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Monk: Mr. Monk and the Wrong Man

608. Mr. Monk and the Wrong Man

Aired September 7, 2007

Monk is racked with guilt when a man he put away fourteen years ago for a gruesome double murder is exonerated.

Quote from Lieutenant Disher

Lieutenant Disher: "Will you be reopening the case?"
Captain Stottlemeyer: We already have reopened the case. And, uh, as you know, there is no statute of limitations on murder. However, we... What the hell is going on?
Lieutenant Disher: [smiling] It wasn't me.
Captain Stottlemeyer: What wasn't you?
Lieutenant Disher: This screw-up. It wasn't me. It's always me. I can't believe it's not me. It's always me. This wasn't me. I wasn't even on the force back then.
Captain Stottlemeyer: You understand that this wasn't a traffic violation. An innocent man spent fourteen years of his life in a state penitentiary, and the son of a bitch that murdered those poor people is still out there.
Lieutenant Disher: Yes, sir. I know, but it wasn't me.
Captain Stottlemeyer: You're right, Randy. It wasn't you. It was Adrian Monk's case. I just talked to Natalie. Monk is devastated. I can't blame him. Can you imagine? The guilt. The pain. Adrian Monk had this much confidence to begin with, this'll probably kill him. What have you got to say to that?
Lieutenant Disher: It wasn't me.

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Quote from Adrian Monk

Adrian Monk: He's- He's being released tomorrow morning. From the Seabrook Penitentiary. It's a 47-minute drive.
Dr. Kroger: [chuckles] I know where you're going with this.
Adrian Monk: You do?
Dr. Kroger: Yes, yes. And I think it's a great idea.
Adrian Monk: Really?
Dr. Kroger: Yeah.
Adrian Monk: Thank God. I'm so relieved. Just tell him how sorry I am.
Dr. Kroger: What is this?
Adrian Monk: It's a card. I wrote a little note on the back.
Dr. Kroger: No, Adrian, I thought you were going up there.
Adrian Monk: Me? I put the man away for 14 years. He'd crush me like a peanut.
Dr. Kroger: Well, Adrian, I cannot do this for you.
Adrian Monk: You're right. Sorry. You're absolutely right. I don't know what I was thinking.
Dr. Kroger: And Natalie can't do it either.

Quote from Adrian Monk

Cindy: His ex-wife used to work here. She quit four years ago.
Natalie: Max. Max, you're scaring everybody.
Cindy: I've tried to tell him. We haven't heard from her. Except for that one picture in a Christmas card.
Adrian Monk: Picture? Max? Max, can I see it? Come on. Give me a chance.
Natalie: Watch this.
Adrian Monk: Okay. She's in a hotel. Probably a resort near a beach. There's sand on the bedspread.
Max Barton: A- a resort?
Adrian Monk: Yeah. See? The- The card on the gift basket? It's in dutch, so she's probably in St. Martin.
Max Barton: St. Martin? She was always talking about that place.
Adrian Monk: Yeah. She's not alone. Two plates on the room service cart. It's probably a man, because the toilet seat is up. You can see it in... In the reflection in the mirror.
Max Barton: A man?!
Adrian Monk: Okay, did I Did I say a man? Look, I-I could be wrong. Max, I am not an expert on toilet seats. Did she stand up when she made water? Look, I could be wrong.
Natalie: Yeah, he's wrong a lot. I- I don't have to tell you that.

Quote from Lieutenant Disher

Captain Stottlemeyer: You're tracking down his ex-wife?
Adrian Monk: Yeah, and getting him a job. Natalie's father's gonna give him some work on the loading dock there.
Captain Stottlemeyer: Why don't you just adopt this guy and make it legal?
Adrian Monk: You don't understand what it's like. I feel so responsible.
Lieutenant Disher: Yeah, it must be tough. I mean, I wasn't involved in the case, but I can certainly appreciate... Well, I mean I can imagine what you must be going through.
Captain Stottlemeyer: Why don't you just make a t-shirt that says, "It wasn't me"?

