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MR. MONK IS SOMEONE ELSE (#802)
EPISODE PREMIERE: August 28, 2009
At the behest of an FBI agent , Monk assumes the identity of a dead hit-man in an effort to foil an assassination plot.
FBI agent Chris Stone has a job for Monk. A hit man named Frank DePalma has just been run over and killed while crossing a street in Los Angeles. The FBI has been tracking DePalma for years, and they want to know what he was doing in L.A. This is where Monk comes in. It turns out that Monk looks exactly like DePalma, so Agent Stone wants Monk to go undercover as the hit man to find out who hired him and who his target was.
Monk turns down the offer, but Agent Stone explains that if the people who hired DePalma realize that DePalma is dead, they will surely hire someone else to commit whatever murder they have in mind. In other words, someone will likely die if Monk doesn't take the job. With a life at stake, Monk agrees to "become" Frank DePalma.
Monk is taken to FBI headquarters in Los Angeles, where he takes a crash course in DePalma's life. Monk studies DePalma's wardrobe, mannerisms, and voice. Before long, Monk, in character as DePalma, is approaching a doorman at the swanky hotel where DePalma was staying. Monk passes his first test when the doorman matter-of-factly greets him as "Mr. DePalma."