Mr. Monk and the Airplane
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|"Mr. Monk and the Airplane"|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Rob Thompson|
|Written by||David M. Stern|
|Original air date||October 18, 2002|
|Season 1 episodes|
|Monk (season 1)
List of Monk episodes
Sharona leaves to fly to New Jersey to visit her aunt. Monk is forced to brave the skies, as he is unable to live without Sharona. While at San Francisco International Airport, Monk sees Barbara Chabrol stand on her toes to kiss her husband Stephen Chabrol.
Aboard the plane, an annoying extension cord salesman named Warren Beach (Garry Marshall) ("if it doesn't reach, call Warren Beach!") does little to assuage Monk's fears. Monk quickly becomes suspicious of Stephen Chabrol after he notices that Barbara Chabrol no longer needs to stand on her toes to kiss him, has "forgotten" that she ordered the vegetarian meal, knows nothing about air travel despite a frequent-flyer label, and claims to have "forgotten how to" speak French when an old family friend, Bernard, meets them on board. More digging convinces Monk he is on to something. Monk quickly annoys everyone and a fellow passenger informs Chabrol of Monk's suspicions.
Meanwhile, Bernard turns up dead, supposedly due to a heart attack but Monk is not so sure. He steals Bernard's cup and, with a lighter borrowed from Beach, proceeds to burn away the wine to reveal a mysterious liquid at the bottom. However, the flight attendant, Leigh Harriso is alerted to Monk's use a lighter on board, and confiscates both the lighter and the glass, dumping the liquid down the sink.
Monk calls Disher and explains what he thinks happened.
Here's What Happened
Stephen Chabrol and his mistress murdered Barbara Chabrol and the mistress disguised herself as Barbara. Stephen Chabrol, being a pilot, then used his valid identification card and its virtually unlimited access to hide the body at a construction site at the airport. The construction workers poured concrete over the corpse, unwittingly destroying the evidence.
When Monk and Sharona's flight lands at Newark Liberty International Airport, Monk stalls Chabrol's connecting flight to Paris by wittingly saying that the captain of the Paris flight is drunk. This allows Disher and the construction crew to excavate and find the body. The Newark Police Department shows up, and Chabrol and his mistress are led away in handcuffs.
Monk creator Andy Breckman appears as the passenger who enters the plane just ahead of Monk and Sharona, just as his credit as executive producer appears on screen, in the manner of an Alfred Hitchcock cameo. The episode's mood music, in a departure in style from that of the rest of the series, also evokes that of Hitchcock movies.
Tim Daly stars as himself. He and Tony Shalhoub were in the NBC TV show Wings which aired from 1990–1997. Bitty's character sees him which Monk ask, "Was the show good?"Their fellow co-star, Steven Weber, later appeared in the season 5 episode "Mr. Monk Is On The Air."
Brooke Adams, the real-life wife of Tony Shalhoub, also stars in this episode as the flight attendant Leigh Harrison; she reprised her role in "Mr. Monk's 100th Case". Adams also plays Abigail Carlyle in the season 3 episode "Mr. Monk and the Kid," Sheriff Margie Butterfield in the season 5 episode "Mr. Monk Visits a Farm", and Edith Capriani in the season 8 episode "Mr. Monk and the Badge".
This episode is DVD episode 12, since the two halves of the pilot are a single DVD episode.
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