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The Monkees: Monkee Mother

When The Monkees can't make the rent, their landlord moves a mature tenant into their pad.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x27
Production Number: 4709
Airdate: Monday March 20th, 1967

Guest Stars
Henry CordenHenry Corden
As Babbitt
Rose MarieRose Marie
As Milly (Milly Rudnick)
Alexandra HayAlexandra Hay
As Clarisse
Alfred DennisAlfred Dennis
As Arthur
Judy MarchJudy March
As Judy
Main Cast
Davy JonesDavy Jones
As Himself
Micky DolenzMicky Dolenz
As Himself
Michael NesmithMichael Nesmith
As Himself
Peter TorkPeter Tork
As Himself
Episode Notes
Babbitt is wearing a suit and tie and glasses in this episode. In his previous appearances, he was usually wearing black trousers, a white shirt and a black vest. He also used to call The Monkees by their Christian names, but in this episode he calls them by their surnames.

An unused story idea from "Monkee Mother" had The Monkees staging a contest in hopes of finding a suitable mate for Milly Rudnick.

Snippets featuring The Monkees singing "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" seen in the "Monkee Mother" wedding climax (this was the first of 3 appearances of Neil Diamond's tune) were reused in Episode 30, "The Monkees In Manhattan."

The Monkees were still on tour during the production of "Monkee Mother."

A fond farewell is bade to The Monkees' bureaucratic landlord, Mr. Babbitt, who makes his swansong appearance here. Henry Corden, who portrayed Babbitt, makes his only appearance in The Monkees second season as Mr. Blauner in Episode 42, "The Wild Monkees."

Also notice that Mike Nesmiths' wool hat has been changed to light blue.

This Monkees teleplay was Peter Meyerson's last collaboration with Robert Schlitt (the two of them having scripted The Monkees' series premiere, "The Royal Flush," Episode 7, "The Monkees In A Ghost Town," and the original story of No. 23, "Captain Crocodile"). He went on his own to compose 3 second-season Monkees episodes: No. 39, "Hillbilly Honeymoon" (a.k.a. "Double Barrell Shotgun Wedding"), No. 48, "Fairytale," and No. 57, "The Monkees Blow Their Minds."

The tumbling dominoes of southeast Asia following the "Sometime In The Morning" number is a subtle reference to the Vietnam War.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The MonkeesSometime In The Morning 
The MonkeesLook Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) 
The MonkeesDon't Call On Me" (instrumental snippit) 

Episode Quotes
Mike: Mr Babbitt, this is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard of. We have never planted poison ivy shrubs.
Babbitt: According to my informants Mr. ...
Mike: Violation of the housing code 716, illegal storage of inflammable materials. I'm sorry but Mr. Schneider is not firewood, he's our dummy.
Babbitt: A mere technicality...
Mike: Well not to him.
Davy: I think you're making this all up.
Peter: Yeah, you're just making an excuse to get us to pay our rent.
Babbitt: Yeah, I'm pretty unreasonable about that.
Mike: Hey look here. We have a 7 day extension on this lease.
Babbitt: Boys, there's no sense in arguing, the new tenant will be here in one hour.
The Monkees: New tenant?
Babbitt: A delightful woman. You can introduce yourselves on the way out!

Millie Rudnick: Now, we must observe some rules. We're all grown up people here. We mustn't make a fuss about going to sleep, and food must not be eaten with the fingers.
Mike: The fingers must be eaten separately. (pretends to chew on his fingers)
Millie Rudnick: Don't be a Mr. Mouth!
Mike: (disappointed) Just a joke.
Millie Rudnick: Now, what do you boys do for a living?
Peter: We look for work.
Davy: We're musicians.
Millie Rudnick: Musicians! That's wonderful! I love musicians! Which one of you boys plays the violin?

Episode Goofs
The yellow signs outside the door change during the kid invasion.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperPaul Mazursky  |  Larry Tucker
ProducerBert Schneider (1)  |  Bob Rafelson
Associate ProducerWard Sylvester
MusicStu Phillips
Music SupervisorDon Kirshner
Set DecoratorJack H. Ahern
GafferPat Blymyer
Director of PhotographyIrving Lippman
Story EditorGerald Gardner  |  Dee Caruso
Art DirectorMalcolm C. Bert  |  Ross Bellah
Script EditorDee Caruso  |  Gerald Gardner
Main Title Theme Written ByBobby Hart  |  Tommy Boyce
Film EditorGerald Shepard
StylingDean Jeffries
Assistant DirectorJon C. Andersen
Music CoordinatorIgo Kantor
Post Production ExecutiveLawrence Werner
Make-up SupervisorBen Lane
Main Title Theme Performed ByThe Monkees
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