Monk: Season 1, Episode 13

Mr. Monk and the Airplane (18 Oct. 2002)

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Monk's first flight proves to be harder than he anticipated when he begins to suspect that a fellow passenger murdered his wife.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Daly
Barbara Chabrol
Stefan Chabrol
Warren Beach
Aunt Minn
François Klanfer ...
Bernard (as Francois Klanfer)
Nicola St. John ...
Annoyed woman
Little girl
Cliff Saunders ...
Howard Hoover ...


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 WyattJones

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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 »


Sharona Fleming: Oh, my God. It's Tim Daly.
Adrian Monk: Who's Tim Daly?
Sharona Fleming: He's an actor - he was in "Wings."
Adrian Monk: Was it any good?
Sharona Fleming: Well, *he* was.
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References Year of the Comet (1992) See more »

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I hate planes myself...
20 November 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Monk and Sharona go on a short plane trip to visit Sharona's aunt. Monk is phobic about air travel. Don't blame him. White knuckle moments abound, with annoying children, talkative seat neighbours and worries about the survivability of sitting in the seat (rather than other seats). Meanwhile Sharona is taken with a celebrity sitting in first class. Oh, and meanwhile, of course, a passenger is a murderer who killed off his wife and someone else is murdered mid-flight. No one notices except Monk. It all comes down to a few clues that only he notices. Honestly, you'd think every second person was a mass murderer. Forget the murder mystery, just appreciate the bad plane ride, and how Monk reduces the stewardess to drink.

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