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The Monkees: The Spy Who Came in From the Cool

The Monkees are cast into the cold war after Davy purchases a pair of "red" maracas from a pawnshop.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 4702
Airdate: Monday October 10th, 1966

Guest Stars
Lee KolimaLee Kolima
As Yakimoto
Arlene MartelArlene Martel
As Madame Olinsky (Olinsky)
Booth ColmanBooth Colman
As The Chief
Billy CurtisBilly Curtis
As Midget
Don PennyDon Penny
As Honeywell
Main Cast
Davy JonesDavy Jones
As Himself
Micky DolenzMicky Dolenz
As Himself
Michael NesmithMichael Nesmith
As Himself
Peter TorkPeter Tork
As Himself


Davy buys a pair or red maracas, that turn out to have secret microfilm hidden inside. Two spies, Boris and Madame, pursue The Monkees. They evade the spies and are secretly watched by the C.I.S. (Central Intelligence Service). The C.I.S. makes a very non-incriminating films on each of the guys. They agree to cooperate with the service by getting the spies to make a confession on tape. Unfortunately, they are assisted by Honeywell, and incompetent C.I.S. agent...

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Episode Notes
This epiosde's title is a takeoff on the movie The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

This was the writing debut of The Monkees for the team of Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso., who have penned the largest number of Monkees segments: 21. They had just finished a stint composing scripts for Get Smart (NBC/CBS, 1965-70), so it's natural that "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool,'' is their first Monkees script, emphisized espionage (In one scene Micky can be seen imitating Doan Adams as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86). Gardner & Caruso later reteamed with director Rafelson to produce Episode 17, "The Case Of The Missing Monkee."

Fans of Get Smart will also recognize Lee Kolima (Yakimoto) as Bobo in the Episodes "Diplomat's Daughter" (9/25/65, the first color episode) and "The Amazing Harry Hoo" (3/12/66); ironically, he also did a guest appearance in the TV series I Spy (NBC, 1965-68) as Kwan Tak in the September 22, 1965 episode "A Cup Of Kindness."

At the end of the "Saturday's Child" romp, a clip from the non-broadcast version of Episode 10, "Here Come The Monkees," the Original Pilot Film, wherein the boys burst into Rudy's Record Rack store wearing trenchcoats (3 of them carrying guitar cases), is seen.

This was the first Monkees episode filmed in which during The Monkees musical sequences, Mike Nesmith can be seen with his trusty Gretsch 12-string guitar (one of the 3 in existence; Chet Atkins and Beatle George Harrison being the proud owners of the other two). This was the guitar he would take with him on several of The monkees' concert tours. Sadly, it was stolen from his workshop years later, but he utilized a rebuilt Gretsch for production on The Monkees' 11th album, 1996's JustUs. The Gretsch was one of Mike's two prized guitars - the other was The Black Beauty, his Gibson guitar with which he did ''Day Tripper" -influenced main riff for "Pleasant Valley Sunday" as well as further Monkees and First National Band work.

On the date this segment went to air, The Monkees' first album, The Monkees was released.

The George Barris-built Monkeemobile appears in an actual episode of The Monkees as part of the story for the first time in "The Spt Who Came In From The Cool." All prior appearances of the car were in The Monkees' main title sequence and the musical numbers.

After Honeywell demonstrates the lamp where he's hidden the microphone over which he hopes to record the spies' confession, Davy rubs the lamp and out pops a genie (Arlene Charles - with a covered navel) --which is foreshadowing of the show which followed The Monkees in the 1966-67 season, I Dream of Jeanie (NBC, 1965-70).

When the CIS chief says he can save 3 of the four boys, all but Peter immediately rush for chairs. Mike consoles Peter by saying, "Well, I guess we're just gonna have to form a trio; we're gonna miss you, ol' buddy." Ironically, in 1968, after taping "33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee," Peter eventually was the first to leave the group. And Micky, Davy and Mike actually did indeed form a trio, releasing 2 more albums (Instant Replay and The Monkees Present Micky, David and Michael) before Mike's resignation in 1970.

Peter breaks out in tears in the scene where Madame Olinsky demands the microfilm from The Monkees at gunpoint; thus sparking another first on The Monkees TV show: Monkees displaying emotion.

Monkee stand-ins David Price, Richard Klein and David Pearl appear as dancers in the discotheque.

