Saturday, March 10, 2012


I've often said that should I ever write my memoirs, the title would be "Living On The Periphery". All my life, I've always been on the very edge of anything significant in the world, never at the center of it. And probably that's a good thing - keeps my name out of the police blotter that way.

My best example? When the Iranian hostage crisis broke, I was working for the Savak, the Shah's secret police - but as a cashier in a NYC restaurant that they owned. Woop-ti-doo.  (Although it was unnerving to one day read an article in "New York" magazine about how one of my bosses used to wire the genitals of prisoners and another of the bosses once raped a woman in the embassy while her husband was left cooling his heels downstairs in the lobby.  After that, I would panic if I heard my name crop up in their conversations in Farsi.....)

I may not be the one in the headlines with important court cases, or starring in TV sitcoms, or hobnobbing with the legends of the music biz, but I'm friends with those people.

Like I said, I'm on the periphery.

This is probably my first example, at least the earliest documented one*:

I'm sure most of you have seen that video at least once in the last week, or at the very least a snippet of it during the news - that's the late Davy Jones of Monkees fame as the Artful Dodger. He had been nominated for the Tony Award for that role, but lost to David Burns of 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum'.

Before the death of Davy Jones, the main reason this video was of notice was because it was from the February 9, 1964 broadcast of 'The Ed Sullivan Show' - the same night in which the Beatles made their debut on Ed's show.

And yes, there is a peripheral connection to me with that clip - the moppet in that snippet playing Oliver is Ron Kroll. We used to go to St. Joseph's School together in Meriden, Connecticut, until one day he was off to the Great White Way to be a part of the "Oliver!" cast. And eventually, in time for the Sullivan broadcast, he had been elevated to the title role.

Years later we were acting together on stage in the Platt High School production of "The Odd Couple". I was Murray the Cop, Ron was either Vinnie or Roy. One thing I remember from that production was the backlash before we opened - a lot of people were upset that we weren't doing a musical.  With a musical, there would have been more student participation. But the teacher who used to direct those in the past had stepped down, and Antia Madzik, who took over, wanted to start off with a play to get the basic experience first.

Here's a couple of pictures from the high school yearbook about that show.....

That's Ron, sitting at the piano next to Miss Madzik.  As for the other picture?  That's me with our Cecily and Gwendolyn Pidgeon sitting on me.  It's not part of the play, but at that point in the photo shoot I wasn't concerned with veracity.....

So that's my connection to "Oliver!", Davy Jones, and the Beatles. Not even worth playing the degrees of separation game with that one. But I'm still friends with Ron, reconnected through Facebook, so that's what really counts.

Oh, and by the way, this is my 7400th post for Inner Toob since I started blogging in 2004!

* When he was nine years old, the late Phil Hartman lived in my hometown.  I would have been just a baby in the carriage at that point, but who's to say we didn't pass each other with our Mommies at some time in the supermarket?



Bob is a puppet being who is missed here at Toobworld Central.  If only a place could be found for him in some other televised venue.....



Here's some wonderful, off-color bidness from Chuck McCann:

This definitely takes place in Skitlandia. Hey, would you really want this alien visiting Earth Prime-Time? There's enough bleep stinking up the airwaves as it is in the main Toobworld!

But as for Chuck McCann himself? Always welcome, and despite the situation with this particular character, his bleep don't stink!



For this Saturday edition of the Video Weekend, we're featuring a Neil Innes character in the "ASOTV" showcase for no other reason than we want to. And because I found a good video in the Skitlandia version of the WNU.

Plus it's been one hundred years since the introduction of Tarzan to the world. It's about time Inner Toob celebrated his existence in the multiverse!

Okay, so I had three good reasons.....


Edgar Rice Burroughs

'The Innes Book Of Records'

Neil Innes


"Enchanted" by Mr. Sweet

From Wikipedia:
Tarzan is a fictional character, an archetypal feral child raised in the African jungles by the Mangani "great apes"; he later experiences civilization only to largely reject it and return to the wild as a heroic adventurer. Created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan first appeared in the novel "Tarzan of the Apes" (magazine publication 1912, book publication 1914), and then in twenty-five sequels, three authorized books by other authors, and innumerable works in other media, authorized or not.
Tarzan is the son of a British Lord and Lady who were marooned on the Atlantic coast of Africa by mutineers. When Tarzan was only an infant, his mother died of natural causes and his father was killed by Kerchak, leader of the ape tribe by whom Tarzan was adopted. Tarzan's tribe of apes is known as the Mangani, Great Apes of a species unknown to science. Kala is his ape mother. Burroughs added stories occurring during Tarzan's adolescence in his sixth Tarzan book, "Jungle Tales of Tarzan". 

