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JACK OF ALL TRADES

MONKEY BUSINESS


EPISODE NO. 17
Season 2, episode 3
Series 203
1st release: 10/23/00
2nd release:
Production number: 118
Approximate shooting dates:
Last update: 10-27-00


REGULAR CAST, GUEST CAST & CREDITS
TV GUIDE PROMO
SYNOPSIS by Sally Dye


REGULAR CAST
Bruce Campbell (Jack Stiles)
Angela Dotchin (Emilia Rothschild)
Stuart Devenie (Governor Croque)
Stephen Papps (Brogard)

GUEST CAST
Toiiti (Wiranta)

CREDITS
Written by Eric Morris
Directed by Chris Graves

Filmed in Auckland, New Zealand, by Renaissance Pictures in association with Studios USA. Executive producers Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, R. J. Stewart; co-executive producer, Eric Gruendemann; producer, Chris Black, Janine Dickins; co-producer, Mike McDonald, associate producer, Sam Clark; director, Greg Yaitanes; writer, R.J. Stewart; camera, Kevin Riley; editor, Cushla Dillon; music, Joseph LoDuca; casting, Marie Adams, Beth Hymson-Ayer, Tracy Hampton.



TV GUIDE PROMO

Jack and Emilia are in competition to return a priceless artifact to one of their home countries.

Jack and Emilia receive orders to return an artifact to their home countries.

SYNOPSIS:

This synopsis is by Sally Dye .

Teaser

Jack and Emilia use dynamite to blast their way into an old abandoned temple cut into a mountainside. They are in search of an ancient statue called El Chango de Plata (The Silver Monkey). They have to rappel down into a deep pit. Jack: "Why do I always get the shaft?" When they reach the bottom, they see the statue, but Em is concerned that there might be booby traps, so they proceed carefully. They find beams of light reflected off polished stone from a crevice in the top of the cavern. Em negotiates the beams first, saying she was limbo champion at her boarding school. Jack says he was first in high jump and makes it over the beams also. They reach the statue, and Jack grabs it, releasing hydrochloric acid into the room.

Act I

Em is incensed (no pun intended) with Jack, even more so when Jack trips another trap, which starts to close the doors to the chamber. They make it through just before the doors close and barely escape a landslide on their way back to the cave entrance.

Back at the lab, Jean Claude flies in with orders from President Jefferson to send the statue back to America. Em disagrees, saying King George ordered her to send the monkey to England. They bet on who will ultimately win -- if the monkey goes to America, Em will be Jack's servant for a month; if it goes to England, Jack will be Em's servant.

At Croque's mansion, Croque reveals to Em and Jack that the Walla Walla Bing Bang temple has at last been discovered, but the Silver Monkey is missing. When the thief is discovered, he will be shot on sight.

Back home, Em is in the bathtub when Jack comes in and says he will stay there til Em tells him where the statue is. To up the ante, he pulls the plug from the tub. Em, about to lose her bubble bath, reveals that the monkey is under her bed, but when Jack tries to get it, several mousetraps snap onto various parts of his body. In his distress -- and apparently with a little help -- he falls off the balcony, onto a flagpole and onto the ground. Em taunts him from the doorway with the statue, which she had in the tub with her, but when she turns to go inside, a knife imbeds itself in the door scant inches from her head. She thinks Jack threw the knife, and he thinks she pushed him off the balcony. They struggle over the statue, which falls to the ground just as Croque and Brogard come by. Croque says how sorry he is that he must now execute them both immediately.

Act II

A firing squad is assembled on the spot. Em stops them by claiming that the Dragoon broke into the house and insisted that they sell the statue for him. Croque and Brogard don't believe it, so Em says she can prove it -- Jack took his mask. Jack produces the Dragoon mask. Croque now believes them and calls off the execution. He says he is going to melt the statue down and create ten little replicas of it to sell at exorbitant prices.

Jack and Em are relieved that they no longer have to try to kill each other, when suddenly a nearby cart explodes, knocking them to the ground. They see someone running from the scene and give chase. They catch him, and he says he is Wiranta, a member of the Walla Walla Bing Bangs. He says they want their monkey back. Unless Jack and Em get the monkey and return it, the Walla Wallas will hunt them down and skin them.

Croque is preparing to melt down the monkey. Em stalls by claiming that she just must witness this historic moment. Jack, as the Dragoon, leaps in and fights Brogard and the soldiers, with Em surreptitiously helping him. Finally Jack creates a steam cloud and disappears with the statue.

Back at the lab, Em makes two copies of the Silver Monkey to send to America and England and gives the original back to Wiranta. They ask why the Walla Wallas are so secretive. Wiranta says the world isn't ready for their secrets, but he has some advice for them: "Be decent to each other and stay off drugs." Then he leaves, vanishing before he gets to the door. Em tells Jack they have learned a valuable lesson -- that when they were fighting, they couldn't accomplish anything, but that when they worked together, they achived their goals. Jack agrees.








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