Quote from Lieutenant Disher

Mr. Gelbertson: Michael, Matthew, these men are from the police.
Michael: Are they real police?
Mr. Gelbertson: Yes, they're gonna take a look around for a few minutes.
Michael: Why?
Lieutenant Disher: Oh, well, because a long time ago, before I was on the force, something happened in this house.
Matthew: Was it scary?
Lieutenant Disher: I don't know. I wasn't here. It was before my time.

Quote from Lieutenant Disher

Captain Stottlemeyer: They sold jewelry. They had a wall safe. It was loaded with merchandise. That's what the guy was after.
Mr. Gelbertson: I thought you caught him.
Captain Stottlemeyer: Yeah, so did we. It turns out we had the wrong guy. So, um, we've reopened the case.
Mrs. Gelbertson: Well, what can you find now? I mean, after 12 years?
Lieutenant Disher: Actually, 14 years. I've only been on the force for 9. It was 5 years before that. So it's 14 years.

Quote from Adrian Monk

Adrian Monk: The wall safe was here. We found bloody footprints over there. There was a whole trail of blood all the way through here. Splattered all over. I remember we found a piece of the thumb over there. The wife broke free. She crawled across the playroom... Out over the patio. Yeah. Yeah, he killed her out there. Right where your sandbox is. Do you guys play outside? You ever found anything unusual out there?
Matthew: Like what?
Adrian Monk: 9mm shell casing, bone fragments... No? Nothing like that? Hacksaw blade?
Matthew: No.

Quote from Adrian Monk

Parole Commissioner: Mr. Monk, 14 years ago you were the chief investigator of this crime scene. It was your testimony that put Max Barton behind bars. As you know, Mr. Barton's eligible to be paroled at the end of this month. I understand you'd like to make a statement before our final decision.
Adrian Monk: Yes, sir. Thank you. I've been a homicide investigator for more than 20 years. I have seen more crime scenes than I could possibly count. Well, 410, but that's not the point. What I saw that morning in that house was beyond imagination. What he did to those people, the- The husband had been tortured. We found the wife in the backyard. She had- She had tried to crawl away...
Parole Commissioner: Take your time, Mr. Monk.
Adrian Monk: I've tried to forget it, but I can't. And I'm sure that Sarah McNally, who found the bodies, will never forget it either. Putting people like Max Barton behind bars is the reason I became a cop. In my opinion, he should never be released. He should never be considered for release. He-
2nd Commissioner: Ms. Lawrence. Is there a problem?
Lawyer: Excuse me. Commissioner, members of the board, Mr. Barton would like to withdraw his application for parole.
Parole Commissioner: Withdraw?
Lieutenant Disher: Yes, sir. This is Daniel Crosby of the Innocence League. The federal appeals court has exonerated Mr. Barton. He will be released by the end of the week.
Adrian Monk: Uh, what- What's going on?
Parole Commissioner: It's a new DNA test.
Adrian Monk: DNA?
Parole Commissioner: They've retested the crime scene evidence. Apparently, the blood at the scene under the victim's fingernails does not belong to Mr. Barton.
Sarah McNally: May I say something?
Parole Commissioner: I'm afraid it's too late, Ms. McNally. There's been a mistake.
Adrian Monk: Uh... A mistake?
Parole Commissioner: Looks like you got the wrong man, Mr. Monk.