Tarzan is his ape name; his real English name is John Clayton, Earl Greystoke (the formal title is Viscount Greystoke according to Burroughs in "Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle"; Earl of Greystoke in later, non-canonical sources, notably the 1984 movie "Greystoke"). In fact, Burroughs's narrator in Tarzan of the Apes, describes both Clayton and Greystoke as fictitious names – implying that, within the fictional world that Tarzan inhabits, he may have a different real name.

(yeah yeah!) (yeah yeah!) (yeah yeah!)

Apeman king of jungle
Apeman have no fear
Apeman tell life story
Apeman bend your ear

aaaheeaaaheeaaah, Ungawa
(yeah yeah!)

Apeman grow ape child
Apeman soon teenager
Apeman really wild

aaaheeaaaheeaaah, Ungawa
(yeah yeah!)

Well I'm an apeman (yeah he's an apeman!)
Gotta-keep-in-shape man ('cause he's an apeman!)

aaaheeaaaheeaaah, Ungawa
(yeah yeah!) 

Apeman fall for ape girl
Apeman go on date
Apeman go ape dancin'
Apeman stay out late

aaaheeaaaheeaaah, Ungawa
(yeah yeah!)

Well I'm an apeman (yeah he's an apeman!)
A gotta-keep-in-shape man ('cause he's an apeman!)

aaaheeaaaheeaaah, Ungawa
(yeah yeah!)

Apeman go ape steady
Apeman take ape bride
Apeman raise ape family
Apeman will provide

aaaheeaaaheeaaah, Ungawa
(yeah yeah!)

aaaheeaaaheeaaah, Ungawa
(yeah yeah!)

aaaheeaaaheeaaah, Ungawa
(yeah yeah!)

That he sang his life story might indicate that he had been touched by the powers of Mr. Sweet the pan-dimensional musical demon from 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'.  (Another example of why Mr. Sweet in in the TV Crossover Hall of Fame!)

As you can see, animated characters from the Tooniverse could cross over not only into Earth Prime-Time but into Skitlandia as well.......


Friday, March 9, 2012


Here's today's featured Literary TV character in the "ASOTV" showcase:



Once a month, since the big celebration last October for the 50th anniversary of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show', Inner Toob has been continuing the salute with more posts about the greatest sitcom ever made (and my second favorite TV show ever.)

Last month, we took a look at Hezekiah Petrie's family tree and the black Petries who could be descended from him. This time we're examining another branch of Uncle Hezekiah's immediate family......

At the reading of Hezekiah Petrie's will in 1965, Rob and Laura Petrie were introduced to Alfred Rhinebeck, Uncle Hezekiah's half-brother.

Based on facts gleaned from the episode, we learned that Uncle Hezekiah was born in 1863, probably in early November. But Alfred Rhinebeck had to be no older than the actor who portrayed him. (One of my favorite TV character actors, Herb Vigran.) This would place Alfred's birth in 1910.

So that means there was about a 47 year difference between the brothers.

Based on the picture we saw of Hezekiah Petrie's father, he appeared to be no less than 45 years of age when Hezekiah was born. That would have made him 92 years old when he sired Alfred!

Although Papa Petrie might have had the stamina, like Strom Thurmond, it's highly doubtful that Hezekiah's mother could have had another child 47 years later.

But what if she died and the Senior Petrie remarried a much younger woman? She would be the mother of Alfred and so that would make him and Hezekiah half-brothers.

But Alfred also had the last name of Rhinebeck....

It would seem the elderly Petrie passed away, and the second Missus must have eventually remarried to a man named Rhinebeck.

So Alfred's step-father must have then adopted the lad and gave him his surname....




Kay Thompson

'Playhouse 90' - "Eloise"

Evelyn Rudie

Earth Prime-Time

Multiversal Recastaway

From Wikipedia:
"Eloise" is the name of the protagonist in a series of children's books written in the 1950s by Kay Thompson (1909-1998) and illustrated by Hilary Knight (b. 1926). Thompson and Knight followed up "Eloise" (1955) with four sequels.

Eloise is a six-year-old girl who lives in the "room on the tippy-top floor" of the Plaza Hotel in New York City with her Nanny, her pug dog Weenie, and her turtle Skipperdee.

Thompson's goddaughter, Liza Minnelli, has been cited as a possible model for Eloise, as has the author herself.

