Season 2 - Monk
Monk - Season 2
Monk - Season 2
Monk - Season 2
When English teacher Beth Landow falls from the clock tower at Trudy's former high school, Monk is called in and quickly disproves the police theory of suicide. The trail of clues leads to a science teacher but he has an iron-clad alibi. Monk becomes a substitute teacher in the hopes of solving the case.
A skydiving student on spring break appears to have drowned in midair - a case strange enough to convince Monk to travel to Mexico to investigate. While there, he must deal with a myriad of phobias, the theft of his luggage, the shortage of his favorite brand of bottled water, and apparent attempts on his life, all while trying to unravel one or more murders that are not what they seem.
When tyrannical CEO Lawrence Hammond and his pretty young wife are murdered at night in a deserted parking lot, Stottlemeyer suspects the CEO's many enemies, but Monk notes that the wife was shot four times and the husband only once, meaning that she was the primary target and the husband "an afterthought." The only clues are the CEO's last words, obsessively repeated: "Girls can't eat fifteen pizzas"--and a computerized navigation system that apparently malfunctioned. A talk with the housekeeper and an examination of the wife's separate bedroom lead Monk to an art studio, where he reluctantly interviews a nude male art instructor and discovers that the wife was having an affair with Major League superstar Scott Gregorio, who was attending the same classes. Gregorio, whose on-field performance has deteriorated since an earlier attack by an assailant with a baseball bat, is clearly devastated by Mrs. Hammond's death and is more a victim himself than a suspect. Seeing his own loss of Trudy reflected in Gregorio's loss, Monk befriends the superstar. Along the way to solving the murder, he umpires a Little League game in which Benjy and Stottlemeyer's son, Jared, are on opposing teams. Gregorio's advice to Benjy, HELP, provides Monk with the clue he needs to decipher Hammond's last words. Meanwhile, Stottlemeyer, taking a delightful turn as a baseball dad, sends Disher in search of clues. Disher proudly exhibits the CD for the car's GPS system and a grainy photograph of the perpetrator from the parking lot's security system, and Monk searches his brain to determine where he's seen that face before. During a visit to the lawyer of a rival baseball player who may be connected with the murder, Monk finds the clue he needs to put all the pieces together.
When a sarcastic and unpopular ringmaster is murdered by an acrobat wearing a face mask and a Ninja-like costume, Stottlemeyer suspects an animal trainer who not only has a motive (he's the former lover of the ringmaster's dinner date) but also owns the murder weapon. Monk, however, suspects the ringmaster's ex-wife, a trapeze artist billed as "the Queen of the Sky" who is also a sharpshooter. Unfortunately for Monk's theory, the trapeze artist, Natasia Lovara, has a broken foot, confirmed by X-rays. The mystery, as in "Billionaire Mugger" and "Dale the Whale," is not who did it but how it was done. Meanwhile, the everythingaphobic Monk alienates Sharona by telling her that her fear of elephants is irrational and advising her to "suck it up." Only when the elephant actually crushes its trainer's head in front of both Monk and Sharona does he begin to empathize with her and attempt to offer her the sort of comfort and understanding that she routinely offers him. Having been informed by a reliable authority that the chances of the elephant turning on its trainer are a thousand to one, Monk realizes that the trainer's death is not an accident but murder and that solving the second case will solve the first as well.
Miles Holling, der älteste Mann der Welt, wird 115. Über ihn hat die Filmemacherin Karen Stottlemeyer, die Frau von Captain Stottlemeyer, fünf Jahre zuvor einen Dokumentarfilm gedreht. Jetzt ist Holling tot und Karen der Überzeugung, dass er ermordet wurde. Ein Gedanke, den Stottlemeyer zu recht abwegig findet. Doch er lässt Monk den Fall prüfen, und Monk stellt klar: Es war ein Mord, und es gab noch einen weiteren Mord. Der Killer musste einen Wachmann umbringen, um an dessen Sicherheitsausweis zu kommen. Denn nur so konnte er in das Pflegeheim zu Miles Holling gelangen. Die Ermittlungen laufen an, doch Stottlemeyer hat eine schlechte Zeit. Seine Frau wirft ihn raus, er schlüpft bei Monk unter, was nicht wirklich eine Verbesserung bedeutet. Und außerdem verfolgt ihn der Tod eines 17-Jährigen, der bei einem Unfall mit Fahrerflucht fünf Jahre zuvor starb. Doch erst der Psychoterror durch Monk bringt Captain Stottlemeyer dazu, sich mit seiner Frau zu befassen und sich unter anderem auch ihren Dokumentarfilm anzusehen – und der führt ihn tatsächlich zur Lösung des Falles.
