The Monkees

Season 1 Episode 24

Monkees a'La Mode

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Aired Monday 7:30 PM Feb 27, 1967 on NBC
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Madame Quagmeyer, editor of Chic Magazine, selects The Monkees as the subjects of the annual Young America issue. The next morning, The Monkees, at home during breakfast, read an issue of Chic which they received in the mail and its adjoining letter which says they've been chosen as The Typical Young Americans Of The Year; not long after, Rob Roy Fingerhead, an aesthetic photographer, and Toby Willis, a young editorial assistant, both sent by Madame Q, arrives. Rob Roy views Davy, Micky, Mike and Peter and their surroundings with extreme distaste; Davy and Micky, with a hatchet and a lantern, respectively, proceed to demonstrate that the pad contains artifacts of great historical significance. The boys, since they believe young people aren't at all typical, don't feel they are right for the magazine article, but Toby persuades them that this is their chance to become famous. At the Chic magazine offices, the boys are greeted by Madame Q and interviewed by three sophisticated college girls — Ms. Collins, Ms. Osborne, and Ms. Dilessips — and then initiated into the world of high fashion by Rob Roy, who considers his job hopeless. In the studio, Peter is prodded to improve his posture, Davy is taught how to properly pose, and Micky is coached in combining colors in the things that people wear. The Monkees go into a musical romp, toying around with stuffed animals, fabric and cameras, and singing "Laugh." Toby writes a factual story on The Monkees, but Mme. Q discards it and substitutes a wild exaggeration by Rob Roy, picturing our troupe as madcap snobs, which antagonizes all their friends. Toby quits her job and goes to The Monkees' pad to show them Rob Roy's alteration. Because they can't live up to the image as so inaccurately depicted in the article, the boys hatch a plan to alert the sponsors in attendance of their awards ceremony just what kind of junk their money has been financing. At the advertisers' banquet, The Monkees appear to receive the Chic trophy for grace, chic and gentility—but, swaggering, shambling and oafishly clowning, the boys mortify Madame Quagmeyer with their usual rash of hi-jinks: Peter, the "picture of grace," trips and stumbles into Mme. Q's podium. Davy, the "embodiment of the Chic coiffure," rips of a wig to reveal an immaculately shaven head. And Micky, the "paragon of quiet gentility," knocks Mme. Q aside to shriek into her microphone. As if this weren't enough, Mike, the recipient of the award, shocks everyone by giving Rob Roy all the credit. Trying to escape, Rob Roy stumbles into his chair and crushes his camera. An infuriated Madame Q is restrained from tearing The Monkees to shreds as they display their Monkeeshines to the audience. Later, when The Monkees go to the Style office to demand a retraction, they find that Toby is now the ruthless editor, with Madame Quagmeyer and Rob Roy as her assistants. The Monkees end with their performance of "You Just May be the One."moreless

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