Treva Silverman — Writer

Episodes 6

September 19, 1966

The Monkees murder murder mysteries in this half-hour free-for-all. Behind in their rent and fearing eviction from their landlord, The Monkees don disguises to fool his lawyer, McQuinney—until he informs the boys that they have been left in a legacy by the late John Cunningham, an eccentric millionaire. They leave for Cunningham's mansion on a small fog-shrouded island where they meet Ralph, the butler, Madame Roselle, a spiritualist medium, Harris Kingsley, an author of unusable travel books, and Ellie Reynolds, Cunningham's grandniece, whom Davy falls for. In Cunningham's legacy—recorded on a phonograph record—The Monkees learn they have inherited the library organ on condition they play one song on it, and they do: ""Last Train To Clarksville."" Ralph, Kingsley and Mme. Roselle are furious on finding they have inherited nothing, with the bulk of the estate going to Ellie on condition she spends one night there. Soon after Mme. Roselle predicts Ralph will die, shots are heard, and he d

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September 26, 1966

To raise rent money, Peter applies for a job in a toy company which uses computers, but throws a monkee wrench in the works by flunking an aptitude test given to him by DJ61, a computerized machine. Mike swings to the rescue and, reversing the procedure, he asks the machine questions. When he stumps the machine, it explodes and Daggart, the company's headstrong efficiency expert, hires him. He introduces Mike to the president, J.B. Guggins, Jr., son of the company's late founder. Daggart scoffs at the traditional techniques of his boss and criticizes him for inheriting the firm and lacking ambition and leadership. Mike is downcast upon learning that Pop Harper, an elderly toy designer who has developed a new toy that can assume any shape, is being replaced by Daggart's computers. Trying to cheer up Mike, The Monkees sing ""Saturdays Child"" and engage in a musical romp in a playground with children. Learning the company is testing new toys created by computers; Davy, Micky, and Peter arr

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November 28, 1966

Impressed by a letter from Bernie Class assuring him that he can get rich writing hit songs, Mike writes a song, ""Gonna Buy Me a Dog"" (actually a Boyce-Hart tune!) and submits it to the High Class Music Publishing Company (which also does Greeting Cards, Storm Windows, Reconditioned Vacuum Cleaners, Magazine Subscriptions, and Door Lettering!). Once there, he greets another aspiring songwriter: a little old man. When Bernie (who is terribly in adept at pronouncing Mike's last name) accepts Mike's song and tells him he'll sell the song to Joanie Janz, the greatest singer in show business, Mike calls Micky, his mother, and Mr. (Tim?) Conway, whom he met on a bus five years ago. At home, The Monkees imagine a sequence set to ""Gonna Buy Me a Dog"" featuring them traipsing all over the lawn with - what else? - dogs. Having pawned his guitar for $99.95, Mike pays the amount for legal fees and incidentals, but asks Bernie to prove he'll sell the song to Joanie Janz; Bernie personally phones Ja

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One Man Shy

1x13
December 5, 1966

Snobbish Ronnie Farnsworth disapproves when debutante Valerie Cartwright hires The Monkees to play at her coming-out party. Peter falls in love with Valerie, but, unable to express his feelings, steals her portrait. In a reworking of Cyrano De Bergerac, Micky, Mike and Davy scream affectionate phrases which Peter lip-synchs to Valerie up above in her balcony—eventually winding up with Peter being slugged by the groundskeeper. Ronnie finds the portrait at The Monkees pad and tries to contact the authorities; ""You do, and I'll be sorry!"" screams Micky in retort. Although Val foils Ron's attempts to give them up, The Monkees decide they must put Ron in his place before he gets them. Soooooooo, Davy, Mike and Micky, donning disguises as a waiter, a park man, and a toy salesman, respectively, appear wherever Ron and Val are together, each time trying to prove what a rotter Ron is. Seeing through their plot, Ron repeats the procedure on Davy, Mike and Micky by outshining them in skeet shooti

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Son of a Gypsy

1x16
December 26, 1966

Maria, a gypsy, her Grumchek sons, Marco, Kiko, Zeppo and Rocco, and The Monkees audition to play at a party at Madame Rantha's mansion. The gypsies are furious when The Monkees are chosen over them, since they hoped to steal Rantha's Maltese Vulture, a jewel-encrusted statuette. Maria tells The Monkees that there are no hard feelings and invites them to their gypsy camp. There, The Monkees deck out in gypsy clothing, Marco gives each Monkee a good luck charm, and the boys are initiated into the camp. Rocco shows Micky the fine arts of predicting the future via tealeaves, Marco shows Davy how to fight with a switchblade, Kiko teaches Peter a lesson in gypsy dancing and Zeppo instructs Mike on phrenology (i.e., the reading of bumps on one's head), and before they are finished, Micky drinks a mug of tea spiked with a potion which renders him unconscious, Davy is used as a knife throwing target, Peter is wrapped up in lace, and Mike is knocked cold. Finally bound hand and foot and threate

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September 11, 1967

...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 w

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