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The Monkees: The Case of the Missing Monkee

Peter stumbles into a plot to kidnap an esteemed professor, and shortly thereafter stumbles out of sight.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: 4731
Airdate: Monday January 09th, 1967

Director: Bob Rafelson
Writer: Gerald Gardner


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Guest Stars
Ivan Bonar
As Policeman
Nancy Fish
As Nurse
Norbert Schiller
As Prof. Milo Schnitzler
Vito Scotti
As Dr. Markovich
Episode Notes

The Monkees address number has been changed from 1334 N. Beechwood to 1438 N. Beechwood.

On the day after this epiosde appeared, The Monkees' second album, More Of The Monkees was released.

The late Vito Scotti, a character actor of limitless talent, co-starred with the Monkees again as the Italian General I. Vitteloni in their feature film HEAD, and later played police Capt. Gaspar Formento on The Flying Nun.

The late Vincent Gardenia was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor as Cosmo Castorini in Moonstruck. He played Murray Melman in the TV series L.A. Law, and also appeared in the role as Frank Lorenzo in the TV series All In The Family.

Nancy Fish played Nurse Strickland in General Hospital.

Ivan Bonar was also seen on General Hospital in the role of Chase Murdock, and played the role of Dean Hopkins in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.

This episode originally ended with an attractive woman handing Peter a note at yet anoth testimonial dinner, injecting more impending trouble for The Monkees.

Two scenes from this episode are adapted into the second season opening sequence for The Monkees: Michael in a green cap and gown as a surgeon, rowing; Micky playing a horse jockey on an exercise bicycle.

Davy's song and dance number "Old Folks At Home" is a repeat performance from Episode 5, "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool,'' in Episode 45, "The Monkees In Texas" and Episode 54, "The Monkees In Paris."

The exterior and interior set used in The Remington Clinic in "The Case Of The Missing Monkee" was reused as a police station in Episode 25, "Alias Micky Dolenz." It's front steps was used as the City Hall front enterance in Episode 36, "Monkee Mayor."

In the scene where Mike, Davy and Peter confront Dr. Marcovich and Bruno at the operating table, Mike snatches up a menu and reads, "My patient!" On the menu is the name "Vincent Van Gogh Gogh," which is the same name as the discotheque in Episode 4, "Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers."

The brief Asian-sounding musical dirge first heard in this episode during the scene in which Micky, Mike and Davy take a policeman to a French restaurant to find Peter is reused in Episode 21, "The Prince And The Paupers" No. 24, "Monkess A La Mode, and No.26 "Monkee Chow Mein."

Right after production wrapped on this episode, The Monkees put filming on hiatus to take a crash course rehersal for their live concert, which occured in Hawaii at the Honolulu International Center Arena on December 3, 1966.

Davy's song and dance number "Old Folks At Home" is a repeat performance from Episode 5, "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool,'' in Episode 45, "The Monkees In Texas" and Episode 54, "The Monkees In Paris."



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Monkees(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone 


Episode Goofs
Mike's hair can be seen parted on the left and Davy and Micky's on the right in one shot, probably ude to a reversed film interpositive.

The wording of the note changes between the readings by Peter and Mike.



Cultural References
Two popular TV series are referenced in this episode. Micky does a hilarious take on Batman when he calls for the Bathook! whilst Peter renders a cue from Act I of Ben Casey. Trivia footnote on Ben Casey: pre-Monkees Davy Jones appeared (with pre-Batgirl Yvonne Craig) as a glue sniffing, wife beater in a December 27, 1965 episode of the series entitled, "if You Play Your Cards Right, You Too Can Be A Loser."

At one point in this episode, Mike makes a reference to TV Guide. Nearly 4 weeks later, The Monkees would be featured on the front cover of TV Guide's Jan.28-Feb. 3 1967 issue; the first of two appearances on the magazine.



Warning: The Monkees season 1 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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