Episode 12: Getting Davy Jones

 

Hello again friends, family and readers! Thank you for joining me today to review “Getting Davy Jones”.  It is a fun episode with a well remembered guest star.  It stretches believability a time or two, but by this point, that was par for the course on The Brady Bunch.  Along with Davy Jones, this episode gives us quite a few other guest stars.  Perhaps in getting Davy Jones, the producers were given a larger budget for the episode.  So dear readers, let us begin reviewing, “Getting Davy Jones”.

 

The episode opens with no guest star credit like we saw for Desi Arnaz Jr and would later see for Joe Namath.  I can’t help but think this was done on purpose as much of the episode’s plot centers on Marcia’s attempts to meet Davy Jones, having it made known in the opening he was appearing would kill the suspense.  Their ploy worked me for when I was a kid.  I hope you will tolerate a quick stroll down memory lane.  One day in 1986, my brother, sister and I were channel surfing and came across a show that had a vampire, a wolfman and other monsters on it.  This immediately grabbed my attention and it was soon discovered we were watching an episode of The Monkees.  Once the adventure in the monster ridden castle ended, another episode came on, then another and another.  All of which we watched!  The cable channel MTV had reintroduced the Monkees to a new generation via a Monkees marathon.  My friends and I were fans right away.  Therefore, the prospect of seeing the Monkees front man, Davy Jones, on another of my favorite shows (also over a decade old) was an exciting one.  The first time I saw this episode, I was anxious to see if the star of The Monkees would indeed appear on The Brady Bunch.

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The episode’s story begins in the girls’ bedroom.  Marcia and two other girls named Doreen and Laura are struggling to find an entertainer to perform at their junior high school’s senior prom.  The prom is less than two weeks away and nobody has been found.  Laura bemoans their lack of finding talent and says they aren’t a very good entertainment committee.   She is right!  One would think providing the music by which the students would dance to would be the number one top priority, and likely not left solely in the hands of three students.  I can only surmise that at this point in history, a DJ with a crate of records had not become the standard for school dances.  Never in my own school days, nor those of anybody I’ve ever known, was a live band on hand to perform for a school dance.  It must have still been happening someplace though as the kids from Saved By The Bell and Full House had a live band at their school dances.  Downstairs, Jan has just seen something in the newspaper that warrants being shared right away.  She rushes up to the bedroom to share the news that Davy Jones will be present in their southern California town!  All the girls are beyond excited that Davy Jones will be in their zip code!  However, Marcia gives them reason to ratchet their excitement up another notch!  She can get Davy Jones to perform at their prom!  Her friends are of course skeptical and suggest that if she can get a star as big as Davy Jones, why not have The Beatles and the Fifth Dimension come play too?  From out of nowhere, Marcia pulls out a framed copy of a letter from Davy Jones.  Seriously, she must have had it under her pillow or someplace like that, because it seems like she is holding it out of the blue.  The letter from Davy Jones is handwritten and says that in return for being president of his local fan club, he will gladly help her out should he ever be in her town.  I could not help but think poor Davy must not have a lot of fans if he has time to write out a handwritten letter such as this one to every fan club president.  More on this later though.

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For the first time in a while, we get a chance to scrutinize a newspaper on the show.  We see that Chamber Music will soon be doing something.  Also, Hazel Masseli- will star in a new Bailey production.  A Google search for Hazel Masselini produced a hit for Hazel Masselin who lived in Glendale, CA and passed away in 2008.  There is another link for the name at Legacy.com, but the obituary makes no reference to any role in the entertainment industry.  I checked the closing credits for this episode and did not see her name.

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Tina Andrews as Doreen

Doreen was played by Tina Andrews.  She was no stranger to television in the 1970s.  She was the first actress to portray part of an interracial romance on daytime television.  She would make appearances on a slew of hit TV shows.  Among them was one of my favorite Sanford and Son episodes titled “Sanford and Niece”.  She was a regular on Falcon Crest and Room 222.  Her final acting appearance was in 1989 on an episode of Charles in Charge.  IMDB lists some writing and producing credits from 2000-2003.  Tina Andrews also fulfilled a labor of love and saw that the story of Sally Hemings made it onscreen.  Curiously, nothing beyond 2003 could be located about her.

