By The Second Season "Monk" had matured and become the genial obsesive compulsive sleuth that we enjoy so much. Also, in this season we still have Bitty Shram (Sharona) at his side. I think that the episodes she's in are the best. She defined the role of Monk"s assistant and her replacement never quite meassured - up. Too bad that Bitty Shram asked for more money and got dropped in the middle of the third season.