Sharona's actress sister, Gail, is suspected of murdering Hal Duncan, a fellow actor who dies onstage after Gail stabs him with what she insists is a retractable knife. When Sharona's mother (who thinks that Sharona is Monk's partner, not his assistant) arrives for a visit and Sharona tells her the bad news, Monk and Sharona promise to "do whatever it takes" to discover what really happened. "Whatever it takes" turns out to be a bit more than Monk bargained for, however. After talking with the props manager, he begins to suspect that Jenna Ryan, Gail's understudy, somehow killed Duncan and framed Gail, even though she was at a party on the other side of town when Duncan died. In order to talk with and observe Jenna, he endures a painful half hour at a speed dating service and even agrees to take the dead man's part in the play for two days until a new actor arrives. While Monk is on stage battling stage fright and fully aware that one of the knives on the stage is real, Sharona searches Jenna's dressing room to discover the clue they need to solve the case and set Gail free.
In a new twist on the "how could he (or she) possibly have done it" theme that we saw first in "Dale the Whale," Monk suspects that the man responsible for the mail bombing murder of rich and beautiful Amanda Babbage is the victim's brother, Brian--who has been in a coma for four months after attempting to lure Stottlemeyer and Disher into a car chase and crashing into two cars. Since the package was postmarked three days before the bombing, Stottlemeyer is naturally skeptical, but he prefers siding with Monk to tagging along behind Agent Grooms of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, who suspects the victim's other brother, Ricky. Monk, meanwhile, has other problems. Dr. Kroger is leaving for a three-week vacation, Sharona's ex-husband wants her to come back to him and leave her job, and he temporarily loses most of his hearing after being caught in the explosion of another bomb. Depressed and lonely, Monk confides his woes to the comatose suspect--and makes a near-fatal blunder which, ironically, leads to the solution of the case.
While delivering Monk's newspaper, the paperboy is killed by somebody intent on stealing the paper. The detective's apartment is subsequently filled with police as they investigate the crime. The invasion of the numerous and untidy cops as well as a visit from Monk's bizarre neighbor rattle poor Adrian, who concludes that the thief was trying to keep Monk from seeing something in the paper. Sharona gets Monk out of the apartment by taking him to the convenience store to buy a paper. Monk pores through the paper, solving unrelated crimes as he reads, despite the interruptions from his annoying neighbor. Another murder, this time of the convenience store clerk, confuses things somewhat. However, Monk eventually ends up on the right track.
Monk begins his day at the scene of a carjacking where an elderly woman was killed. Monk suspects that all is not as it seems. He then receives a call from his estranged brother who is an agoraphobic and won't leave the house. Monk must mend fences with his brother and solve the mystery of why his brother's mysterious neighbor seems obsessed with winning some cherry pies in the local fair.
The ex-wife of a famous TV star, Brad Terry (Billy Burke), is murdered while Terry is talking to paparazzi outside the ex-wife's house. Meanwhile this same star manages to butter up all of Monk's friends and associates by giving them the VIP treatment on his TV show. However, Monk is not convinced that a crazed fan Marcy (Sarah Silverman) who confessed to the crime is guilty and must not only find out the truth, but also combat the influence and manipulation that this famous person has skillfully placed on his friends and colleagues.
