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MR. MONK IS ON THE RUN - PART 1 (#615)
EPISODE PREMIERE: February 15, 2008
When Monk is arrested for murder, he escapes the custody of a small-town sheriff and becomes a fugitive on the run.
When Monk and Natalie arrive at an electronics store to meet Captain Stottlemeyer and Lieutenant Disher, they come across a disturbing crime scene. There's no body or murder; it's just a simple robbery. But the items stolen from the store are all bomb components – the exact ingredients used to build the bomb that killed Trudy. And on the crowbar left behind, the police find another intriguing clue: the fingerprints of a six-fingered man. Monk is rattled as he appears closer than ever to solving his wife's murder.
For the first time in years, Monk has a lead in Trudy's murder case. The burglar left behind a cryptic note, and Monk and Natalie devote themselves to trying to crack the code. They realize that the words on the piece of paper “To force heaven mars shall have a new angel” involve something happening at 11 o'clock that very night, but Monk is so distracted by a nightmare he had about Trudy that he can't focus on anything besides some orange juice missing from his refrigerator. Suddenly, Monk has a breakthrough, but he doesn't mention it to Natalie. Instead, he waits until she leaves, then grabs the gun out of his closet and hops on a bus.
He arrives at a sculpture garden located at 247 Marshall Avenue, in a town called Angel. Inside, he comes across a man who demands payment for the work he just finished in Riverton. When the stranger recognizes Monk he pulls a knife and orders Monk to stop—holding out his six-fingered hand. A struggle over the knife ensues with Monk eventually overpowering the man and pulling out his gun. When the stranger refuses to tell Monk who hired him, Monk threatens to shoot. The stranger doesn't believe that Monk is capable of shooting him, but the fatal shot he gets in the chest would suggest otherwise.