episode guide

Season Two (1967-1968) 

33. A Nice Place to Visit
gs: Cynthia Hull (Angelita) Nate Esformes (Jos) Pedro Gonzales Gonzales (Lupe) Nacho Galindo (Pedro) Arthur Ambrosio (Bandit) Peter Whitney (El Diablo)

...but you certainly wouldn't want to be kidnapped there! The Monkees' second season opener finds The Monkeemobile breaking down in El Monotono, Mexico. While Lupé, a mechanic, looks her over, the boys go into Pedro's Café, where Davy falls in love with Angelita, the pretty waitress, but her father, Pedro, the café's namesake proprietor, orders him to leave. José, a bandito, backs him up with a knife because Angelita is the woman of El Diablo, a.k.a. The Bandit Without A Heart. The boys stack up their chairs on tables and get Davy away. To earn money (all $14.95 of it) to finance the repairs to their vehicle (replacing her whole engine!), The Monkees persuade Pedro to hire them for the cafe and are a huge success, with their new tune "What Am I Doing Hangin' ‘Round?". As Davy is kissing Angelita goodbye, El Diablo and his band of banditos burst in. E.D. humiliates Davy by shooting at his feet but Angelita still claims her love for him. As a result, the bandits drag Davy to their camp while the other Monkees watch helplessly. Unable to get help from the townsfolk, who fear El Diablo, they set out to rescue Davy.

Posing as El Dolenzio (a.k.a. The Bandit Without A Soul), El Nesmito (a.k.a. The Bandit Without Any Conscience), and El Torko (a.k.a. The Bandit Without A Nickname), the boys crash the bandito camp and suggest joining forces. El Diablo proposes a series of tests—of strength, skill and determination, and bravery—but warns of the consequences should they fail. Using their wits Micky, Mike and Peter meet every challenge. While the others celebrate Peter sneaks away to free Davy but can't undo the rope binding his wrists, as it is tied in a square knot. Micky and Mike arrive to free Davy and the boys escape in the Monkeemobile—they first pay a parking lot attendant four bits—but this time she runs out of gas and they are forced to push her to town. Realizing they have been tricked, El Diablo sends a messenger to "the musician who claimed himself to be El Dolenzio" and deliver an ultimatum: he has been challenged to a duel of honor at 12:00! Angelita warns that El Diablo will punish the whole town if The Monkees leave, so, loaded down with guns, Micky—now a cowboy clad in white—goes to meet El Diablo at high noon. As they sing "What Am I Doing Hangin' ‘Round?," The Monkees, during a furious battle with water pistols, bazookas and darts, The Monkees overcome the banditos, while Davy kisses Angelita.

b: 11-Sep-1967 w: Treva Silverman d: James Frawley

NOTE: Features the song: "(What Am I Doin') Hanging Round."
  • "For Pete's Sake," a Peter Tork/Joseph Richards tune from The Monkees' 3rd LP The Monkees' Headquarters replaces the "(Theme From) The Monkees" as the show's second season end title theme.
  • This second season premiere took place almost a full year after the NBC telecast of the premiere episode, "The Royal Flush". Filming on the TV series resumed on the same day as this telecast.
  • "It's A Nice Place To Visit..." was originally the ninth episode produced for The Monkees' second season, but was chosen by NBC to open it.
  • This was Treva Silverman's fourth and final Monkees script, aside from it being her lone contribution to The Monkees' second season.
  • Ward Sylvester is now Production Executive of The Monkees, and remains so for half of its second season. (Gerald S. Shepard replaces Ward as Associate Producer.)
  • The harpsichord rendition of the Monkees theme, which graced the submain titles (writer[s] and director) of the show throughout its entire first season, would slowly be phased out in the early stages of its second season, in favor of new submain title ditties which were instituted to fit in with the feeling of the episodes. Incidentally, part of the submain title theme for "It's A Nice Place To Visit..." was reused as the submain title theme for Episode No. 45, "The Monkees In Texas" and it briefly can be heard again in Episode No. 53, "The Monkees Race Again" (a.k.a. "Leave The Driving To Us").
  • The Michael Martim Murphey-Owen Castleman tune "What Am I Doing Hangin' ‘Round?" has been inadvertently listed as "Hangin' ‘Round" in the end credits of every episode of The Monkees in its second season which featured it: this and Episode No. 40, "Monkees Marooned", and No. 53, "The Monkees Race Again" (a.k.a. "Leave The Driving To Us").
  • The Monkeemobile makes her debut appearance in this episode with The Monkees' guitar logo as door decals.
  • The late Peter Whitney (El Diablo) participated in many film & TV activities, including Sgt. Buck Sinclair on The Rough Riders (ABC, 1958-59), Lafayette 'Lafe' Crick on The Beverly Hillbillies (CBS, 1962-71), and George Courtney in the Oscar-winning In The Heat Of The Night (United Artists, 1967).
  • The late Godfrey Cambridge cameos as the parking lot attendant. (Cambridge appeared with Monkee guest actor Severn Darden in the 1967 Paramount picture The President's Analyst.)
  • El diablo is Spanish for "the devil" (which foreshadows The Monkees' nemesis in Episode No. 52, "The Devil And Peter Tork"). Angelita is Spanish for "little angel."
  • Although the climactic showdown between El Diablo and Micky was to take place at the center of town at high noon, the church bell peals only 11 times!
  • The tag sequence "It's A Nice Place To Visit…" has surprisingly vanished; from syndicated repeats, and the October 1995 release of the Rhino Monkees Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set [R3 2960]. Not since its original airing has "It's A Nice Place To Visit…" rerun with its tag sequence intact! According to its entry in the Screen Gems Storylines, "Visit…" originally ended with David tearing away from kissing Angelita long enough to knock out El Diablo.
  • This episode's original synopsis also indicated the chase climax involved "a furious battle with water pistols, bazookas and darts."
  • "It's A Nice Place To Visit…" was seen only once during the Saturday Afternoon run of The Monkees: at noon (EDT) on November 22, 1969 on CBS.
  • "For Pete's Sake," the Peter Tork/Joseph Richards tune from The Monkees' 3rd LP The Monkees' Headquarters newly recruited as a replacement for the "(Theme From) The Monkees" as the show's second season end title theme, appears during the end credits of "Visit..." and Episode No. 52, "The Devil And Peter Tork", in a slightly different edit than the other second season segments. The tune first appeared on the series in a redubbed June 26, 1967 repeat of Episode No. 12, "I've Got A Little Song Here".
  • Look for David Jones briefly carrying around a copy of The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band---which bumped The Monkees' Headquarters from the #1 spot!!!!---during the "What Am I Doing Hangin' ‘Round?" romp sequence.
  • Also notice that Michael Nesmith now has a new voice, due greatly to a tonsillectomy he had on May 23, 1967. This is the first filmed Monkees episode to feature Nesmith and his new voice. Also, a new feature is added to Nesmith's wool hat: 6 buttons! This would be the very last of the 4 wool hats Michael Nesmith adorned on The Monkees TV series.
  • The following scenes from "It's A Nice Place To Visit..." are edited into The Monkees' second season opening: David as a cowboy pulling a fast draw and his gun holster belt falls down; and Micky and Michael dressed as cowboys, their hats flying up into the air. Incidentallly, the start of the showdown climax features a brief clip of David rising up and hitting his head on a test-your-strength device's bell (from Episode No. 10, "Here Come The Monkees") which is the first thing you see in The Monkees' first season opening! Also notice in the second-season opening titles that David, Micky and Michael (from clips of them seen in Episode No. 35, "Everywhere A Sheik Sheik", No. 52, "The Devil And Peter Tork", and No. 30, "The Monkees In Manhattan" [a.k.a "The Monkees Manhattan Style"], respectively) are all miscredited as "Peter," which is an indication of The Monkees TV show's off-the-wall zaniness that would transpire in this season.
  • When Michael (El Nesmito) wonders whether they should carry a club card or some badges, Micky (El Dolenzio) sneers, "Badges?! We don't need no steenking badges!," taking a cue from the character Gold Hat, which was portrayed by Mexican character actor Alfonso Bedoya in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Warner Bros., 1948).
  • Check out the snazzy sheepskin vest worn by El Diablo. This vest was first seen in Episode No. 5, "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool", in which enemy agent Boris (the late Jacques Aubuchon) wears it as part of his disguise as protest singer The Bear, and in No. 16, "The Son Of A Gypsy", it was worn by gypsy Marco (Vincent Beck). It will be reused twice, in Episode No. 52, "The Devil And Peter Tork," in which it is worn by Atilla The Hun (Lee Kolima), and in The Monkees 1968 feature film HEAD in which it is donned by Lord Hign 'n' Low (the late Timothy Carey).
  • Monkee stand-in/roady David Pearl can be seen amongst the townsfolk in Pedro's Café in the scene where Micky tries in vain to gain their assistance.
  • The exterior knifefight scene was shot on the set which would later be used as The Weskitts' farmyard in Episode No. 39, "Hillbilly Honeymoon" (a.k.a. "Double Barrell Shotgun Wedding"). It will be reused as the exterior of Aunt Kate's ranch in Episode No. 45, "The Monkees In Texas".
  • Cynthia Hull (Angelita) later played Ann in Here Come The Brides (ABC, 1968-70).
  • This episode features a gag used occasionally in The Monkees. The villains go into a huddle and when they all look up, everyone except the leader, has been replaced by The Monkees. It's used again in Episode No. 35, "Everywhere A Sheik Sheik".
  • Pedro Gonzales-Gonzales (Lupe) first came to notice as a contestant on Groucho Marx's quiz show, You Bet Your Life (a.k.a. The Groucho Show, NBC, 1950-61) His highly amusing personality won him bit parts in films, and he continued to work as a minor supporting player for years.
  • This episode features a gag in which The Monkees start fighting on the side of the villains during the romp, as well as fighting against them. This would be used again in Episode No. 45, "The Monkees In Texas".
  • For the third time on the show a Monkee is featured as "the good guy in white": Micky. Michael and David can be seen portraying similar roles in fantasy sequences seen in Episode No. 7, "The Monkees In A Ghost Town", and No. 31, "The Monkees At The Movies", respectively.
  • "It's A Nice Place To Visit..." was repeated on NBC December 18, 1967, making it one of only two Monkees episodes to be repeated on The Peacock Network while the first run episodes were still being aired before the summer repeat season, aside from the March 18, 1968 repeat of No. 39, "Hillbilly Honeymoon" (a.k.a. "Double Barrell Shotgun Wedding") (sponsored that week by Twiggy Lashes/Eye Paint and Londonderry Hair by Yardley Of London™).

  • 34. The Picture Frame (a.k.a. The Bank Robbery)
    gs: Elisabeth Fraser (Judge) Henry Beckman (D.A.) Jonathan G. Harper (Harvey) Dort Clark (Sergeant) Donald Foster (Vice President) Art Lewis (Lawyer) Joy Harmon (Cashier) Robert Michaels (Cop) Cliff Norton (J.L.)

    David, Michael and Micky go the old, abandoned Mammoth studio lot, where J.L., a sly con artist posing as a director, hires them for a movie. He dresses them as hoods and sends them to rob a bank, telling them he is using hidden cameras. The Monkees snap a picture of themselves and J.L. with his henchman, Harvey, for publicity, but J.L. discards it. J.L. tells Harvey his scheme is foolproof: either they will get rich, or The Monkees will be caught and go to jail! The boys enter The Ninth National Bank with Thompson submachine guns—scaring everybody in sight—get 50 grand, and return to the studio, amazed at the quality of their acting. Peter goes to the wrong stage at the wrong time, and so is too late to join his pals for the great holdup scene. J.L. pays them $100 each and then tips off the cops. When police converge upon the pad, The Monkees think it's another shooting; the Sergeant orders one of his officers to go in after the boys. The nervous cop enters the pad clutching a machine gun and attempts to apprehend the boys, stammering and shaking; Micky criticizes the cop on what he thinks is bad acting and gives him direction on how to be ruthless and steely-eyed. The cop leaves and reemerges to shoot up the place with a stream of bullets---which convinces The Monkees that their situation is real!

