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 6 was a great one for shippers, as Monk and Natalie grew noticeably closer. Almost every episode had at least one cute, funny, or shippy scene (which definitely wasn’t the case in S3, S4, or S5), and many ended with a scene of Monk and Natalie together. I’m listing my favorites chronologically because Mr. Monk wouldn’t want it any other way!
Episode 6×10 — “Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa Claus”: Ooh, we get an “I love you” from Natalie to Monk in this episode (along with lots of other cute and funny moments)! Of course she meant it in an entirely platonic sense, but I still liked it. It was the first (and only, I believe) time she says this directly to him. She said “We love him” in “Makes a Friend”, but Monk himself wasn’t around to hear that.
- (0:54) — Monk: “Dr. Kroger charges me for the sessions I miss.” Natalie: “Well, you can blame it on me.” Monk: “I do anyway.” Ha!
- (1:15) — “Julie…Julie, your mom and I are very upset. We can’t talk right now.” This is such a parent thing to say! And notice how Monk projects his own emotions on Natalie? If he’s upset, she must be too.
- (14:27) — Monk is buying a Christmas present for someone. Although they don’t say who it’s for, it’s gotta be Natalie, right? And it’s at the jewelry counter, too! I wish we could have seen what he got her! (Smallish, flat box… I’m thinking a necklace or a bracelet.)
- (14:37) — Salesman: “Here we go, 16 collar, 33 long. For your boyfriend?” Natalie: “No, for my boss.” Since Monk wasn’t even there, this doesn’t count as someone mistaking them for a couple, but I like the comment anyway! And there was a nice callback to Inspector No. 8 here.
- (17:02) — Monk: “I have to tell them my side of the story.” Natalie: “No, no, no, Mr. Monk, I’ve heard your side of the story and I love you and I don’t think it’s a good idea.” There it is!
- (17:34) — Monk touches Natalie’s face — twice — for no real reason at all (pictured above). This action certainly wasn’t required, given what he was talking about. I guess he just wanted to touch her?!
- (18:59) — Natalie sits in Monk’s eye line during the interview and makes supportive and/or prompting gestures throughout.
- (19:57) — Natalie jumps in and offers cookies to save Monk from having to answer a question about Trudy. Have I mentioned before how much I love Protective Natalie? Yes, I think I have!
- (20:26) — Monk: “I don’t think Santacide is a word.” Natalie, off camera, shakes her head and mouths “It’s not” to him. LOL!!
- (27:40) — Monk: “Hey, those are my wipes!” Then, after Natalie gives him a withering look: “You can use them if you want to.”
- (32:56) — Natalie notices that Monk is having trouble coming out onto the roof, so she goes back to hold his arm and help him. They both do this without any interruption in their dialogue. It’s a subtle thing, but shows how much she knows him and how much he needs her.
- (39:27) — Protective Natalie escorting Monk away from the scene.
- (40:50) — Natalie makes Monk relax and enjoy the Christmas ambiance. And she takes off his shoes while he’s sitting in his favorite armchair — such a wifely thing to do! Then she sits on the ottoman and keeps her hand on his leg.
- (41:52) — “Merry Christmas, Mr. Monk.” Then the “family” photo (that will reappear in “On the Run Part II”), with Traylor struggling to turn the camera on to take the shot. (Pictured below.)