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Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum
While he was about to prepare his dead wife's favorite dinner in her old house to celebrate the anniversary of the day they met, Monk realized he is in the wrong house and got arrested for unlawful entry and then taken to Medford Psychiatric Institute for forty-eight hours of psychiatric observation. His roommate, John Wurster informs him of an unsolved murder four years earlier, while another inmate, Manny, involves him in a quest to discover Santa Claus on the asylum roof. But with Dr. Lancaster's orders not to play detective during his stay at Medford, Monk finds his quest to solve the two cases to be quite hard.
David Breckman, who co-wrote this episode, is actually the younger brother of Andy Breckman who is the executive producer of this show.
Jason Gray-Stanford and Ted Levine didn't appear in this episode.
Monk: You mean it's a communal bathroom? Every--everyone uses it?
Manny: It was Santa. As big as life. He was standing by the big chimney, getting ready to slide down. And then, his cell phone rang.