Quote from Adrian Monk

Adrian Monk: I should just quit.
Dr. Kroger: Quit?
Adrian Monk: Why don't I? Just quit. Now. Today. Never leave the house again. If I had any decency at all I...
Dr. Kroger: I won't let you quit, Adrian. You're too good a detective.
Adrian Monk: I haven't been sleeping. Been up all night. Reviewing my old cases. How many other mistakes have I made? What else did I miss? How many other innocent people are sitting in some cell right now because-
Dr. Kroger: Adrian, it was one case.
Adrian Monk: One case is enough. I used to think the worst mistake I could make was letting a killer go free. But this is worse. Sending that man to prison for fourteen years...
Dr. Kroger: Adrian, what you're feeling here now, this remorse, this is actually healthy. You're- No, you're connecting with another person. This Max Barton. What you're feeling is empathy. It will make you a better detective. It might even make you a better human being.
Adrian Monk: You should've seen him at that hearing. Staring at me. He hates me. At least we have that in common.

Quote from Adrian Monk

Adrian Monk: Max! Mr. Barton. I Just wanted to say sorry. Sorry. I'm- I am sorry. I'm- I'm really sorry. This is Natalie Teeger, my assistant. Natalie, this- This is Max.
Natalie: Hello.
Max Barton: You know the best thing about getting sprung? I don't have to listen to you.
Adrian Monk: Right. Max, this is for you. Uh, it's a little... Little something.
Marci Maven: Yeah? Are there 14 years of my life in there?
Adrian Monk: No, just, mostly caramels.
Natalie: Chocolate pretzel.
Adrian Monk: And a chocolate pretzel.

Quote from Adrian Monk

Adrian Monk: Listen, I-I just wanted to explain about what happened. It was an honest mistake. I mean, look at all the evidence. The killer used an upholster's knot. You were an upholsterer. You had a criminal record. Your fingerprint was on the doorknob.
Max Barton: I made a delivery there the week before. I told you that. But you didn't listen.
Adrian Monk: There was an eyewitness. Mrs. McNally swore she saw you leaving the house. Plus, the killer was left-handed. I proved that. And you're left-handed.
Max Barton: Yeah, not anymore. My first week here, they stomped on it.
Natalie: Why?
Max Barton: Because I looked at a guy, that's why.
Adrian Monk: I'm against that. Stomping on hands. I've always been against that.

Quote from Adrian Monk

Natalie: Do you need a lift?
Max Barton: No thanks.
Adrian Monk: Somebody picking you up? Your wife?
Max Barton: My wife? You mean the woman who stopped visiting me nine years ago? Who divorced me five years ago? That who you mean? You really want to help me, Monk? Why don't you curl up in a corner and die?
Natalie: [to Monk] Well, at least you tried.
Adrian Monk: I have to do something. I have to help him.
Natalie: Mr. Monk, I don't think he wants your help.
Adrian Monk: How do you know?
Natalie: Well, the "curl up and die" thing was sort of a hint.

Quote from Adrian Monk

Adrian Monk: [pointing to Max Barton's tattoo] I'm sorry, is that Steven Rudner? The district attorney?
Max Barton: That's right.
Adrian Monk: Is that- Is that me? That looks like me. It is me.
Natalie: Is that a knife?
Adrian Monk: [as Barton does bicep curls] Heh. It looks like... Looks like you're stabbing me.
Max Barton: Right between the eyes.

Quote from Adrian Monk

Max Barton: Invite me to what?
Adrian Monk: I don't know if you're hungry. We, uh, just did some shopping, and we have plenty of food.
Max Barton: You made me a sandwich, Monk? You think that's gonna put things right?
Adrian Monk: We have chips.
Max Barton: Admit it, Monk. You're not here for me, you're here for yourself. The pain, the guilt, it's- It's crushing you. Am I right? Yeah, you wanna hear those three magic words, "I forgive you." Well. You want me to give you absolution? You want me to release you?
Adrian Monk: Please.
Max Barton: Sorry, detective. It's not my job. Why don't you go talk to a priest?

Quote from Adrian Monk

Adrian Monk: Ow.
Natalie: You okay?
Adrian Monk: I can feel it. That knife tattoo going into my head. It's like voodoo.
Natalie: Mr. Monk, there's no such thing. It's all in your head.
Adrian Monk: Oh, yeah?

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