    At the station house, shown the pictures of them taken by the banks automatic cameras, Micky, Michael and David—surprised the film print is black and white instead of color—still think it's just a movie, but are booked with armed robbery and incarcerated. Peter arrives and even he thinks they're guilty; so does their lawyer, who asks for $40,000 (plus carfare!) because they just robbed a bank. In court, Micky, Michael and David, acting on their own behalves, crossexamine witnesses, all Monkees in disguise and creating chaos at their arraignment. Meanwhile at the studio, Harvey sees Peter taking a photo out of a waste basket. Fearing it's the incriminating picture taken earlier of Micky, Michael, David and the hoods and it would blow their cover, Harvey informs J.L. over the phone, and the two give chase all over town set to "Pleasant Valley Sunday," and finally into the courtroom. Peter shows the photo, but it happens to be the wrong one: a baby picture of David. Won over, the lady judge decides to exonerate the boys, and they celebrate with a rousing rendition of "Randy Scouse Git."

    b: 18-Sep-1967 pc: 4759 w: Jack Winter d: James Frawley

    NOTE: Features the songs: "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Randy Scouse Git." During the police interrogation, Micky, Michael and David run through an impromptu rendition of "Zilch" (a track from the album The Monkees' Headquarters written by David Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz and produced by Douglas Farthing Hatlelid).
  • This was the first episode of The Monkees to be produced for its second season, a good nine days after The Monkees finished recording their third album The Monkees' Headquarters. It was also one of 10 second-season segments to be filmed from leftover first-season scripts!
  • Goffin & King's "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and Micky Dolenz's "Randy Scouse Git" make their first appearances in a firstrun Monkees episode in "The Picture Frame" (a.k.a. "The Bank Robbery"), having first appeared in redubbed summer 1967 repeats ("Pleasant Valley Sunday" in "Captain Crocodile" [7-10-67] and "The Case Of The Missing Monkee" [7-24-67] and "Randy Scouse Git" in "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool" [6-19-67] and "The Monkees On Tour" [8-21-67]).
  • A different edit of Tork and Richards' "For Pete's Sake" makes its first appearance in "The Picture Frame"'s end titles; this is the most commonly-heard edit of the tune, which will be used for the duration of The Monkees' second season.
  • This is the first of 5 season-2 Monkees teleplays composed by Jack Winter, including the next episode, "Everywhere A Sheik Sheik", and Episode No. 36, "Monkee Mayor", 44, "Hitting The High Seas", and 45, "The Monkees In Texas".
  • This is one of many occasion which finds David squeaking out, "Oh!" Listen for him to say it again in the previous episode, "It's A Nice Place To Visit...", the next episode, "Everywhere A Sheik Sheik", Episode No. 38, "I Was A 99-lb. Weakling", No. 44, "Hitting The High Seas", and No. 52, "The Devil And Peter Tork".
  • During the police interrogation, Micky, Michael and David run through an impromptu rendition of "Zilch", a track from The Monkees' Headquarters written by David Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz and produced by Douglas Farthing Hatlelid. Note that only Micky and David are "singing" their lines from "Zilch" ("Never mind the furthermore, the plea is self defense." and "China Clipper calling Alameda.") whereas Michael "sings" Peter's line ("Mister Dobalena, Mister Bob Dobalena.").
  • The rooftop set where J.L. and Harvey supposedly have Peter trapped during the "Pleasant Valley Sunday" number was used again in Episode No. 37, "Art, For Monkee's Sake," in the scene where the boys, decked out in catburglar garb, climb on top of the roof to break into the museum and switch paintings.
  • Here Micky Dolenz gets to exhibit directing skills for the first time in coaching Robert Michaels (Cop); he would direct Michaels again in his second showing as a "Cop" on The Monkees in Episode No. 58, "Mijacogeo" (a.k.a. "The Frodis Caper"), The Monkees' series finale--and Dolenz's directorial debut! Little did Micky suspect that this little chore would later on set the pace for his newfound career behind the camera as a director!
  • When The Cop (Robert Michaels) riddles The Monkees' pad with bullets, the scene is intercut with a succession of old film clips which exemplify destruction. Brief snippets of the following episodes of The Monkees can be seen: Episode No. 24, "Monkees A La Mode" (a chicken flapping its wings in midair during the musical romp for "Laugh") and Episode No. 37, "Art For Monkee's Sake" (a statue which David accidentally knocks over in the museum where the boys attempt to switch paintings).
  • According to its Screen Gems Storyline, "The Picture Frame" (a.k.a. "The Bank Robbery") originally ended with David scolding Peter for using their $20,000 reward for bail money for J.L. and Harvey. (Peter announces they own 50% of J.L.'s next movie!) It also stated that the baby picture which got Micky, Michael and David off was that of David Jones.
  • The late Cliff Norton (J.L.) was a regular on Garroway At Large (NBC, 1949-54), portrayed The Boss on It's About Time (CBS, 1966-67), provided the voice of Ed Huddles on Hanna-Barbera's Where's Huddles (CBS, Summer 1970/1971), and played Harry on Dream On (HBO, 1990-96). He succumbed to lung cancer at age 84 on Saturday, January 25, 2003.
  • Elisabeth Fraser (Judge) played Sergeant Joan Hogan in The Phil Silvers Show (CBS, 1955-59), which also starred Monkee guest actors Harvey Lembeck and Karl Lukas (both in "Monkees A La Carte"). Fraser previously appeared with pre-Monkee guest star Diana Chesney ("The Chaperone") in a December 16, 1965 episode of Bewitched (ABC, 1964-72), "Speak The Truth."
  • A second reference to the late actor Sonny Tufts is made on this series in this episode; the first was made in Episode No. 12, "I've Got A Little Song Here".
  • About the same time of this episode's original telecast, The Monkees appeared on the front cover of TV Guide for the second and final time, on its Sept. 23-29, 1967 issue.
  • Paintings of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln can be seen hanging on the courtroom wall. Other Monkee references to America's 16th President can be found in Episode No. 36, "Monkee Mayor", No. 40, "Monkees Marooned", and No. 51, "The Monkee's Paw", and "Monkee Mayor", Episode No. 24, "Monkees A La Mode", and No. 41, "The Card-Carrying Red Shoes", boast references to the first President.
  • A unique, yet ersatz rendition of the 3-note NBC chime can be heard during the police interrogation scene where Micky hands out 3 degrees to Michael, David and himself.
  • This episode marked Michael Nesmith's celluloid debut in his blue-green wool hat adorned with 6 buttons.
  • For those of you who were just as bewildered as the bank V.P. (Donald Foster) by the questions given in Micky's crossexamination, here's a quick rundown: the capital of Nova Scotia is Halifax, Hamasaka is a Japanese term literally translated as "little angel", and it was Beau Bell of the St. Louis Browns who led The American League in doubles in 1937 by, in 642 at-bats, hitting 51 doubles, 14 homers, and 117 RBI.
  • The set used here as the interior of Mammoth Studios was previously used for the "Mary, Mary" romp in Episode No. 12, "I've Got A Little Song Here". It will be used again in No. 41, "The Card-Carrying Red Shoes", as a theater for The Druvanian National Ballet, No. 58, "Mijacogeo" (a.k.a. "The Frodis Caper"), as Wizard Glick (Rip Taylor)'s sinsiter arsenal in the KXIW-TV studio.
  • In the wake of The Summer Of Love, "The Picture Frame" (a.k.a. "The Bank Robbery") marks the first utterance of the word "psychedelic." Other mentions occur in Episode No. 41, "The Card-Carrying Red Shoes", No. 45, "The Monkees In Texas", No. 49, "The Monkees Watch Their Feet", and No. 57, "The Monkees Blow Their Minds". And the black and white musical number of "Daily Nightly", which appears at the end of "The Monkees Blow Their Minds" and Episode No. 48, "Fairytale", ends with Micky Dolenz saying, "Psychedelic!"
  • The sign on The Monkees' table in court says, "Vote Innocent."
  • Notice Peter with a Sherlock Holmes hat, pipe and magnifying glass as he attempts to uncover the evidence that will eventually exonerate his mates. Micky was previously disguised as Holmes in a dream sequence in Episode No. 2, "Monkee See, Monkee Die".

  • 35. Everywhere a Sheik, Sheik
    gs: Noam Pitlik (Shazer) William Bagdad (Curad) Cherie Latimer (Maiden #1) Anne Randall (Maiden #2) Lisa Mitchell (Maiden #3) Monte Landis (King) Arnold Moss (Vidaru) Donna Loren (Colette)

    In a lavish hotel, oil-rich King Hassar Yaduin of Nahudi informs Princess Colette, his beautiful daughter, that Vidaru, his sinister prime minister, has consulted the stars, and they say she must marry at once. He suggests Vidaru, but Colette rejects him and picks Davy out of a magazine. Abdul and Shazar appear at the pad, leave Davy's gold in weight, and carry him off in a sack, presenting an invitation to Micky, Mike and Peter for Davy's wedding to Colette Yaduin. Davy balks but changes his mind about marriage when told that Colette visits the grave of a boy who turned her down. Micky, Mike and Peter are thrown out when they try to find Davy. As Davy and Colette fall in love at first sight she pleads that he keep her out of Vidaru's clutches. In disguise, Micky, Mike and Peter get rid of Abdul with a phony bomb scare. The boys don't think that Davy should marry Colette but are won over by the beautiful harem The King presents to them. Swarmed by beautiful harem princesses, Davy assigns Micky, Mike and Peter to positions as ministers in his sheik cabinet: respectively, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of State, and the Director of Forests—while Vidaru plots to dispose of them by ordering Curad to kill each by a different means, so that the murders won't be connected. Poison, knives, cement blocks and darts miss their mark and convince the boys they are in peril.

    As a last resort, Vidaru rigs goblets set to explode when clinked for a toast. Because she is prohibited by law to see her groom on the eve of her wedding, rendering her unable to give a warning herself, Colette sends a warning that "Golden Grecian goblets guarantee graves." But when Peter passes on this message, Micky thinks it's a tongue twisting game and Mike thinks it's a song for Davy's wedding. During King Hassar's speech, Peter's glass flies from his hand and detonates prematurely, and Vidaru reveals that he is an oil baron from Innas, Oklahoma recently arrived only to get the King's oil, and he summons his followers. A mad chase set to "Love Is Only Sleeping" ensues with Vidaru's gang winning in a scimitar duel, but The Monkees and The King are saved by the exploding goblets. Grateful, King Hassar grants Davy‘s wish for freedom for him and his mates. Unfortunately for Colette, this also means him calling off their wedding. Davy tells Colette she might find someone else she likes better than him to marry, and she points to Peter!

    b: 25-Sep-1967 w: Jack Winter d: Alexander Singer

    NOTE: Features the songs: "Love is Only Sleeping" and "Cuddly Toy."
  • Tag: Clad in Vaudevillian gear, The Monkees sing "Cuddly Toy", which features Davy dancing with a lady, and, flaunting new psychedelic-'60s duds, are interviewed about their summer activities.

  • 36. Monkee Mayor
    gs: Monte Landis (Zeckenbush) Peter Brocco (Mr. Swezey) Violet Carlson (Mrs. Homer) Queenie Smith (Mrs. Filchok) Walker Edmiston (Publisher) Bill Benedict (Skywriter) Kathy Wakefield (Secretary) Irwin Charone (Mayor) David Price (Cameraman (uncredited))

    The Monkees and Mr. Swezey, Mrs. Homer, and Mrs. Filchok, their elderly neighbors, face eviction to make way for a parking lot. "Private Citizen" Michael protests to Mayor Motley's office, unaware that the mayor is being paid by Wilbur Zeckenbush, a corrupt construction tycoon bent on tearing down the whole city for parking lots, so that no one may enter or exit without paying him a toll. Swezey, Homer, and Filchok are then forced to move into The Monkees' pad until they find new places. Convinced he must run for mayor himself (he's the only one with a hat to throw in the ring!), Michael searches for a public image, trying out as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Baines Johnson, but finally settles on his own little wool hat. Micky, David and Peter act as campaign manager, campy aide, and aide-de-camp, respectively, as they launch an outrageous campaign singing "No Time," but all their little political tricks go wrong because Zeckenbush pays everybody off. To make matters worse, the boys return home to find it completely ransacked. Suspecting the perpetrators responsible were goons from Mayor Motley's office, and realizing their only chance is to get evidence of dishonesty, The Monkees set out for City Hall.

    Once there, they find a skeleton in the closet (literally!!), retrieve a key from its pocket, open the file cabinet, and rifle through the Mayor's files and snap photographs of The Master Plan to turn the city into parking lots before Zeckenbush and the Mayor discover them. But as they process the photos in their secret darkroom, they find the photos are not of The Master Plan but of the file cabinet from which they came! With 2 days left until election, The Monkees are ready to give up for lack of funds and evidence when a flood of small contributions arrives in the mail. Micky, David and Peter plan to use it to finance a headline in The Typesetters' Union newspaper, skywriting, and a TV broadcast for Michael exposing the whole racket—until Zeckenbush appears at their pad, revealing the money came from his employees and warns of the consequences should Michael continue with his campaign. At the WXIU-TV studio, Michael goes on the air and, admitting he was tricked, announces his withdrawal from the mayoral race, but Mayor Motley, impressed with his honesty, promises to follow his example. Swezey, Homer, and Filchok move back home, and The Monkees feel everything is perfect, what with Zeckenbush behind bars, the people back in their homes, and the Mayor's pledge not to build a parking lot…until the roof falls in and a wrecking ball appears! The Monkees finish by singing "Pleasant Valley Sunday."

    b: 02-Oct-1967 pc: 4760 w: Jack Winter d: Alexander Singer

    NOTE: Features the songs: "No Time" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday."

