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Monkey Business 

At Christmas time, Randall plays Santa Claus; Stuart and Carter meet an older gay couple who have moved into their building; and Mike tangles with an intelligent chimp named Bobo who was given to the Central Park Zoo as a gift.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mike Flaherty
Paul Lassiter
Stuart Bondek
Carter Heywood
Nikki Faber
James Hobert
Janelle Cooper
Stacey Paterno
The Mayor
Richard Hamilton ...
Lloyd Drum


Mike and Randall bicker by secretarial proxy whose design will become city hall's Christmas card. Mike must gradually reconsider his cynic disdain concerning chimpanzee Bobo donated to the city zoo when he proves a worthy chess adversary. Meeting a couple of vagrant who turn out have become a guy couple gives Stuart nightmares about his future as Carter's house-mate. Written by KGF Vissers

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15 December 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A monkey playing chess? Need I say more...
12 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

In this Christmas theme episode, it seems that Carter and Stuart are not going anywhere over the holidays and they plan on spending the time together. They meet two older men that have move into their apartment building and learn that they happen to be gay. When they tell the story of how they meet, it is exactly like Carter and Stuart. One of the men said that they just lived together for so long that it just happened. Now Stuart believes that something like that could happen with his life.

In another absurd story, the New York City Zoo has been given a monkey that is suppose to be the smartest primate in the world. He is presented a City Hall and now the ape is running around the place causing problems.

One has to wonder what the writers were thinking letting a monkey be a part of the show. It has been done, and redone, many times in nearly every sitcom in history. And each time the situation is painfully ridiculous. And in this episode it is no different. Things get so bad that at one point the monkey is playing Mike in chess, YUCK. The rest of the episode may have been better, not sure since the monkey story was so silly one looses interest in the show. This episode is what is known to most people as a clunker. Not one of the better shows.

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