On the positive side, having an airplane ride cap off the first season of 'Monk' is a welcome creative choice: Very different, very busy, very sleek. It's a plus for this episode that Garry Marshall guest stars as positive salesman Warren Beach, who heartily boasts about his wires and electronic maintenance tools, including 'the Anaconda'.
On the drawback side, this episode introduces an actress named Brooke Adams, who plays a snooty flight attendant with an acidic smile and a vengeful, sardonic attitude. The writers obviously didn't care about the flight attendant's professionalism either, where, in the heat of her being personally ticked off at Monk, almost destroys a crucial piece of evidence, which would ultimately mean that legally, Monk could have had her arrested for obstruction of justice. I mean, COME ON!
As the series wears on, Brooke Adams pops in and out as different characters, almost as a running gag. It's as if she was stuck in the series just so she can antagonize Monk whenever she feels like it. The flight attendant's name is actually given in "Mr. Monk's 100th Case": Vivien Leigh. I'm sure to all the viewers out there who actually get annoyed with Monk's quirks, they'd cheer this smug gal on, but in reality, she really is quite annoying. Even so, to quote her: "SIT... DOWN... and see this episode! Or you will have to start back at the season beginning, that's just how it goes, Buster!"
That's Brooke Adams for you. Best thing of all is when they land at the other airport and finish things up from there.
Both amusing and annoying... but still good.
By the way... I had NO idea Brook Adams was Tony Shalhoub's wife. I just noticed on this page. THAT explains a lot... her characters in Monk are still annoying though.