|Mr. Monk and the Three Julies|
January 25, 2008
John Hawkes as Matthew Teeger
|Monk Season 6|
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Captain Stottlemeyer and Lieutenant Disher arrive at a crime scene in a new Dodge Charger that Stottlemeyer has been waiting to get for several years. They meet Adrian Monk and Natalie Teeger outside the building. The Captain loves the car so much that, for once, he and Monk are of the same mind in watching out for scratches, dints, or other blemishes. Stottlemeyer hands Monk the keys, trusting him and Natalie to take good care of it, and then joins the police team as they enter the apartment, while Monk and Natalie stay behind. As they wait, Natalie tells Monk about how Julie is at driving school and will be taking her test soon. Just then, a call comes over the police radio: a homicide in another part of the city. The victim's name is Julie Teeger. In a panic, Natalie grabs the keys, jumps into Stottlemeyer's car, and speeds away, despite Monk's protests.
To her immense relief, Natalie finds that the victim is a housewife, not her daughter. Monk, Stottlemeyer, and Disher follow in a patrol car. Stottlemeyer is upset to see his passengers' mirror broken off, but accepts what has happened. He then sympathizes with Natalie's fears. While they are there, they are asked to help out on the current case: it turns out that the victim was stabbed with a steak knife from her own kitchen; their neighbor heard the screams, then a car screeching away, and the neighbor found the body. A few minutes later, Julie's husband, George, storms in, frenzied, angrily telling Stottlemeyer to find the man who killed his wife.
Natalie calls Julie on her cell phone to make sure she's all right, but there is no answer. Moments later, another radio call comes in on a uniformed cop's radio: another homicide, another Julie Teeger. Natalie repeats the act, only this time the damage to Stottlemeyer's car is much more extensive (it looks like she ran it into a wall, and she claims she took a shortcut across the creek, despite Stottlemeyer mentioning that there are no bridges over the creek).
The second Julie Teeger is a graduate student, who was apparently run down by an SUV while riding her bike across the local university campus. She has nothing in common with the first Julie except the name, and the death seems accidental, but Monk sees clues that show different: flower petals wedged in her bike frame, and tire tracks in the dirt, show that Julie cut across the park, as if she was fleeing from something; also, she and her bike are fully rigged with safety equipment, so why would such a careful person be riding down the wrong side of the road? Disher looks closer at a hole torn in Julie's sweater, and sees the imprint of a trailer hitch on her back. Monk deduces that the death car pursued Julie on her bike, hit her, and then deliberately backed up to finish her off.
Natalie is frantic, having found that someone is hunting down "Julie Teegers." Sometime later, Natalie's Julie is in driver's ed, and Mr. Carlson, her instructor warns her when she accidentally runs a Stop sign. Julie comes to a stop, and Carlson instructs her to make a three point turn. Julie starts to do it, but Mr. Carlson tells her that she hasn't activated her blinker. Julie points out that it's no big deal, given that that there isn't anyone nearby, but that's when three police cars come barrelling around the corner, sirens activated, and box Julie in. Julie doesn't know what's going on until Natalie gets out of one of the patrol cars, seizes Julie, and puts her into the back of the cruiser. Stottlemeyer arranges a police guard on Julie, as detectives start compiling a list of other Julies in San Francisco and elsewhere.
Julie is upset at having to miss school and her driver's test, and Natalie is concerned that her daughter isn't taking the risk seriously enough. But she starts doing so when the search confirms that there were only three Julie Teegers in California, or for that record, west of the Rocky Mountains – Natalie's daughter is the last one. Stottlemeyer orders her transferred to a room at the station for extra security.
Unusually, it is Disher who turns up a promising lead: a man named Matthew Teeger, suffering from schizophrenia, and a history of violent assault based on a psychological fixation with his mother, Julia Teeger.
Monk, Stottlemeyer and Disher visit Julia Teeger's house. Noticing a lot of stuffed animal heads, Monk realizes that Matthew is an amateur taxidermist. The crowning touch to Matthew's taxidermy comes when Monk finds the stuffed body of the late Julia Teeger in a rocking chair upstairs.
Monk calls Dr. Kroger for an emergency consultation, both to deal with his own anxiety fallout after the discovery, and also to work up a profile on Matthew. Monk mentions that Julia died three months earlier from heart failure, but Matthew never reported it. Dr. Kroger believes that Matthew psychologically refuses to acknowledge his mother's death, and the police set up a truly bizarre sting operation: Randy dresses in drag and takes position in the rocking chair, hoping that Matthew will "visit" with his mother and confess over the wire. Monk, Stottlemeyer, and a technician observe the entire operation from a police van parked out front. Monk and Stottlemeyer give different code phrases for Randy to use if he finds that he's in trouble.
