The guests in this episode were Reta Shaw as Mrs. Badderly (a major character actress, she played Aunt Clara Simms in the Lost In Space episode "Return From Outer Space," Mrs. Halcyon Maxwell in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, Miss Witherspoon in The Man From UNCLE episode "The Suburbia Affair," Mrs. Sedley in The Girl From UNCLE episode "The Fountain of Youth Affair," Martha Grant, the housekeeper on The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Aunt Hagatha and Bertha on Bewitched, and Mrs. Grindley in Escape to Witch Mountain, among many other roles), Kelly Jean Peters as Fern (she would later play Nicole in The Invaders episode "Dark Outpost," Jackie Cameron in The Green Hornet episode "The Silent Gun", Lori in The Sixth Sense episode "Dear Joan: We're Going to Scare You to Death," Martha Lovitt in the Kung Fu episode "The Stone," Mrs. Washington in the Voyagers! episode "Merry Christmas, Bogg," and many other roles), and Jeff DeBenning as Hack (he had single-episode appearances in My Favorite Martian, Bewitched, and I Dream of Jeannie, and played Mr. Rogers in The Strongest Man in the World). Also in the episode, uncredited, were Roxanne Albee (who appeared, uncredited, in nine episodes altogether), Valerie Kairys (who appeared in 14 episodes altogether, as well as appearing in the Monkees movie Head, and two episodes of Batman, playing Kity in "The Sandman Cometh/The Catwoman Goeth"), and David Price (he was in 22 episodes of the show uncredited, and was Davy's stand-in in 57 episodes, plus appeared as a drummer in the special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee. He would be introduced on-screen as himself in "The Christmas Show," among other crew members).
|A girl always shows up, no matter what the Monkees do!|
|Mrs. Badderly reads the Monkees' tea leaves.|
|Getting rid of Fern... the first time!|
|Davy's starting to go stir-crazy!|
Later, the other Monkees return, find Davy's gone, and also find the note. At the tea room (which now has a "National Beauty Pageant" sign in front of it), Mrs. Badderly is sure her latest plot will work. At the pad, Mike reads the letter, which states that Davy's been chosen to judge a beauty pageant! They figure they're sunk, and rush off to find Davy, who's walking the street, dragging the chair behind him (at least until he's stopped for a moment, because a man has sat in it to get his shoes shined). The other Monkees search the city for him, and find someone they're sure is Davy, but it's not him, it's someone else who looks like Davy from the back, also chained to the exact same kind of chair (Davy's stand-in). Davy gets to the tea room and enters.
|Fern's bathing suit revealed a bit too much for the censors?|
|The Not-So-Astonishing Pietro!|
|No matter what Micky says, the impression is always Cagney!|
|Davy and Fern perform... but Davy's not doing so well!|
|Performing "I'm a Believer."|
|"Curses! Foiled by the Monkees!"|
Another fun episode, although one wonders just how Mrs. Badderly figured that Fern would get a career in show business with such an old-fashioned act!