FAN OF THE WEEK




FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 14, 2007



Meagan S.

My name is Meagan, I'm eighteen years old and I am the Monk fan of the week! Trying to put my infinite and undying adoration for Monk into words is indeed a challenge, but I'm sure as heck going to try.

I think what makes me love Monk so much is that Adrian, as a character, is this warm and endearing person and Tony Shalhoub brings so much color (other than brown) to him.  He's brilliant and yet so vulnerable, and it's incredibly rewarding as a viewer to see him overcome his phobias (however outlandish) to triumph in the end.  And sometimes, he doesn't quite triumph like the viewers hope that he will.  Yes, he'll solve the case, but he'll not be reinstated, or he'll be overlooked as a crucial part of the investigation, or something along those lines.

One of my favorite episodes (there are so many) has to be Mr. Monk and the Airplane.  I love seeing him in that kind of environment where he has to deal with germs for an extended amount of time. I also love how Tony's old "Wings" co-star Tim Daly guest stars as himself and Garry Marshall does a great job as Warren Beach ("if it doesn't reach, call Warren Beach").

I love the part when Monk is talking to Sharona when she's sitting with Tim in first class and tattles on her, resulting in the flight attendant kicking her out of first class and back into coach.  Tim says to him "I can't believe you just tattled on herů you're a freakin' tattle-tale," and Monk turns to the flight attendant and says "he called me a freakin' tattle-tale." And then there's the "Peat and Re-peat" girl who sits right in front of him and she's so persistent with her "Peat and Re-peat were in a boat, Peat jumps out so who was left?" joke and Monk's anguish is written all over his face and it's just hilarious.

I love Monk because it reminds me that there's a little OCD in all of us.  Granted, (and hopefully) it's not to the same degree as his.   Personally, I cannot leave anything that doesn't come in a bottle in its original packaging.  I put everything in baggies (like a true Monk fan should).  It's the strangest thing.  Well, maybe not the strangest.

I think watching Monk so much has also made me more aware of germs.  This is my first year at college and living in such close proximity to everybody else certainly has turned me into a bit of mysophobe.  I love my Clorox Wipes, what can I say?



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