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Mr. MONK AND THE LADY NEXT DOOR (#712)
EPISODE PREMIERE: January 23, 2009
While investigating a murder at a museum of oddities, Monk befriends a warm older woman, but he has trouble believing the friendship comes without a catch.
It's nighttime at the world-famous Guinness World Record Museum. A security guard is making his rounds, walking through rooms filled with various exhibits. He hears a creaking noise and turns his flashlight on an intruder wheeling a hand truck. Before the guard can grab his walkie-talkie, the intruder lunges at him, shoving him hard – and impaling him on a display of a giant swordfish!
The next day, Monk befriends an older woman, Marge Johnson, while on his way to the police station. She's been dealing with an inconsiderate neighbor who has recently taken up the drums. The police have been to the neighbor's house twice already, but they can't do much more than warn him. Monk takes a personal interest and agrees to help her out the next time it starts up.