    37. Art for Monkees' Sake
    gs: Arthur Malet (Curator) Vic Tayback (Chuche) Michael Bell (Artist) Monte Landis (Duce)

    Peter's paintings of a door is so realistic that Micky bombs his head when he tries to go through it, and Mike suggests that he goes to the museum for inspiration by the real painters. There, Chuche, a guard bumps his head as he tries to walk through one of Peter's paintings of a door near a classical picture. He grabs Peter and makes ready to slug him when his boss, Duce, suggests they switch one of Peter's copies with a masterpiece and make a fortune. While the thieves wait impatiently, Peter copies the 1624 Franz Hals' masterpiece, The Laughing Cavalier, but can't stop adding finishing touches. To avoid the curator, Duce and Chuche hide Peter in the basement, where they, declaring that artists must suffer, gag and bind him. During breakfast, Micky, Mike and Davy realize that Peter is in trouble come to his rescue. At the museum they search through all sorts of studios, where they encounter a finger (and a foot!) painting artist and Liberace making a smashing cameo appearance as a piano assailant. They finally find Peter bound and gagged in the basement, where they give him kudos on his beautiful copy of the Cavalier—until Peter tells him a brilliant man did the painting, and they decide the painting was switched!

    They try to convince the curator there has been a switch by showing Peter Tork's signature on the painting, but the curator ignores their charges and demonstrates a cage that descends to trap thieves once they penetrate invisible beams that can only be seen with special goggles–eventually trapping himself in the process. Armed with a flashlight, a blowtorch, superduper X-ray glasses and three hot mustard and cheese on rye sandwiches, The Monkees deck out in cat burglar garb and return to the museum late that night.

    Mike's Prelude To "Mission: Ridiculous."

    "Gathering our team of experts from the four corners of the earth, we'll be a task force of deadliness, efficiency and teamwork: The Manchester Marauder (Davy). The Connecticut Counterspy (Peter) combines nerves of steel, cool-eyed perception, and some fancy footwork. Their abilities to make quick, irreversible decisions show why they were picked for this group. The modest but towering Texan (Mike) needs no introduction; his stoiclike ability to endure pain prove why he's the leader among men. Last, but not least, is The Los Angeles Leopard (Micky), known in Peoria as The Pantherman, and somewhat hampered by low resistance to the night air; he is the only weakling in our chain."

    There at the museum, after a clumsy break-in, the boys commence with their plan. With the aid of his super duper X-ray goggles, Davy easily sneaks over the beams to remove the phony painting. Peter realizes he left the real painting on the roof, and he clumsily goes up on the stepladder to get it; when Chuche arrives, Micky, Mike and Davy make like statues. Micky and Peter follow Chuche to see that he doesn't double back, while Mike and Davy succeeds in putting back the real painting. The Monkees attempt to escape up their stepladder when Duce and Chuche catch up with them. A wild chase set to "Randy Scouse Git" ends with all three of them in the cage, where they are all found fast asleep the next day. Back at the pad, Peter announces his new hobby building collapsible furniture. The Monkees finish by singing "Day Dream Believer"—and Liberace completes his assault on his piano.

    b: 09-Oct-1967 w: Coslough Johnson d: Alexander Singer

    NOTE: Features the songs: "Randy Scouse Git" and "Daydream Believer."

    38. I Was A 99-lb. Weakling
    gs: David Draper (Bulk) Venita Wolf (Brenda) Gary Waynesmith (Intellectual) Benny Levine (Benny) Monte Landis (Shah-Ku)

    At the beach, Micky is trying to impress Brenda, a beautiful, yet empty-headed blonde girl. As Bulk, a muscleman, overpowers Micky and walks off with Brenda, Shah-Ku, a physical cultist, hands him a card advertising his bodybuilding course. Shah-Ku takes Micky to his gym, where he does his level best to see that Micky fails the 3 tests given to him (a greased rope, pulleys, and weightlifting), so he can con him into joining his $150 health plan. Micky is bewildered as to how he, an unemployed drummer, can conjure up such cash; Shah-Ku suggests he hock his drums. At the pad, the other Monkees, Davy and Peter, try to convince Micky to save money (and his drums) by using their own physical program. The next day, Micky feels ready to take on Bulk, but Davy and Peter decide to handle it without violence. On the beach, Davy dares Bulk to step over a series of lines, while Peter paint spots on his back. When Davy runs away, Peter returns, garbed as a doctor, to try to convince Bulk he's wasting away. Later, Bulk tries to lift Davy and Peter's ball, but it's too heavy for him, as it is loaded with lead. Davy lures Bulk into holding a kite string, and Bulk is pulled into the sky by a dirigible. Micky, weighed down by shoulder pads concealed by a heavy jacket, collapses at Brenda's feet. He almost wins her when Bulk learns the truth and regains his confidence. After Bulk humiliates him again, Micky grudgingly decides to join Shah-Ku's "Weakling's Anonymous."

    Following Shah-Ku's example, Micky fasts to purify his tissues - so much so that he keels over from hunger. Peter puts through a call to Shah-Ku to voice his concerns over Micky's condition: Shah-Ku suggests he use green rice to fix him up. Later, Micky throws away all the meat in their pad and the boys go on a weird diet. Shah-Ku enters The Monkees' pad, views its surroundings and its inhabitants with extreme distaste, and takes hunger-weak Micky to the gym for a meeting with WA. Peter returns to the pad and claims to Davy he has seen Shah-Ku at a hot dog stand. Suspicious that Shah-Ku is a fake, Davy and Peter go to the gym, don sweat suits, and join in the "WA". Although the "Weaklings" testify to Shah-Ku's help, Peter and Davy protest the ill effects on Micky with false stories, and Shah-Ku orders his heavies to work them over. When Davy accidentally rams Shah-Ku, who doubles up in pain, the "Weaklings" spot Shah-Ku as a phony and Micky realises Bulk was a mere shill for Shah-Ku. In the chase set to "Sunny Girlfriend" that follows, the superhero-clad Monkeemen and the "Weaklings" get the best of Shah-Ku and his cronies. Later at the beach, Micky is united with Brenda again, when a scrawny intellectual with his nose buried in a book, kicks sand in his face. As Micky prepares to attack him, Brenda, attracted to a man with a mind, walks off with the bookworm.

    b: 16-Oct-1967 pc: 4757 w: Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso and Neil Burstyn d: Alexander Singer

    NOTE: Features the songs: "Sunny Girlfriend" and "Love is Only Sleeping."
  • Mike does not appear in this episode as he was having his tonsils removed.
  • Tag: Mike joins the trio in a concluding musical number: "Love Is Only Sleeping."

  • 39. Hillbilly Honeymoon (a.k.a. Double Barrel Shotgun Wedding)
    gs: Dub Taylor (Paw) Billy Hayes (Maw) Jim Boles (Preacher) Lou Antonio (Jud) Melody Patterson (Ella Mae)

    The Monkees drive to Swineville (having missed Highway 101 by 2 blocks!), where The Weskitts and The Chubbers have been feuding for generations. They force the quartet to stand on a white line dividing the two, because they both hate strangers. As David—all guns upon him—nervously walks down the middle of the street on the white line in hopes of finding some help, Ella Mae Chubber grabs David, yanks him into a haystack, and kisses him. Paw Chubber holds a gun to David's head and tells him they're engaged, but Judd Weskitt, who loves Ella Mae, enters and guns start popping all over. During the fusillade, Judd and 155 year-old Maw Weskitt (who was born during the Civil War and her need for vengeance is the reason for her longevity) kidnap David, while Paw Chubber finds Ella Mae in the haystack with Micky and greets him as his new son-in-law. Since Ella Mae is turning 16 years old the next day and doesn't want anybody calling her old maid, he doesn't care who she marries, and captures Michael, Micky and Peter.

    Back at the Weskitts, Judd prepares to put David in a vat and grind him into sour mash, and keeps him tied up in a gunnysack until that time; while at The Chubbers, Paw allows Michael and Micky to go rescue David, but keeps Peter as a last-minute bridesgroom should they fail to return. The two garb up as hillbillies and allay the Weskitts' suspicions by playing on washboards, noses and pigs and singing "Papa Gene's Blues" to prove they are hillbilly cousins. As Michael show Judd how to play a nose, Micky diverts the Weskitts' attention by freeing the pig. When Judd and Maw go after it, Michael and Micky free David and go back to The Chubbers' for Peter. There affront of the Chubbers' cabin, the three sqeal pig calls which lure the Chubbers outside. But as Micky and Michael rush inside the cabin, David catches his pants on a nail, and Ella Mae spots him again. By the time Micky and Michael have freed Peter, Paw has forced David to propose at double-barrel shotgunpoint.

    Michael and Micky alert Judd that Ella Mae is getting married to David. When Judd angrily reaches for his gun, Michael calms him down and persuades him that he could win Ella Mae if he were a real gentleman. Micky introduces Peter, dressed as a Davy Crockett-type trapper, as Uncle Raccoon. While Paw dirties up David for the wedding, "Uncle Raccoon" Peter and the boys give Judd lessons in etiquette, good manners and affection. At the beginning of the ceremony, David is led to the wedding in handcuffs. The proceedings are interrupted by Gentleman Judd Weskitt, who appears in formal attire. When Paw takes aim at Judd and pronounces him dead and gone, Micky tells him the've been "feudin' in this town too long," but changes his mind when the gun is pointed at him, and the feud is on again! During the raging feud David lends Judd two bucks—seventeen shillings and six pence in English currency—for the preacher, and Judd and Ella Mae secretly get married, with David as best man. When Ella Mae tells Paw, he announces to both feuding families that The Big Feud is over and "the House of Chubber and the House of Weskitt has bin joined!" The feud then digresses into a wedding hoedown.

    b: 23-Oct-1967 w: Peter Meyerson d: James Frawley

    NOTE: Features the song: "Papa Gene's Blues."

    40. Monkees Marooned
    gs: Burt Mustin (Kimba) Rupert Crosse (Thursday) Don Sherman (Sheldon) Georgia Smith (Jane) Allan Emerson (Policeman) Monte Landis (Pshaw) James Frawley (Dr. Schwartzkov (cameo)) John London (Gorilla) Nyles Brown (Press Photographer) David Pearl (Press Photographer (cameo)) David Price (Unknown (cameo))

    Leonard Sheldon, a con artist, tries to sell Peter the city of San Diego. Peter refuses to buy it but swaps his $108 guitar for Blackbeard's treasure map. The Monkees row out from their set on the Columbia Pictures lot to the island to search for treasure. In the underbrush, they set off an alarm, waking up Major Pshaw. Pshaw, who has been hunting for the treasure for a decade, tells his man Thursday that a fate worse than death awaits Peter, Micky, Mike and Davy. Having captured them in a net hoisted by a crane driven by Thursday, Pshaw invites them for tea and crumpets, and declares to the boys that he shoots all trespassers. Davy asks for a fair chance and Thursday persuades his master to give The Monkees a head start. At the beach, The Monkees find their boat missing, hampering any chance they have of escaping! After a brief encounter with eccentric German Dr. Schwartzkov, The Monkees hear a Tarzanesque jungle yell and a leopard skin-clad octogenarian swings into view and falls down. Peter translates from the man's strange lingo ("Kretch!") that he is the original Kimba of the Jungle, but was abandoned by his movie company in 1916, while his Jane ran off with the casting director who promised her a new career.

    Kimba promises to help The Monkees but gets stuck in quicksand. After getting him unstuck, he calls his jungle friends, in hopes that they will help, but The Monkees are left holding a cat, a puppy, a chicken, and a rabbit. Kimba suggests that they swing on vines, but he crashes to the ground and mutters that his swinging days are over. Thursday defects to the boys and Kimba and leads the way to Pshaw's hut, thinking they will be safe there, but Pshaw captures them all at gunpoint. He threatens torture with polyunsaturated oil, bamboo under their fingernails, exposure to the a(u)nts, and a severe tongue lashing, but he decides to kill The Monkees, Thursday and Kimba outright and resume his treasure hunt. Peter gives Pshaw his map, which shows Blackbeard's treasure has buried under the hut all this time. The Monkees dig up the chest, out of which pops Jane, now a little old lady, who knocks Pshaw unconscious and hugs Kimba. During a romp set to "Daydream Believer", the group is joined by a gorilla, the 3 aunts, and 2 press photographers (both of whom pop out of the chest) as they frantically caper about all over the island. Returned to civilization, Peter is confronted once again by Leonard, who this time tries to sell him the city of Liverpool. Convinced that he is a crook, Peter calls a cop, who offers him the city of Cleveland. Peter storms off pouting.

    b: 30-Oct-1967 w: Stanley Ralph Ross d: James Frawley

    NOTE: Features the songs: "Daydream Believer" and "Hangin' 'Round."
  • The director James Frawley has a cameo in this episode, along with Monkee stand-ins, John London, David Pearl and David Price.
  • Tag: The Monkees finish by singing "What Am I Doin' Hangin' 'Round?."

