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The Monkees: Monkee Mayor

In a bid to save the group's groovy pad from destruction by an evil construction tycoon, Mike Nesmith runs for mayor.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: 4760
Airdate: Monday October 02nd, 1967

Director: Alexander Singer
Writer: Jack Winter

Guest Stars
David Price (1)David Price (1)
As Cameraman
William BenedictWilliam Benedict
As Skywriter
Kathy WakefieldKathy Wakefield
As Secretary
Peter BroccoPeter Brocco
As Mr. Swezey
Queenie SmithQueenie Smith
As Mrs. Filchok
Violet CarsonViolet Carson
As Mrs. Homer
Walker EdmistonWalker Edmiston
As Publisher
Episode Notes

This was the sixth and final episode of the Monkees directed by Alexander Singer.

Monte Landis played the heavy in five of his seven Monkees appearances.

Monkee stand-in David Pearl appears in a cameo as the cameraman who is coached by Davy Jones. Another stand-in, David Price, has a brief cameo in the "No Time" romp.

The late William "Bill" Benedict, who's seen here as the Skywriter, can also be seen in "The Monkees Mind Their Manor" as the Old Man's Father. He is best remembered as Whitey in the Dead End Kids/Bowery Boys films of the late 1940's and as Willie Trankis in Peticoat Junction (CBS, 1963-70).

Walker Edminston played Regan in the short-lived western The Rounders (ABC, 1966-67). He also performed many voiceover roles in such animated series as Smurfs, Monochichis, Transformers, The Gummi Bears, Jem and Sid & Marty Krofft's H.R. Pufnstuf. His most famous role was in another Krofft series - as Enik, the Altrusian alien, on Land Of The Lost (NBC, 1974-76).

Kathy Wakefield had only one other film appearance: the obscure 1970 Generi Film Distributors film, Mother, which also featured Monkees guest alums Wally Cox and Claire Kelly (both from "The Monkees Get Out More Dirt").

Trekkies may recognize Peter Brocco as Claymare in a March 23, 1967 episode of Star Trek, "Errand Of Mercy." Brocco had played small parts in such films as The Return Of Monte Cristo (1946) and The Lady Gambles (1949, starring Monkee guest actor John Hoyt - Dr. Rojac in "I Was A Teenage Monster") and was blacklisted in the 1950's. Brocco also portrayed a hotel desk clerk in the September 22, 1964 "World's End" episode of The Fugitive (ABC, 1963-67), which featured Monkee guest alums Arlene Martel, Ben Wright, Neil "Bing" Russell, John Kowal, Henry Beckman, Dort Clark, Paul Sorenson and Monkee director Jim Frawley.

Footage from the "Pleasant Valley Sunday" musical number (presented in its entirety at the outset of "Monkee Mayor") can be seen in "The Picture Frame."

The studio where Mike delivers his speech to the public, WXIU-TV, is the same studio used for The Ho Ho The Clown Show in a January 12, 1967 episode of Bewitched.

"Monkee Mayor" originally ended with The Monkees putting up posters again after a derrick apears in their pad.

After "Monkee Mayor" wrapped production, The Monkees took a break in filming the series to record their fourth album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. and take to the road for a summer tour.

This is the first episode in which The Monkees drop out of "character" intentionally. They do it again in "Hitting The High Seas" and "The Monkees On The Wheel."

In The Monkees' second-season opening credits, tow snippets of Peter, which pop up in between segments of Davy accidentally receiving his credit and then being corrected, are from "Monkee Mayor."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The MonkeesNo Time 
The MonkeesPleasant Valley Sunday 

Episode Goofs
After the "No Time" musical romp, micky says that the cleaning lady comes the second Thursday of every month with an "R" in it. But Ms. Weefers actually comes to clean the second Tuesday of every month with an "R" in it. Also, Micky says to Mayor Motley, "We'll be seeing you at the polls Thursday!" even though elections take place on Tuesdays, providing the second misuse of the calendar in this episode.

Throughout the better part of this episode's teaser sequence, Mike Nesmith is not wearing his wooly hat. But in the last shot, when all the dust and rubble falls in, he is wearing his hat.

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