|"This car is like an athlete!"|
|Pete wants the shirt off his back!|
|Davy realizes it wasn't Mike in disguise!|
|"Is the fruit rubber?" "No..."|
|The deceit is uncovered!|
|A depressed Davy.|
|Davy says goodbye to the guys.|
|Broken up about losing Davy.|
Later, at the airport, Davy and his grandfather arrive. Grandfather asks what the problem is, and Davy insists there's nothing wrong, and he'll meet him on the plane. This gets grandfather thinking. At the pad, the other guys are all broken up about Davy leaving, and decide that maybe, Davy just won't make his flight, and head out!
|Ten pounds under? Or ten pounds over?|
|"You've got three loyal friends here, Davy!"|
|Performing "Sweet Young Thing"|
|Dancing with the senior citizens|
|Davy talks about his trip back to England.|
Now, normally, I don't always care for the Davy-centric episodes of the Monkees, as it usually ends up being the girlfriend of the week kind of thing, but this one was, obviously, very different! Another thing I liked about it was that Peter wasn't shown as being stupid, but rather more innocent or naive. Probably the best thing was seeing the affection they have for each other portrayed on screen. I have to admit, watching the scene where Davy's leaving the beach house, I got a bit choked up (I am writing this not all that long after Davy passed away).
It was interesting that the episode featured Davy's grandfather (who's never given a proper name)... since Davy is sort of the "Paul" of the Monkees, and the show was influenced by "A Hard Day's Night" (in which Paul McCartney's grandfather is a character). The two grandfathers couldn't be more different, though!
Ben Wright, who played grandfather, had previously appeared as a Senechal in Prince Valiant, and played the small part of Paisley in Journey to the Center of the Earth. He also had a small role in the 1960 version of The Lost World, was the voice of Roger in the original 101 Dalmations, appeared in three episodes of The Twilight Zone, four episodes of The Outer Limits, guest-starred in episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and My Living Doll (which starred future Monkee guest star Julie Newmar), played Herr Zeller in The Sound of Music (which, honestly, is probably where most of you would recognize him), and also did guest spots on Get Smart, My Favorite Martian, The Addams Family, appeared as Hennesey in Munster, Go Home!, and later guested on The Time Tunnel, Captain Nice, The Invaders, The Wild Wild West, Tarzan, Mission: Impossible, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, and voiced Wolf in The Jungle Book and Grimsby in The Little Mermaid.
You might remember Donald Foster, who was the Rolls owner, from his role of Herbert Johnson on Hazel. Charlie Callas should need no introduction, having had a long career in comedy, but he could also be seen in an episode of The Munsters, voiced Elliott in Pete's Dragon, played Sinestro on Legends of the Superheroes, played Dracula in Hysterical, did a voice in an episode of The Ren & Stimpy Show, a bartender in Vampire Vixens from Venus, and several other genre roles!
As I may have mentioned before, while the pilot episode was the first one to use "I Wanna Be Free," it hadn't aired by this point, so this episode was the TV debut of the song, along with "Sweet Young Thing."