The television "Eloise" was an adaptation of the popular book by Kay Thompson, which owed much to the delicate line illustrations of Hilary Knight. The marketing of Eloise and the subsequent book sequels practically always featured the illustrations of Knight, and numerous photographs were published in the 1950s of [Eveyln] Rudie in the role.

In 1956, Rudie became an overnight star with her performance in the title role of Eloise on television's 'Playhouse 90'. It brought her critical acclaim, much press coverage and an Emmy nomination at age six—the first time a child actress was so honored.

Kay Thompson appeared in the TV special as herself.  Toobworld has many televersions of authors who share Earth Prime-Time as their "creations" - Dickens, Twain, Christie, Conan Doyle, etc. - but this may be the first time the actual author is seen in Toobworld along with the characters she "created".

As always, the truth is that the late Ms. Thompson was writing a true-life account, as far as Toobworld is concerned.....


Thursday, March 8, 2012


I received an e-mail from Vincent Audette, a member of Team Toobworld who's come through in the past with info that served to better the Toobworld Dynamic.......

I remembered your article from 2008 about the fictional Mammoth Studios that linked 'The Lucy Show', 'The Monkees' and 'The Beverly Hillbillies'. Lately i've been watching the 'It Takes A Thief' box set and the second season two parter features Mammoth Studios and even tells us who owns the studio when it aired during the 1968-69 TV season. Thought you'd like to know.

I do!  Mammoth Studios was inducted into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame in 2009, so this is a welcome addition to its tally.

Thanks, Vincent!

(The picture above is from 'The Monkees'.....)


Recently, the villain of "Rich Man, Poor Man" - the dastardly yet somehow charismatic Falconetti - was featured as the "ASOTV" showcase character from literature. And we pointed out one of Toobworld's big Zonks with his portrayal - that even though his left eye was injured in the fight with Tom Jordache, he was later seen wearing a patch over his right eye.

This is easy enough to splain away - Falconetti's left eye didn't suffer permanent damage. But while he was in prison, he did lose his right eye in another brawl.




Anton Myrer

'Once An Eagle'

Cliff Potts

Earth Prime-Time

From Wikipedia:
"Once an Eagle" (1968) is a war novel by American author Anton Myrer. A #1 New York Times Bestseller, "Once an Eagle" has been a favorite of American military men and women since its writing. The novel tells the story of Sam Damon, career Army officer, from his initial enlistment to his rise to general officer rank. Along the way, he encounters Courtney Massengale time and again, an opportunistic, smooth talking Army officer devoid of the honor and integrity that guide Sam Damon during his career. A television mini-series based on the book was aired on NBC in 1976, with actor Sam Elliot portraying Sam Damon. The book appears on the Commandant's required reading list for all First Lieutenants in the United States Marine Corps, and frequently serves as a text for Cadets in leadership classes at West Point.

'Once An Eagle' (1976) is a nine hour American television mini-series directed by Richard Michaels and E.W. Swackhamer. The picture was written by Peter S. Fischer and based on the 1968 Anton Myrer novel of the same name.

The first and last installments of the seven-part series broadcasted two hours each, while the interim episodes were 60 minutes.

The mini-series concerns the thirty year careers of two military men, from the outbreak of World War I to the aftermath of World War II.

Courtney Massengale (Antagonist. Conniver and malefactor, using family political connections to move up the ranks)

Courtney Massengale (Cliff Potts) is... a womanizing, self-aggrandizing conniver.

Courtney Massengale, is evil personified. His dedication is to the advancement of his career, without regard to the devastation it wreaks on his family and the blood shed by those affected by his command decisions.

Courtney Massengale, triumphs over Sam Damon by manipulating the political system in Washington and making all the right career moves, even though he disdains the rank-and-file and sends his soldiers into certain death in his first command in World War II.

Courtney Massengale is the officer you hope you don't work for,'' said Col. Jerry D. Morelock, a recently retired history professor at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where Army officers are trained for higher command.

The names of Sam Damon and Courtney Massengale have entered the language of the United States military as code words for the good officer who thinks first of the troops and the other one who thinks only of personal gain.

When General Shelton wants to exclude a candidate from a promotion, all he has to do is tell the board of review: ''This is another Courtney Massengale.''

''It's a household name and I've used it to say we shouldn't have an individual like that in the ranks -- someone who is motivated for all the wrong reasons, someone you don't want leading the troops,'' General Shelton said.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012


With yesterday's mega-tribute to the TV characters played by the late Davy Jones, I found a few theoretical connections:

Record producers Jerry Vicuna ('Sledge Hammer') and Albert Lynch ('ABC After-School Special') could be brothers.

