Note: I started writing this series before the untimely death of Davy Jones. This installment is, naturally, dedicated to him.
Davy is hanging out at the beach when a beautiful blonde girl in a swimsuit goes to the water with an inflatable raft. Davy watches with interest, and so does a pair of sinister-looking men, who watch through a telescope. As the girl gets into the surf, her raft pops, and she starts to drown! Davy goes in the water and rescues her, to the anger of the two men watching.
|Davy rescues Princess Bettina|
|The Monkees play their theme during the opening credits|
|Davy tries to track down where the Princess is.|
|The Monkees plan their invasion of the hotel.|
|Sigmund and Otto plot Bettina's death!|
|Bettina doesn't believe Davy.|
Back in the Monkees' room, the 309, aka "The Usurper", is unveiled, and when Otto sits in it, Pete and Mike raise trumpets with "King Otto" hanging from them and blow a fanfare. The boys continue to stall Otto by taking his picture in the throne with a camera that takes a long time to get a picture. Finally, Davy gets the tape recorder working so Bettina will believe him. They can't call the cops, because Otto has diplomatic immunity. Since Otto is regent, he controls everything until Bettina's 18th birthday -- which is, of course, tomorrow (that being how things work on TV shows).
|Peter steals towels from the hotel.|
|Peter's nearly finished his hole for Sigmund!|
|"Here she is, Miss America..."|
|Starting to hop in place to get the rope to break!|
|Otto realizes the Monkees are here!|
|Davy and Otto swordfight!|
|"Hey everybody, listen to this!"|
|"I bought International Steel at 28 1/2!"|
|When the show runs short, filler is needed!|
|This shot with the Monkees' heads would never change.|
Overall, this was an average episode -- not that I'm saying that's a bad thing. The plot is certainly a hackneyed one (this was one of the things the Monkees would complain about, although there would be more hackneyed ones to come!), but it was still fun to watch again. They hadn't quite worked out all the characterizations yet, and there weren't much in the way of Monkees cliches yet (the only one is when they suddenly changed clothes for the planning of the hotel "invasion" -- Davy never says, "You must be joking," which would be a standard Davy line, no sparkles in his and Bettina's eyes when they meet). But it's an enjoyable romp!