Unable to pay for Monk's services as a private detective, middle-aged law student Julie Parlo offers him a trade--she'll help Monk become reinstated as a policeman with the SFPD if he'll help her find her missing grandmother. The only clue to the identity of the kidnappers is a roughly drawn lightning bolt on a note left at the grandmother's house, leading Stottlemeyer and Disher to suspect the former leader of an anti-Vietnam War group from the Seventies. But when the captain, anticipating Monk's reinstatement, invites Monk to help him with interrogation, Monk accidentally discovers that the suspect's tattoo doesn't match the symbol on the note--it has three humps instead of two. Meanwhile, the kidnappers order Julie to provide turkey dinners to the homeless in exchange for the return of the grandmother. Julie complies and her grandmother is returned safely, leading Stottlemeyer to put the case "on the back burner." True to her promise, Julie informs Monk of a loophole that will allow him to get back on the force. All he has to do is to claim a disability and take a fifty-question multiple-choice test. Grateful for the information, Monk continues to investigate the case by asking the grandmother to relive her ride in the van. Her memories--the smell of a bakery, a four-minute stop during which no one got out, and the feel of rain drops as she was carried out of the van--lead Monk to the home of a pair of antique dealers, Harold and Carol Maloney. Sharona sets off the kidnappers' car alarm and Monk photographs them as they come out to investigate the noise. But why would a pair of antique dealers want to kidnap a seventy-six-year-old grandmother? Before he can investigate further, Monk has to take his test, which he's sure will be a piece of cake. And it would be, if it weren't for erasers that smudge and tear holes in the paper. A humiliated Monk locks himself in the captain's office--and discovers the clue he needs to wrap up the case.
On her way to film a documentary (apparently about a union dispute), Captain Stottlemeyer's wife, Karen, is badly injured when her car is struck by a tow truck whose nonunion driver has been killed by a sniper. Distraught and furious, the captain blames a sleazy union official and his thug, a theory that seems to be confirmed when a second tow truck driver is murdered. But Lieutenant Disher, in charge of the crime scene investigation, discovers an odd detail that doesn't fit well with this scenario--both the assailant and the murdered truck driver were barefoot. Empathizing with the captain's anguish, Monk offers to do whatever he can to help and of course ends up investigating the case. A small dog that follows Sharona from the crime scene leads her to the home of a handsome man who seems attracted to her, but Monk is more interested in the next-door neighbor's off-kilter sundial. Meanwhile, the captain, fearing that his wife will die, becomes increasingly violent, taking out his anger on everything from candy machines to suspects, and Disher worries that he'll lose his badge. Fortunately for the captain's career and sanity, Karen begins to recover, and Monk finds himself taking Stottlemeyer's sons to lunch at her request. A jostled table at the restaurant reminds him of the misadjusted sundial and he solves the case just in time to prevent a full-scale assault on the union leader by the captain and his men.
Lt. Dishers Mutter will wieder heiraten. Sehr plötzlich, findet Disher. Er ist skeptisch, was den zukünftigen Ehemann betrifft. Es ist ein gewisser Dalton, seines Zeichens Antiquitätenhändler. Noch weiß Disher nicht, dass Dalton vor kurzem erst seinen Geschäftspartner ermordet hat. Der Grund war Gier. Sein Partner war in den Besitz einer Schatzkarte geraten. Laut dieser Karte liegt im Haus der Eheberaterin Dr. Waterford ein satter Schatz vergraben. Dalton will sich Zugang zum Haus verschaffen, doch dazu muss er zunächst einmal heiraten. Hier schließt sich der Kreis. Disher ahnt, dass mit Dalton etwas nicht stimmt und setzt Monk und Sharona auf den Mann an.
Im Gefängnis ist der Häftling Ray Kaspo mit der Henkersmahlzeit vor seiner Hinrichtung vergiftet worden. Nun fragt sich alle Welt, wer könnte ein Interesse daran haben, diesen Mann so kurz vor seinem regulären Ende sterben zu lassen? Ein Fall für Monk. Er lässt sich sogar als Häftling ins Gefängnis einschleusen. Und landet in der Zelle mit Spyder, einem Mann, der auch einfach mal so jemanden umbringt, weil ihm gerade danach ist. Doch Monk gelingt es, Spyder auf seine Seite zu ziehen. Und er erfährt noch mehr: Zur gleichen Zeit wie Kaspo starb auch der Super-Milliardär Lambert Lawson an akutem Nierenversagen. Dieser Mann wäre nur durch eine Nierentransplantation zu retten gewesen. Doch er hatte eine extrem seltene Blutgruppe und das einzige Organ, das ihm hätte helfen können, war das von Ray Kaspo. Dessen innere Organe wurden aber durch die Vergiftung zerstört, so dass auch Lambert Lawsons Ende unaufhaltsam war. Nun muss Monk nur noch die Frage lösen, wer ein Interesse an Lamberts Tod hatte.