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Downstairs in the kitchen, Carol and Alice discuss how angry Jan and Cindy were that they could not accompany Marcia to the hotel to speak with Davy Jones.  Alice comments on how they are sure are fans of his and Carol compares their admiration of him to rivaling that of pepperoni pizza.  Mike enters with a mangled newspaper.  He said he was checking it for the “ball score” but can’t read it now because Davy Jones picture has been cut out.  Those of us who like to nitpick will notice that nothing on the side of the paper Mike had been reading suggests it was the sports page with ball scores.  Mike feigns excitement over the news about Davy Jones.  Carol reminds him they too had their idols when they were kids.  Alice compares the girls’ fandom for Davy Jones to her own teenage experience with Frank Sinatra.

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Up in the boys’ room, Jan and Cindy share with Peter and Bobby the exciting news about Davy Jones.  They are not impressed.  Jan suggests they have reason to be as there are over 2,000 Davy Jones fan clubs.  Did this teen idol hand write 2000 letters to every club president?  Okay folks, with Jan’s line, I must stop for a moment.  I am and always will be a fan of Davy Jones.  “Daydream Believer” ranks among my all time favorite songs and The Monkees are one of my all time favorite singing groups.  However, I feel this episode overdoes it with his level of fame at this point in time.  Jan’s line about over 2,000 Davy Jones fan clubs just rings as being labored and strange.  I am certain the producers were very happy to have him on the show and needed to talk him up a bit, but some research shows his solo career was not very memorable.  His records as a solo artist performed poorly and a song that reached #52 on the Billboard charts was the peak of his solo career.  I suppose at this Jan, might ask me how high did any of my songs make it on the billboard chart.  Well, none.   From what I can tell, Davy Jones just wasn’t the superstar this episode is trying to make him out to be.  If I am wrong, please let us know!  The comparison to Frank Sinatra, throngs of people at his hotel and all this excitement that he is in their town (though apparently not there to perform) was a tad annoying.  Also annoying was Bobby’s pretending the play the guitar while singing/yelling “I’m wild about you baby”.  The scene ends with him doing that.

The following scenes are of the other two committee members calling friends with the exciting news about Davy Jones performing at their prom.   Their elation at Davy Jones performing at the prom shows that the level of fandom was not limited to the Brady girls.   Doreen even tells her one friend that their prom is going to be “out of sight”.

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Kimberly Beck as Laura

 

The other girl from the entertainment committee, Laura, was played by Kimberly Beck.  This was one of two Brady Bunch appearances for her.  Her later TV career would see her as a regular on Dynasty and Rich Man Poor Man, Book II.  As for feature films, she would later appear in “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” and “Independence Day”.  She also appeared in the film “Yours, Mine and Ours” which some debate was the inspiration for The Brady Bunch. Per IMDB she last acted in 2009’s “Heidi 4 Paws”.

 

 

Marcia arrives home dejected as the hotel was too crowded with others hoping to meet Davy Jones that she could not even reach the lobby.  She also could not get a call through to him as all his lines were busy.  At this point Marcia ready to abandon her efforts at getting Davy Jones and is glad there was no harm done.  The next day she arrives at school to see a bright yellow banner welcoming Davy Jones.  She is then surrounded by a group of girls who celebrate her being able to have him perform at the prom.  Mrs. Robbins approaches and is quite excited too about Davy Jones performing at the prom.  Marcia tries to explain her difficulty in doing so, but the teacher is dismissive as other students told her Marcia and Davy Jones are good friends.  One would think an educator would put such a claim under a tad more scrutiny.

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Mrs. Robbins was played by the late great Marcia Wallace.  She previously appeared in “Will The Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?”.

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Marcia’s next attempt at reaching Davy Jones is by that old fashioned means of communication, the telegram.  Greg, Jan and Peter try to help her by suggesting she jazz it up a bit with some gushing over Davy Jones.  Peter then suggests she send a telegram sharing that Davy Jones has won a $10 million sweepstakes and to contact her about the winnings.  Marcia appreciates the help, but says she will handle it herself.  This means of reaching Davy Jones is another miss as Marcia learns there are over 600 telegrams all ready waiting for him at the hotel desk.

