“Hillbilly Honeymoon” (a.k.a. “Double Barrel Shotgun Wedding“) was the first episode of The Monkees filmed after The Monkees completed their summer concert tour. It also introduced the “new-look” Monkees, replete with love beads, shades, paisley gear, Indian boots and, in Micky’s case, a huge Afro. As production on the show’s second season progressed, Mike also adapted the “new-look” by abandoning his omnipresent wool hat in favor of shades and neckties.
Kellogg’s gave it’s cereal boxes a facelift in October of 1967, and the updated package face appears for the first time on The Monkees during the end credits for “Hillbilly Honeymoon.” They even featured Kellogg’s now defunct brown-sugar rice cereal, Puffa Puffa Rice.
Country and western entertainers Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs (The Beverly Hillbillies) scored many of this episodes incidental music cues.
Melody Patterson portrayed Wrangler Jane Angelica Thrift on F-Troop (ABC, 1965-67). Today, Patterson writes the “Wrapping Wrangler” column for Wildest Westerns Magazine.
Lou Antonio was later seen on Star Trek (NBC, 1966-69) as Lokai in “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.” Antonio became known for his role as Koko in Cool Hand Luke (1967) and has directed a number of TV series, including The Flying Nun (ABC, 1967-70), The Partridge Family (ABC, 1970-74), Party Of Five (Fox, 1994-2000), C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 1998- ), Dawson’s Creek (WB, 1998-2003) and The Guardian.
The late Walter Clarence “Dub” Taylor wrote, starred in and directed his own 1951 TV series, The Dub Taylor Show. Taylor was also a regular on Hee Haw (CBS/Syndicated, 1969-92) and was the father of actor Buck Taylor, who played Newly O’Brien in Gunsmoke (CBS, 1955-75) and Detective Bussey in Dallas (CBS, 1978-91). Both father and son appeared in the 1991 TNT TV movie Conagher.
Billie Hayes went on to fame starring in two Sid & Marty Kroft-produced TV series, playing Wilhemina W. Witchiepoo in H.R. Pufnstuf and Weenie The Genie in Liddsville.
Screen Gems Storyline entry for “Hillbilly Honeymoon” reveals a deleted scene that has Davy being led to his wedding in handcuffs, and an alternate ending in which Judd Weskitt objects to Ella Mae Chubber-Weskitt’s smooching The Monkees farwell, triggering another feud.
The musical romp for “Papa Gene’s Blues” (which appears here in an artificially extended version) contains footage from “Don’t Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth.”
The ever-popular line “Isn’t that dunb?” was first delivered in this episode.
Twice in this episode, Davy can be heard singing a couple of bars of Boyce & Hart’s “I Wanna Be Free.”
An alternate print of “Hillbilly Honeymoon” features the tune “Tapioca Tundra” in lieu of “Papa Gene’s Blues.”
“Hillbilly Honeymoon” is one of two second-season episodes to feature a song from the first season. The other episode is “Some Like It Lukewarm,” which features a sped up rendition of Boyce & Hart’s “Last Train To Clarksville.”
Mike Nesmith mentions that he’s a married father for the first time here. He was the only married Monkee at the time of this episode’s telecast. Davy Jones married Linda Haines in December of ‘67. Nesmith and wife Phyllis Barbour (who sang back-up on a few 1968 Monkees tunes) had three children: Christian DuVal, Jonathan (who appears in Nesmith‘s 1981 special Elephant Parts) and Jessica. Mike’s son Jason - who played with the glam-rock band Nancy Boy and released a solo album, Greetings From Pleasure Island - was born in 1968 to photographer Nurit Wilde.
Once again, Micky displays his inability to navigate, a problem first exhibited in “The Monkees In A Ghost Town.”
The hillbilly wedding was filmed in the barn first seen on Farmer Fisher’s farm in “Don’t Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth” (with the same guest actor, Jim Boles). It was also used in “The Monkees In A Ghost Town” and during the “Words” musical romp in “The Monkees In Texas.”
A number of frames from “Hillbilly Honeymoon” were released as part of a GAF View-Master reel set in 1967 called “Last Wheelbarrow To Pokeyville.”
Shots of Micky and Mike used on the back of the LP Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd. Are also from “Hillbilly Honeymoon.”
“Daydream Believer” was issued on October 25, 1967 as The Monkees’ fifth single--two days after the NBC broadcast of “Hillbilly Honeymoon.”
Micky and Mike’s alternate hillbilly cousin names: Claude and Leroy, Luke and Ezra.
This is the third wedding to occur on The Monkees, following the marriage of Prince Ludlow and Wendy Forsythe in “The Prince And The Paupers” and the marriage of Milly Rudnik and Larry The Moving Man in “Monkee Mother.”