The Monkees

Season 1 Episode 23

Captain Crocodile

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Aired Monday 7:30 PM Feb 20, 1967 on NBC
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Appearing on "The Captain Crocodile Show," The Monkees get cream pies in the face and refuse to perform. They decide to take it up with Junior Pinter, the 12 year-old executive in charge, who wants them to appear on "The Captain Crocodile Show" on a regular basis. Having put through a call to his father, the network president (who gave him the show for his birthday!), vacationing in Sidney, Australia, Junior guarantees The Monkees there'll be no more pies in the face and will be given the chance to perform. Having received a memo from Junior, Captain Crocodile fears the competition, and instructs his yes-man, Howard Needleman, to spring into action and make sure The Monkees' second appearance is a disaster. On the show, The Monkees are prevented from singing at every turn by a wavy camera, a fish net, and an explosive-laced bass drum. To worsen matters, when Mike threatens to quit, The Monkees finally get the go-ahead to perform—"Valleri"—and learn to their dismay that the show had been off the air for the entire five minutes of their performance. Micky, Mike and Davy cheer up a bereaved Peter by engaging in a fantasy sequence parodying every type of TV show from news (The Huntley-Brinkley Report) to quiz (What's My Line, To Tell The Truth), to crime (Batman). The Croc arranges for a deluge of mail panning The Monkees, which prompts a director's meeting called by the president J.J. Pontoon, to discuss The Monkees' future on "The Captain Crocodile Show." Micky, as a rating's expert from the Nielsen Polling Service, Mike, as an elderly building janitor, and Davy and Peter as six year-olds convince the directors that The Monkees are the most popular performers on TV. Crocodile orders his fan club, The Crocodile Corps, to tear the boys apart, setting off a mad chase all over the Screen Gems lot from set to set to the tune of "Your Auntie Grizelda." The chase ends on the "Captain Crocodile" set, where The Monkees gets The Corps to listen to a story, winning them over. When The Captain angrily berates them for ruining his master plan, his own fans turn on him, and the show is changed to "Monkee Menagerie." As they prepare to go on, Howard appears, and, dousing the boys with seltzer, he takes over.moreless

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      • During a performance on Capt. Crocodile's show, Michael fangs to The Cap, "Either you let us play, or we quit!"...a catchcry which would become alarmingly prophetic in The Monkees' knockdown, dragout, yet successful battle for the right to play their own music. Don Kirshner's ousting as a result of this had a profound effect on this episode; in the scene where The Monkees get The Crocodile Corps to sit down and listen to a story, Micky originally starts to read, "Once upon a time in the land of Kirshner..." That was when The Man With The Golden Ear was still a valid member of the Screen Gems/Monkees community. However, when "Captain Crocodile" was renetworkcast on July 10, 1967, Kirshner was long gone from the picture, and its soundtrack was altered not just to include Goffin and King's "Pleasant Valley Sunday" (coinciding with its release on the A-side of the Colgems #66-1007 single on the same day), but to change Micky's story introduction as well: "Once upon a time, in the land of Schnieder..." (after creator/coproducer Bert Schnieder)!

      • Features the songs: "Valleri" and "Your Auntie Grizelda."

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