While grading her students' stories, Meredith notices Sharona's story, "The Fatal Recipe," about a woman who poisons her husband, and decides to use the story as part of her plan to murder her own husband, Maxwell. Just like in Sharona's story, the evil Meredith poisoned Maxwell's soup with an untraceable substance, but to keep Sharona off her tracks, she sent Denny to pose as a murder victim that only she can see, making Sharona question her sanity. Meredith and Denny also break into Sharona's apartment and rearrange her things to make Sharona think she's unorganized.
Even when Meredith is interrogated by Monk, Sharona discovers that her second draft of her creative writing story was replaced. However, the original draft of the story is found used as crumpled up packaging paper, which results in both Meredith and Denny being arrested.