 

 

The next scene begins with the episode’s talking-to.  Mike tells Marcia she shouldn’t make promises she can’t keep.  That’s it for the parental lectures this time around.  Carol is still determined that there might be some way Marcia can reach Davy Jones.  It is surprising that neither of them suggested to Marcia that even if she reaches Davy Jones, he might turn down performing at her junior high prom on a Friday night.  Especially with only a week’s notice!  Even if he wanted to, he could have been prevented by a commitment to some paying gig, personal appearance or being out of town by then.  Jan and Cindy rush in to let Marcia know that Davy Jones is on The Hank Coleman Show!  Mike rushes Marcia down to the TV station so she can meet Davy Jones there.  With hordes of kids at the hotel, it was surprising to find the TV station lobby virtually empty.  One would think that several others had the same idea.  More disappointment awaits as Marcia learns the guest in the studio for that day is the head of the department of sanitation, not Davy Jones.  Hank Coleman records all his shows one day in advance.  Hank Coleman must be super popular in his own right!  He had the celebrity prowess to secure the superstar Davy Jones on his own locally broadcast talk show.  Also, what a curious repertoire of guests he has; one day his guest is a teen idol, the next day a local government figure who oversees a department few people care much about.

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Whitney Rydbeck as the page.

The man working the desk of the TV station was played by Whitney Rydbeck.  IMDB lists his final acting credit as 2007’s “The Oates Valor”.  His only recurring TV roles were multiple appearances as the same character on Simon and Simon and a two part Lassie episode.  He did enjoy a long and busy acting career though.  He even appeared in “A Very Brady Sequel” as an auctioneer.

 

 

So determined are Mike and Carol to help Marcia that Mike is calling around seeking help from friends of friends.  Mike and Carol even entertain the idea of getting a room at the Royal Towers Hotel so Marcia could hunt down Davy Jones there.  Imagine if this plan had worked, only to find that all access to that floor was restricted.  Peter and the other kids’ efforts also fail.  The most patient and accommodating hotel operator can’t tell she is talking to a child and hears him out when Peter pretends to be a close personal friend of Davy Jones who manages a singing group called “The Three Desperados”.  The operator won’t connect Peter’s call as she has never heard of the group.  Peter should have called and said he was Mickey Dolenz, Mike Nesmith or Peter Tork!  Peter has his siblings sing in an attempt to convince the operator they are a legitimate band, but she hangs up on him.

 

It is Alice’s connections that finally come through for Marcia.  She tells Greg that Sam has just called with the wildest idea.  In a funny reply, Greg suggests Sam finally proposed and Alice says the idea wasn’t that crazy.  This brief scene ends with the “secret whisper” device often employed by the sitcoms of old.

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The next scene opens with an establishing shot of a multistory hotel.  The W on the building suggested to me it was part of the Westin chain, but a Google search did not produce this logo.

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Adorned as bus boys, Greg and Marcia gain access to Davy Jones’ room.  Does this hotel discriminate against women and not allow them to be hired to collect dirty dishes?  Why does Marcia have to pretend to be a male here?  From the next room, a male voice is heard that the kids assume belongs to Davy Jones.  Marcia starts speaking her praise of Davy Jones.  As a kid, I remember anticipating finally to getting to see Davy Jones, but suspected that was not his voice and therefore not Davy Jones.  Seeing how she is such a big fan and always playing his records, it is hard to imagine her not recognizing the voice as not belonging to him.  Alas, we finally get confirmation it is not.  The man exits the room and even continues the suspense for a few more seconds as his face is concealed as he wipes it with a towel.  The man, Davy’s manager, tells this kids they just missed him.  This guy is not the best of managers as he also tells the kids where he went!  He tells him he is at Atlas Records cutting an album.  If, as this episode suggests, lots of people are clamoring to meet Davy Jones, one would think his manager would keep his location under wraps.  Marcia and Greg begin to bolt but the manager reminds them of their responsibility to the dishes.  Marcia, as she has never done before or never will again, blows Greg a kiss as she leaves.

