victim's gold earring is in her front pocket and a first-aid book is sitting on the counter, opened to a chapter on head injuries. Strangely, there's blood spattered across the page, as if it had been opened before the attack took place.
That evening in Monk's apartment, Monk is awoken by beautiful flute music drifting up from the street below. Of course, it drives Monk nuts. Monk confronts the flute player, who explains that a hit-and-run driver killed his wife two weeks ago on that very street corner. Sensing a kindred spirit, Monk invites him in.
Monk and the musician, a Nigerian named Samuel Waingaya, become fast friends. Samuel tells Monk how his wife, Ansara, was visiting America for a teacher's conference. While walking out of a grocery store, a vehicle – possibly a van – ran a red light, struck her, and kept going. Monk tells Samuel that he's a detective and agrees to help him with the case.