It's sad to see a once great actor being reduced to appearing in mediocre drivel in order to make a living or continue working in Hollywood. Such is the case in this episode with horror film great Lon Chaney, Jr. Here he's reduced to parodying one of his most famous roles, Lenny from Of Mice and Men, in a second rate series. If you're a devotee of the classic horror films like I am it's almost enough to make you cry.
The episode itself probably isn't any better or any worse than other episodes of The Monkees. Just a routine farce like the series. Even though it's painful to watch Lon in this episode he does appear to be enjoying himself and Mike Nesmith later said that all the Monkees enjoyed meeting and working with Lon. Still, it's sad to see one of the greats reduced the way Lon Chaney was in this episode. Was it his fault? Maybe because he was a heavy drinker who developed a reputation for being unreliable on the set. I guess he had to support himself and his family and a guest shot on The Monkees was all he could get at the time. In Hollywood, you pays your money and you takes your chances.