  • 41. The Card Carrying Red Shoes
    gs: Vincent Beck (Ivan) Ondine Vaughn (Natasha) Robert Cornthwaite (Nyetovich) Gene Otis Shane (Dancer) Jerry Stevenson (Blindfolded Man) Leon Askin (Nicolai)

    Davy, Micky and Peter are engaged to play really weird native instruments for the Druvanian National Ballet. Ivan slips microfilm in the toe of the slipper of his dancing partner, Natasha Pavlova. Natasha can't bear dancing and rehearsing twenty-four hours a day, and hides in The Monkees' instrument trunk, unbeknownst to the boys, who are kicked out of the theater by Nicolai, the ballet master, and Ivan, who can't bear the sound of their weird music. The Monkees grab their trunk—Natasha hidden inside—and carry it with them. Ivan declares Natasha and the microfilm gone, but Nicolai insists Druvania will get it back at all costs, even at the expense of human life. Back at the pad, Natasha pops out and threatens Davy and Micky at gunpoint, while she falls in love with Peter. Micky gets hold of the pistol and threatens Natasha and Peter. Crying and sobbing, Natasha declares that this was her final chance to stay in America. Micky and Davy report to Nyetovich, the Ambassador, who denies of hearing of Natasha and has them thrown out. Nyetovich alerts Ivan by phone, who, along with Nicolai, comes to the pad, where Peter frantically avoids Natasha's maniacal infatuations. Natasha hides in the trunk, while Peter opens the door and the spies, bent on breaking the door down, rush in and knock him down. He slumps unconscious, and they take him to the theater to be questioned.

    Natasha warns Davy and Micky that Peter will be tortured and forced to talk. Micky replies, "Talk? Never. They can torture him, beat him, drug him; he'll never talk! There's only one torture he can't withstand, oh, I pray they don't use that…The Direct Question!" The boys overcome the risks of going on home territory and go to Peter's rescue. In the guise of detectives, they declare to Nyetovich that they are from The BVD and investigating the disappearance of Natasha Pavlova, only to find that Nyetovich's assignment coincides with theirs. Meanwhile, Ivan and Nicolai proceed to brainwash Peter, who advises that they use a good detergent ("New Reebersober's Brain Detergent doesn't fade, bleach, or shrink your brains!"); later, disguised as Cossacks, Micky and Davy are involved in a wild Russian dancing rehearsal, barely eluding Ivan. Recognizing who they really are, he send an ultimatum saying Peter Tork will die unless Natasha is returned for the night's premiere, sending Natasha, Micky and Davy to the rescue. There at the theater, Micky puts a glass to the wall and the three discover that Nyetovich has recovered the film and is preparing to do away with Peter at the end of Natasha's solo. Ivan will leap into the air and a cymbal crash will be heard as soon as he lands, at which time Peter will be shot! Natasha prepares to don her chicken costume and mask for her "Dance of The Chicken" when she suddenly sprains her ankle, forcing Micky to take her place. Soon, three different romps commence: Davy jumps into the orchestra pit and does all he can to prevent the cymbalist from crashing his cymbals; Peter escapes Nicolai and takes on all comers, including Nyetovich, and a girl wrapped in a bath towel, with swords, chalk, and a butterfly net; and Micky gives a hilarious performance onstage with Ivan, whom he prevents from taking that final leap into the air. The romps end with Nyetovich tied up and Ivan and Nicolai knocked unconscious. At the pad, Davy tells Natasha that the government has decided she can stay in America. Peter is happy to resume their romance, but Natasha, deciding that they are too different, presents her new love, Alexi—a Russian who looks just like Peter!

    b: 06-Nov-1967 w: Lee Sanford d: James Frawley

    NOTE: Features the song: "She Hangs Out."
  • Mike doesn't appear because he is still recovering from his tonsils.
  • Tag: Mike joins the trio in a rendition of "She Hangs Out".

  • 42. Wild Monkees
    gs: Henry Corden (Blauner) Norman Grabowski (Butch) Carol Worthington (Nan) Christine Williams (Jan) Ginny Gan (Ann) David Price (Construction Worker) David Pearl (Man with Featherduster) Ric Klein (Race Official)

    On the way to a job as hotel musicians, a motorcycle gang buzzes The Monkees. They soon book up at the Henry Cabot Lodge and Cemetery ("If You're Dying To Have A Good Time…See Us"), where they learn from Mr. Blauner, the owner, that they are to double as waiters, bellhops and groundskeepers. Hidden under helmets and goggles, the motorcycle gang shows up at the hotel. The boys try to leave but Blauner makes them stay to take care of their guests—who prove to be four beautiful girls: Nan, Jan, Ann, and the leader, Queeny. The boys make a play for them but are rebuffed at every turn. Deciding they must be rough to win them, The Monkees imagine a School Of Hard Knocks And Bruises, under the tutelage of Micky. When the girls see the boys in Marlon Brandoesque-leather gear as motorcycle freaks, they turn them down because their boyfriends, "The Black Angels," a for-real motorcycle bunch comprised of Big Frank, Big Neal, Big Bruce, and the leader, Big Butch, and responsible for a massacre in Pismo Beach, were too tough. When The Angels break in and sneak up behind The Monkees, the boys keel over.

    Butch tries to force the boys into a fight because they stole his woman, but the boys, who claim themselves to be The Chickens, decline as it is against their club regulations. Then Butch challenge them to an Annual Best Riders Contest, where first prize is a chance for the contestant to destroy everything in sight, including himself! At a meeting, Mike moves that they take some immediate course of action: leaving! The boys try to escape but Butch blocks their path, and, the next morning, a wild motorcycle race set to "Star Collector" follows. Having won the race, Butch grabs Micky and decides to either tear him apart single-handedly or crush him with his bike, but is stopped by Queenie. Tired of the open road, she tells Butch she wants to settle down, build illegal motorcycles and "raise little scooters!" Blauner offers to give him room and board and a job at his hotel if he promises not to destroy anything, and, through Queenie, Butch consents.

    b: 13-Nov-1967 pc: 4765 w: Stanley Ralph Ross s: Stanley Ralph Ross and Corey Lipton d: Jon C. Andersen

    NOTE: This episode is an affectionate parody of The Wild One, a 1954 Columbia picture starring Marlon Brando as Johnny Strabler, ringleader of a gang of 40 motorcyclists, The Black Rebels, who gatecrash a legitimate motorcycle race.
  • Features the songs: "Goin' Down" and "Star Collector."
  • Micky performs an alternate take of "Goin' Down" at the beginning of the show.
  • The Monkees' fourth album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. (#COM/COS-104) was relased the day after this episode's broadcast.

  • 43. A Coffin Too Frequent
    gs: Ruth Buzzi (Mrs. Mildred Weatherspoon) George Furth (Henry Weatherspoon) Mickey Morton (Boris Weatherspoon)

    As The Monkees prepare for bed, they are frightened by mysterious noises downstairs. They go downstairs to find Henry Weatherspoon preparing for a séance. Henry orders them to leave by 12:00, because it is in his lease. The Monkees attempts to escape are foiled by Henry's aunt, old Mildred Weatherspoon, and by Henry's cousin, Boris Weatherspoon, a giant over whose mind Henry has total influence, bearing a coffin which contains the corpse of the late Elmer Weatherspoon. The boys make up their minds and stay to witness Elmer's return form the dead, and they imagine a courtroom, with Mike as The Witness and Micky, Davy, and Peter as the barrister, the defendant, and the judge, respectively. Henry reveals that Elmer will return at dawn, heralded by a trumpet; The Monkees' make up their minds again and reattempt to escape but are once again stopped by Boris, bearing suitcases full of his lunch. Peter sneezes and Mildred piles him with all sorts of remedies. Davy does a dance with Boris to the tune of "Tea For Two," but is stopped by Henry. When they hear Peter's screams for help, everyone rushes upstairs to break Peter out of an oxygen tent set up by Mildred. When Henry declares The Monkees are disbelievers and will drive Elmer away, Davy calls Henry a fraud and Boris begins choking him; Mildred halts Boris and orders him and Henry out of the room. As the two plotters listen on the other side of the door, Davy learns Mildred will give all of her money to Henry's foundation should he succeed in bringing Elmer back, as it is the only way to protect her interests. Davy opens the door and Henry and Boris come crashing down to the floor—and Mildred disappears. Everyone finds her bashing Micky with her umbrella to keep him from disturbing Elmer.

    When Mildred learns that the boys are trying to protect them, she calls them angels, and they imagine bouncing on a cloud in sweat socks, extra–large white undershirts, and fake wings. Micky's determined not to stand around and allow the old lady see her money stolen, but both his attempts to subdue Boris fail miserably, and he gets a migraine. Mildred remedies it with her Old Egyptian Head-Banging Cure: a stomp on the foot. At the séance, The Monkees and The Weatherspoons join hands. Henry declares that Elmer will be amongst them in a few moments, and when a few elements shake and rattle, Mike thinks it's his teeth. A trumpet sounds and Elmer is commanded to speak. A voice calls Henry a crook, cheating the dead and running off with his aunt's money, and declares that he must pay. Henry confesses, but the voice commands him to try pleading and begging. Henry obliges and Micky pops out of the coffin; outraged, the former sics Boris on the boys, triggering a wild chase from the pad to the fantasy courtroom to the fantasy cloud set to "Goin' Down". The chase ends as Mildred and the boys shut up Henry and Boris inside the coffin. Later, the boys receive a call by the Boy Scouts who want to offer Micky an officer's commission. Mike and Peter compliment him on his groovy trumpet and suggest that he tries it with a group, but Micky replies that he doesn't play the trumpet! The boys turn to find Elmer rising from the coffin, and they all start coughing.

    b: 20-Nov-1967 w: Stella Linden d: David Winters

    NOTE: Features the songs: "Goin' Down" and "Daydream Believer."
  • Tag: The boys finish with a rendition of "Daydream Believer".

  • 44. Hitting the High Seas
    gs: Ted de Corsia (Frank Reynolds) Noam Pitlik (Harry Hooker) Leslie Randall (Mayberry) Chips Rafferty (Captain) David Price (Seaman)

    When half their audience—one patron—walks out, The Monkees lose their jobs as musicians at a waterfront café, and Micky, Peter and Davy drown their sorrows in buttermilk. Then they overhear two tough sailors, Harry Hooker and Frank Reynolds, declaring they need strong guys with the ability to use their hands and knowledge of the Seven Seas. Presenting themselves as sailors, the boys sign on with the sailors and are ordered to report to Pier 3 at 6 in the morning. Once aboard the schooner with Mike, The Monkees wreck a mainsail trying to hoist and unfurl it. Then Mike gets seasick on seasick pills and goes to the galley to rest (where he stays for the remainder of the episode!), and the boys' ignorance during roll call lands them in all in serious trouble. As punishment for disobeying orders to cut their long hair, the tyrannical captain orders Micky, Peter and Davy to be keelhauled and lashed 10 times for insubordination, plus 10 more strokes if they laugh. Davy harshly criticizes this cruel punishment, as it defies naval law, and The Captain spares him when he learns of his name ("Davy Jones?! As in Davy Jones's Locker?!?"). He orders Davy to be his cabin boy, while the others swab the deck. In the galley, Davy brings the Captain his lunch, but he is ordered out of his cabin for interrupting a conference. Since there is no one else but the Captain in the cabin to necessitate a conference, Davy is curious. Peeking in, he sees the Captain consulting his parrot, Horace, about two million dollars in gold. Davy thinks the captain is "crackers"—English slang for "crazy"—but wants to learn more.

    That night, the boys sneak into the Captain's cabin. While the Cap is taking a snooze, Peter tapes Horace the parrot's beak shut, while Micky imitates the bird and Peter and Davy hide under a table. They learn that the Captain was fired from his command of the Queen Anne after 30 years, and he plans to hijack the ship and make off with its gold in revenge. The Monkees think this is all a fantasy, until the Captain and crew, dressed like pirates, unsheathe sabers, hoist The Jolly Roger, and unwrap a cannon! Unable to escape, the boys decide to incite a mutiny. Peter whispers to the crew, and Micky tells the Captain that he is taking over the ship and orders for his sword. When the Captain refuses, Micky tells them to seize him, but the men do nothing! Discovering the plot, the Cap finds Peter, Davy and Micky guilty of insubordination to a commanding officer, inspiring to mutiny, and impersonating a parrot, and prepares to make them walk the plank. The execution ceremony is stopped by the arrival of the Queen Anne, and the pirates load the cannon. Just as they prepare to fire, Micky, Peter and Davy step in and snatch the cannon away, setting off a wild musical romp. Singing "Daydream Believer," The Monkees engage captain and crew in mad swordplay and finally catch them in a fishnet. Grateful, Mayberry, the captain of the Queen Anne, congratulates the three for saving his ship, and promotes them to first mates of his schooner. He presents their new captain—Horace, the parrot—who immediately begins to bark out orders.

    b: 27-Nov-1967 w: Jack Winter d: James Frawley

    NOTE: At one point, Davy exclaims, "Peter's so tough, 'e loves the sight of blood, 'e pours ketchup on everythin' 'e eats; even Cornflakes!", which is, of course, a satirical swipe at Kellogg's, one of The Monkees TV series' main sponsors.
  • Features the songs: "Daydream Believer" and "Star Collector."
  • Tag: Mike recovers from seasickness long enough to join Micky, Davy and Peter in the closing musical number: the stimulatingly psychedelic "Star Collector."

