Thats because Shalhoub is reuniting for one episode with Stanley Tucci, his partner from the 1996 comedy Big Night, about two brothers who own an Italian restaurant.
Tucci will portray an actor who gets in Shalhoubs way as he tries to solve a crime and he jokes that the experience of working with Shalhoub again was excruciating.
Meanwhile, Shalhoub jokes that Tuccis ego has bloomed since they last worked together.
Although Shalhoub was tempted to have the caterer pay tribute to Big Night by serving Italian food, he decided against it because, as he puts it, [Tuccis] standards are so high that I decided it was better to let him take me to his favorite Italian restaurants in Los Angeles.
Monk has its season premiere July 7 on USA network.
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