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The Monkees: Wild Monkees

The Monkees pose as tough bikers to win the hearts of four motorcycle mamas.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x10
Production Number: 4765
Airdate: Monday November 13th, 1967

Guest Stars
David PearlDavid Pearl
As Man with Featherduster
David Price (1)David Price (1)
As Construction Worker
Henry CordenHenry Corden
As Blauner
Ric KleinRic Klein
As Race Official
Episode Notes

This was the first episode of The Monkees in which Mike Nesmith appeared without his wool hat.

This is the last episode to mix in a studio laugh track.

This episode is an affectionate parody of The Wild One, the 1954 film starring Marlon Brando as the ringleader of a motorcycle gang.

The Monkees Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. was released the day after this episode aired.

The version of “Star Collector” used in this episode is different from the one on Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.. The TV version doesn’t have Moog synthesizer parts dubbed over it.

This is the first of six times we hear the Goffin-King tune, ranking it second only to “Last Train To Clarksville” (and tied with “Goin’ Down“) as the most frequently used Monkees song on the show. “Goin’ Down” also makes its series debut in this episode. It appears at the beginning of this episode and the end of “The Monkees In Texas” in a unique version recorded with “live” vocals from Micky. A few minutes from the tail end of this alternate take can be heard in the opening seconds of the teaser to “The Monkees Paw.”

This episode marks the only occurrence of a musical number in the teaser.

Monkee stand-ins David Price, David Pearl and Ric Klein have unbilled cameos as a construction worker (about to eat a sandwich which is immediately snatched by passerby Big Butch), a man with a feather duster (who comes in and dusts Micky), and a racing official, respectively.

This episode’s original storyline with Queenie stopping Butch from harming Davy and proposing marriage to Butch. The Monkees play at their wedding, and the bride and groom ride off on their cycles, still clad in their wedding clothes. Also, the synopsis revealed that Black Angels’ Big Neil and Big Bruce were preceeded by Big Harry and Big Ned.

Norman “Woo Woo” Grabowski, in addition to being an actor, was also a noted custom car designer in the mold of The Monkees’ own George Barris and Dean Jeffries. Grabowski’s most famous on-screen role was as U.S. Navy Rescue Chief Flaker, who gets an earful from fireman Steve McQueen in the Irwin Allen disaster epic The Towering Inferno.

The scene of The Monkees’ meeting in their room at The Henry Cabot Lodge And Cemetery (as The Chickens) was filmed on the set previously used in “Art For Monkees Sake” as the museum‘s basement where Peter is held captive.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The MonkeesGoin' Down 
The MonkeesStar Collector 

Cultural References
Lute in hand, Mike qoutes poetry to one of the motorcycle members: “You’re a thing of beauty to behold, sitting…like a manifold.” It is based on the first stanza of Endymion, Book I, composed by John Keats (1795-1821): “A thing of beauty is a joy to behold forever.”

The poem which Peter recites to Jan is based loosely on The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883): “A book of verse beneath the bough/A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou Beside me in the wilderness/And wilderness is paradise, now.”

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