Note: As a diehard Monk/Natalie shipper, I’ve decided to relive the series by highlighting some of the best moments between the two characters. Season 8 was arguably the strongest of the season in terms of Monk and Natalie’s developing relationship. No, we didn’t get the hoped-for ending, but almost every single episode featured some kind of hugging, touching, flirting, banter, or other fun/cute/shippy scenes between the two. I’m listing my favorites chronologically because Mr. Monk wouldn’t want it any other way!
Episode 8×05 — “Mr. Monk Takes the Stand”: This is a tough episode to watch. I hate it when the guest star is a jerk whose only mission is to make Monk’s life a living hell. That was the case with the radio host in “On the Air” and in this one, where Jay Mohr plays an arrogant defense attorney who tears Monk to shreds on the stand. (This episode is notable for the fact that it starts with the HWH, with further details coming out in Monk’s testimony.) This episode didn’t have any truly shippy moments, but there were some cute/funny ones.
- (5:46) — Monk: “Natalie, if you hiccup again, I’m going to take Randy’s gun and shoot you.” Natalie: “That worked.” Monk: “You’re welcome.” Wow, I need Monk around to scare me when I have the hiccups!
- (17:39) — Monk, when questioning Gelday, can’t stutters badly because he can’t say “nude” — until Natalie supplies the word for him. LOL!
- (20:59) — “Objection!” Natalie yells this from the gallery in the courtroom when Harrison Powell is relentlessly badgering Monk. Love it when she’s protective like that!
- (29:40) — Natalie: “You can’t say no. Well, you can, but you can’t.” Monk: “I can, but I can’t? I don’t know what that means.” Natalie: “You don’t, but you do.” This kind of nonsensical (yet understandable) exchange is totally how couples talk to each other!
- (32:29) — Natalie, putting her arms around Monk: “Come on, come on, come on. You’ve gotta forget about Harrison Powell, you’ve gotta keep going.” She then coaxes him to “do the hand thing.” Ever the cheerleader when Monk begins to doubt his abilities.
- (33:27) — Natalie again puts her arm around Monk and tries to get him to focus on the facts instead of on Powell (pictured above).
- (40:41) — The tag with Natalie saying she was proud of Monk and Monk soaking up the praise. They left the courtroom arm in arm, with Natalie saying she’ll drive him home (just as she has done many times before, including in “Red Herring”).