The Monkees

Season 2 Episode 1

It's A Nice Place To Visit...

Aired Monday 7:30 PM Sep 11, 1967 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In reference to Michael Nemsith suggesting to do the second verse over again, I think he was making reference to the chorus.

    • Continuity goof: in the dinner scene where they are celebrating, at the first toast, Micky, Michael and Peter throw the "booze" out behind them. But at the second toast, without refilling their cups, they smash the cups together, and liquid comes out!

    • Blooper #1: When the band perform "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" at the cafe, note that The Monkees are sporting their late-67 hairstyles, but when the come off the stage they're sporting their mid-67 hairstyles. This is of course because the performance of "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" was recorded after the episode had been filmed.

    • Blooper(?) #2: Michael Nesmith says they could always sing the second verse again, but the song has three verses, not two, and each are part of the same story, so it wouldn't make sense to sing the second verse again!

  • Quotes

    • Peter: Are you scared?
      Micky: No, I'm not scared. I welcome this duel. A symbol of good against a symbol of evil. And I know I'm gonna be the victor.
      Davy: Because a symbol of good always wins?
      Micky: No, because a lead in a television series always wins.

    • El Diablo: You will be taken by horseback to the bandito camp. If you try to resist, you will suffer indescribable torture.
      Davy: And if I don't resist?
      El Diablo: Describable torture.

    • Davy: Angelita, that's a very pretty name. It means 'little angel.' My name's David.
      Angelita: What does David mean?
      Mike: David means business, baby!

  • Notes

    • The Monkeemobile makes her debut appearance in this episode with The Monkees' guitar logo as door decals.

    • The late Godfrey Cambridge cameos as the parking lot attendant. (Cambridge appeared with Monkee guest actor Severn Darden in the 1967 Paramount picture The President's Analyst.)

    • When Michael (El Nesmito) wonders whether they should carry a club card or some badges, Micky (El Dolenzio) sneers, "Badges?! We don't need no steenking badges!," taking a cue from the character Gold Hat, which was portrayed by Mexican character actor Alfonso Bedoya in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Warner Bros., 1948).

    • Although the climactic showdown between El Diablo and Micky was to take place at the center of town at high noon, the church bell peals only 11 times!

    • "It's A Nice Place To Visit..." was originally the ninth episode produced for The Monkees' second season, but was chosen by NBC to open it.

    • This second season premiere took place almost a full year after the NBC telecast of the premiere episode, "The Royal Flush". Filming on the TV series resumed on the same day as this telecast.

    • The exterior knifefight scene was shot on the set which would later be used as The Weskitts' farmyard in Episode No. 39, "Hillbilly Honeymoon" (a.k.a. "Double Barrell Shotgun Wedding"). It will be reused as the exterior of Aunt Kate's ranch in Episode No. 45, "The Monkees In Texas".

    • Monkee stand-in/roady David Pearl can be seen amongst the townsfolk in Pedro's Café in the scene where Micky tries in vain to gain their assistance.

    • This episode's original synopsis also indicated the chase climax involved "a furious battle with water pistols, bazookas and darts."

    • This was Treva Silverman's fourth and final Monkees script, aside from it being her lone contribution to The Monkees' second season.

    • "It's A Nice Place To Visit…" was seen only once during the Saturday Afternoon run of The Monkees: at noon (EDT) on November 22, 1969 on CBS.

    • Check out the snazzy sheepskin vest worn by El Diablo. This vest was first seen in Episode No. 5, "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool", in which enemy agent Boris (the late Jacques Aubuchon) wears it as part of his disguise as protest singer The Bear, and in No. 16, "The Son Of A Gypsy", it was worn by gypsy Marco (Vincent Beck). It will be reused twice, in Episode No. 52, "The Devil And Peter Tork," in which it is worn by Atilla The Hun (Lee Kolima), and in The Monkees 1968 feature film HEAD in which it is donned by Lord Hign 'n' Low (the late Timothy Carey).

    • "For Pete's Sake," the Peter Tork/Joseph Richards tune from The Monkees' 3rd LP The Monkees' Headquarters newly recruited as a replacement for the "(Theme From) The Monkees" as the show's second season end title theme, appears during the end credits of "Visit..." and Episode No. 52, "The Devil And Peter Tork", in a slightly different edit than the other second season segments. The tune first appeared on the series in a redubbed June 26, 1967 repeat of Episode No. 12, "I've Got A Little Song Here".

    • The late Peter Whitney (El Diablo) participated in many film & TV activities, including Sgt. Buck Sinclair on The Rough Riders (ABC, 1958-59), Lafayette 'Lafe' Crick on The Beverly Hillbillies (CBS, 1962-71), and George Courtney in the Oscar-winning In The Heat Of The Night (United Artists, 1967).

