That happens tonight only after swell nonsense with Shalhoub's wife, Brooke Adams, as a flight attendant, Garry Marshall as his seatmate and "Wings" star Tim Daly as himself. Monk tells Sharona he never saw the show.
Other inspired "Monk" moments:
In "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale," Monk faced his old nemesis, an 800-pound apparent murderer (played with relish by Adam Arkin) who hadn't seen his toes or left his bed in 11 years. When Dale lifted his satin sheets to display his epic blubber, Sharona lost her supper.
In "Mr. Monk and the Psychic," Monk picked lint from the lapel of a former police commissioner while offering to help investigate his wife's death. Capt. Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) later found Monk waiting in his office, and his desk clutter inexplicably absent. Monk: "I took the liberty of straightening up a little."
In "Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation," Monk soaked up the hot sun in a business suit and straw hat on a beach before solving a murder with a hotel detective (the supremely funny Polly Draper) who took her cues from screen cops such as Dirty Harry.
It made my day.
So watch Monk and love him. Just don't touch him.
"Monk" is shown at 10 p.m. Fridays on USA Network and 8 p.m. Thursdays on ABC (8 p.m. Mondays, starting Nov. 18).
Howard Rosenberg's column appears Mondays and Fridays. He can be contacted at howard.rosenberg@latimes. com