Thinking that he's just accompanying Sharona to the airport to pick up her aunt, Monk discovers to his dismay that she's the one making the flight. The choice between being on his own without Sharona or flying cross-country to New Jersey is a tough one, but he overcomes his fears and boards the plane. After annoying the passengers and crew with his first-time-flier questions, he becomes even more unsettled after small anomalies convince him that the Frenchman sitting across the aisle has murdered his wife and the woman accompanying him is an impostor. He calls Captain Stottlemeyer only to find that it's the captain's day off but manages to persuade Lt. Disher to search the airport for a body. With on-and-off help from Sharona (who would rather be "helping" Tim Daly decide whether to accept a role in an upcoming film) and from the extension cord salesman in the seat next to him, Monk tries to provide the evidence Disher needs to order the arrest. Meanwhile another murder is committed ... Written by
Did You Know?
There were a series of interesting cameos: Sharona spots Tim Daly
on their flight, and says he was on the TV show Wings
(1990). Monk claims he never saw the show, and asks if the show was any good, and she responds, "Well, *he* was." Tony Shalhoub
played "Antonio Scarpacci" on "Wings" for nearly the entire run of the show. Leigh, the stewardess who is being driven to distraction by Monk's antics on the plane, is portrayed by Brooke Adams
, Tony Shalhoub
's wife in real life. Series creator Andy Breckman
can be seen taking a seat in first class near the beginning of the episode. See more
Near the end of the episode after the murderers have been arrested and are being led out of the airport by the police, the path they walk through runs through a metal detector. The metal detector does not make any sound despite the fact that they are wearing handcuffs. See more
Oh, my God. It's Tim Daly.
Who's Tim Daly?
He's an actor - he was in "Wings."
Was it any good?
Well, *he* was.
References Year of the Comet