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MR. MONK AND THE END - PART 1 (#818)
EPISODE PREMIERE: November 27, 2009
Monk is called to a crime at the location where he first heard the news of his wife's murder and begins the most important investigation of his life.
Twelve years ago, Monk enters his kitchen singing a Christmas carol. He greets Trudy, who's making breakfast. She asks about the case of a missing midwife named Wendy Stroud. Monk senses that something is bothering Trudy. She explains that she has a lot of things to do and is feeling overwhelmed. Monk notices a gift under their Christmas tree. Trudy tells him that it's for him, and makes him promise not to open it until Christmas.
Later that morning, Trudy approaches her car in a parking garage. She's scared. She thinks she's being followed. She gets into her car. The car explodes.
Meanwhile, Monk is with Stottlemeyer at the birthing center where Wendy Stroud worked. They're questioning Dr. Malcolm Nash, the clinic's director, about Stroud's disappearance when Stottlemeyer receives a phone call. Something terrible has happened to Trudy...