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MR. MONK AND THE END - PART 2 (#819)
EPISODE PREMIERE: December 4, 2009
Monk pursues the killer of his wife in the series finale.
Monk has been poisoned, and the man responsible has died while running from the police. Without him, doctors have no way to determine the exact nature of the poison, and so have no way to produce an antidote. With death looming, Monk has opened the Christmas gift that Trudy left for him before she died. The gift turned out to be a videotaped message from Trudy.
Monk began playing the videotape, but paused it after Trudy revealed that she had been keeping a terrible secret from him. Natalie implores him to let the tape continue, and Monk warily agrees to press play. Trudy explains that she had an affair with one of her law professors before she met Monk. Trudy got pregnant as a result, but the baby died during childbirth. The father's name was Ethan Rickover. Trudy is afraid for her life because Rickover has just contacted her soon after the woman who delivered her baby, Wendy Stroud, has gone missing. Trudy made the tape so Monk would know the truth if anything should happen to her. She tells Monk that he is her life, and the tape ends.