There were definitely some sweet moments in this episode, but I would hardly call it a series classic, or one of the better installments of the season.
Everything just came off as really forced and the show seemed to drag on for the majority of its duration. It was really a 10 minute concept drawn out to last one hour.
Randy and Stottlemeyer were funny as usual, and Monk and Natalie certainly had some good lines as well, but this just was not the best-written episode of Monk. Here's to hoping next week is a little bit better as this was a disappointment.