A circus comes to town, and The Monkees visit the big top, only to soon discover that this particular circus is suffering from declining attendance, a situation embittered performers, who have not been paid for some time, blame on rock & roll discotheques - an enmity personified when Victor, the circus' ace knife thrower, attacks Davy via perfectly aimed throws within inches of Davy's face and threatens to call the police. Susan, one of the performers, befriends the Monkees but is distraught when Victor delivers a written ultimatum to Pop, the circus' head master. The Monkees then pose as aerial performers from France who wish to perform in the circus, and this wins the confidence of Victor and other performers - but backfires on The Monkees when they are expected to actually perform the dangerous aerial tasks required. Forced to confess that they are in fact rock & roll singers, The Monkees are caustically shamed into leaving by the enraged Victor and the other performers, leaving ...
Did You Know?
Obvious stock footage of elephants and other circus performers at a real circus in the second half the show. See more
After Davy Jones
makes the speech about the circus being tradition, Susan says, "Thank you Davy" yet they were never introduced. See more
[Davy has replaced Victor in the circus' knife-throwing act
First, I shall split the apple sitting atop my beautiful assistant's head!
[Peter has placed an apple on Susan's head, but when Davy throws the knife, it nearly stabs both Susan and Peter, earning a horrified gasp from the circus audience and gapes of horror from Susan and Peter
[now very nervous
Uh, don't worry folks, I've got plenty more knives!
[picks up another knife
The Great Victor
[...] See more
References Circus Boy
Sometime in the Morning
Written by Gerry Goffin
and Carole King
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by Jack Keller See more