"Monk" Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny (TV Episode 2004) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Law student Julie Parlow's grandmother is kidnapped and held for ransom. But they don't have any money, so why did the kidnappers release her? And why did they feed her pizza?

  • Unable to pay for Monk's services as a private detective, middle-aged law student Julie Parlo offers him a trade--she'll help Monk become reinstated as a policeman with the SFPD if he'll help her find her missing grandmother. The only clue to the identity of the kidnappers is a roughly drawn lightning bolt on a note left at the grandmother's house, leading Stottlemeyer and Disher to suspect the former leader of an anti-Vietnam War group from the Seventies. But when the captain, anticipating Monk's reinstatement, invites Monk to help him with interrogation, Monk accidentally discovers that the suspect's tattoo doesn't match the symbol on the note--it has three humps instead of two. Meanwhile, the kidnappers order Julie to provide turkey dinners to the homeless in exchange for the return of the grandmother. Julie complies and her grandmother is returned safely, leading Stottlemeyer to put the case "on the back burner." True to her promise, Julie informs Monk of a loophole that will allow him to get back on the force. All he has to do is to claim a disability and take a fifty-question multiple-choice test. Grateful for the information, Monk continues to investigate the case by asking the grandmother to relive her ride in the van. Her memories--the smell of a bakery, a four-minute stop during which no one got out, and the feel of rain drops as she was carried out of the van--lead Monk to the home of a pair of antique dealers, Harold and Carol Maloney. Sharona sets off the kidnappers' car alarm and Monk photographs them as they come out to investigate the noise. But why would a pair of antique dealers want to kidnap a seventy-six-year-old grandmother? Before he can investigate further, Monk has to take his test, which he's sure will be a piece of cake. And it would be, if it weren't for erasers that smudge and tear holes in the paper. A humiliated Monk locks himself in the captain's office--and discovers the clue he needs to wrap up the case.

  • When an elderly woman is kidnapped out of her home, the police investigate. All signs lead to a radical group from nearly 30 years ago cause their symbol was spray painted on the wall. Julie her granddaughter wanting results decides to hire Monk but in lieu of paying him, she offers to get him reinstated. When the kidnappers call up with their demands which are granted, Julie's grandmother is released. Monk and Stollemeyer talk to the leader of the group who claims they've been inactive for years. Monk believes him when he notices that the symbol left on Mrs. Parlo's wall was incorrectly done. Monk manages to find the people who kidnapped Mrs. Parlo but it's not sure what their motive for kidnapping her is. But before dealing with them Julie keeps her promise and tells Monk how he can get reinstated.And it requires for him to take a test but when spends so much time on shading the circle in the test he runs to Captain's office and locks himself inside. And it's while he's there that he realizes why Mrs. Parlo was kidnapped.


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