Jockey Davey Sanders ("The Bluegrass Special") may have changed his name to Frank Tyson ("A Horse In The House") and moved back to England.

Monkee Mike Nesmith "wrote" the song "I'm Gonna Buy Me A Dog", previously recorded by a teen-age band - which included a look-a-like for Mike's band-mate Davy. ('The Farmer's Daughter')

As I did all the research on that project, I found another theoretical connection, one which didn't fit in with the overall Davy Jones theme.....

In the 'My Two Dads' episode "The Wedge", Michael tried to rouse Joey because he thought he heard a prowler in the house. But Joey was in the midst of a very erotic dream, in which he was fending off the amorous advances of some woman named Veronica. ("No, Veronica! I have no more to give!")

So the question is: Who was Veronica?

Joey Harris was an artist with some small measure of success. With a decent enough reputation in the art world, Joey may have moved easily through the upper echelons of the entertainment world - not just the art scene, but the music biz. the movie crowd and TV types.

And in the field of fashion as well.....

Veronica "Ronnie" Chase was another former A-Lister with her own lingerie catalogue "empire". And she wrote self-help books as well.  When we last saw her, she was struggling a bit to keep pace with the industry, but at one time she had been on top of the world, Ma!

So I'm going to put forth (I know she did!) that at some point in the trajectories of their careers, Joey and Veronica intersected. They probably intersected a lot.....

Eventually, it had to end. But it looks like Joey never got over her.....

(And Veronica probably never got over him either. Eventually she started dating a man named Justin, who looks to have been Joey's identical cousin.)



Near the end of the month, I'll be participating in another blog-A-thon, this time celebrating Fredric March. My experience with the 'Dick Van Dyke Show' bog-A-thon (I just like typing that!) hosted by "Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear" (link to the left, March Hares!) was so enjoyable I was hoping I'd stumble across another one which I could take a swing at.

Either I'm about to disappoint you, or reassure you, but I won't be going overboard like I did for the 50th anniversary of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'. Doing one marathon of posting a year is enough for me and I'll stick to 'Doctor Who' on New Year's Day for that. No, I'll only have the one post for the weekend of March 24 & 25 celebrating Fredric March in Toobworld. Mr. March didn't do enough TV to offer me enough of a variety to choose from, but what I've decided on is cherce. And I'll be using the daily "As Seen On TV" showcase as the focus..

Hopefully I can get down to the Paley Center this week in hopes that they have what I'm looking for.....

At the very least, my commitment to this project has spurred me to finally order a printer/scanner combo for the Toobworld Central offices....

So here's some background on the March-In-March blog-A-thon: It will be hosted by the blog "Sittin' On A Backyard Fence" and will run March 15 - 31. Other bloggers will be showcased each day during the run on that site while the free-for-all, in which my humble offering will be made, happens on the last full weekend.

To learn more, to see what other blogs will be involved, and find out which of Mr. March's movies will be showcased, click on the logo's caption above....




George Eliot

"Silas Marner, The Weaver Of Raveloe"

Sir Ben Kingsley

Alternate Earth

Multiversal Recastaway

From Wikipedia:
"Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe" is a dramatic novel by George Eliot. Her third novel, it was first published in 1861. An outwardly simple tale of a reclusive weaver, in its strong realism it represents one of Eliot's most sophisticated treatments of her attitude to religion.

For the plot summary, click here.

