The Monkees

Season 1 Episode 26

Monkee Chow Mein

Aired Monday 7:30 PM Mar 13, 1967 on NBC
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Monkee Chow Mein
The Monkees dine in Dragonman's China Boy Club Chinese restaurant, a front for spies who hide messages in fortune cookies. Peter takes fortune cookies and puts them in a doggy bag, and he takes a cookie containing part of the formula for a "Doomsday Bug," a vicious green-spotted, hairy-legged, 200-eyed germ cell! The boys, having eluded pursuit of Asian Triad agents, are quickly apprehended by CIS operative Agent Modell for picking up stolen security info. At CIS HQ, Modell interrogates the boys until Inspector Blount, impressed with his obtaining the formula Peter picked up, lets the boys off. He reports The Doomsday Bug is the CIS' warfare branch's most powerful chemical, and they have been trying to learn the ID of the master of the spy ring (the #2 man being The Dragonman), but the boys refuse to help catch the spies, despite the Inspector's warning of impending danger. Coming for Peter, Toto and Chang abduct Mr. Schnieder, the toy dummy. They come back for Peter, but this time abducts Micky. Micky's abduction finally scares Peter, Mike and Davy into helping Blount and Modell. Feeling responsible for Micky's plight, Peter goes to the restaurant, where he orders "Plan C"—and is clunked unconscious by Chang. Having read a note by Peter, Davy and Mike try to rescue their friend, who, with Micky, is threatened by Dragonman with ants and The Chinese Ice Torture. After their disguises as inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration and Italian restaurateurs fail, the two resort to using a phone booth to change into superhero costumes. When they emerge from the booth as bespectacled Monkeemen, they are observed by an old lady. Meanwhile, at The China Boy Club, The Dragonman gives Micky and Peter a minute to choose which one of 4 doors (3 of which marked for death!) will lead to freedom. After the first 3 tries prove to be futile, Micky and Peter choose one final door, convinced it's the one to freedom; unfortunately, instead the whole gaggle of Triad spies are waiting on the other end, and they emerge, with the ringleader, The Dragonman, ordering their death. Suddenly, Mike and Davy, The Monkeemen, cometh, and their methods of psychological warfare (insults) digress to a diversionary ploy of bluffing Chang and Toto into believing they have The Doomsday Bug as a means of sneaking away, which fails. In the musical chase set to "Your Auntie Grizelda" that ensues, The Monkees take on all comers, including gorillas, mobs of teenage fans, and chickens. The boys stuff cotton in their ears and use a gong in self-defense, and when the CIS arrives all combatants are shaking to the vibrations from the gong. The spies are rounded up and Blount expresses the country's gratitude. However, when Peter opens a fortune cookie and reads a secret note—in homage to Mission: Impossible (CBS, 1966–73)—Micky, Mike and Davy drag him away.moreless

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