The park lawn where Micky coaches Mike, Peter and Davy in Karate in the fantasy sequence can also be seen (Sometimes with a fountain, sometimes not) in the previous episode, "Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers," the next episode, "The Success Story," No. 9 "The Chaperone," No. 10, "Here Come The Monkees" ("Original Pilot Film"), No. 12, "I've Got A Little Song Here," No. 13, "One Man Shy" (a.k.a. Peter And The Debutante"), and No. 55, "The Monkees Mind Their Manor." (Episode 11, "Monkees A La Carte" uses footage of The Monkees traipsing with dogs in the park from "I've Got A Little Song Here.").

The George Barris-built Monkeemobile appears in an actual episode of The Monkees as part of the story for the first time in "The Spt Who Came In From The Cool." All prior appearances of the car were in The Monkees' main title sequence and the musical numbers.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The MonkeesSaturday's Child 
The Monkees(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone 
The MonkeesThe Kind of Girl I Could Love 
The MonkeesAll The King's Horses 
The MonkeesRandy Scouse Git (in syndication) 

Episode Quotes
Madame Olinsky: You fool, don't you realize there is a CIS man watching this shop?
Boris: How do you know he is a CIS man?
Madame Olinsky: I saw him talking to a popsicle. I will use the secret exit. (leaves through a harp case against the wall)
Boris: So that's the secret exit? I was sure it was through the accordian.
Davy: I'd like to buy a pair of maraccas please. (Boris hands him a pair of maraccas) Have you got any red ones?
Boris: (looks at Davy) Oh yes, you are very short. Now, what did you say you wanted?
Davy: A pair of red maraccas.
Boris: I have a pair for $6.
Davy: I've only got 50 cents.
Boris: They're yours.
Micky: A pair of maraccas for 50 cents?
Boris: We make it up on the microfilm. You use the secret exit.
Davy: The secret exit?
Boris: It's through the harp.
(Davy and Mickly look at Boris confused)
Micky: Oh...i could of sworn it was through the accordian?
Short Man: I am looking for a pair of red maraccas.
Boris: (looking scared) Oh, I think I have made a mistake.

Micky: (pretending to be a scientist) This cufflink...contains a miniaturized tape recorder.
Peter: If I wore two of them, can I record in stereo?
Micky: All right Jones, tell me what that tie pin does?
Davy: If you wear it too long your neck starts to bend.
Micky: Yes ... it also contains a pill. In the event that you are being tortured, beyond endurance, you can swallow this pill. Tell me what it does Jones?
Davy: Within 30 seconds, your breath's kissing sweet?
Micky: Alright Nesmith. Tell me about your special cigarette lighter?
Mike: Well this cigarette lighter is very special. Its got a miniaturized Japanese camera it.
Micky: Right.
Mike: And also a miniature Japanese cameraman. (lights the lighter and a scream is shouted) Oh, sorry. Scorched you again there Yamashita.

Episode Goofs
The exact same people wearing the exact same clothes are seen in both dance shots.

Its end-credits' song listing notwithstanding, this episode featured "Saturday's Child" instead of "Last Train To Clarksville."

Mike Nesmith's "All The King's Horses," though showcases here, was not credited in the end titles' song listing. In any case, htis was the first appearance of a previously unreleased Monkees tune on a Monkees episode.

Mike's electric guitar fluctuates between a 12-string and a 6-string during "Steppin' Stone."

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperPaul Mazursky  |  Larry Tucker
ProducerBob Rafelson  |  Bert Schneider (1)
Associate ProducerWard Sylvester
MusicStu Phillips
Music SupervisorDon Kirshner
Set DecoratorFred R. Price
GafferPat Blymyer
Director of PhotographyIrving Lippman
Story EditorGerald Gardner  |  Dee Caruso
Art DirectorRoss Bellah  |  Malcolm C. Bert
Script EditorDee Caruso  |  Gerald Gardner
Main Title Theme Written ByTommy Boyce  |  Bobby Hart
Film EditorDonald W. Starling
StylingDean Jeffries
Assistant DirectorMark Sandrich, Jr.
Music CoordinatorIgo Kantor
Post Production ExecutiveLawrence Werner
Make-up SupervisorBen Lane
Main Title Theme Performed ByThe Monkees
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