SFPD Captain Leland Stottlemeyer is used to obsessive-compulsive genius Adrian Monk getting all the praise and attention. But Stottlemeyer his casual annoyance turns to bitterness when he takes a serious ribbing from his fellow cops at a national law enforcement conference for relying too much on Monk’s brilliance. So when Stottlemeyer is forced by budget cuts to let Monk go, Natalie is more than a little suspicious about the timing.
But Monk is much too compulsive to stop investigating, even without pay. Soon he’s calling in tips to the police under assumed names to help solve cases, much to Natalie’s annoyance.
Then Stottlemeyer is framed for the murder of another cop and he knows only one detective in San Francisco can save him: the guy he just fired.