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Davy Jones as Davy Jones

After no further adieu, at 17 minutes and 29 seconds, we finally see Davy Jones in this episode.  Before he speaks a line, he sings a song.  The song “Girl” is one of those sunshine ballads that defined the late 60s more than the early 70s.  It is a nice song and well done by Davy Jones.  Curiously enough, a recording of the song was not easy to find after this episode aired and the song was not part of Davy Jones’ next album.

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As Davy sings his tune, Marcia enters the recording booth.  One must wonder how she made it all the way to the booth without being stopped by a security guard or a receptionist.  If there was no personnel working in the front end of the recording studio, one would think the doors would be locked to prevent stalking fans from walking in on recording sessions.  Davy’s manager tells Marcia she can’t be in the recording studio.  She explains her dilemma and desire for Davy Jones to perform at her prom.  The manager asks Marcia if she knows how many schools want Davy for their prom.  It was as if we needed one more reminder Davy is a superstar.  The manager dismisses Marcia and says he will send her a copy of Davy’s next album.  After all Marcia had been through it would28 almost seem fitting for her to rush the glass partition, pound on the window and yell, “Davy!  You wrote me a letter!”  As the manager and the unnamed studio technician yank her away and push her out the door, she would yell, “I’m president of your Filmore Junior High Fan Club!”  Fortunately for Marcia, the intercom was on and Davy was able to hear Marcia’s plight before she was kicked out of the studio.  The scene ends with Davy having a pensive look on his face.

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Britt Leach

Davy Jones’ manager was played by Britt Leach.  He was no stranger to Hollywood and enjoyed a long career in feature films and TV.  He was a regular on The Waltons and After MASH.  He would appear in the John Candy/Dan Ackroyd comedy “The Great Outdoors”, the 80s classic “Weird Science” and ended his career in the Steve Martin comedy “Father of the Bride”.  The most recent online reference I found for him was a satiric piece he wrote regarding the Motion Picture Academy in 2007.

 

 

Marcia arrives home dejected yet again.  She had planned to wait until Monday to let the school know they had 4 days to book an act for the prom, but with the manager’s rebuff, knows she has lost the fight.  As she makes the call to Mrs. Robbins, a visitor arrives at the front door.  That visitor is Davy Jones!  Not many young girls got to have their celebrity crush/idol come through their front door.  It happened to Marcia twice!  Desi Arnaz Jr. must be but a memory as there has never been any mention of him again.  Davy agrees to play Marcia’s prom and even asks her to be his date.  I wonder how many songs were in Davy Jones’ songbook that he could perform an entire prom?

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The epilogue has Peter, Jan, Cindy and Bobby noisily belting out Davy Jones’ never released hit in the living room.  Mike has had enough of the noise and pays them all to leave.

Thank you for reviewing “Getting Davy Jones” with me.  It is a fun episode that challenges credibility many times over.  However, it is well remembered and well liked thanks to the episode’s guest star.  As always your own thoughts are most welcome.  If you have some special memory about Davy Jones, feel free to share it.  Next week, we will review “The Not-So-Rose-Colored Glasses”.  See you then!

 

 

 

 

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Author: bradybunchreviewed

I am a lifelong fan of the Brady Bunch. I love it for it's wholesomeness, it's absurdity and how it serves as a time capsule for a time that really never existed, but so many of us wish it did. The show was off the air by the time I was born, but I enjoyed it daily at 4:35 PM for years on Atlanta's Superstation 17, TBS. Through the years I've enjoyed the Brady Bunch spinoffs (however short lived), revivals in pop culture, books, reunions, movies and spoofs. Now, I am excited to be revisiting the show after nearly a decade's hiatus from viewing. I am a parent now, so there may be some new perspectives never before experienced. I hope my fellow fans, lovers and haters alike of the Brady Bunch will join me on this blogging adventure and share your own thoughts and observations.

