Peter browses through a pawn shop owned by a mysterious man known as S. Zero. He meets Zero and the two chat about the varied instruments he is selling, Zero talking cryptically about the previous owners of the instruments. Peter then notices a harp and falls in love with the instrument even though he has never played the instrument before. When Peter says he would give anything for the harp, Zero makes a deal - Peter will sign a contract to own the harp and pay for it later. Peter happily signs and carries the harp home, and does not see when Zero makes a phone call to inform his home office that he - in reality The Prince Of Darkness - has purchased Peter's soul. Zero later appears at The Monkees' beach house and tells Peter he can play the harp; when the initially disbelieving Peter begins playing and finds he has great dexterity in doing so, Zero disappears and Micky, Mike, and Davy are left surprised at Peter's ability. The Monkees integrate the harp into their touring act and ... Written by
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Filmed in late April 1967, the episode was the fifth episode of the second season produced, but was held back from broadcast. Two reasons were cited - the first revolved around the song "Salesman" used in the episode's first act to depict The Monkees being subjugated by The Devil. "Salesman" contained a drug reference in the third verse that NBC supposedly objected to. But according to Peter Tork
, the real reason the episode was held back was because of the gag where Mike, Davy, and Micky say "hell" and the word is bleeped out; Peter has said that this gag was a direct attack on NBC's Standards & Practices division. See more
I gave him the ability to play the harp... in return for a soul.
You know, it was almost worth it.
No, you didn't give him the ability to play the harp. You see... you see, Peter loved the harp. And he loved, he loved the music that came from the harp. And that was inside of him. And, eh, it came, uhm, it was... the power of that love was inside of Peter, eh, it was inside of him from the first. And it was that kind of power, that made Peter able to play the harp. And, eh, you didn't have ...
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I Wanna Be Free
Written and Produced by Tommy Boyce
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