Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa 

The department flies into action after one of their own is poisoned by a secret Santa gift at their very own Christmas party.


Jerry Levine


Andy Breckman (created by), David Breckman

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Rachael Harris ... Cpl. Alice Westergren
Gill Gayle ... Frank Prager
Emmy Clarke ... Julie Teeger
Clare Carey ... Sister Heather
Michelle Azar ... Charlotte Prager
Casey Longstreet Casey Longstreet ... Dori Prager
Chet Grissom ... Detective Chasen
Burnadean Jones Burnadean Jones ... Toddler's Mom
Dylan White ... Detective Robbins
Clint Jung ... Sweater Detective
Emma Bretthauer Emma Bretthauer ... Coughing Girl


When an officer dies after drinking poisoned wine sent to Captain Stottlemeyer as a Christmas gift, the captain suspects Frank Prager, who tried to shoot him outside a bar several months earlier. Searching the crime scene for clues, Monk notes that the bullet holes seem to form a pattern, but neither he nor Stottlemeyer can figure out the message they're intended to convey. To solve the case, Monk is forced to go undercover... as Santa Claus. Written by WyattJones

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2 December 2005 (USA) See more »

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The bar that Captain Stottlemeyer was shot at was filmed only ½ mile (800 meters) from a scene in Commando (1985), a film which starred Dan Hedaya who would later star in Monk: Mr. Monk Meets His Dad (2006)(#5.9). See more »


When they first go outside to see that it is snowing, there is no accumulation of the snow on the ground. A few seconds later there is a white carpet suddenly on the ground. See more »


Frank Prager: [31:51] I didn't poison anybody, I'm not a killer.
Capt. Stottlemeyer: Oh, right. What about our last date at the parking lot four months ago?
Frank Prager: I wasn't trying to kill you.
Capt. Stottlemeyer: You can't be serious.
Frank Prager: All right. I thought about it. When I got there, I couldn't. I didn't want to become my brother. At the last minute I decided to send you a message.
Capt. Stottlemeyer: A message?
Adrian Monk: My God. Captain, the pattern, was an "M" for "Michael".
Frank Prager: Yeah. It was an "M". How could you miss it?
Capt. Stottlemeyer: How was I supposed to know that was the letter "M"? This guy is ...
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the usual moron episode
25 April 2019 | by sandcrab277See all my reviews

Each week, the moron strives to be funny while solving murder cases for the sfpd, who's staff is manned by many other morons ... wishing i never heard of the moron or watched his lame work .... the child sitting on his lap sequence is almost tantamount to sexual abuse ...making us wonder why this show is still on tv

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