GRRR! Sharona just goes over the top for me on this one. I mean, it's fine at the beginning that she gets hurt that Monk doesn't understand her fear of elephants, but she really turns bitchy for a stretch in the middle. After Monk, who's entirely focused on the investigation, casually says "Oh, brother. Come on, you just suck it up! We've got a job to do", Sharona turns the phrase 'suck it up' into a musicless symphony, and practically claims total ownership of the phrase. Once (not handing Monk a wipe might one time might have been deserved), but once she drinks from Monk's water bottle, and coughs obnoxiously, she just turns ugly.
She really doesn't give a damn about the case most of the time. She's just a petty, sour deadbeat on the case. She takes her foot and shoves the magazines onto the floor and says . Know what that means?, but then she goes WAAAY off the deep end by smoking in a hospital. For me, that practically cements Natalie Teeger as my favorite of the two assistants overall, because she would NEVER be that cruel.
The funny woman Natasia Lovara, who has the elephant break her foot isn't that amazing, but it's always better when the episode returns to the case at hand. Probably the best scene for me is the scene in Dr. Kroger's office, where Charles Kroger tells Adrian (regarding making amends with Sharona) "Adrian, the answer is already inside you, and Monk, being the thinker that he is, replies pojntedly "No, doctor. The answer is inside YOU. IF you told me... then I would HEAR it... and then the answer would be inside me!"
If you find this episode tougher than the others, just tell yourself: Suck it up! Suck it up! Suck it up!