The Monkees, 'Porpoise Song' (Season 6, Episode 12)
Don begins and ends this episode the same way: depressed and curled up in the fetal position. He's distracted at work and alienating his co-workers; his latest extramarital relationship, with his neighbor Sylvia Rosen, ended abruptly; and, oh yeah, the adultery skidded to halt because his daughter caught them mid-dalliance. His misery jam: this deep cut from the Monkees' ill-fated 1968 film, Head. Written by the inimitable duo of Gerry Goffin and Carole King, "Porpoise Song" is one of those songs that somehow manages to explain a bit of Don’s psyche in a nutshell. "Wanting to feel/to know what is real/living is a lie" — that's Dick Whitman, all right.