The Monkees

Season 1 Episode 10

The Monkees (a.k.a. Here Come the Monkees)

Aired Monday 7:30 PM Nov 14, 1966 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Two parts of the Kiddieland portion of the romp to 'I Wanna Be Free' would be included in the opening credits for the first season: Davy hitting his head with the strongman's bell, and Mike riding the motorized skateboard.

    • When Peter, Mike, and Micky are on the Merry-Go-Round the crew is visible in the mirrors behind them in certain shots.

    • When Mike is throwing darts when Davy is getting ready for his date, he is throwing darts at a poster of The Beatles.

    • When Vanessa and her father are dancing there are people in the background sitting at tables, but when the Monkees perform and Vanessa and her father sit down at one of the tables, no one else is around them.

    • Rudy the Manager (Bing Russell) and his daughter Jill (Jill Van Ness) were supposed to be recurring characters on the show, before disastrous rating of this pilot led to most of their scenes being out.

    • When Davy imagines himself to be handcuffed to Vanessa, the tail end of the original demo version of "I Wanna Be Free" sung by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart can be heard.

    • Not only did Larry Tucker write this episode, but he also played the part of Dr. Lionel B. Turner in this episode.

    • Bing Russell, who played Rudy Gunther, is the father of actor Kurt Russell.

    • Some of the deleted scenes include Peter taking off his wet suit at the beach to show a suit and tie underneath and the guys entering the record store dressed as gangsters using guitar cases as machine guns were shown in footages from other episodes.

    • An original ending had the Monkees beating Davy with instruments instead of balloons.

    • Mike is referred as Woolhat at the record store and the producers wanted to give him that nickname, but Mike was against it.

    • In the number "Let's Dance On," the close-up of Micky's drumsticks shows them playing during silence.

    • The Monkees rode in a Woody instead of the Monkeemobile.

    • While Davy and Vanessa are running during the song, "I Want to be Free," you can clearly see a large stain on the back of her pants that cannot be seen during any other part of the scene.

    • At the very end the boys leave the stage carrying guitars, but are shown carrying balloons in the next shot.

  • Quotes

    • Micky: Hi. Uh, tonight, the… we're a minute short as usual…
      (Peter looks at his watch and mouths "five!")
      Micky: …so we're gonna show you two spontaneous, unrehearsed, uh screen tests that were done of Mike and Davy before the Monkees…we started filming…before we like knew what was all gonna happen. These were two screen tests that we did. An' they're black 'n' white so don't worry, the color is OK…(turns to Peter) Why do you talk so much for?
      (Peter opens mouth to answer, but makes a face and looks at the camera)

    • Charles Russell: Have you seen any Monkees?
      Drunk: What?
      Charles Russell: Monkees, monkees!
      Drunk: Really Russell, old boy, you've been hitting the booze too hard.

    • Mike: If they catch us it means a life sentence!
      Micky: I'm not going back in that hole!
      Davy: You dirty rotten screw!
      Peter: You'll never get us alive!
      Micky: Come and get us law, come and get us!

    • Guard: Hey, what do you fellas want?
      Davy: Vanessa Russell invited us.
      Guard: Sure she did. Now beat it! Go on!
      (The boys walk away, but Mike turns around and comes back)
      Mike: You're evil!

    • Ms. Cooper: Perfect, just perfect, Vanessa. Every question answered correctly. What's the matter? You don't look very happy about it.
      Vanessa: Ms. Cooper, would you believe me if I told you I owed it all to a Monkee and that my father is prejudice.
      Ms. Cooper: Child, you must of worked very hard.

    • Davy: I wanna help her.
      Micky: Sure you wanna help. I wanna help Peter too, but I can't. He's a bird-brain.

    • Mike: Hey, give me a G.
      (Davy pulls a string off of his guitar and hands it to Mike)

    • Charles Russell: Monkees you say? Yes, there is something primitive about them, Vanessa.

    • (the Monkees pretend to be beating up Davy)
      Davy: Won't some innocent bystander please help me? How about you sir?
      (points a finger at Turner, who screams and runs off)

    • TV Interviewer: Doctor Turner, recently in our fair city, there have been many acts of violence committed right in the streets, in full view of people like yourself.
      Dr. Lionel B. Turner: Disgusting.
      TV Interviewer: They have just stood by and watch people be brutally attacked.
      Dr. Lionel B. Turner: Deplorable.
      TV Interviewer: What would, how do you feel about that?
      Dr. Lionel B. Turner: Disgusting, it's each man's solemn duty to protect his fellow citizens.
      TV Interview: And if you saw a fight, or a person being beaten, taking place right here…
      Dr. Lionel B. Turner: I would involve myself physically. I would come in feet and fist flying!

  • Notes

    • The Monkees first album, The Monkees, is the #1 album in Billboard Magazine this week.

    • The Monkees' first single, Last Train To Clarksville, is #4 on Billboard's Top 100 during the week this episode is shown. It was #2 last week.

    • 10,160,000 viewers watched this episode.

    • Some of the scenes in this episode were filmed at The Del Coronada Hotel in San Diego.

    • After a disastrous screen test of the episode in January 1966, co-producer Robert Rafelson went to the cutting room for two days and made changes such as changing the screen test of Mike and Davy from the beginning of the episode to the end and he deleted a few scenes.

    • This was the original pilot episode filmed in November 1965.

    • There are several differences in the interior of the Monkees' pad: there is a regular staircase instead of a spiral staircase; the exit is on the right; and the living room layout is much different. The reason is all of these shots were done in an actual house.

    • The initial names of the title characters in the pilot's script were "Biff", "Dicky", "Fred" and "Suds".

    • Early names for the band included "The Creeps," "The Impossibles," "The Turtles" and "The Inevitables."

    • Director Mike Eliot was a commercial director for the Screen Gems subsidary which would produce Monkees commercials for Kellogg's Rice Krispies and Yardley Black Label Aftershave.

    • Tag: Micky and Peter (in the midst of shooting episode no. 16, "Son of a Gypsy") introduce black and white segments of spontaneous, unrehearsed screen tests featuring Mike and Davy from October 1965.

    • Features the songs: "I Wanna Be Free" and "Let's Dance On."

  • Allusions

    • Don Adams

      When the boys are coming up with a way to help Vanessa, Micky does a Don Adams accent when he says that Davy should help her. Don Adams played Maxwell Smart in the 1960's hit series Get Smart!.