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MR. MONK AND THE UFO (#808)
EPISODE PREMIERE: August 21, 2009
Monk must uncover the link between a missing woman and a UFO sighting after he and Natalie get stuck in a small desert town.
Natalie and Monk are driving through the Nevada desert on their way back from a wedding when their car breaks down. While Natalie tries to fix the car, Monk wanders off to find cell phone reception and spot... a UFO!
After a night in a local hotel, they take the car to the nearest auto shop, where Monk proceeds to disrespect the shop's owner, eliminating any chance of the car being repaired in a timely way. Thanks to Monk's poor interpersonal skills, he and Natalie find themselves stranded in the tiny desert town of Vintonville.
They go to the local sheriff's office to report Monk's UFO sighting. While there, a local resident is reporting the disappearance of her neighbor, a woman named Marge Larkin. The town's top lawman, Sheriff Fletcher, doesn't take the report seriously, as Marge has been known to take unannounced vacations in the past. He's more interested in Monk's UFO sighting.
That night at the hotel, the flying saucer reappears once again, this time in front of Monk, Natalie, and a hotel clerk who films it on his phone. Natalie, who has been skeptical, finally believes Monk.