  • 45. Monkees in Texas
    gs: Jacqueline DeWitt (Kate) Len Lesser (Red) Rex Holman (Sneak) James J. Griffith (Marshall) Barton MacLaine (Black Bart / Ben Cartwheel) David Price (5000 Man) Richard Klein (3500 Man) Nyles Brown (1000 Man)

    After a 3-day drive on a golf cart, The Monkees arrive in Texas, at the ranch owned by Mike's Aunt Kate Nesmith, who orders them to grab rifles - Micky takes a Winchester '73, Davy chooses a Colt .45, Mike picks a Smith and Wesson .38, and Peter grabs a bottle of Vintage '66 - and help drive off Black Bart and his masked riders Red and Sneak, who are trying to drive Kate and her daughter Lucy off and take over the ranch. Bart, Red and Sneak set a kitchen sink afire and wheels it towards the Nesmith ranch, but Davy saves the day by turning on the sink's faucets, dousing the flames. Frightened, Black Bart and his minions beat a hasty retreat. Peter, Davy and Micky want to cut out, too, but Mike insists they must stay, simply because "a man's first obligation is to his kinfolk, and because it's better to have a brave death than a cowardly life. And besides that, they killed our golf cart!" Mike and Davy hold the fort at the ranch with Kate and Lucy, while Micky and Peter, incognito as The Lone Stranger and Pronto, respectively, ride to the town to ask the Marshall for help; he advises them to hire their own outlaws at the local saloon, just as he does. Meanwhile Ben Cartwheel, who owns half the valley, and his sons Mule and Little Moe, asks Kate to sell out to him, but she rebukes his offer. In the saloon, Micky and Peter encounter Red and Sneak, and before either knows what's happened, they have been inducted into Black Bart's posse. Davy finds that Kate's cattle have been dying because of the filthy dirt on her ranch; Mike takes a sample of the dirt to town to be analyzed. Later, Micky sends Peter to warn Kate that Black Bart is about to strike; Red threatens to kill him if Peter isn't back in 10 minutes!

    At Aunt Kate's ranch, Peter brings his horse into her kitchen ("Well, I was bringing it to the barn, but there wasn't anybody there!") and warns them of the imminent attack; Kate sends Davy to the Cartwheels for help. Meanwhile at the saloon, an assayer tells Mike that the dirt contains the highest grade of black gold: a.k.a. crude oil! Black Bart returns to his henchmen in his hideout and demands to know which one of them is a traitor for going over to the Nesmith ranch to give a warning; Red and Sneak point to Peter, "the Injun!" Peter tries to escape, but he is trapped and Micky is ordered to kill him. He is unable to bring himself to do so, and they are immediately covered. At the Nesmith ranch, Mike attempts to contact John Wayne by phone; given a rifle by Aunt Kate, he and Davy prepare for another imminent attack. Meanwhile, outside, Micky and Peter, in desperado gear, secretly listen in on Black Bart, Red and Sneak plotting to give Kate one final chance to sell out or kill her and fake her signature on the mortgage. Convinced well beyond the shadow of a doubt that Black Bart and Ben Cartwheel are one and the same, Micky and Peter ride off to the Nesmith ranch to warn Davy, Mike, Kate and Lucy about Black Bart's attack and of his true identity. Bart and his cronies follow not too far behind, and a see-saw musical battle set to "Words" ensues, with The Monkees defeating the bad guys in black one by one, driving them away for good, and the ranch is saved.

    b: 04-Dec-1967 w: Jack Winter d: James Frawley

    NOTE: Features the songs: "Words" and "Goin' Down."
  • Tag: Micky performs "Goin' Down."

  • 46. Monkees on the Wheel
    gs: Pepper Davis (Biggy) Rip Taylor (Manager) Dort Clark (Policeman) Joy Harmon (Zelda) Sharyn Hillyer (Della) David Astor (Boss) David Price (Nose Tweaker) David Pearl (craps player)


    Las Vegas. Pleasure capital of the world, where each man seeks the things he loves most. [Peter follows a girl.] The things he loves most. [Michael follows a girl.] The things he loves most! [David follows a girl.] But all is not fun and games in the gambling capital of the world: while some pursue their pleasures, others pursue their greed. A hideaway on the other side of town...

    The Monkees go to Las Vegas on an engagement. The Boss, a top mobster and crooked gambler, tells his man Biggy that he has a Roulette wheel automatically fixed to land at 16-Red for five minutes starting at 8:00. Micky plays the slot machines with Zelda, a showgirl, and wins a bagful of coins, and Zelda says he has "magic fingers." While explaining to Mike, Micky accidentally puts the bag on the Roulette table on 16-Red—in the place of Biggy, standing next to him—and keeps winning until he breaks the bank. The Boss orders Biggy to get Della The Decoy to swipe the money away from Micky. Posing as a maid, Della gets into the boys' room as a diversion while Biggy, masquerading as a maintenance man, vacuums up all the cash. In the casino room, the manager finds the wire attached to his Roulette wheel and sadly relates the events to the police. Finding their winnings stolen right from under their noses, The Monkees shout for the police; when the police arrive, the manager of the casino comes with them. Micky unwittingly signs a confession that they stole the money, which eventually gets them all arrested. During an interrogation, Micky is depressed upon learning he didn't win at the Roulette wheel because it was rigged, but the manager releases them on a 24-hour reprieve on condition they get back the money or face a 20-year jail term!

    Peter, Micky, Mike and Davy don disguises and sunglasses (with the exception of Peter, who wears normal glasses) and pose as crooked gamblers—The Professor, The Insidious Strangler, Vicious Killer and Muscles The Mauler, respectively—with a system to beat the Roulette table. Biggy brings them to the Boss, who orders Peter The Professor to reveal the system. He gets the mobsters drunk while explaining the system, and The Monkees attempt to search for the money when suddenly they trip the alarm. The alarm revives The Boss, who orders the boys to gamble with their system and his cash. At the tables, Insidious Strangler Micky, bothered at every turn by Zelda, who thinks she recognizes him, tries to lose the money back to the casino but keeps on winning! When Zelda finally yanks off Micky's shades and recognizes him as "Magic Fingers," The Boss realizes what is happening and chases the boys around the room. The romp, which is set to "The Door Into Summer", ends with the gangsters out on the tables, covered with their own cash.

    b: 11-Dec-1967 pc: 4742 w: Coslough Johnson d: Gerald Johnson

    NOTE: Features the songs: "Door Into Summer" and "Cuddly Toy."
  • Tag: Davy and Peter do a "Here We Go Again Tag" involving Micky; The Monkees, clad in Vaudevillian gear, sing "Cuddly Toy"; six outtakes of Micky and Mike from the soon-to-be-telecast "Monstrous Monkee Mash" (#4767, 11-2-67) are shown.

  • 47. The Christmas Show
    gs: Butch Patrick (Melvin) Burt Mustin (Butler) Larry Gelman (Sales Clerk) Jeannie Sorel (Mrs. Vandersnoot) Regis Cordic (Doctor) Jill Chandler (Salesgirl)

    At the Vandersnoot mansion on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Vandersnoot pays The Monkees $100 each in advance to stay with her nephew, Melvin, who refuses to go with her on a Christmas cruise. A cynical twelve-year-old soured on the whole Christmas racket, Melvin resists all The Monkees' efforts to entertain him. Sure the rich kid will enjoy Christmas shopping, The Monkees take him to a department store. There Peter tries out a motorcycle but goes too fast, and he almost wrecks the place and knocks himself unconscious, while Melvin remains a bored onlooker. When The Monkees are charged $320 for damages by the department store ($20 more for the stretcher Mike and Davy use to haul Peter) and $19.95 by a doctor for Peter's examination, Melvin thinks the boys are stupid to feel Christmas is special. The boys then discover Melvin doesn't know how to smile, and decide to show him the true meanings of Christmas. The quartet ventures into a car lot full of evergreen trees to pick one out for purchase. Mike discovers a small tree and uses it to show Melvin the distinguishing characteristics of a Christmas tree, when suddenly he gets into a tug of war battle with a little old lady over the tree, which ends with the lady pelting him with a Karate Chop. Well, all the other small trees are gone, and a big tree is too expensive, so Mike hatches an alternate plan...

    The five go to the woods for a Christmas tree, where Mike gets bad vibrations having struck petrified oak. As if all this weren't bad enough, Micky mistakes poison ivy for holly and mistletoe and breaks out in a rash, and Davy gets a concussion after falling off a ladder trying to put a star atop the Christmas tree. The boys go for broke, physically and financially, using the remaining $30 of their Xmas money to buy a Christmas tree and pay for medical bills, but Melvin remains aloof and leaves, and they give up. Then they realize they have tried everything but love. As Melvin sits alone in the Vandersnoot mansion (the butler and the maid having went to a Christmas Eve Dinner), he sadly pictures the fun he might have had had he shared the boys' feelings for Christmas. Then Micky and Davy, as Santa Claus and his elf, respectively, emerges from the fireplace covered with soot. Mike and Peter, with a Christmas tree, run through a clumsily harmonized chorus of "Deck the Halls." Melvin begins to laugh, get hysterical and cry. Mrs. Vandersnoot returns and Melvin, finally caught in the spirit of Christmas, runs into her arms and opens his present (a basketball!) on the couch with Micky and Davy, while Peter and Mike happily look on in tears.

    b: 25-Dec-1967 w: Neil Burstyn s: Dave Evans and Neil Burstyn d: Jon C. Andersen

    NOTE: Features the song: "Ríu, Chíu."
  • Tag: After Peter, Mike, Davy and Micky sing an acappella rendition of the Old Latin Christmas Carol, "Ríu, Chíu".
  • The Monkees introduce their soundstage personnel as the end credits superimpose over them.

  • 48. Fairy Tale
    gs: Murray Roman (Harold) John Lawrence (Richard) Regis Cordic (Narrator/Town Cryer) Diane Shalet (Fairy of the Locket) Richard Klein (Horseman #1)

    In a Monkee spoof on fairy tales (acted out in pantomime), Mike is a cobbler; Davy is a tailor, and Micky an innkeeper in the town of Avon on the Calling. Peter is a vagrant, because his concentrations on getting a job are stunted by his admirations for Gwen, a beautiful, yet selfish, conceited and overbearing princess. She disdains his offer to carry her across the mud, but honors his spine with a walk across it, followed by Harold, a knight, a troop of the soldiers, and Gwen's fiancé. At Micky's Inn, Peter learns that Harold plans to do away with his fiancée and tries to warn Gwen but he is interrupted by Harold's arrival. Just as they prepare to leave, the princess tosses him a Magic Locket. Peter tells his mates of the danger of the princess. He bites the Magic Locket, releasing a fairy, in curlers because she was having her hair done. She tells the boys how to save the Princess, but warns she'll be killed if Peter drops, crushes, or loses the locket, because she lives there. While Micky, Davy, and Mike are preparing a sword, a suit, and a pair of shoes for scaling walls, respectively, for Peter's battle armor, Richard, Harold's toady, locks Gwen up in a castle dungeon. On the way to her rescue, Peter meets Little Red Riding Hood (Davy), Hansel and Gretel (Micky and Davy), and Goldilocks (Micky). At the castle's gate, Peter unwittingly answers a dragon's riddle correctly, and the latter orders the drawbridge (actually a plank) to be lowered for Peter to walk across, only to have him face the deadly Richard.

    The Locket protects him against Richard's sword and mace and chain, and he scales the castle walls to rescue Gwen, but she demands the Locket back, and he is taken prisoner. At Micky's Inn, Micky, Mike and Davy begin to regret sending Peter to save Princess Gwen. Suddenly, they receive a message from the Town Crier: Peter, Peasant of Tork, is slated for execution for trespassing on Knight Harold's estate! The three then set out in search of the castle in hopes of rescuing Peter. In the forest, the three split up in different directions (leaving a trail of breadcrumbs behind them), and Micky and Davy meet the fairytale characters. They finally find the castle "they said no man could get in alive!", and they answer the dragon's riddle and enter the castle just in time to stop Peter and Gwen from being shoved over the precipice by Harold and Richard. A fight ensues, with the opposition winning. Gwen tosses The Magic Locket to Peter, who overpowers Harold; he and Richard surrender, and Micky, Mike and Davy break into a hilarious rendition of the Main Title theme from The Adventures of Robin Hood (CBS, 1955-60). Princess Gwen agrees to grant Peter any request, but she refuses his request to marry him and whips off his hat, wig and makeup, revealing to be Mike, and declares that he can't marry anyone, because he's already married!

    b: 08-Jan-1968 pc: 4748 w: Peter Meyerson d: James Frawley

    NOTE: Features the song: "Daily Nightly."
  • Tag: Mike is interviewed about his role as the princess, and Micky, with Moog synthesizer, sings "Daily Nightly" while Mike, Peter and Davy look on.

