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MR. MONK AND SHARONA (#813)
EPISODE PREMIERE: October 23, 2009
At the country club, Monk questions the two witnesses to Howie’s fall — famous golfer Perry Walsh and his caddie, Gary. Walsh gives his account of what happened. Walsh was playing golf when he and Gary saw Uncle Howie fall down a set of stairs near the course’s 14th hole. Gary tried to call for help, but his cell phone battery was dead, so he ran off to find aid. Walsh tended to Howie but could not save him.
After further examination of the scene and photos, Monk suspects that Howie wasn’t playing golf the day he died, but was in fact trying to fall down the stairs intentionally in the hopes of suing the country club. But Monk is afraid to share his theory with Sharona.
At police HQ, Sharona reunites with Captain Stottlemeyer and Lt. Disher, both of whom are happy to see her, especially Disher, who can’t get over how great she looks. Police records show that Uncle Howie had a history of suspicious “falls,” but Sharona still holds out hope that her uncle’s death was a true accident.
Monk continues the investigation at Uncle Howie’s apartment and discovers some cushions on the kitchen floor, where Howie was obviously rehearsing for his “accidental” fall. It’s clear that Uncle Howie was a con man, and that he fell on purpose so he could sue the club. Sharona is upset at the prospect of losing the settlement money, while Natalie argues that Sharona should be more concerned about the circumstances of her uncle’s death. The two argue, and Monk is miserable.