30 thoughts on “Episode 12: Getting Davy Jones”

  1. Fun, fun, fun. That’s the nature of bubblegum music. It was artificially created and hyped, much like Johnny Bravo, and was all about synthetically manufacturing a person or group into stardom. This industry was alive and well at the time, and was busy making the Partridge Family a hit in the same way that the Monkees were. Then they realized that David Cassidy really could sing, just as Davy Jones could. But this included reminding kids repeatedly that their artists were actually stars, too.

    The point about the opening credit is good. But most of the Desi Arnaz Jr. episode was about Marcia’s diary, with the guest star in a brief scene. I would suggest that this had more to do with the negotiating abilities of the stars’ agents. Plus, Arnaz was a member of a hugely popular Hollywood family, and Namath was a TV-loving, charismatic quarterback who had famously won a Super Bowl.

    Finally, live bands certainly played school dances well into the eighties, at least. In the early nineties DJs became the norm for weddings in many places, so I’m guessing that is when they totally faded from school dances, too. This is probably related to the appearance of CDs which, being smaller, were lighter and more portable for a single DJ to transport.

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    1. Thanks for sharing those thoughts. I am going to ask my mom about live bands at her school. I’ve never heard her mention that before.
      All of my life, my preferred music has typically been that pre-dating 1970. Your thoughts on “bubble gum music” are very interesting. The music of my generation was typically angst ridden depressing ballads or angry jams about life’s ills. So much of the 1960s sounds were upbeat, positive and just generally easy on the ears. Times sure have changed.

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  2. Marcia calls Mrs. Robbins “Miss Robbins” three times in their scene together. The fourth time she calls her “Mrs. Robbins”. Later over the phone she also calls her “Mrs. Robbins”. In the credits she is listed as “Mrs. Robbins”.
    You would think that if the producer didn’t catch out any of the three fluffed lines, Marcia Wallace would have noticed it at least once. Surely she would know her exact character name.

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  3. A few things: First, about 15 years ago, Nick at Night aired this episode and had a “Davey Jones Counter” on the screen. It counted the number of times “Davey Jones” was said. By any character. “Davey Jones” was repeated numerous times, over and over and over again.
    I always found it odd that it was never mentioned that Davey Jones’ claim to fame was the fact that he was a member of the Monkees; a band that had more fan club members than the Beatles and Elvis combined.

    Also, did you know that Britt Leach, the manager was once roommates with Jim Morrison? Yes, THAT Jim Morrison. I also will never forget the expression on his face when Marcia blew Greg the kiss–the awkward look between him and Greg. I always wondered if the producers were trying to push the envelope a bit with that scene. A boy blowing a kiss to another boy. Definitely a laugh out loud moment.

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  4. The song was the title theme for the current Paramount film release, THE STAR SPANGLED GIRL–the big screen version of a Neil Simon play from 1966. Sandy Duncan played the title role…she was white hot at this time between that, her TV series FUNNY FACE, and another movie in theaters, MILLION DOLLAR DUCK for Disney (alongside the Mouse’s biggest star, Dean Jones–and Tony Roberts, who was also in STAR SPANGLED GIRL)
    Only the diagnosis of a brain tumor slowed her down (successfully treated, although with the loss of sight in one eye).

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  5. Great review!
    -I never noticed before how Marcia brought out the Davy Jones letter seemingly out of nowhere. Great observation!
    -I find it amusing that Mike and Marcia just ran out of the house headed to The Hank Coleman show without knowing where it is or looking it up. There were no smart phones or car navigation back then and there’s no way Mike would have known where that studio was located.
    -I remember seeing the following observation somewhere on the web: the kids are singing the song “Girl” at the end.. but they couldn’t have known this song because Davy was just recording it when Marcia enters the record studio.it wasn’t released yet.. and it wouldn’t have been on the record that Davy gave to Marcia.
    -Even when I was a kid the “How about the flipside” line from Davy was cringe-worthy. Marcia being underage makes it even creepier.

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    1. It’s not so amazing Mike would know. It would be at a TV station, I live in Chicago and I know where all the stations are. If you go downtown (or in WGN’s case up north side) you see them all the time. I’d assume Mike worked in downtown LA

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  6. Great review!

    1) Interesting point about the opening credits now showing Davy Jones, perhaps done to keep up the
    suspense was to whether he would actually appear on the show.