  • 49. Monkees Watch Their Feet
    gs: Nita Talbot (Assistant) Stuart Margolin (Captain) Clarke Gordon (Chief) Pat Paulsen (The Secretary)

    Introduced by Mike Nesmith (who makes his only appearance in this episode in its teaser and its tag), the Secretary for the Dept. of UFO Information (Paulsen) makes an opening statement:

    "I've come before these cameras tonight to tell you that you and that we, both human beings and animals, are not alone. At this very moment, walking upon the face of Mother Earth, are aliens from outer space. You may pooh-pooh this statement, but I must say emphatically [He pounds his fist lightly on his desk.], don't pooh-pooh it! Day by day there is increasing evidence of the alienation of our planet. Many of us blame our leaders. Many of our leaders blame us. But the truth lies, as always, beyond our reach. We are being attacked by outer space. These invaders, these aliens from outer space, have cleverly…ly… infiltrated our societies, preying mostly upon the innocence of our youth, because they know they'll try anything. I have for you a documented film report. See before you three average typical young American teenagers, with their own television series…"

    In the film, Davy, Micky and Peter are seen in their pad getting ready to play for a gig. The Captain and his Assistant from Planet Zlotnik have landed on the beach in their spaceship, with the intent of initiating Plan D: disposing of Earthlings through the various means of destruction at their command. They make Micky's tum-tum and clothes disappear, and Mick starts to wonder, "Could it be that my clothes are putting me on?!?" Leaving a trail of Micky's clothes and tum-tum on the beach, The Zlotnickians lure him into the space ship and make an addled robot copy of him in a duplicating machine. The robotic Micky is sent out to spy for the aliens. Davy and Peter find the phony Micky on the beach and take him to their pad. There Peter and Davy become suspicious of the duplicate Micky when he deems a telephone, Peter's guitar, and a refrigerator to be a cat, a harmonic destructor, and a lady, respectively. When the robot Micky tries to dispose of Davy and Peter with dynamite, they work him over.

    At an inspection, they discover his feet are backwards and they decide he's from outer space. Their attempt to report to UFO Headquarters turns into a fiasco when The Captain tells them it's a pigment of their imagination; worse yet, they find The Captain there also has on his feet backwards—never mind it's only his shoes!—and, thinking he's one of the invaders, they tie him up. Davy and Peter take the robot Micky back to the pad to interrogate him under a hot light. He holds out until Peter accidentally freezes him with seltzer, and they determine that it's a robot sent to them for espionage purposes. They operate him and find the wire to his "truth tube," and the robot Micky finally admits that the true Micky is in the spaceship where he's being questioned before invasion. He leads them to the ship where they are beamed aboard by The Zlotnickians, and a wild chase set to "Star Collector" follows, wherein The Monkees and The Captain take on all on comers with lasers, seltzer water, and motorcycles. The robot Micky warns the real Micky and Davy and Peter to leave as the ship is programmed to take off for Zlotnik in five minutes. He refuses their invitation to stay with them on Earth as he is due for a date with a blender back home. The Secretary for the Dept. of UFO Information, bothered throughout the close of this episode by a fly, makes a closing statement:

    "So there you have it: The Ugly Truth. Perhaps you are now asking yourself the question, ‘How menacing are aliens with backward feet?' It is not the backward feet in themselves—although, seen close up, they are quite ugly—that are the menace, it is the implication of what backward feet mean in a frontward-feet society! First of all, let us examine the phrase ‘Put your best foot forward'. Our entire society would be moving into the past instead of the future. Take the plight of the Ordinary Shoe Salesman, who, in order to fit his customers, will find himself bumping constantly into the back of the chair. Uptown being changed to downtown. Downtown being changed to who-knows-where. America, if you let this menace into your midst, you will not know whether you are coming or going. Doctors trying valiantly to get to their patients will find themselves stuck against their back wall while trying to race out the door. Plague and famine will spread over the land. All chiropodists will be enlisted into the CIA. In summation, let me say once more, emphatically, we are being attacked by outer space. The time has come for us to stop sticking our bayonets into each other, and start sticking our bayonets into space!"

    b: 15-Jan-1968 pc: 4743 w: Coslough Johnson d: Alexander Singer

    NOTE: Features the song: "Star Collector."
  • A rerun of this episode aired on September 9, 1968, the last time that The Monkees was ever broadcast on NBC in primetime.

  • 50. Monstrous Monkee Mash
    gs: Arlene Martel (Loreli) Ron Masak (Count Dracula) David Pearl (Werewolf)

    Loreli lures Davy to the castle of her uncle, The Count Dracula from Transylvania, where Wolfman, The Mummy, and Frankenstein's Monster await fresh blood. The Drac promises Wolfman someone else and tries to teach Davy how to drink blood and fly like a bat. Back at The Monkees' pad, Micky and Peter begin to worry. Davy decides to call the folks at the castle, but when he hears Dracula's laughter, he declares that once again Courageous American Youth leaps into the fore..."or five!" Arriving at the castle, the three plan Davy's rescue, as Drac and Loreli take notes. Davy, chained in the basement, turns Wolfman against Dracula for not giving him second billing in the pictures they made together. When Wolfman leaps at Loreli, she promises him a better percentage of the profits, cookouts on weekends, and the right to play his own music. Then, up above in the library, she uses the necklace on Peter. Wolfman pounces, but Dracula distracts him with a link of hot dogs and drags Peter to the lab.

    Frightened by The Wolfman, Micky barricades himself in the library - which is exactly where Loreli uses the necklace on him and promises him to Wolfman. Davy overhears and takes notes as Dracula and Loreli plan to switch brains from Peter to their monster. In the dungeon, Davy and Micky, in chains, become Count Dracula and The Werewolf in fantasy, only to find in their horror that they really have become that way! As Drac and Loreli prepare to operate, Davy switches wardrobes with Mummyman and snatches a body right from under Drac's nose. He flees to the dungeon and rescues Dracula Davy and Wooly Werewolf Micky, but under Drac's thought control, they turn on Davy. The Count finds the boys have their monster while he and Loreli have Peter and throws an energizing switch, setting off a wild romp between monsters and Monkees, singing "Goin' Down". Returned to reality, The Monkees read that defeated monsters can't return for a thousand years. Then Peter is frightened by The Invisible Man, which Davy reveals as merely special effects.

    b: 22-Jan-1968 pc: 4767 w: Neil Burstyn and David Panich d: James Frawley

    NOTE: Features the song: "Goin' Down."

    51. Monkees Paw
    gs: Henry Beckman (Manager) Meri Ashley (Daughter) Jack Fife (Taxman) Hans Conried (Mendrek) David Pearl (Nightclub Patron (uncredited)) David Price (Janitor (uncredited))

    This is a Monkee takeoff on the classic William Jacobs horror tale. Having listened to The Monkees' playing and singing "Goin' Down," the manager hires them and fires Mendrek, a broken-down magician. Pitying him, The Monkees console the magician, who relates in flashback - with Mike as The Regular Llama and Micky as young Mendrek - how, while searching for the unknown secrets in far Tibet, he acquired a very special monkey's paw, which the boys buy for $0.25. The paw starts working for The Monkees, who wish that their union dues were paid and the manager arrives and says he'll pay their dues with their first week's salary, and a 142% kickback on the cash loan. Mendrek's daughter reminds him of the paw's curse, but the magician feels that, having rid himself of the paw, his luck should immediately change. He suddenly wins $1 million in an over-the-phone contest! Meanwhile, Micky wishes for a big dinner and is deluged with spaghetti ("Well, I didn't wish for how it should be served!"). Backstage, Micky wishes he would stop talking and loses his voice; the audience boos at Micky lip-synching over the backing track to "Goin' Down" during The Monkees' performance. When the manager demands to know what's going on, the boys, to cover up, explains Micky is singing with his feet, but to no avail. Mike is sure the boys are in a lot of trouble when the manager threatens to fire them if Mick isn't singing by tomorrow morning.

    At the pad, Micky attempts to recite The Gettysburg Address, but is still voiceless. The Monkees go to Mendrek for help, but the magician, wallowing in luxury and business deals offered to him over a plethora of phones on his desk, turns them away. After bathing Micky in chicken soup, the boys decide that, in 12 hours, he simply forgot how to talk, and they remind him via a language lesson, but all Micky can say is "crayon." The Monkees take Micky to a psychiatrist who goes crazy because Davy, Mike and Peter keep on interfering with his Rorschach test. That night, the boys run through an old Marx Brothers act (with Mike as Groucho, Micky as Harpo [silent, get it?], and Peter, Chico), but are still fired. It is here that Mendrek finally agrees to help, since he's devoting all his time to the needy (especially The Monkees!), and, following the Pocketbook Edition of The Book Of Mystery, he uses all kinds of torture, but Micky remains mute. They discover the only cure is to sell the paw to someone really nasty, meaning the manager. When he comes in to give Mendrek his old job back, The Monkees go into a musical romp set to "Words" to demonstrate the monkey paw's power. The manager buys it, wishes for a million dollars and is deluged with cash, but is immediately arrested for tax evasion, thus restoring Micky's voice.

    b: 29-Jan-1968 w: Coslough Johnson d: James Frawley

    NOTE: Features the songs: "Goin' Down" and "Words."
  • Tag: an outtake from this episode wherein guest Hans Conried exhumes frustration with the boys' on-the-set shenanigans; Peter airs his feelings about the demise of the hippie movement in the 12th and last end-of-show Monkees interview segment of the series.

  • 52. The Devil and Peter Tork
    gs: Billy Beck (Judge Roy Bean) Peter Canon (Billy the Kid) Lee Kolima (Atilla The Hun) Monte Landis (Mr. Zero (The Devil)) Ted de Corsia (Blackbeard the Pirate)

    Based loosely on Stephen Vincent Benet's fantasy novel (and the Oscar-winning 1941 RKO movie it spawned) The Devil and Daniel Webster. At Mr. Zero's Pawn Shop, Peter falls in love with a golden harp. Learning Peter has no money, Zero produces a contract, which Peter signs. At the pad, Micky, Mike and Davy remind him that he can't play the harp and urge him to return it. Suddenly, Zero appears in a puff of smoke, and, at his command, Peter plays beautifully. Zero disappears and the boys are immediately booked into a harp act, which is an instant overnight success. The next evening, Zero appears again and, revealing himself to be Beelzebub, presents the contract, which states that Peter's soul is to be delivered by midnight. In a musical fantasy set to "Salesman," Zero, with horns and a tail, and his handmaidens, with pitchforks, chase The Monkees through smoke and flame into a Hall of Mirrors. Returned to reality and their pad, The Monkees realize that the one thing that's scarier than Hell is saying it on television!

    Micky tries to exorcise the devil with a stake through the heart, but it becomes a quill when Zero appears. Frightened, the boys try to delay Zero (Davy even offers to take Peter's place!), but Zero is adamant on his contract with Peter. Mike doesn't believe Zero's contract is valid, and proceeds to take it to court. Zero consents, and with a clap of his hands, The Monkees' beach pad becomes a bizarre underworld courtroom. Hanging Judge Roy Bean presides, with a jury consisting of 12 condemned men from Devil's Island. As witnesses, Zero produces former clientele: Billy the Kid, Blackbeard the Pirate, and Attila the Hun. When Mike, Davy and Micky's attempts to cross-examine them miserably fail, Peter seems doomed until Mike, his defense attorney, puts Zero on the stand and elucidates to him that Peter's ability to play the harp arose from his love of music, not Zero's power. When Peter plays "I Wanna Be Free" as evidence to Mike's claim, the jury and witnesses cry and the judge decides in his favor.

    b: 05-Feb-1968 w: Robert Kaufman s: Robert Kaufman and Gerald Garnder and Dee Caruso d: James Frawley

    NOTE: Features the songs: "Salesman" and "No Time."
  • Tag: The Monkees celebrate by singing "No Time."

  • 53. Monkees Race Again (a.k.a. Leave the Driving to Us)
    gs: Maurice Dallimore (Butler) William Glover (T.N. Crumpetts) David Hurst (Baron Von Klutz) Stubby Kaye (Wolfgang) Don Kennedy (Official) Robert Rafelson (World's Oldest Flower Child (uncredited cameo))

    As The Monkees work on The Monkeemobile, Davy gets a call from T.N. Crumpets, his grandfather's friend and England's major racing driver. At the track, the quartet meets Crumpets and sees that his car (#54) is blown up; they immediately suspect it was the work of saboteurs. At their garage, Baron Von Klutz and Wolfgang, both of whom served as officers in The Third Reich, work on The Klutzmobile (#13). Through a periscope they watch The Monkees as amateur grease monkees, clumsily working on Crumpets' car. Back at Crumpets' garage, The Monkees have nonchalantly taken Crumpets' engine apart - Micky removes a tiger tail in the process! - but still can't get it working again. When The Baron and Wolfgang come over to find out about the sad condition of Crumpets' car, The Monkees throw the car's engine parts about to allay their suspicions, saying it's a way to get rid of excess. When, after a while, Micky starts the engine running again with his hand, Coruthers, the butler, brings tea to celebrate. As Coruthers sprays London Mist Spray around, the gas masked villains spray knockout gas and everyone passes out. They kidnap grease monkee Micky and Crumpets and drag them to their garage, where they force Micky to work on The Klutzmobile. Mike, Davy and Peter come to the rescue but don't find Micky or Crumpets, as they are both hidden in a stack of tires to be disposed of after the race.

