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The Monkees: Mijacogeo (a.k.a. The Frodis Caper)

The Monkees do battle with the evil Wizard Glick, who plans to take over the world via the hypnotic spell of television.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x26
Production Number: 4770
Airdate: Monday March 25th, 1968

Guest Stars
Rip TaylorRip Taylor
As Glick
Richard KleinRichard Klein
As Henchman (2-Headed Org)
Nyles BrownNyles Brown
As Neighbor

David PearlDavid Pearl
As Henchman
David Price (1)David Price (1)
As Henchman/2-Headed Org
Jack H. WilliamsJack H. Williams
As Stage Hand
Main Cast
Davy JonesDavy Jones
As Himself
Micky DolenzMicky Dolenz
As Himself
Michael NesmithMichael Nesmith
As Himself
Peter TorkPeter Tork
As Himself
Episode Notes
Peter's alarm clock keeps ringing throughout this episode's teaser. Listen for an off-camera gun shooting the clock and blasting it to pieces before the opening credits.

A discarded story idea has Otto reporting that the Feeble Energizer is busted, which Glick gets restarted with a swift kick. Also, instead of Dragnet, the cops dragging The Monkees off to jail were supposed to have been lured into watching The FBI (ABC, 1965-74) so as to become mesmerized by the Frodis eye.

One of the policemen states that Dragnet airs at 8:30, 7:30 central time!" In actuality, Dragnet held down the NBC Thursday night slot at 9:30, 8:30 central time.

Aside from co-writing and directing "Mijacogeo," Micky also voiced the gurgling Frodis alien plant.

This episode's official title, "Mijacogeo," is an amalgam of names from Micky Dolenz's immediate family: Michael (his middle name), Janelle (his mom), Coco (his sister), and George (his dad).

"Mijacogeo" can also be spotted on the rear of The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees LP. Micky himself coined the moniker "Frodis" as a sort of code name, which he frequently used off the Monkees set.

The word "Frodis" appears in "The Monkees Paw" on a blackboard (along with "Apple," "Kat," "Hare Krishna," "Legalize Wisdom," "Save The Texas Prairie Chicken" and "Photeus") in the scene where "professors" Davy, Mike and Peter prepare to give a voiceless Micky a speech lesson.

The henchmen are portrayed by Monkee stand-ins David Pearl, David Price, Richard Klein and Bruce Barbour. Price and Klein are also seen as the monstrous Two-Headed Org.

Two participants in "Mijacogeo" originally auditioned for a part on The Monkees in 1965: Bill Chadwick (composer of "Zor And Zam") and Nyles Brown (who plays Nyles in this episode).

"Zor and Zam" by John & Bill Chadwick, was originally slated for use in a proposed Saturday morning cartoon about the worlds of Zor and Zam.

When "Mijacageo" was first rerun on CBS Saturday Afternoon, "I Never Thought It Peculiar" replaced "Zor and Zam" on the soundtrack.

Micky's one-liner that the source of his mystical chant comes from a "cereal box top" is a reference to one of The Monkees' chief sponsors, Kellogg's. Coincidentally, it was Kellogg's turn to sponsor the show that week.

Listen to Rip Taylor closely, and you will hear him say a couple of lines from his previous guest shot on The Monkees, as the manager of the rigged roulette wheel in "The Monkees On The Wheel."

Two Beatles tunes are heard in "Mijacogeo": "Good Morning" and "Hello Goodbye." Ironically, the former hails from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the very album that bumped The Monkees' Headquarters from the top of the charts in 1967; and "Hello, Goodbye," knocked John Stewart's "Daydream Believer" from the #1 spot on the Billboard charts.

In the scenes where The TV Repair Troops make many vain attempts to ensure Micky, Mike and Davy, a director's chair bears the name of Pat Blymyer, who was head gaffer on the series.

The KXIW-TV studio gates are the same ones used by Mammoth Studios in "I've Got A Little Song Here" and "The Picture Frame." Interestingly, in the scene where Peter calls the cops, he tells them "we're being held captive behind the Mammoth Studios!" instead of KXIW-TV.

Progressive singer/composer Tim Buckley's showcase in this episode was a result of extensive promotion in fan magazines by Micky Dolenz.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The MonkeesZor And Zam 
Tim BuckleySong To The Siren 

Episode Quotes
Davy: Will you try and find Peter?
Micky: i did, that's what I was trying to do.
Mike: Well then there is only one thing to do.
Micky: You don't mean?
Mike: (Mike's wearing a sign that says Lost and Found) I do mean! I can see you came to the right place. I'm the lost and found around here.
Micky: I lost Peter Tork! Have you seen him?
Mike: You know it's odd you should mention that, I was just looking for him myself.
Micky: Did you find him?
Mike: No, sorry to say I haven't. Well as a last resort (Micky cries) I guess there's no hope now.
Micky: (crying) I guess he's gone. (Davy walks up) Did you find Peter?
Davy: No, I didn't find him. I did see and ol' Indian standing in the room and another statue sitting on the chair down there. (camera pans on Peter, in a trance)
Mike: A statue?
Micky: A statue...a statue (runs to look at the statue) That's Peter!
Mike: That's Peter.
Micky: Peter! Look...it looks like that TV has put him in some kind of trance?
Mike: Don't be silly...it's nothing but a test...test.
Micky: Mike, are you sure that its a test pat-pattern? (test pattern draws them towards the TV) Mike, that was not a test pattern, it was unbelievable!
Mike: You're telling me that was unbelievable. If you think that was unbelievable, wait till you see what happens after the commercial!

Cultural References
The chant that Micky learns, nam-myoho-renge-kyo, is a teaching called The Loyus Sutra, declaring that all living beings , regardless of gender or intelligence, have the potential to attain Buddhahood. It is translated as "the teaching of the lotus flower of the wonderful law."

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperPaul Mazursky  |  Larry Tucker
Executive ProducerBob Rafelson  |  Bert Schneider (1)
Associate ProducerGerald Shepard
MusicStu Phillips
Set DecoratorAlfred E. Spencer
Production AssistantMarilyn Schlossberg
Director of PhotographyIrving Lippman
Story EditorNeil Burstyn
Art DirectorRoss Bellah  |  Phillip Bennett
Main Title Theme Written ByBobby Hart  |  Tommy Boyce
WardrobeGene Ashman
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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