    Looking back, I kind of wonder now how much we knew about Brady Bunch episodes before they aired. I’m sure
    TV Guide would have provided some description of the episodes, but we never really identified the episodes
    by their titles at the time. Episode titles never appeared on screen as they would on some other TV shows
    (such as “The Dick Van Dyke Show”).

    I guess commercials promoting the episodes would have aired during the week, but when this episode was aired,
    did we know going in what the episode was going to be about?

    2) There’s no way a school would have appointed a “committee” of three students to be solely responsible
    for getting an act to play at a prom.

    If the “committee” thought they might get a local rock and roll group to play, they would have needed
    connections to older kids who would make up the band.

    It does seem, however, that live entertainment was often used at the time. Sitcoms during the 50s and 60s
    often had bands playing at dances… Greg’s Banana Convention played at a dance, although it wasn’t a prom.

    Maybe it was a big thing in California to have live bands at proms?

    3) Wow, not only did Marcia actually believe that Davy Jones was serious about helping her out if he ever
    comes “to her town”, even the teacher was dumb enough to believe it as well.

    4) lol, that was definitely not a sports page Mike was looking at!

    5) Re: Alice’s comments about Frank Sinatra… Sinatra, of course, was a teen idol in the 1940s and
    had a long career, one of the all time great talents… during the 40s, a show called “A Date With Judy” was
    broadcast on radio…it was basically a sitcom, staring a teen aged girl named Judy..it was also made into a
    movie and later became a TV show with a brief run.

    Anyway, youtube has the audio of a broadcast originally aired in March 1945…with special guest star Frank
    Sinatra… in this episode, Judy is a huge Sinatra fan, but her Father only vaguely recognizes Sinatra’s name
    when it comes up. It was a good show, I’ve listened to a number of episodes.

    Here’s the youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2svk8lBGhWw

    6) Re: Jones’ level of fame as portrayed on the Brady Bunch… I agree with you about Daydream Believer,
    Jones did a fantastic job on that song…i’ve actually heard other artists perform it as well, but none did it
    as well as he did.

    I also liked the Monkees as a group, although I never did watch their show regularly, I probably only saw
    parts of a few episodes…my sister was a huge fan of the grounp and their TV show.

    The Monkees were indeed huge, but that was a few years before this episode aired. And you are correct in
    pointing out that Jones’ solo career never amounted to much of anything. The charting of his records says it
    all. I was not impressed with “Girl”. British accent was too heavy. When the Beatles made a record, they
    sounded like Americans.

    7) Bobby’s screaming while pretending to play a guitar was indeed very annoying. Too bad for all of us that
    there just happened to be a tennis racket in the boys’ room (even though there’s no evidence that any of them
    was ever into tennis, is there?)

    8) It was funny when Marcia arrives at school the next day… she’s standing there by herself with no one
    around her, then suddenly, all the girls decend on her and arrive all at once. Even the girls stading behind
    her (in frame) didn’t notice Marcia there until everyone else did. That scene just looked stupid.

    9) I also thought it was very bad writing for Mrs. Robbins to keep talking over Marcia while “congratulating” her for getting Jones to perform at their prom. And even when Marcia flat out tells her that she hasn’t even spoken to him yet, Robbins acts like that’s not even an issue. Not even a “well Marcia, when do you think you’ll be able to talk to him?” from her.

    10) When Mrs. Robbins says “I had the art department make that banner” (Welcome Davy Jones), I remember
    thinking, “Art Department”? What is his, a junior high school or a Hollywood Studio? That banner was
    professionally printed, there’s no way a Jr. High school would be able to do that, even in California.

    11) It should be obvious why Hank Coleman was interviewing the head of the Sanitation Department. Coleman was grilling him on why a bunch of neighborhood kids were constantly having to haul trash from Woodland Park to the dump, instead of the Dept of Sanitaiton taking care of it like they’re supposed to.

    12) Kind of neat that Whitney Rydbeck was brought back to play the auctioneer in “A Very Brady Sequel”. Very
    cool. I like when they do that on movie remakes of old TV Shows.

