The Monkees

Season 2 Episode 26

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

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Aired Monday 7:30 PM Mar 25, 1968 on NBC
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Mijacogeo (a.k.a. The Frodis Caper)
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The Monkees match wits with an insane wizard who is out to control the minds of TV viewers worldwide.

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  • The ultimate Monkees episode

    10
    When I call this the ultimate Monkees episode, I mean it in more than just the literal sense of this being the final new episode ever broadcast. It is also the wildest, most free-wheeling episode of the entire series, using everything that Micky had learned from two seasons of the show and throwing it all together in a single half-hour (minus commercials, of course). The humor is sly and yet at times over the top, and you never know from one minute to the next what is going to happen. One fascinating aspect of this episode is the use of the four Monkee stand-ins as the villain's henchmen, which gives them all a chance to shine just a little. The episode is so out there that I'm surprised the network let it be broadcast, but I'm glad they did, because it was a perfect way to bring the series to its much too early conclusion.moreless
  • Very Last Monkees Episode

    6.0
    While not as funny as many of the episodes,it stills packs a whallop.

    This was directed was written and directed by Mickey Donlez,the silliness of the episode is far from the what I called Monkee Standards.

    Full of imaginative goings on, from the start when 3 of the four boys wake up, then to the endwhere they save the alian known as Frodois.

    Special guest star at the end was Tim Berkley who sang a song.moreless
Tony Giorgio

Tony Giorgio

Otto

Guest Star

Richard Klein

Richard Klein

Henchman/2-Headed Org

Guest Star

Rip Taylor

Rip Taylor

Wizard Glick

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David Pearl

David Pearl

Henchman

Recurring Role

David Price

David Price

Henchman/2-Headed Org

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • "Zor and Zam" is the last song to play on a Monkees episode - it is also the last song to play on a full Monkees album "The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees."

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  • NOTES (8)

    • In the end credits for this segment, there is no film editor credited!

    • The version of "Zor And Zam" used in this episode featured different vocal parts and a longer fade; it is the original mix (available on Rhino's Missing Links Volume 3 [R2 72153, released in March 1996]), which was then bounced down with Shorty Rogers' horn section and a new, cleaner-sounding Grace Slick-esque vocal by Micky for the fifth album. The song itself, by John & Bill Chadwick, was originally slated for use in a proposed Saturday morning cartoon about the worlds of Zor and Zam. It is by far the most overtly antiwar, poltical message-oriented song The Monkees ever put to record. When "Mijacogeo" reran on CBS Saturday Afternoon, "I Never Thought It Peculiar" replaced "Zor And Zam" on its soundtrack; the CBS version aired in syndication for the first time on May 26, 2000 on The Screen Gems Network.
      Trivia Footnote: "I Never Thought It Peculiar" was presented in the CBS edition of "Mijacogeo" (a.k.a. "The Frodis Caper") (and most likely that of "Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth" and "The Devil And Peter Tork") in an alternate take which dispensed with the brass/string arrangement it was eventually bounced down with for its inclusion on Changes.

    • "Mijacogeo" (a.k.a. "The Frodis Caper") is one of only 2 episodes in the entire second season of The Monkees not to showcase music from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.; the other is No. 39, "Hillbilly Honeymoon" (a.k.a. "Double Barrell Shotgun Wedding"), which featured Nes' "Papa Gene's Blues".

    • Micky hatched a rather excellent idea of employing the use of 2 cameras to shoot certain scenes, so that continuity wouldn't be a headache.

    • Aside from co-writing and directing "Mijacogeo," which fittingly parodizes the power of TV, Micky is also the voice of the gurgling Frodis alien plant, which is sped up @ 50% of its normal speed (Alvin & The Chipmunks' style!).

    • In addition to being the second Monkee-directed episode this season, "Mijacogeo" (a.k.a. "The Frodis Caper") is also the only episode of the whole Monkees series to be scriptwritten by a Monkee.

    • The episode's official title, "Mijacogeo," is an amalgam of 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 itself previously appears in Episode No. 51, "The Monkee's Paw", as one of many words written on a blackboard (along with "Apple," "Kat," "Hare Krishna," "Legalized Wisdom," "Save The Texas Prairie Chicken," and "Phoetus") in the scene where "professors" David, Michael and Peter prepare to give a voiceless Micky a speech lesson.

    • A deleted story idea has Otto (Tony Giorgio) reporting the Freeble Energizer is busted, which Glick gets restarted with a swift kick. Also, instead of Dragnet (a staple on NBC from 1967-70), the cops dragging The Monkees off to jail were supposed to have been lured into watching The FBI (ABC, 1965-74) on TV and become mesmerized by the Frodis eye. And speaking of Dragnet, one of the policemen stated it aired at "8:30, 7:30 Central Time!," when, in actuality, it held down the NBC Thursday night slot @ 9:30, 8:30 Central Time.

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