Is it lame of me to continue mourning the loss of Bitty Schram, aka Monk's original sidekick, Sharona? Traylor Howard as Natalie just doesn't do it for me (honestly, few things pronounced "trailer" thrill me.) The tears she wept when she found out Monk had disappeared were so annoying. If he had gone missing on Sharona's watch, she wouldn't have called Stottlemeyer weeping. She would have gone out and found Monk herself! Also, I'm a little over the six-fingered man who supposedly killed our OCD hero's wife. I think creator Andy Breckman watched The Princess Bride one too many times (although it would be cool if the murderer ended up being played by Christopher Guest in the finale). OK, let me stop whining and talk about what I liked about this episode. I enjoyed the reunion between The Silence of the Lambs costars Ted Levine and Charles Napier, who guest-starred as a Wyoming sheriff who helped amnesia-stricken Monk find his friends. Napier sure has come a long way since his Russ Meyer soft-porn days. And yay to Laurie Metcalf as one of the most terrifying (and dirty and I'm not talking naughty) potential love interests ever. She also taught me an important lesson: When searching for a mate, try to find a man with no memory; they're much more malleable. I made the mistake of marrying a man who knew himself, and worse, me. Metcalf shaped Monk into the man she wanted him to be through the power of suggestion (well, sort of). Very Stepford Wives without all the plot holes. I'm just glad they didn't actually have sex. Monk would have never felt clean again.
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