Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Airplane 

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:
Lt. Randall Disher
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (credit only)
Tim Daly
Barbara Chabrol
Stefan Chabrol
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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18 October 2002 (USA)  »

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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 »


The type of aircraft changes (in the exterior view), multiple times during the flight. See more »


Sharona Fleming: That is Tim Daly I love him!
Adrian Monk: What is he some kind of actor?
Sharona Fleming: Yeah yeah he was on that show Wings!
Adrian Monk: Never saw it, was it good?
Sharona Fleming: Well, he was.
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References From the Earth to the Moon (1998) See more »


Monk Theme
Written by Jeff Beal
Performed by Grant Geissman
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A Couple of Funny Moments.
4 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

First funny moment is when Monk acts strangely when talking to the flight attendant who wants his ticket. The flight attendant is played by Maud Adams, who happens to be Tony Shalhoub's real-life wife.

Second one was when they go on the plane and meet actor Tim Daly, playing himself. Sharona tells Monk he's a famous actor. Monk doesn't recognize him. Sharona tells Monk, "He was on 'Wings.'" Monk says, "I never saw it." Of course, Tony Shalhoub was in the cast of "Wings" with Tim Daly.

And Tony Shalhoub continues to exasperate his wife Maud Adams for the rest of the flight. Quite amusing.

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