  • Silas Marner – a weaver and miser who is cast out of Lantern Yard by his treacherous friend William Dane, and accumulates a small fortune only to have it stolen by Dunstan Cass. Despite these misfortunes, he finds his faith and virtue restored by the arrival of young Eppie. (protagonist)
  • Godfrey Cass – eldest son of the local squire, who is being constantly blackmailed by his dissolute brother Dunstan over his secret marriage to Molly. When Molly dies, he feels relief, but in time realizes he must account for his deceit to those he has wronged. (deuteragonist)
  • Dunstan Cass – Godfrey's greedy brother with a penchant for alcohol and manipulation, and the real culprit in the theft of Silas's bag of gold.
  • Molly Farren – Godfrey's first (and secret) wife, who has a child by him. She dies in the attempt to reveal their relationship and ruin Godfrey, leaving the child, Eppie, to wander into Silas' life.
  • Eppie – child of Molly and Godfrey, who is cared for by Silas after the death of her mother. Mischievous in her early years, she grows into a radiant young girl devoted to her adoptive father.
  • Nancy Cass (nee Lammeter) – Godfrey Cass' second wife, a morally and socially respectable young woman.
  • Aaron Winthrop – son of Dolly, who marries Eppie at the end of the novel.
  • Dolly Winthrop – mother to Aaron; godmother to Eppie. Sympathetic to Silas.
  • William Dane – William Dane is Silas’ former best friend, who looked after and respected Silas in Lantern Yard. William ultimately betrays Silas by framing him for theft and marrying Silas’ fiancée Sarah after Silas is exiled from Lantern Yard.
  • Sarah – Silas' fiancée in Lantern Yard, who subsequently marries his treacherous friend William Dane.
From the source:
To the peasants of old times, the world outside their own direct experience was a region of vagueness and mystery: to their untravelled thought a state of wandering was a conception as dim as the winter life of the swallows that came back with the spring; and even a settler, if he came from distant parts, hardly ever ceased to be viewed with a remnant of distrust, which would have prevented any surprise if a long course of inoffensive conduct on his part had ended in the commission of a crime; especially if he had any reputation for knowledge, or showed any skill in handicraft. All cleverness, whether in the rapid use of that difficult instrument the tongue, or in some other art unfamiliar to villagers, was in itself suspicious: honest folk, born and bred in a visible manner, were mostly not overwise or clever--at least, not beyond such a matter as knowing the signs of the weather; and the process by which rapidity and dexterity of any kind were acquired was so wholly hidden, that they partook of the nature of conjuring. In this way it came to pass that those scattered linen-weavers--emigrants from the town into the country--were to the last regarded as aliens by their rustic neighbours, and usually contracted the eccentric habits which belong to a state of loneliness.

In the early years of this century, such a linen-weaver, named Silas Marner, worked at his vocation in a stone cottage that stood among the nutty hedgerows near the village of Raveloe, and not far from the edge of a deserted stone-pit. The questionable sound of Silas's loom, so unlike the natural cheerful trotting of the winnowing-machine, or the simpler rhythm of the flail, had a half-fearful fascination for the Raveloe boys, who would often leave off their nutting or birds'-nesting to peep in at the window of the stone cottage, counterbalancing a certain awe at the mysterious action of the loom, by a pleasant sense of scornful superiority, drawn from the mockery of its alternating noises, along with the bent, tread-mill attitude of the weaver. But sometimes it happened that Marner, pausing to adjust an irregularity in his thread, became aware of the small scoundrels, and, though chary of his time, he liked their intrusion so ill that he would descend from his loom, and, opening the door, would fix on them a gaze that was always enough to make them take to their legs in terror. For how was it possible to believe that those large brown protuberant eyes in Silas Marner's pale face really saw nothing very distinctly that was not close to them, and not rather that their dreadful stare could dart cramp, or rickets, or a wry mouth at any boy who happened to be in the rear? They had, perhaps, heard their fathers and mothers hint that Silas Marner could cure folks' rheumatism if he had a mind, and add, still more darkly, that if you could only speak the devil fair enough, he might save you the cost of the doctor. Such strange lingering echoes of the old demon-worship might perhaps even now be caught by the diligent listener among the grey-haired peasantry; for the rude mind with difficulty associates the ideas of power and benignity. A shadowy conception of power that by much persuasion can be induced to refrain from inflicting harm, is the shape most easily taken by the sense of the Invisible in the minds of men who have always been pressed close by primitive wants, and to whom a life of hard toil has never been illuminated by any enthusiastic religious faith.

As rich as this production is, it still must be relegated to an alternate TV dimension. There had been a 1964 TV series based on the book starring David Markham and that must take precedence for Earth Prime-Time.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Today is Ben Murphy's birthday; he turns 70 years old.

Murphy starred in series like 'Lottery!', 'Berrenger's', 'The Winds Of War', 'The Name Of The Game', 'Gemini Man', and 'Dirty Dozen: The Series'. But I think we all know with which series he'll forever be pardnered......

Say it with me, Team Toobworld:


As I often mention here in the IT, it would be nice if TV characters had nice long lives off-screen, even if the actors who portrayed them passed away. But then again, if there's ever a threat of another actor coming along who might play that same role, it would be better to consider the character dead as well. That way our memory is of the original actor only, unsullied by any new interpretation.

Ben Murphy's partner on 'AS&J' wasn't that lucky. After Pete Duel took his own life during the run of that Western, he was replaced by the actor who had been providing the opening narration for the series, Roger Davis. But it just wasn't the same.

