Monk must reconcile reality with his fan-boy feelings toward an actress who starred as a child in a Brady Bunch-style sitcom in his youth after an attempt on her life.
Monk ignores his paying case for another case that involves a dead wife, victim of a hit-and-run accident, who was visiting from Nigeria.
Monk finds himself defending his humanity while assisting the sheriff in a remote Nevada town with a murder investigation after he spots what could be a UFO.
After Stottlemeyer, Disher and Monk are shredded on the stand in a murder case, causing the accused to go free, Monk loses his confidence. Meanwhile, Disher tries to help a boy he used to mentor who is accused of another murder.
After a critic pans Julie's performance in a play, Natalie tries to convince Monk that he committed a murder during the show.
Natalie displays surprising superstition when Monk consults on a case that involves Voodoo. Unfortunately her uneasiness turns to terror when the killer targets her.
A new HMO restriction on individual therapy forces Monk to join one of Dr. Bell's groups just as its members are being murdered.
While Natalie attempts to surprise Monk with the ultimate 50th birthday party, a janitor and a patent lawyer are killed during the launch of the first vacuum with a self-cleaning filter.
Sharona's big payday is in jeopardy when Monk believes her uncle was murdered, rather than killed by an accidental fall, and the investigation will test everyone's tempers as Natalie and Sharona mark their territories.
While searching for what the department hopes is a missing woman, Monk takes in her dog.
In an attempt to woo the lone holdout on the reinstatement committee, Monk accompanies the man's troublesome son and Randy's camping group - where they soon find themselves running afoul of some dangerous armored car robbers.
While investigating the death of a man found shot and burned beyond recognition, things begin to go horribly wrong for Stottlemeyer and his bride-to-be, causing her to have second thoughts.
At long last Monk finally receives his badge - but his first case back on the force proves to be a difficult one as he attempts to tie a serial killer with police corruption.