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The Monkees: The Monkees Get Out More Dirt

A soap opera develops when Mike, Micky, Davy and Peter all fall for the same woman, a lusious laundromat owner.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x29
Production Number: 4738
Airdate: Monday April 03rd, 1967



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Guest Stars
Claire KellyClaire Kelly
As Dr. Sisters
Digby WolfeDigby Wolfe
As Man with Paper
Julie NewmarJulie Newmar
As April Conquest
Episode Notes


The Monkees went to work filming "The Monkees Get Out More Dirt" the day after they finished their first tour at The Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA.

April Conquest's love was originally going to be named Monte Rock III.

Julie Newmar is best known for her portrayal of that feline-ious femme fatale, The Catwoman, on Batman (ABC, 1966-68), the first of three actresses to do so (the other two being ex-Miss America Lee Ann Meriwether [in the 1966 movie version] and singer Eartha Kitt [in the series' second and final season]).

Director Gerald Shepard is promoted to associate producer in The Monkees' second season (taking the place of Ward Sylvester; who had the honor of being promoted to production executive and producer). Under the name Jerry Shepard, he had one more Monkees directorial effort: Episode 46, "The Monkees On The Wheel."

Dr. Lorene Sisters is based on Dr. Joyce Brothers.

The hand reaching out of the white box to take the phone from Micky (and then tries pulling Micky down into it) is based on Thing of The Addams Family (ABC, 1964-66).

A clip from Episode 24, "Monkees A La Mode," which features the boys as a four-piece string combo (Micky, Mike and Davy on violins, Peter on bass fiddle), can be seen during the musical romp set to "The Girl I Knew Somewhere."

The late Wally Cox, who cameos at the end of this episode's teaser sequence, participated in a great many projects on TV, including Robinson Peepers on Mr. Peepers (NBC, 1952-55), Hiram Holiday on The Adventures Of Hiram Holiday (NBC, 1956-57), the voice of Shoeshine Boy/Underdog on The Underdog Show (NBC/CBS, 1964-73), and a stint on the Heather-Quigley tic-tac-toe game of the stars, The Hollywood Squares (NBC, 1966-80). A reference to Wally Cox is made in Episode 34, "The Picture Frame" (a.k.a. "The Bank Robbery"), and the group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young first came together at Peter Tork's mansion in Hollywood which was previously owned by Cox.

When April says she's working on her doctor's thesis, Mike responds, "Why can't your doctor work on his own thesis?" This is a repeat of a joke first rendered in Episode 21, "The Prince And The Paupers."

A proposed romp segue in "The Monkees Get Out More Dirt" had The Monkees rolling on the floor tussling until they get dirty, and April, in white, appears on a rocking horse and makes them sparkling clean.

When Wally Cox enters the scene in the teaser, placing a box of detergent with a question mark on it on his arm to form a "muscle", he's spoofing a series of TV spots he did at the time for a (non-defunct) product called Salvo, a detergent from Proctor and Gamble in tablet when the idea was new at the time. At the end of the spots, he'd do the muscle bit with the Salvo box and say the tag line "Salvo-The Fortified Detergent." The subsequent scene with the arm coming out of the washing machine at the laundromat was a takeoff on concentrated powdered bleach packed tightly in special plastic wrap which were dropped in whole in the washer like Salvo, and the wrap then dissolved releasing the bleach. The slogan was "Put a giant in your washer!" as the arm was supposed to be that of a costumed giant, smashing through the top of the washer holding a box of Action.

In the laundromat scene in the teaser, Peter wears a blue shirt (complete with an orange vest) which would also be worn by Micky in Episode 58, 'Mijacogeo" (a.k.a. "The Frodis Caper").

Digby Wolfe (Man With Paper) was a Guest Panelist in two 1966 episodes of What's My Line.

We learn here that April lives with her mother.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The MonkeesThe Girl I Knew Somewhere 
The MonkeesMonkees Theme 


Episode Quotes
(All just returned from the laudromat)
Mike: I gotta go back and get my laundry.
Micky: You're wearing it.
Mike: Oh...(pulls of his shoe and dumps the water out of it)
Davy: Well...um...
(All stand up, then sit back down)
Micky: Uh, my aunt...I just remembered, my sick aunt. Oh, she's so sick, she's dying. I didn't tell you? (walks towards the door) Oh, my poor aunt. I gotta go see my aunt. Seven years I haven't seen my aunt. She lives in Deluth or Bugskuttle or something. Reall, my sick aunt...I'm coming aunt, your poor nephew is coming. My poor aunt. (walks out the door)
Mike: I um, I'm gonna walk to the store and buy some dog food.
Davy: Hey hey wait a minute.
Mike: Huh?
Davy: We don't have a dog?
Mike: Well, uh, I'll run to the store and pick up a dog. Maybe two. Dogs are nice. You can pet them and uh...love 'em and take fleas off 'em and put fleas back on 'em. And dogs play with cats, and we don't have a cat either. Bye! (Mike exits the door)
Peter: He's...
Davy: A dog, a man...
Davy: Ya know, ya know what I'd think I'd like t'be? A boxer. You know what a boxer has to do a lot of?
Peter: What?
Davy: Road work. Good bye! (Davy runs out the back door)
Peter: Gee, Micky's out to see his aunt, and Mike's out buying a dog and Davy's doing road work. I think I'll go see April!



Episode Goofs
The newly minted Mike Nesmith song "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" was erroneously billed as "A Girl I Knew Somewhere," in this and the next episode, "The Monkees In Manhattan."

At one point in this episode Davy exclaims that he would like to be a boxer, Didn't he already try that one out, in Episode 20, "The Monkees In The Ring."



Warning: The Monkees season 1 episode 29 guide may contain spoilers
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