Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Former Monkee Mike Nesmith, a pioneer in the music video industry, created the one-hour music and comedy pastiche Elephant Parts--the title derives from the old fable of the six blind men and the elephant. There is no real throughline, merely a series of satirical vignettes, some running several minutes, others a few seconds. The bits include Nesmith's rendition of "Cruisin'", the opening "Rodan" gag, an extended "Name That Tune" parody involving the proper identification of controlled substances, and Nesmith's out-of-left-field diatribe about the oil industry. Nesmith tried to transfer the insouciance of Elephant Parts to television, but the ensuing Television Parts failed.