...the last original episode of The Monkees aired on NBC. "The Frodis Caper" was directed by Micky himself and featured guest star Rip Taylor. The episode is also known as "Mijacogeo," which is made of the names in Micky's family: Micky, Janelle (mother), Coco (sister), and George (father).
The show opens with The Monkees being awakened by the Beatles song "Good Morning Good Morning." When writing in the liner notes of his most recent solo album Remember, Micky says that to his knowledge this was the first time The Beatles allowed their music to be used for an outside project. Singer/songwriter Tim Buckley was featured at the end of the show performing "Song to the Siren."
As the second season came to an end, and with the group tired of the format of the show, talks abounded about what direction a third season of The Monkees would take. "We started talking about what we would do on the next season–a live show? A variety show? A series of sketches?," said Micky years later. "One idea that came up was an awful lot like Laugh-In. We were, to be quite honest, getting tired of the same format. We wanted to do something a little more unusual, a little more out there." It wasn't meant to be, however, and the television series left the airwaves in 1968.
The website Ultimate Classic Rock marks the anniversary of the final original Monkees episode with an article that can be found here. And courtesy of YouTube, "The Frodis Caper" appears below...
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