    13) Yes, Peter should have called and asked for Davy Jones to call “Peter” back, and given the Brady’s number. Who knows, Jones might have thought it was Peter Tork.

    14) It was kind of dumb for Marcia to think that the voice in the next room was Jones’.

    15) You’re right, the guy was a terrible Manager! Telling Marcia where Jones was defeats the whole purpose. How does he know she won’t go blabbing it to 500 other kids?

    16) I couldn’t name a single song Jones did solo other than Daydream Beliver (which I guess was technically a
    Monkees song, kind of like “Yesterday” was a Beatles song, but not really) and “Girl”. I don’t remember even
    hearing “Girl” on the radio, although I might have switched the channel if it ever did come on.

    17) Carol did not seem at all surprised to open the front door and see Davy Jones there. Did she know he was coming? Did he track down the Brady’s number (after hearing Marcia’s story over the intercom) and call them
    to let them know he’d be stopping by?

    18) Re: Bubblegum music… this was pretty big in the late 60s and very early 70s.

    Couple of examples of bubblegum music:

    “Sugar Sugar” by “The Archies”

    (Sugar Sugar was the #1 single of 1969)

    “1-2-3 Red Light” by the 1910 Fruitgum Company
    (this was also recorded by the Ohio Express)

    Bubblegum basically had catchy melodies, simple chords, good harmonies and a good beat.

    Tripp is correct about the “Davy Jones” counter on Nick at Night, that was funny! I don’t remember how many
    times the words “Davy Jones” ended up being said in the episode, but it was probably at least in the 40s …
    and the on-screen counter just kept increasing…

    it’s also true that the Monkees outsold the Beatles and Stones combined in 1967. Couple of reasons for this;

    John’s “More popular than Jesus” comments hurt their sales; plus, the Monkees were cranking out more albums
    than the Beatles & Stones were.

    When I was in college (early 80s), there was a commercial that ran which advertised some kind of “Best
    of the Monkees” album or album set. The commercial commented that during some period of time, the Monkees
    sold more records than Elvis and the Beatles. We didn’t believe the stat at the time, so we kind of poked fun at it by figuring that there was some obscure group out there called “Elvis and the Beatles” and the Monkees sold more records than THAT group.

    19) I think that Davy’s “How about the flip side” line was really stupid, but I wouldn’t consider it to be
    creepy. This is not Marcia’s uncle we’re talking about, trying to bum multiple kisses from her, it’s a “big
    time” (so they said) Pop singer, and Marcia is President of his local fan club.

    It was funny when Marcia blew Greg the kiss, but I seriously doubt that the producers were trying to push
    any kind of envelopes at the time. It was just a funny way to end the scene. This was the Brady Bunch.

    Neither Marcia’s kiss to Greg nor her two kissed to Jones were meant to be anything other than amusing. But this is not to say that the parody movies from the 90s couldn’t have made something out of them…

    20) Re: how did the kids know the words to “Girl”… just a thought… I don’t know what the capabilities of recording studios are in terms of producing an actual record album… but it seems reasonable that they would at least have the equipment to produce a demo album from the tapes they have. I’m not talking mass production, but maybe the “album” Davy brought to the Brady home was a quickly produced demo record from his recording session. When Marcia was in the studio, the Manager asked her to leave her name and address and he’d send her a copy of Davy’s latest album… who knows? Marcia might have gotten an advanced copy of the soon-to-be-released hit album! In any event, I was glad to have Mike give those four a “buck” to shut them the heck up.

    ClassicTVLover makes a good point; there’s no reason Mike wouldn’t have known where the TV Station was…
    being in the architect business, he probably is familiar with many parts of town where buildings his company designed have been built. It couldn’t have been near his office or on the way.

    Overall, Getting Davy Jones has never been one of my favorite episodes. I appreciate some of the zaniness of it, but I think it’s probably because, like Bobby and Peter, I was never impressed with Davy Jones. “I’m wild about you baby…wild, wild WILD!!!!!”

    I did love it in “A Very Brady Sequel” when Jones showed up at the dance and all of the teachers were gaga over him, but none of the students knew who he was… that was great!