I tried to come up with a convoluted splainin about how the soul of Hannibal Heyes had been transferred into the corpse of a gunslinger/gambler known as "Smiler" (also played by Davis.) It ran for pages in my original website, the Tubeworld Dynamic, and it involved characters played by Alan Hale on 'The Wild Wild West' and 'Alias Smith And Jones' and of course I had to bring my all-time favorite TV character, Dr. Miguelito Quixote Loveless, into the mix as well.

But as much as I liked it, the essay stretched credulity to the breaking point. So I ditched it in favor of the more reasonable splainin - there were two versions of 'Alias Smith And Jones'. Both featured Ben Murphy as Kid Curry, but the Hannibal Heyes played by Pete Duel could be found in Earth Prime-Time, while the one with Roger Davis as outlaw under the alias of "Joshua Smith" could be found in the TV dimension of remakes.

Kid Curry is long since dead in the Toobworld timeline, but when he died depends on the good health of Mr. Murphy.

According to a book I have ("Alias Smith & Jones: The Story Of Two Pretty Good Bad Guys" by Sandra K. Sagala and JoAnne M. Bagwell), the televised story of Kid Curry and Hannibal Heyes began in 1880. Which means that if we consider Kid Curry to be the same age as the actor who played him - standard custom here at Toobworld Central, unless told differently in the script - then he was 29 years of age. So that means he was born in 1851.

Even though the chance is rare, there's always the possibility that Kid Curry might one day show up again on TV. ('The Adventures Of Brisco County, Jr.' would have been a perfect showcase for him!) So that means - to my way of thinking, at any rate - that as long as Ben Murphy is alive and well, then so is Kid Curry. (I mean, Thaddeus Jones.)

So the Kid would have turned 70 in 1921, one year into the run of 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'Downton Abbey' won't reach that point in time for at least another season.

I hope he enjoyed the 20th Century.....

Happy birthday, Ben Murphy!


They're not really clones, although I suppose an argument could be made for some of them.  This is just about those other characters played by Davy Jones on TV.  Yes, Sleepy Jean, he did play more than a televersion of himself......

It's a standard conceit in Toobworld to think of TV characters surviving beyond the lifespans of the actors who portrayed them. However, when dealing with the fictional televersions of those actors, we have to consider them as having died as well. And unless otherwise stated in some TV show, they died in the same manner as the originals in the Trueniverse.

So it is with Davy Jones of the Monkees, who passed away last week at the too young age of 66. But in Toobworld, Davy left behind quite a few "tele-folks" among the citizenry of the TV dimension.

Let's take a look at the main ones of interest.....

Davy may be gone, but his identical "twin" from the musical sitcom should still be around - unless he was murdered in some palace intrigue. Prince Ludlow was 17 in the episode (He had to be married by the age of 18 in order to inherit the kingdom.) so he was younger than Davy. He'd be about 62 years of age today.

Next up, the triumvirate of aging rock stars. I think each of them is an individual and not just operating under stage names in one or the other. But they could all have a Monkees connection - perhaps they all started out in the business as Davy Jones impersonators......

Malcolm was a former glory rocker who was an old friend of Joey Harris. When he first dropped by, he believed that Nicole's other dad, Michael, was a bad influence on Joey. He came to visit the next year in hopes he might find an idea for a new rock album. After bleeping off Nicole, he wrote a song for her as an apology......

Reg, along with Gordy (whose full name may be Norman Gordon, further research required) and Jedidiah Lawrence, showed up at a rave turned anniversary party, where they performed "My Girl" and "Not Fade Away". Reg, a professional mooch, claimed that he first met Alan and Amy Matthews during their college backpacking trip (not realizing only Amy was enrolled in college.)

Plus - check out the TV crossover by the end!

Davy appeared in the last episode of the series, "The Not So Lush Rock Star", which was never broadcast. The general description of the plotline is: "For her new job, Margot must keep a struggling rock star out of trouble until his comeback -- but George has other plans for him."
I'm assuming Davy's character of Johnnie James was the rock star.....

Then we've got the record executives......

Lynch was a record company executive, a total sleazebag, who wanted the lead singer of Hallie's Comets to sex it up in the presentation of their songs. This led to a showdown with the town's arch-conservative sheriff.

Once again, Davy Jones played a sleazy record producer; this time he was a suspect in the murders of a heavy metal rocker and his band. As it was such a publicity-hungry business, I don't think it would be logical if Vicuna escaped from jail and then took on the persona of Albert Lynch in that "ABC After-School Special". However it could be that they were twins who had followed the same dream - only Albert changed his last name to avoid any further connection to his murderous brother.

It looks like he stayed in his comfort zone with his roles, even if some of them were rotters. But then again, after producers weren't willing to give him a shot at something completely different after 'The Monkees'.