    Because he is a British subject, Davy volunteers stand in for Crumpets in the race, but the racing official doesn't think he'll be able to see over the wheel, since he is so short. Mike and Peter remedy this problem with a telephone book, which they give Davy to sit on. Meanwhile, Micky, an inexperienced mechanic, completely ruins The Klutzmobile's engine. Through a periscope, they see Crumpets' car running again, and The Baron announces on the loudspeaker to call Mike and Peter up to the reviewing stand as a diversion. In the boys' absence, The Baron and Wolfgang steal Crumpets' car and switch its engine to The Klutzmobile. Davy resolves to run the race afoot, but, told he must have a car, he opts to use The Monkeemobile. At the Klutz garage, The Baron plots to shoot one of the hostages at the starting gun and the other one at the end of the race, when everyone is cheering. At the track Davy wonders where the other contestants are; The Baron declares that they have all been sabotaged. Just before Wolfgang gets ready to shoot Micky, Mike and Peter burst in and starts chasing him all over the garage, just as the official fires the gun, and the race is on. Despite The Baron's efforts to sabotage Davy with an arsenal of underhanded trickery - a newspaper, and a spare tire - Davy wins the race. In a musical romp set to "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round" The Monkees turn Baron and Wolfgang into flower children and Robert Rafelson cameos as "The World's Oldest Flower Child," scarfing a chrysanthemum.

    b: 12-Feb-1968 w: Dave Evans and David Elias and Dave Pollock d: James Frawley

    NOTE: Features the song: "Hanging 'Round."

    54. Monkees in Paris (a.k.a. The Paris Show)
    gs: James Frawley (Himself (uncredited))

    As Micky, Mike and Davy play checkers, Peter runs in with an ultimatum telling them to give up the secret microfilm and get off the ranch or they will be killed. They react unenthusiastically when set upon by Artie, the guest villain, and they express to their key director, James Frawley, their frustration with the repetitious scenarios. They decide to take their modness to the French capital for a vacation, and as soon as they arrive, the pace is as frantic as The Beatles' hardest day's night as Veronique, Karine, Carole and Francoise pursue them through a meat market over the melodies of "Love Is Only Sleeping." Meanwhile, on the set of The Monkees' pad, Jim Frawley phones producer Bob Rafelson over the phone and informs him of the boys' departure. Back in Gay Paree, Micky, Mike, Peter and Davy escape on a truck and pile onto a canal barge, which sails on the River Seine. The girls follow and it seems they have the boys trapped, but they immediately leap onto the mainland, leaving the ladies stranded on the barge. They chase The Monkees through an amusement park and into a garden where each girl pairs off with one of the boys; over "Don't Call On Me." At the Les Halles Flea Market, through a rendition of "Star Collector", The Monkees pose as vendors and musicians, as they type letters and hand them to the girls, who slap them. They type some more, and the girls, won over, hug and kiss our heroes. Hounded through downtown Paris' Champs-Elysses by crowds led by the 4 girls, with gendarmes bringing up the rear to the tune of "Goin' Down", Davy hides in an old brownstone and Micky climbs up a flagpole...to no avail.

    The rendition of "Goin' Down" is interrupted by the strains of Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach as Micky and Davy wander through a cemetery. "Goin' Down" forcibly takes over again as they land in the crowd again and drive through on a truck, pulling the four girls aboard. They romp all over a tour boat, where Peter and Davy topple into a swimming pool. The group rides through Paris in a broken-down station wagon to a reprise of "Don't Call On Me," and cause a gargantuan traffic jam at the Arc De Triomphe. Meanwhile, back on The Monkeepad set, key director Jim Frawley and villain guest actor Artie search for new twists in the weekly script. Chased around the Eiffel Tower, The Monkees land in a "dead" heap at the base. A while later, back at the pad, as Micky, Mike and Davy play checkers, Peter runs in with another ultimatum, this one telling them to give up the secret apple and get off the base or they will be killed. The boys again unenthusiastically react to Artie, but recognize that it's the same old thing! They angrily balk to director Jim Frawley and want to leave, but he settles them down. The Monkees ask the audience to stick around until next week; they'll try to think of something by then. The boys find themselves back in the French capital, romping to the strains of Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky's War of 1812 Overture.

    b: 19-Feb-1968 w: Robert Rafelson d: Robert Rafelson

    NOTE: Featured songs are: "Star Collector," "Love is Only Sleeping," "Don't Call on Me," and "Goin' Down." This is the second Monkees episode to feature a record four songs in a single episode; the first was "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool."

    55. Monkees Mind Their Manor
    gs: Bernard Fox (Sir Twiggly Toppin Middle Bottom) Laurie Main (Mr. Friar) David Pearl (Luggage Carrier (uncredited cameo)) David Price (Luggage Carrier (cameo)) Jack H. Williams (Customs Man/Real Prop Man) Richard Klein (Luggage Carrier (cameo)) Reginald Gardiner (Butler) Myra De Groot (Mary Friar) William Benedict (Old Man)

    As The Monkees rehearse, Mr. Friar, who has a habit of fainting, arrives and informs Davy that Young Lord Malcolm Kibee has passed on and willed him his estate. Davy and Friar fly to England first class, while Micky, Mike and Peter, lacking air fare, travel in mummy cases. At English customs, Davy recognizes the customs man as Jack Williams, The Monkees show's property master, to which the latter replies, "Look, sweetie, I may be Jack Williams The Property Man to you, but to 20 million teenagers, I'm The Customs Man." Then, with a surprisingly convincing impression of Dean Martin, breaks out a fine rendition of his closing theme, "Ev'rybody Wants Somebody Sometime," which has him mobbed by Micky! At Kibee Manor, the nearsighted old butler greets Davy, but shakes hands with a twig. Sir Twiggly Toppin Middle Bottom, the executor, reads the will leaving Kibee Manor to Davy on condition he lives there for five years; if he doesn't, the villagers must buy it for £50,000 otherwise the Lord's nephew, Lance Kibee, will inherit the estate with plans to sell it to a land developer. The Monkees are then introduced, by Mr. Friar, to his daughter, Mary, who sees the foursome as "a sister act!" Twiggly, who envisions a huge commission on the sale, assures Lance, a chronic drunkard, that Davy will leave in a week out of sheer boredom. In their room, Mike, Davy, Micky and Peter really are bored, and Mary Friar reports that moving to the big city and finding lawn moles in the form of dragons furnish all the excitement.

    Mike decides on having a medieval fair to raise the proper funds on financing the manor's safety. They only raise £200 at first, but Mr. Friar is sure they'll win the rest betting on the winner in a grand tournament of 2 out of 3 contests: jousting, dueling, and mace and chain. Since Davy is the lord to the manor, and the one on whom the fate of Kibbee Manor lies, he is the one of the main contestants in the tournament (Twiggly being the other); told this fact, he faints dead away. At the beginning of the first contest, Twiggly, as challengee, seizes the right to choose weapons, and orders Davy to pick his lance, and he does: Lance Kibee! He commands Twiggly to stop poking him with his lance or lose his commission if he's killed. Davy wins the first contest by a pun, but Twiggly takes the second duel in fencing. As Twiggly challenges Davy to a third duel with mace and chain, an Old Man, actually the butler's father, intervenes and declares the choice of the contests relies upon the people present at the fair. The crowd then decides on a singing contest instead. When Twiggly, an inexperienced singer, bums out, Davy sings the traditional Old English ballad "Greensleeves" and is declared the winner, but they are still £40,000 short, thus sealing Kibbe Manor's fate. Outraged, Mary insults Lance, but he declares his love for her and cancels the sale.

    b: 26-Feb-1968 pc: 4751 w: Coslough Johnson d: Peter H. Thorkelson

    NOTE: Features the song: "Star Collector."
  • Peter H. Thorkelson the director of this episode is better known as Peter Tork.
  • Tag: A belated Christmas message from Peter; The Monkees singing "Star Collector."

  • 56. Some Like it Lukewarm (a.k.a. The Band Contest)
    gs: Jerry Blavat (Himself) Deana Martin (Daphne / William McCochrane) Charlie Smalls (Himself) Sharon Cintron (Maxine) Rob Rudelson (Pierre) Bill McKinney (Janitor)

    The Monkees try to enter a KXIW Rockathon contest for a $500 prize, but Jerry Blavat, a DJ who is also the MC, insists it's only for groups of mixed sex, and they must have a girl. The Monkees then have to decide which one of them makes the best looking girl, and automatically, it's David Jones! They change David's appearance and teach him a mincing walk, using a rope, frying pans, and a heavy book. At the contest, The Monkees present David as Miss Jones and are officialy qualified. In The Rockathon, the boys watch The West Minstrel Abbies, 3 girls and a boy respectively comprised of Harmony, Melody, Caphophone, and William McCochran (who is actually Daphne, a drag king, who duded up as a dude in order for them to be qualified for the contest!), do a speedy rendition of "Last Train To Clarksville" at 78 RPM. The Monkees go on with their act, singing "The Door Into Summer" and doing everything possible to keep David from escaping. It is here that Jerry has developed a little crush on "Miss Jones," and when both bands tie for first place (with a 98.6 on The Applause-O-Meter!), they must appear for a rematch. That night at the pad, David is halted from disrobing from his drag outfit by Jerry Blavat's unexpected arrival; while Micky, Michael and Peter hide, Jerry offers to take "Miss Jones" out on a date, which David turns down.

    Micky, Michael, and Peter go out to dinner, but David stays behind; so does Daphne when her friends go out, since both of them would have to dress in drag. Later, each decides to go out alone, and they meet up at the Southside Branch of the Some Little Out Of The Way Place Where Nobody Goes Café, where they meet and fall in love. David sees Micky, Michael and Peter come in and he rushes away, leaving one high-heeled shoe. The next day, at the KXIW-TV studio, The Monkees return for the rematch with The West Minstrel Abbies---and David again masquerades as "Miss Jones," much to his chagrin. David's about to go on stage, when all of a sudden Jerry Blavat arrives, checking his watch, so, in order to dodge any impending advances, he ducks into another dressing room, where he reencounters Daphne. She recognizes him, because she has his other shoe, and she reveals herself as the male singer of The West Minstrel Abbies. When David confesses to Jerry Blavat, he becomes outraged and tries to disqualify The Monkees for not being a mixed group, but they prove otherwise as The Abbies, now in black miniskirt dresses, long hair and higheel shoes as backup dancers, join them as a mixed group, as they perform "She Hangs Out".

    b: 04-Mar-1968 pc: 4754 w: Joel Kane and Stanley Z. Cherry d: James Frawley

    NOTE: Features the songs: "Door Into Summer" and "She Hangs Out."
  • Tag: Davy chats with Charlie Smalls (The Wiz - Universal, 1978) about soul in music, and then sing a tune which they both composed, "Girl Named Love."

  • 57. Monkees Blow Their Minds
    gs: James Frawley (Rudy Bayshore (uncredited)) Milton Frome (Latham) Monte Landis (The Great Oracullo) Burgess Meredith (The Penguin) Frank Zappa (Mike Nesmith)

    Unable to write a song for his mates, Peter consults The Great Oracullo at his House Of Mysteries. Learning The Monkees are due to be booked at The Club Cassandra, a nightclub, for a ten-week gig, the hypnotist decides to take over their spot. He laces a cup of tea with a formula that induces hypnosis and gives it to Peter, who drinks it and becomes paralyzed under Oracullo's spell. During The Monkees' audition at The Cassandra, Peter puts on his bass backwards, thumbs his nose, crows like a rooster, and breaks one of Micky's drums. Latham, the manager, turns them down and views Oracullo's act, which he signs up. Learning that Peter's mind has been freaked, Micky, Michael and David, determined to rescue him, lure Oracullo to the pad where Michael detains him with a story about his losing his memory in a horrible accident while carrying a briefcase containing $50,000 in cash, and is now willing to give half of it to the person who'll help him find it. In Oracullo's absence, David and Micky sneak into The House Of Mysteries, where Micky lures Rudi Bayshore, Oracullo's slave, away from Peter, and they go into a musical romp set to "Valleri" to break Peter's trance, but fail; meanwhile, Michael is tricked into drinking Oracullo's hypnosis–inducing formula, putting him under his spell. Having exhausted all their efforts to revive Peter, David knocks him unconscious with a mallet and he and Micky carry him out; just as Oracullo is surprised at Rudi's sudden arrival at the pad and commands Michael to admit his ruse. Oracullo orders Rudi to take Michael back to The House Of Mysteries.