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    1. Not sure why you think “Daydream Believer” isn’t really a Monkees song. All four members participated in the recording — Micky did harmony vocals, Mike played guitar, and Peter played piano (even coming up with the opening riff).

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  7. Remember the part when one of Marsha’s friends suggested, why not get the Beatles or Fifth dimension? Hadn’t those groups broken up by that time?

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  8. Obviously Marcia did not have her driver’s license yet, so both the hotel Davy Jones was staying at, and the recording studio he recorded his song at must have been well within walking distance of the Brady’s house.

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    1. I have worked in hotels for 25 years now and there is no real reason for Marcia to pose as a boy. However in all that time, I can only recall one male room attendant (maid) and I have never seen a female busser (room service). I’m sure they exist but they aren’t common. In the room service area, busser have to move a lot of heavy things (it’s not just dishes) and quickly so females are usually put on the phone taking room service orders or making them. (Room service is usually a separate division from the kitchen)

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  9. A couple of random thoughts:

    -Davy Jones’ single “Rainy Jane” did fairly well in Chicago, peaking at #14 on WLS and #7 on WCFL in July of 1971.
    -The best I can decipher “The Three Desperadoes” was Bobby was singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, and Cindy was singing “Home on the Range”. I’m not exactly sure what Jan was singing… my best guess was something like “Hooray, hooray!”
    -Kimberly Beck later appeared as the “new girlfriend” at the ice cream parlor in “Marcia Gets Creamed”. In addition to the other credits already mentioned, I remember her as Linda Blair’s girlfriend Lana in “Roller Boogie”.
    -Britt Leach also appeared in The Partridge Family around the same time. He had very little dialogue, but was memorable as Keith’s foil in the Christmas episode (“I guess I’ll lick my lolly later!!!”)
    -referring to the inquiry about The 5th Dimension, they were still together in their original lineup in 1971 (and for several years after, although Marilyn McCoo was featured more prominently at this stage). Their hits that year included “Love’s Lines, Angles and Rhymes”, “Light Sings” and their live version of “Never My Love”.

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  10. One more thing… was this the same “Hank Coleman” that one of the girls was asked if she had ever been kissed by during the Truth or Dare game at Marcia’s slumber party? Ewwwwww!

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    1. Peter had a black friend at his party. In a later episode the friend said he’d make a better pom-pom girl than football player and Doreen here called Marcia a liar.

      In the Desi Arnaz Jr episode Marica said Alice knew Lucille Ball’s housekeeper who in real life was a black woman named Willie Mae.

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  11. Given the time period of this episode, that the Monkees had broken up a few years earlier and their fame cooled a bit by this point, I just substitute David Cassidy in my head every time they mention Davey Jones and it all makes sense lol!
    Cassidy was white hot during this period. It would have been a funny opportunity for a crossover episode, since the Brady Bunch and the Partridge Family both aired on Friday nights on ABC during this time. David Cassidy could have been mistaken for Keith Partridge and vice versa. That might have been a little too meta for that time but it’s funny to think about.

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  12. Marcia would NEVER have been able to book Davy Jones, nor any other nationally-known act appealing to teens, for a junior high dance these days. It seems stretching it even in the early 1970s, but in today’s world, Marcia would have been escorted out — and not so nicely — by security if she stopped by uninvited to plead her case to the ex-Monkee to please come and play at our junior high dance.

    What I can see as believable: Early 1970s pop stars — particularly teen-friendly bubblegum pop acts of the time — getting requests from star-smitten junior high fan clubs asking them to play live (for real) at their dance. I’m sure if you were to ask Donny Osmond (or his brothers), the Jackson 5 (Michael’s brothers), David Cassidy and his Partridge Family mates … even the Bee Gees (remember, this is 1971, when their biggest hit was “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” 6-1/2 years before “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever”), they’d all recall how they got such letters and how they had to decline.

    I think this episode was just showing that Davy Jones was a nice guy and did things at the drop of a hat to please fans. If it were me, I’d have made it so that no big name (or a fictional band with stock actors) was involved and that Marcia comes away learning a tough lesson about making grand, unrealistic promises and the seemingly cruel workings of the real world.

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