|"Dexter's Rival"||Premiere Order
"Dial M for Monkey: Simion"
|"Dexter's Rival"||Production Order
"Dial M for Monkey: Simion"
|Dial M for Monkey: Simion|
|Season 1, Episode 3b|
|Episode name reference to/pun on: The word "simian", another name for a monkey.|
|Air date||May 11, 1996 (TNT)|
May 12, 1996 (Sequence)
|Written by||Lou Romano|
|Directed by||Paul Rudish|
In this episode, Monkey meets Simion, a highly intelligent chimpanzee, who seeks vengeance on humans for altering him into his current state.
Agent Honeydew contacts Monkey while she and two of her fellow agents are drifting helplessly in space. Upon hearing her telepathic message, he zooms to them and brings them back to base. The Commander thanks Monkey for his rescue, but soon turns to Honeydew, who explains what happened: they were patrolling Sector 12 when they were snowed under by a fleet of unidentified warships that took their ships out before they had a chance to retaliate. The Commander then states that all they know is that its trajectory is Earth. He then tells Monkey to investigate.
Monkey arrives at the fleet's location, and is surprised to find a space station at its lead. The ships fire on him, but he takes them all out as a shadowy figure watches him. Once inside the space station, Monkey is greeted by the figure, who reveals his plan to destroy Earth. The figure is then revealed to be an anthro monkey named Simion, whom Monkey tries to reason with, asking him what his problem with man is, but the latter retorts with his own question: what was man's problem with *him*? He then tells Monkey his story:
He was originally to be the first monkey in space, but the mission ended in disaster. A crack in his ship's hull caused an explosion that sent him flying into a radiation belt. The gamma rays there mutated him, giving him enhanced strength and intelligence, even to the point where he could create matter by thought. He then spent 50 years building the very space station he inhabits.
Simion then tries to persuade Monkey to his side by claiming the humans just laze around while he risks his neck for them, even saying that no one ever showed him true kindness. Monkey is able to counter this by giving Simion a banana that Honeydew gave him some time ago. In this moment, the mutant chimp soon sees the error of his ways and realizes he became no better than the humans who caused his accident. He then vows to start his life anew, but Monkey tells him he must first destroy what he has created out of vengance. Simion agrees, and sets the space station to self-destruct.
Monkey then brings him to a jungle, where he discards his clothes (save for his underwear) and swings off to start a new life.
- Monkey (First appearance)
- Agent Honeydew (First appearance)
- Commander (First appearance)
- Global Security
- Simion paraphrases Darth Vader's speech to Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back (1980): "With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy ... Search your feelings. You know it to be true." Simion says to Monkey, "Together we can combine our forces and bring a new order to the galaxy ... Seek your heart. You know it to be true."
- After Monkey has converted him, Simion quotes the song "I Wanna Be Like You" from Walt Disney's The Jungle Book (1967): "I wanna walk like you, talk like you, oo-ooo!"