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"The Monkees" Mijacogeo (TV Episode 1968) Poster

(TV Series)

(1968)

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The first piece of music heard in this episode is a snippet of "Good Morning, Good Morning" from the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The Beatles were such fans of the show that when they learned the Monkees wished to use this track, they graciously licensed it free of charge, with no royalties owed. This was the only time the Beatles allowed any of their recordings to be used in a film or TV show royalty-free. This was also the first time a licensed Beatles song was heard on a Prime Time television program.
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This episode is also known as "The Frodis Caper".
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The title 'Mijacogeo' refers to Micky Dolenz's childhood dog, who was called after all the members of his family at that time: Micky, Janelle (his mother), Coco (his sister) and George (his father).
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At the end of the show, singer Tim Buckley performs "Song to the Siren" while sitting on the car Mike and Frank Zappa wrecked at the beginning of "Monkees Blow Their Minds".
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"Frodis" was the Monkees' code word for marijuana, which they smoked occasionally in the lounge built for them off the soundstage where the series was filmed (called the "Frodis Room"). Micky Dolenz quashed rumors years later about harder drugs being used on the set, by the cast and crew: "The only thing anyone did besides smoke pot was drink beer."
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Last show of the series.
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The chant that Mickey uses is "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo", a Buddhist mantra. The phrase can be literally translated as "I devote myself to the Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law."
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Three of Glick's henchmen (Richard Klein, David Pearl and David Price) also served as Monkees stand-ins on the set; the fourth, Bruce Paul Barbour, was Michael Nesmith's brother-in-law.
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Micky Dolenz directed this episode, as part of a deal worked out with series producers Bob Rafelson and 'Bert Schneider', who refused to let the Monkees direct themselves in their movie Head (1968). (Peter Tork also agreed to this deal, directing "Monkees Mind Their Manor".) After Dolenz moved to England in the mid-1970s, he became a television director, using the episode as his demo reel.
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At about 6 and a half minutes into the episode, one of Wizard Glick's henchmen tells him that the Monkeemen monitor has been activated, adding that "it ain't been activated in 5 years". This means the fictional Monkees were together since at least 1963, and implies that they had battled Wizard Glick before.
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