I haven't actually watched a full episode of Monk since...um, last summer, maybe? So I had forgotten how great Tony Shaloub is. He really does a great job with all of Monk's weird OCD quirks. My favorite line in the ep, when Monk is eating the square tomato: "I can taste the symmetry!"
Traylor Howard is so perky and cute. Every time I see her though, I'm transported back to 100,000 Airplanes when she guest starred as Sam's bitchy ex-fiancee ("If we had gotten married your name would have been Lisa Sherborn-Seaborn." Hee.). She's quite adorable as Natalie, though. Also, I wish I could get my hair to look like hers. It's kind of messy, yet it still looks good. Whenever I try to style my hair like that, it ends up looking like I just rolled out of bed. If only I could afford my own personal stylist. :-(
Now, on to the most important part of this episode: Brad! YAY! I didn't realize until tonight how much I have missed watching him act! The last time I saw him do anything new was last year when I went to Boeing-Boeing. The great thing about Brad is that no matter what kind of role he's in, even if it's small, he always gives a quality performance. I can't remember ever seeing him phone it in. Tonight was no exception...even though the part wasn't exactly Emmy-caliber, he still knocked it out of the park, in my opinion. A biotech CEO trying to save the world is actually a really fitting role for Brad. I wonder if the producers thought of him for the part because he's become so environmentally conscious over the last few years?
Oh, about that mustache -- I was distracted by it for the first couple of minutes, but as the episode progressed, I got used to seeing him with it and it didn't really bother me anymore. However, my previous statement does NOT constitute an endorsement of the 'stache. No way. I would much prefer him without it. I'm just saying, it didn't ruin his performance for me or anything.