Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa

Season 4, Ep 9, Aired 12/2/05
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  • Episode Description
  • 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.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Emmy Clarke

    Julie Teeger

  • Chet Grissom

    Detective Terry Chasen

  • Clint Jung


  • Dylan White

    Detective Robbins

  • Jason Gray-Stanford

    Lt. Randall Disher

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Festive Phobias

    By oceanic6, May 22, 2008

  • No two snowflakes are the same... and yet somehow, snow's still beautiful! ~ Oh yeah, the episode- quite good, I would have to say. Very classic "Monk", with some sweet sentimental moments and a holiday twist!

    By luvtheheaven, Dec 29, 2005

  • An early present for the holidays: a Monk Christmas special!

    By mysteryfan427, Dec 18, 2005

  • Good theme, a little too easy to solve

    By Angelbabe531, Dec 16, 2005

  • Nothing like a little OCD for the holidays!

    By studog2961, Dec 08, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (25)

    • Disher: I used to have a rock band back in high school. The Randy Disher Project. Stottlemeyer: That's a good name. How'd you come up with that? Disher: Well, my name's Randy... Disher, and then... Project.

    • Stottlemeyer: Terry, hey! That's not straight. The left side is too low. Terry: It's good enough. Stottlemeyer: No, it's not. Adrian Monk is coming. Terry: Ah, hell. Okay.

    • Monk: That's the Cadillac of first-aid kits.

    • Sister Heather: You have strong feelings about this. Stottlemeyer: You're godda--yes.

    • Alice Westergren: How late do these things usually go? Stottlemeyer: Last year, Karen and I left around 2:30 a.m. And Terry--Detective Chasen--was still standing on a table in his boxer shorts, singing "Help Me, Rhonda." In Spanish. Detective Chasen: That's a lie. I don't speak Spanish. (Grins.) Stottlemeyer: Ah. Yes, you do.

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    Notes (3)

    • This was a bonus Christmas episode.

    • The guitar that Captain Stottlemeyer plays in his duet with Disher singing "Oh, Holy Night" belongs to the captain's wife, Karen. Disher notes that he has a Gibson guitar at home, a souvenir from his high school band, the Randy Disher Project, which is first mentioned in this special episode.

    • This special episode is listed as part of the season five sequence because the site is not set up to give it a number of its own.

    Trivia (3)

    • In "Mr. Monk Goes to the Office," Adrian loses his standing in the office gang because he wouldn't put on someone else's bowling shoes even though it meant losing the game. So, it is highly unlikely that he would put on a Santa suit, mustache and beard that had been worn by many past Santa Clauses.

    • When Frank is being questioned, the scene inside the interrogation room alternates from being mirrored to being normal. Monk and Stottlemeyer alternate from being on Frank's right in normal scenes and to his left in the mirrored scenes. The visitation rules on the wall confirm the mirroring.

    • The poisoned detective lands on his back with his head turned to his left side, but when the camera changes, his head is turned to his right.

    Allusions (2)

    • Sister Heather: My father taught me an important lesson. There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. This quote is actually from Josh Billings, an American humorist who lived from 1818-1885.

    • Stottlemeyer: And Terry--Detective Chasen--was still standing on a table in his boxer shorts, singing "Help Me, Rhonda." In Spanish. In "Help Me, Rhonda," a Beach Boys hit from 1965, songwriter Brian Wilson tells "Rhonda" that the girl he intended to marrry "let another guy come between us/And it shattered our plans." Detective Chasen, who reputedly sang the song at the previous year's Christmas party, is about to have his own plans irretrievably shattered.

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