The Monkees: Season 1, Episode 28

Monkees on the Line (27 Mar. 1967)

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When the Monkees decide to get themselves an answering service, they soon end up working for one instead. Left on their own, the foursome starts ignoring the most important rule: 'don't get... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Davy (as David Jones)
Peter Tork ...
Susan Browning ...
Ellen Farnsby
Milton Frome ...
Manny Spink
Richard O'Brien ...
Mr. Smith
Helene Winston ...
Thomas Bellin ...
Arnold (as Tom Bellin)
Lea Marmer ...
Mrs. Smith


When the Monkees decide to get themselves an answering service, they soon end up working for one instead. Left on their own, the foursome starts ignoring the most important rule: 'don't get involved with the clients'. Mike tries to save a young girl he thinks is planning to commit suicide, Davy brings a message which soon has an entire building in a riot and Peter messes up a scheme to place gambling bets over the phone. Micky somehow manages to keep out of trouble. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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27 March 1967 (USA)  »

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(as color by Pathé)

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1.33 : 1
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Mike: Well, you know what I always say...
Davy: What?
Mike: Behind every dark cloud there is usually rain.
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Look out (here comes tomorrow)
Written by Neil Diamond
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by Jeff Barry
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4 January 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Monkees on the Line" finds the chronically unemployed group working for a telephone answering service, ignoring the primary rule, 'Don't get involved with the clients.' Mike chases after a possible suicide (Susan Browning), not realizing she's an actress putting on an Oscar-worthy performance. Davy has trouble delivering a love note to a married cop, and all four get harassed by crooked gamblers using the answering service to place their illegal bets. The lone song is Neil Diamond's "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)," in its second straight appearance (happily, this marked the last time Don Kirshner received credit for 'Music Supervision,' having disobeyed a directive to put a Monkees-recorded B-side on the latest single). Broadcast no. 28 (Mar 27 1967), "Monkees on the Line" was 32nd in production (Feb 1-2), the final episode completed for the first season. Following a trip to England to promote the show's UK debut, and the month-long recording of third LP HEADQUARTERS, the band would resume filming Apr 5.

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