Connected to another aspect of his real life, Davy also played a few jockeys.....

The name listed above is just my Agatha Christie way of saying I have no clue as to the identity of Davy's character in the episode "No Way To Treat A Lady". (U.N. Owen = Unknown from "Ten Little Indians")  This was a BBC prime-time soap opera similar to 'Dallas' about the horse-racing set near Lambourn Downs which lasted two seasons (series.) Since Davy had been a jockey in his earlier years, he could have been playing a former jockey, a current jockey, a jockey turned trainer, a racehorse owner, or even making an appearance as himself.

Once again Davy played a slimy bastid, a jockey in league of a crooked bookie. They're determined to ruin Otterby Stables, but a young girl named Melanie Webb (and a horse named Orbit) are just as determined to stop them...

Once again, Davy played a jockey, and once again he wasn't a very nice guy. As this was broadcast two years prior to "A Horse In The House", I have a "Game Of The Name" theory - Davey was soon barred from racing in the States and he returned to England. There he changed his name to Frank Tyson and continued his slide into the Dark Side.

And here, back before he got typecast......

Davy and the loverly Yvonne Craig played a couple of kids who got married too young and had descended into a boozy existence, with Mary Carter ending up in the hospital because of a very bad beating. Glue-sniffing Greg ended up in the hospital as well by the end. The name of the episode was "If You Play Your Cards Right, You Too Can Be A Loser" - I tells ya, they don't make episode titles like that anymore!

And even earlier, back home in Jolly Olde....

Davy appeared in three episodes of the series, but I earlier made the claim that his role as the nameless "Boy Footballer" was probably Davy as himself. Willie Thatcher was in the very first episode of this classic old warhorse, while Frankie showed up only fourteen episodes later. I get the feeling that somebody in that precinct had been tomcatting around fourteen years earlier! Not only did Davy get to work with Stratford Johns and Frank Windsor who played future Crossover Hall of Famers Barlow and Watt, but also Jeremy Kemp and Brian Blessed (both of them as constables).

We can't really consider this as one of Davy's characters. He appeared in maybe one or two episodes of this series, as the grandson of Ena Sharples. But when Colin returned years later, he was now played by another actor - a victim of age recasting. At least as a boy he looked like Davy Jones though.

Now, this is a very interesting link to 'The Monkees' and technically it has nothing to do with Davy. In this episode, he plays a teenager named Roland who forms a rock band with Congressman Morley's son and a couple of other kids. Katy Holstrum agrees to be their manager and helps them to record a song called "I'm Gonna Buy Me A Dog".....

You might think I would take the easy way out and claim that within a year, Roland would change his name to Davy Jones and hook up with the other members of the Monkees. But you'd be wrong, dear reader! The televersion of Davy Jones has too much baggage - for instance, I think we have to accept that TV's Davy Jones was also on Broadway in 'Oliver!' but then cast his lot with Mickey, Mike, Peter.

And there are too many questions regarding Roland. Did this episode take place in Washington, D.C.? If so, at least then we'd have a few reasons why this English kid was going to school with Steve Morley.

But we can still connect this series to 'The Monkees'! According to one of their episodes, Mike Nesmith wrote "I'm Gonna Buy Me A Dog" and they all thought he was on his way to a fantastic song-writing career with yet another sleazy record executive. (This time played by Phil Leeds.) 

Mike met Davy, and joined up with him and Peter and Mickey to record the song themselves, and never once did they suspect that there was another kid out there who already recorded it and who looked like Davy's twin brother!

Davy appeared in three of the shorts in this series - two in its original run ("Love And The Model Apartment" and "Love And The Elopement") while the third was in the 1986 remake (either "Love-A-Gram" or "Love And The Apartment"). Even though that was a remake, it can still reside in Earth Prime-Time because the show had no real continuing characters, being made up of vignettes - small slices of life during prime time.

And finally, to add to Davy's appearances as his cartoon self in 'The Scooby-Doo Movies' and 'Hey, Arnold!' (with the 'Spongebob Squarepants' role an in-joke based on his name), Davy also played Nigel in an episode of 'Phineas and Ferb'. My friends in the TV Crossover Universe forum on Facebook tell me that this series could be a real hub in their view of the world. (Although it's a separate dimension for the Toobworld Dynamic and therefore not of great import to the TwD.......)

And there you have it, the clones of Davy Jones - although I doubt genetic splicing was ever involved.....



Here's another list submitted by an outside source - something for the "Tele-Folks Directory" Department:



"He was about this tall and skinny
With a smudge on his nose.

