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.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Teeger
Lt. Randall Disher
Frank Prager
Julie Teeger
Charlotte Prager
Casey Longstreet ...
Dori Prager
Burnadean Jones ...
Toddler's Mom
Detective Robbins
Sweater Detective
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)  »

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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 »


[the SFPD has come to arrest a suspect who is hiding in a church]
Sister Heather: Captain Stottlemeyer, I'm Sister Heather.
Capt. Stottlemeyer: Hi, sister. You know why I'm here, right?
Sister Heather: Yes. He's here; he's in the sanctuary. He's very frightened. You think he tried to murder you?
Capt. Stottlemeyer: Yes, ma'am, I do.
Sister Heather: You obviously have very strong feelings about this.
Capt. Stottlemeyer: You're godda- Yes, I do.
Sister Heather: I just want to make sure that Brad isn't mistreated.
Capt. Stottlemeyer: Brad's not his name.
Sister Heather: You're right, I don't know his real name, but I know the man. He's been working in our...
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Deck The Halls
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
Background music during office party
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Good Christmas Episode
4 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was a nice - and funny - Christmas episode with some nice messages.

It opens with a Christmas party at the police station. Capt. Stottlemeyer receives a bottle of port wine as his gift from his "secret Santa" but isn't interested in it. He can't find the gift he supposed to give to someone so he gives that instead. It's poisoned and the cop who drinks it dies. I won't say anymore because this has a few twists to it that are interesting.

The funniest part of the show was when Monk went undercover as a Santa in the mall. That was only a short scene, but it was very good.

There are some warm, sentimental moments in here, too, for most of the cast members and a few others. This is an episode that leaves you with a good feeling....almost perfect for the Christmas season.

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