    • "It's A Nice Place To Visit..." was repeated on NBC December 18, 1967, making it one of only two Monkees episodes to be repeated on The Peacock Network while the first run episodes were still being aired before the summer repeat season, aside from the March 18, 1968 repeat of No. 39, "Hillbilly Honeymoon" (a.k.a. "Double Barrell Shotgun Wedding") (sponsored that week by Twiggy Lashes/Eye Paint and Londonderry Hair by Yardley Of London™).

    • For the third time on the show a Monkee is featured as "the good guy in white": Micky. Michael and David can be seen portraying similar roles in fantasy sequences seen in Episode No. 7, "The Monkees In A Ghost Town", and No. 31, "The Monkees At The Movies", respectively.

    • The tag sequence "It's A Nice Place To Visit…" has surprisingly vanished; from syndicated repeats, and the October 1995 release of the Rhino Monkees Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set [R3 2960]. Not since its original airing has "It's A Nice Place To Visit…" rerun with its tag sequence intact! According to its entry in the Screen Gems Storylines, "Visit…" originally ended with David tearing away from kissing Angelita long enough to knock out El Diablo.

    • This episode features a gag in which The Monkees start fighting on the side of the villains during the romp, as well as fighting against them. This would be used again in Episode No. 45, "The Monkees In Texas".

    • Pedro Gonzales-Gonzales (Lupe) first came to notice as a contestant on Groucho Marx's quiz show, You Bet Your Life (a.k.a. The Groucho Show, NBC, 1950-61) His highly amusing personality won him bit parts in films, and he continued to work as a minor supporting player for years.

    • Also notice that Michael Nesmith now has a new voice, due greatly to a tonsillectomy he had on May 23, 1967. This is the first filmed Monkees episode to feature Nesmith and his new voice. Also, a new feature is added to Nesmith's wool hat: 6 buttons! This would be the very last of the 4 wool hats Michael Nesmith adorned on The Monkees TV series.

    • Look for David Jones briefly carrying around a copy of The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band---which bumped The Monkees' Headquarters from the #1 spot!!!!---during the "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" romp sequence.

    • The following scenes from "It's A Nice Place To Visit..." are edited into The Monkees' second season opening: David as a cowboy pulling a fast draw and his gun holster belt falls down; and Micky and Michael dressed as cowboys, their hats flying up into the air. Incidentallly, the start of the showdown climax features a brief clip of David rising up and hitting his head on a test-your-strength device's bell (from Episode No. 10, "Here Come The Monkees") which is the first thing you see in The Monkees' first season opening! Also notice in the second-season opening titles that David, Micky and Michael (from clips of them seen in Episode No. 35, "Everywhere A Sheik Sheik", No. 52, "The Devil And Peter Tork", and No. 30, "The Monkees In Manhattan" [a.k.a "The Monkees Manhattan Style"], respectively) are all miscredited as "Peter," which is an indication of The Monkees TV show's off-the-wall zaniness that would transpire in this season.

    • The harpsichord rendition of the Monkees theme, which graced the submain titles (writer[s] and director) of the show throughout its entire first season, would slowly be phased out in the early stages of its second season, in favor of new submain title ditties which were instituted to fit in with the feeling of the episodes. Incidentally, part of the submain title theme for "It's A Nice Place To Visit..." was reused as the submain title theme for Episode No. 45, "The Monkees In Texas" and it briefly can be heard again in Episode No. 53, "The Monkees Race Again" (a.k.a. "Leave The Driving To Us").

    • Ward Sylvester is now Production Executive of The Monkees, and remains so for half of its second season. (Gerald S. Shepard replaces Ward as Associate Producer.)

    • El diablo is Spanish for "the devil" (which foreshadows The Monkees' nemesis in Episode No. 52, "The Devil And Peter Tork"). Angelita is Spanish for "little angel."

    • "For Pete's Sake," a Peter Tork/Joseph Richards tune from The Monkees' 3rd LP The Monkees' Headquarters replaces the "(Theme From) The Monkees" as the show's second season end title theme.

    • Features the song: "(What Am I Doin') Hanging Round."

    • The Michael Martim Murphey-Owen Castleman tune "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" has been inadvertently listed as "Hangin' 'Round" in the end credits of every episode of The Monkees in its second season which featured it: this and Episode No. 40, "Monkees Marooned", and No. 53, "The Monkees Race Again" (a.k.a. "Leave The Driving To Us").

    • Cynthia Hull (Angelita) later played Ann in Here Come The Brides (ABC, 1968-70).

    • This episode features a gag used occasionally in The Monkees. The villains go into a huddle and when they all look up, everyone except the leader, has been replaced by The Monkees. It's used again in Episode No. 35, "Everywhere A Sheik Sheik".

  • Allusions