And he wore a tall, silk hat

Professor Phipps


We have a little something different for the Two For Tuesday edition of the "As Seen On TV" showcase - a literary character, seen on TV, but not actually "real". And it's all in memory of Davy Jones....


Charles Dickens

'The Ed Sullivan Show'

Davy Jones


Todd Baron

The performance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' occurred on February 9, 1964 - the same broadcast to feature the Beatles' first appearance on the variety show. No attempt at some extra-dimensional splainin on this one - no creation of a Skitlandian off-shoot for the TV dimension known as Toobstage. This was exactly as master serlinguist Ed Sullivan presented it - an excerpt from the Broadway show that was playing at the time.

As for the Dodger's appearance in the 'Bewitched' episode "The Phrase Is Familiar", he was as Professor Phipps described him:

"Isn't he wonderful, Samantha?
A page out of Dickens, come to life!"

Dodger falls into the same subset of the Tele-Folks Directory as fairy tale character Jack O' The Beanstalk (also from 'Bewitched'), Elizabeth Bennett of "Pride And Prejudice" (but as seen in 'Lost In Austen'), and many of the Storybrooke citizens - also fairy tale characters - from 'Once Upon A Time'. They are all characters to be found in books who are brought to life out of a particular volume/edition of said books.

(They could all have actual counterparts in Earth Prime-Time, but these would be from their life stories as chronicled by Dickens, Jane Austen, and the Brothers Grimm [among others].)

Head feel like exploding any time soon?

* Because Dickens exists in Earth Prime-Time as well, he is considered more of a journalist/biographer who chronicled the lives of his characters instead of creating them.


Inner Toob will do another Two For Tuesday salute to the character of the Artful Dodger, perhaps next week.......

"Why don't we just return him to the pages of literature?"
Samantha Stephens

Monday, March 5, 2012


Even though this posted in the wee small hours of the morning today, I know this will be my Facebook highlight for the whole week:



I've talked about references to the Batcave on other TV shows before. (This link to the latest reference also includes a link to the first article.) And its notoriety has an international following.....

When George Sands told Annie that he was treating his severe case of "moping" by hunting vampires, the ghost argued: "I meant 'take a shower', not storm the Batcave!" (This occurred in the fourth season opener of the original 'Being Human'.)

It's not something I look forward to, but should the day come when Adam West passes away and some network decides to bring 'Batman' back as a live-action series, I think a splainin could be drafted in which both versions of the show exist in Earth Prime-Time. But so long as the actor lives and breathes, the original Bruce Wayne does as well. And that means any new version of the show must be relegated to an alternate TV dimension.

To consider any other option would be... diabolical.



Here in the real world, talk show host and "cousin"* Conan O'Brien won a walk-on role on 'How I Met Your Mother' at an auction. The producers offered to beef up the role for him, but Conan turned it down. I think he thought it would be funnier to just do the microscopic cameo without any fanfare.

So in his blink-and-you'll-miss-him moment in 'HIMYM', here's Conan.....

I'm going to count this as an appearance by Conan O'Brien as a member of the League of Themselves. Apparently, Coco came back to New York City and decided to hang out with some old friends at MacLaren's, which must have been one of his favorite watering holes while he lived in the Big Apple.

In a world where the televersions of celebrities can find themselves in the middle of nowhere for the flimsiest of reasons in other sitcoms, this was at least feasible.

As such, his walk-on now connects 'How I Met Your Mother' to the following shows:

'Web Therapy'
'Sesame Street'
'The Office'
'30 Rock'
'Veronica's Closet'
"The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch"
'Primetime Glick'

And that's just in Earth Prime-Time!

His appearance in an episode of 'DAG' takes place in the same TV dimension in which you'd find 'Karen', 'Hail To The Chief', 'Mr. President', 'Cory In The House' and the upcoming 'Veep' on HBO.  In Skitlandia, he can be found in an episode of 'The Martin Short Show' and 'Mr. Show with Bob & David'.  (I think his opening routine when he hosted the Emmy Awards - in which he woke up late and found himself in various TV shows - should also be included here.)

Over in the Tooniverse, Conan's cartoon counterpart could be seen in 'The Simpsons', 'Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist', and his live-action doppleganger was beamed into the Tooniverse in an episode of 'Space Ghost, Coast To Coast'.  (So that should count as half a credit for him in his tally for the main Toobworld.

And nearly one thousand years in the future, his head will be cloned so that he can work the Catskills circuit in a Christmas episode of 'Futurama'.

Just another example of life during prime time......


* All O'Briens are related.  It's the law.