This is one of the top three "Monk" episodes in my opinion, writing this January 1, 2008, with only three episodes to go before season #6 is over. Early on, my three favorites were "Vacation,"" Earthquake" and "12th Man." Now my three favorites are this episode ("New Shrink"), "The Actor" and "Biggest Fan." I liked Biggest Fan because it was so funny throughout, though no particularly stunning parts. "The Actor" and "New Shrink" were funny throughout and had some great scenes.
Among the great things in the episode are (particularly the first two):
¶ Monk and Harold Krenshaw arguing over who gets Kroger's 8 a.m. timeslot. Best scene in all of Monk, except maybe the scene in "Monk and the (Method) Actor" when Randy's hopes are dashed when it appears that a woman is playing his part in the planned "Monk" movie.
¶ Monk is a bit distracted by Kroger's files for Krenshaw and himself, And when the Captain complains that Monk shouldn't be reading Monk's own file, Monk comes up with the lame, sheepish excuse that he can't "rule anyone out" (as a suspect in the murder)!
¶ Kroger's riotous son. One of the best lines there is when the son tells everyone that his father suspects him of murdering the cleaning woman -- that his father asked the son if the son did it!
¶ Adrian rapidly progresses through the five stages of grief.
¶ Harold saying "BEAT THAT" to Monk after Harold takes a bullet for the doctor.
¶ Since the Doctor quit, Monk has Natalie substitute for the Doctor and sit down with Monk in the Doctor's old office to chew things over!
Natalie: I've always been kinda curious about this place.
Monk: Yep, this is where it all... doesn't happen. ¶ Monk and Harold spying on the Doctor at his home.