I'm a big fan of the show as a whole, but this episode was absolutely terrible. So bad, in fact, that I turned it off. The chest bumping and everyone getting excited for "the big game". It was as if the writers had never actually been to a football game and they were just basing their material on beer commercials. Plus, the case just wasn't interesting at all. I find it very odd that no one particularly cared or noticed that a super bowl (excuse me...Big game's) QB was missing. Clearly the writer's felt this way as well since mid-episode they made sure to mention that the QB was a second stringer.
I didn't get far enough into the episode to see Costas or how Monk ultimately bests the killer, I simply didn't care. The Captain "trash talking" his former LA buddies was more than enough to force me to hit delete on my DVR. The Seventh season hasn't been great, but it's wayyyy better than this.