Tony Shalhoub, star of the 2002-2009 USA Network series Monk, gave fans a glimpse of how multiphobic title character Adrian Monk is faring during the coronavirus (COVID-19) stay-at-home orders as part of a new Peacock series.
Shalhoub appears in “Mr. Monk Shelters in Place,” the first offering of the new daily Peacock Presents At-Home Variety Show. Seth MacFarlane, creator and star of The Orville, introduces the video, in support of the charities Americares, Feeding America and the United Way. He invites people to learn more at PeacockTV.com/ForGood.
In the seven-minute video, Monk, a detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder, is happily sequestered at home. His antics include washing his hands to the tune of “99 Bottles of Beer,” interrupting the count to clean a spot on the bathroom mirror before starting over. He also cleans his fruits and vegetables in the dishwasher. Unfortunately, Monk disinfects his mail by putting it in a microwave oven, which CBC News reports is a fire hazard.
By video chat, Monk also reunites with cohorts: San Francisco Police Capt. Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine); former SFPD Lt. Randy Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford), who became chief of the Summit County, NJ, Police Department in the series finale; and his assistant Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard). True to his nature, Monk keeps a six-foot social distance between himself and his computer.
Shalhoub steps out of character at the end, revealing he and wife Brooke Adams both contracted COVID-19 in April. “It was a pretty rough few weeks,” he said, “but we realize that other people have and had it a whole lot worse.” He goes onto his balcony to join his neighbors in applauding essential workers.
Monk star Tony Shalhoub revived his character from the USA Network show for a charity video supporting people during the COVID-19 pandemic.