Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Andy Richter) guest-stars as Hal, a jovial fellow who wants nothing more than to be best friends with Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub). Fully aware that Monk neither has any real friends nor wants any, Natalie (Traylor Howard) is naturally suspicious of the ebuillient Hal. Meanwhile, Monk is kept busy investigating the mysterious death of former police dispatcher Gail Segalis (Stephanie Erb), who used to regale him with stories of her world travels. A snapshot of Gail during one of her trips abroad reveals what both Natalie and the viewer have already figured out: "harmless" Hal does indeed have an ulterior motive.