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MR. MONK GOES TO GROUP THERAPY (#811)
EPISODE PREMIERE: October 9, 2009
When Monk's insurance company refuses to pay for more individual therapy sessions, Monk joins Dr. Bell's therapy group, where somebody appears to be murdering his fellow patients.
A young woman, Barbara O'Keefe, confides in her mother about her therapy with Dr. Bell while taking a bath. Suddenly, a man attacks her! The next day, the pool cleaner finds Barbara's body floating in her pool.
A week later at Monk's apartment, Natalie finds a letter from his insurance company—they're putting a cap on Monk's therapy sessions. He only has one left! Monk goes to his last session with Dr. Bell and attempts to solve every problem he has in one go, with no success. He can't even get over his claustrophobia. Dr. Bell invites Monk to attend group therapy sessions, which the insurance will cover, but Monk refuses.
Instead, Monk and Natalie track down Dr. Bell as he bicycles through the park. From their tandem bicycle (Natalie is pedaling), Monk attempts to surprise Dr. Bell into a free therapy session. Dr. Bell sees through this and convinces Monk to try group therapy instead. Monk agrees, partially because Natalie can't pedal fast enough to keep up.