Matthew does visit, and when Randy asks if he's been a "bad boy," Matthew breaks down and says he has, hugging Randy possessively. Randy panics and uses Monk's code phrase ("I wish there were ten of them"), and the police capture Matthew.
Feeling that the danger is over, Julie begs to be allowed out to take her driver's test. Natalie passes the decision to Monk, who hesitates. Then Matthew catches sight of Julie as he is led away from the interrogation room, and, reading her name off the school binder in her hand, tells her to be careful. Both Natalie and Julie are shaken, but Julie is now 100% sure Matthew is "the guy." Even though Monk is not sure (pointing out that they still have to interrogate Matthew), he has trouble saying no to Julie, and says yes.
Under interrogation by Stottlemeyer, Matthew denies committing any violent acts, and appears shocked to be told that someone is targeting women with the same name as his mother. Monk notices something strange: Matthew carries a knife with him everywhere, but the first Julie's killer grabbed a steak knife from the kitchen.
After Julie leaves, Monk and Randy head down to the graduate student Julie Teeger's apartment to check it out.
Stottlemeyer comes to comfort Natalie in his office, but just then, a series of gunshots go off. A detective bursts in and informs Stottlemeyer that Matthew grabbed another officer's gun and escaped the police station. The police scramble, and find that Matthew has also stolen a pizza delivery truck.
Monk and Randy, meanwhile, unaware of the shooting, check out the graduate student's apartment. Monk learns that this Julie received a lot of packages, and he finds a torn scrap of yellow paper. The landlady confirms that Julie did receive a package the day she was killed. They are interrupted when Randy receives a call about the shooting.
While Julie is taking her driver's test on the obstacle course, Matthew appears. Julie panics and starts driving wildly around, looking for an escape route while Matthew chases her on foot. As the car becomes wedged on a cement block, Matthew reaches the driver's side just as Stottlemeyer arrives with backup. A sharpshooter aims a rifle at Matthew's head, but Monk arrives with Disher and knocks the rifle aside just as he pulls the trigger (the bullet unfortunately goes into Stottlemeyer's engine block). Monk says simply, "he's not the guy." Turning their attention back to Julie, they see her roll down the window in response to Matthew's pleas. He tells her to be careful, and he gives her his lucky rabbit's foot, which his mother gave him to protect him from "bad people."
Here's What HappenedEdit
Monk, Natalie, Stottlemeyer and Disher confront George Teeger at his house. He reveals what happened: George was having an affair with another woman, Maria Hamilton. They had a fight, and Maria vindictively packed several personal items George had left at her home into a box, and mailed them to George's wife. But the address label was torn, and the post office inadvertently sent it to the other Julie Teeger, the grad student (the post office confirms that this happened frequently). Monk reveals that he recognized a strip of torn wrapping in the second Julie's dorm room that matched a box in Julie #1's house.
Being a good neighbor, the second Julie took the package to the first Julie. A few minutes after she left, the first Julie opened it, found the items, and in the fight that ensued, George grabbed a steak knife and stabbed her to death. He planned to pass her death off as a random burglary gone wrong, but he had to get rid of the second Julie, who could confirm that he was home at the time his wife was killed. He got in his car and ran her down before she could get home. Randy reveals that the trailer hitch on George's Cadillac Escalade SUV matches the bruise on the second Julie's body. George is arrested. Meanwhile, to Natalie's chagrin, she hears that Julie was allowed to re-take her driver's test, and passed.
A few days later, Stottlemeyer is waiting on a bus bench, since his car is still in the shop. Julie happens by, driving a used hatchback that Natalie bought for her, with two of her friends. She offers the Captain a ride, and he swallows his pride and accepts, jokingly urging her to drive faster, like her mother.
- Two women named Julie Teeger are killed within one hour, leading Natalie to go to drastic measures to protect her daughter.
- The Captain gets a new car.
- Natalie wrecks his car (twice).
- Julie gets her driver's license.
- The scenes with Matthew and his mother are an obvious homage to the film Psycho.
- Randy Disher's second theory (the ridiculous one) parallels the plot of the first Terminator film, when the killer robot sent from the future kills all the "Sarah Connors" in the phone book in an attempt to eliminate his target. Oddly enough, Monk proposes the same theory first (only without the robot assassin from the future part), only to be shot down by Stottlemeyer.
- John Hawkes (Matthew Teeger) appeared on two episodes of Wings (with Tony Shalhoub) as Mark, a stalking waiter.
- In real life, a homicide detective never makes promises in homicide investigations in case they are not solved. In this episode Captain Stottlemeyer gives the man his word he will solve his wife's murder.