    Micky and David, carrying Peter, still in a trance, return to the pad and find Michael missing. They search hither and yon to find him but fail, and they deduce that he is in Oracullo's clutches. Micky and David chain up Peter and show up at The House Of Mysteries. As they boast that Oracullo has no power and Peter is safe, Rudi knocks them unconscious. The hypnotist is sure his new act, Oracullo and His Four Slaves, will be a sensation. Obeying Oracullo's commands, Peter pulls out of the wall and comes to The Cassandra. That night, at The Cassandra, much to the viewing pleasure of The Penguin, Oracullo's act is ruined by a pseudo-David (as a lawyer) and a pseudo-Micky (as a half-drunken goof); meanwhile the real David and Micky, along with Peter and Michael, are lined up for the act. Rudi slaps Micky, unwittingly breaking the spell, and goes onstage to save his master from the hostile audience. Micky slaps Michael, David and Peter, and they proceed to go on with their act. They still seem to be in a trance when they enter the stage; however, they further ruin Oracullo's act by putting him and Rudy through a dog act over an instrumental backing track to "Gonna Buy Me A Dog." Nevertheless, it is still a big hit.

    b: 11-Mar-1968 w: Peter Meyerson d: David Winters

    NOTE: Features the songs: "Valleri" and "Daily Nightly."
  • Tag: Micky, with Moog synthesizer, sings "Daily Nightly" while Mike, Peter and Davy look on. In an opening vignette, a mock interview wherein Mike Nesmith and the late Frank Zappa reverse roles—and Mike (as Frank Zappa) self parodies The Monkees by condemning their "banal and insipid" music—concludes with Mike conducting Zappa in wrecking a car to the tune of "Mother People."

  • 58. Mijacogeo (a.k.a. The Frodis Caper)
    gs: Tony Giorgio (Otto) David Pearl (Henchman) David Price (Henchman/2-Headed Org) Richard Klein (Henchman/2-Headed Org) Rip Taylor (Wizard Glick) Jack H. Williams (Stage Hand (uncredited cameo)) Bob Michaels (Cop) Bruce Barbour (Henchman)

    One morning, as the rising sun triggers a phonograph which plays The Beatles' "Good Morning", Micky, Michael and David wake up, drop their alarm clocks on the floor to shut them off and find Peter missing. The three search frantically around the pad, even going so far as to visit the Lost and Found Man (Michael). They finally find Peter in a trance, frozen in his easy chair in front of the TV set, showing a huge eye (disguised as a test pattern) planted with subliminal triggers, pulsing to strange music. They nearly freeze, too, but switch off the set in time to get away. Micky, Michael and David race out into the street to check out their neighbors: Micky and Michael find The Parkers, their living room littered with TV dinner trays, in a trance, tuned to the same program; David finds Nyles gazing at the eye and assumes he's hypnotized, too, but Nyles replies, "What TV? Man, I'm always like this!" At the KXIW-TV studio they find the stage hand (Jack Williams!) frozen to the set and the same program, and they immediately discover the warped, maniacal mind plotting such a conspiracy: Glick, a mad wizard. They decide it's a job for Monkeemen, but can't find a place to change into Monkeemen costumes; using a telephone booth is a moot point, since federal law prohibits it. Glick is sure the pulsing Frodis, which, at 12:00, he will release by activating his magnetic Freeble Energizer, will control the minds of millions, until his henchman reports seeing the boys coming on The Monkeemen Monitor. They release a Two-Headed Org, but Micky, Michael and David dispose of it by jumping up and down thrice, rolling a head of cabbage, and giggling. Squads of TV repairmen with portable TVs tuned to the eye finally hypnotize our heroes.

    Tied up in Glick's warehouse, they summon Peter through mental telepathy with a chant ("nam myoho renge kyo") Micky learned when sending in a cereal boxtop. Glick greets Peter at the front door—and captures him too. Peter phones the police but Michael tells him it was unecessary, since he is already untied. On rafters above, The Monkees, armed with megaphones, shout down to the villains below and tell them not to attemtpt to reach for their weapons, move, or even write home. The villains discover a way to get free by chanting Micky's chant, and the cops rush in and free them, taking The Monkees to the judge. En route to the police station, the police and The Monkees pass a TV repair shop, which displays in its window a TV set tuned to the Frodis eye. The boys trick the cops into watching the TV and the policemen become mesmerised by the eye, permitting The Monkees to make yet another narrow escape—all but Peter, who has also seen the eye and is hypnotized once again! Micky, Michael and David are forced to carry him back with them.

    The Monkees sneak back to the KXIW-TV studio to destroy the eye and save the world. Because they got back in easily, Michael is suspicious of a Glick trick. His suspicions confirmed, the boys find themselves back in Glick's warehouse, chained and manacled. Having won the jailer's key in a rousing card game of "creebage," they hang Peter on a coat rack and rush into the Frodis Room. Armed with a peashooter, they prepare to destroy The Frodis, a gurgling one-eyed plant, when they learn it's a friendly being from another planet who was captured by the evil Wizard Glick while his spaceship landed on Earth, and is now using his Frodis power to control men's minds through his machines. To undo the evil that has been done, he must get back to his spaceship and recharge his Frodis energy. Moved by his tragic tale, The Monkees resolve to help The Frodis escape, when Glick and the henchmen cometh. In a slow motion-paced "Typical Monkee Romp" set to "Zor And Zam," Glick and his men chase The Frodis and The Monkees halfway through town. At the spaceship, which is "parked" on a hill, Glick and his men are about to capture The Frodis and The Monkees when The Frodis emerges from his spaceship and emits a strange smoke, and the fiends roll around the hill, laughing in the midst of a love-in.

    b: 25-Mar-1968 pc: 4722 w: Micky Dolenz and Dave Evans s: Micky Dolenz and Jon C. Andersen d: Micky Dolenz

    NOTE: The official title of this episode, "Mijacogeo", is an amalgam of the names of Micky Dolenz's immediate family. The family names making up the title "Mijacogeo" are: Michael (his middle name), Janelle (his late mom), Coco (his sister) and George (his late dad). As for where "Frodis" came from, Micky himself coined the phrase as a sort of code-name which he frequently used off the Monkees set.
  • Features the song: "Zor and Zam."
  • Tag: Perched atop a cluttered automobile (wrecked by Frank Zappa at the end of "The Monkees Blow Their Minds"'s teaser sequence), the late Tim Buckley sings "Song Of The Siren."

  • Feature Movie
    gs: Bob Rafelson (Himself (cameo)) Dennis Hopper (Himself (cameo)) Jack Nicholson (Himself (cameo)) Teri Garr (Testy True) Tiger Joe Marsh (Security Guard) Toni Basil (Dance ((Cameo))) Toni Basil (Dancer (segment "Daddy's Song" sequence -uncredited)) Annette Funicello (Minnie) Timothy Carey (Lord High 'n' Low) Logan Ramsey (Officer Faye Lapid) Abraham Sofaer (Swami) Vito Scotti (I. Vitteloni) Charles Macaulay (Inspector Shrink) T.C. Jones (Mr. & Mrs. Ace) Charles Irving (Mayor Feedback) William Bagdad (Black Sheik) Percy Helton (Heraldic Messenger) Sonny Liston (Extra) Ray Nitschke (Private One) Carol Doda (Sally Silicone) Frank Zappa (The Critic) June Fairchild (The Jumper) I.J. Jefferson (Lady Pleasure) Victor Mature (The Big Victor) Helena Kallianiotes (Belly Dancer) Terry Chambers (Hero) Mike Burns (Nothing) Esther Shepard (Mother) Kristine Helstoski (Girlfriend) John Hoffman (The Sex Fiend) Linda Weaver (Lever Secretary) Jim Hanley (Siderf)

    A strange "trip" of a film. The Monkees make fun of their pre-manufactured image and many other bizarre things occur.

    b: 06-Nov-1968 pc: 8888 w: Jack Nicholson and Robert Rafelson d: Robert Rafelson

    Thirty-Three and One-Third Revolutions per Monkee
    gs: Julie Driscoll (Herself) Brian Auger and The Trinity (Themselves) Jerry Lee Lewis (Himself) Fats Domino (Himself) Little Richard (Himself) The Clara Ward Singers (Themselves) The Buddy Miles Express (Themselves) Paul Arnold and The Moon Express (Themselves) We Three (Themselves)

    Charles Darwin the famous evolutionist takes The Monkees through various stages of evolution until they are ready to brainwash the world via commercial exploitation. Hatched in giant test tubes, the four are stripped of all personal identity and names: Micky Dolenz becomes Monkee #1, Peter Tork becomes Monkee #2, Mike Nesmith Monkee #3, and Davy Jones Monkee #4. Each Monkee attempts to regain his stripped personal identity by thinking his way out of captivity into his own world of fantasies. Monkee #1 (Micky) performs an R&B up-tempo duet remake of "I'm A Believer" with Julie Driscoll; Monkee #2 (Peter) reclines on a giant cushion in eastern garb and, to the lilting backing of sitar and tabla, performs "I Prithee (Do Not Ask For Love)," a gentle number concerning spiritual values. Monkee #3 (Mike), in an inventive split screen number, sings a country tune, "Naked Persimmon (The Only Thing I Believe Is True)"; and Monkee #4 (Davy) capers about in short pants and frill collar in fairytale land, singing and dancing to the tune of "Goldilocks Sometime." But Darwin is alarmed by their fantasies and tries breaking them down by his own hypnotism via "Only The Fittest Shall Survive," a slab of swirling psychedelia laden with congas, drums, jungle noises, cyclonic winds, explosions and heavy breathing.

    After The Monkees perform "Wind Up Man" in the stiff-legged form of robots, and "I Go Ape" disguised in white gorilla costumes, they are regenerated to Darwin's taste and, hypnotized, plasticized, psychoanalyzed, and sterilized, they make their debut at the Paramount Theater on December 7, 1956, dubbed "the greatest rock 'n' roll singers in the world." The four, dressed in outlandish 1950s vocal group gear, are then immediately launched into a classic '50s rock medley: "At The Hop," "Little Darlin'," "Peppermint Twist," and more. Backing them up are Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, The Buddy Miles Express, and The Clara Ward Singers. Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll interrupts the proceedings and announces they have decided to give Davy, Micky, Mike and Peter complete and total freedom, resulting in a brief snippet of Davy Jones' "String For My Kite," Peter Tork's harpsichord rendition of "Solfeggietto" by C.P.E. Bach and all four Monkees performing "Listen To The Band," with Mike on Black Beauty (Gibson Les Paul Custom), Peter on keyboards, Micky on drums, and Davy on tambourine as an affectionate swan song performance by all four Monkees. As the song progresses, they are joined by hippies and all of 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee's guest musicians from The Trinity to The Buddy Miles Express, resulting in a climactic frantic cacophony until Darwin literally closes the book on them; the book's title is, prophetically, The Beginning Of The End. As Peter Tork performs "California Here It Comes" (his very last Monkees recording!), 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee's end credits superimpose over footage of Southern California being the hapless victim of an A-bomb blast.

    b: 14-Apr-1969 w: Jack Good and Art Fisher d: Art Fisher

    NOTE: Features these performers singing these songs: Micky Dolenz & Julie Driscoll: "I'm a Believer"; Peter Tork: "I Prithee (Do Not Ask For Love)"; Mike Nesmith: "Naked Persimmon (The Only Thing I Believe is True)"; Davy Jones: "Goldilocks Sometime"; The Monkees: "Wind Up Man"; "Darwin"; Paul Arnold & The Moon Express: "Only the Fittest Shall Survive"; The Monkees: "I Go Ape"; The Trinity: "Come On Up"; The Monkees: "At the Hop"; Fats Domino: "I'm Ready"; Jerry Lee Lewis: "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin' On"; Little Richard: "Tutti Frutti"; We Three & The Monkees: "Shake a Tailfeather"; Fats Domino: "Blue Monday"; The Monkees: "Little Darlin"; Jerry Lee Lewis: "Down the Line"; The Clara Ward Singers: "Dry Bones"; David Jones: "String For My Kite"; Peter Tork: "Solfeggietto" by C.P.E. Bach; The Monkees & Entire Cast: "Listen to the Band"; Peter Tork: "California Here it Comes (end titles).

    Hey, Hey It's The Monkees
    gs: John Brockman (Lawyer) Bill Martin (Tour Guide) Sarah Jones (Woman) James Williams (Young Boy) Mia Perez (Driver) Marco Rea (Date) Joe Greene (Guard) Chuck Woolery (Manager) Gillian Holt (Princess)

    It's thirty years later and the guys are in search of a workable plot line. Meanwhile, they try to get ready for a big gig at a country club.

    b: 17-Feb-1997 w: Michael Nesmith d: Michael Nesmith

    NOTE: This was broadcast on ABC in stereo.
  • Features the songs: "(Theme from) The Monkees", "You and I", "Circle Sky", "Antarctica", "Regional Girl", and a medley of "Last Train to Clarksville"/"I'm a Believer"/"Daydream Believer"/"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and "Words."

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