While at a birthday party for Butch and Sly, Norm observes Colton being hard on Lippy, and decides to save the monkey by kidnapping him, much to Sheila’s horror. Roxy is suffering serious technology‐withdrawal, and Jake decides to take advantage by introducing her to the concept of ‘mail,’ and charges the canyonites for the service. Roxy discovers that Jake is feeding pigeons to carry the mail and sets up a rival mail carrier service, bribing the pigeons with even more food. While on the hunt for his missing monkey, Colton discovers Lippy has been holed up at the Wendells’ trailer and the complicated emotions cause Norm, Sheila, Colton, and Lippy to seek couples counseling from Frida. Jake and Roxy’s businesses fail when their greediness results in some morbidly obese pigeons, and Lippy, Colton, Norm, and Sheila work through their differences and renew their respective “relationships” with each other
The canyon castaways are still adjusting to the simple life without technology, so members are still constantly finding their own business innovations and structures of amusement. For example, Sid is stealing Pete and Carol’s supply of morphine to get high, although the former punk rocker blames a talking horse.
What’s unclear is if the magic beans he plants are real, or a drug induced hallucination. Either way, the beanstalk is struck by lightening and disintegrates, leaving the canyon community stranded for yet another zany episode.After witnessing Colton Steel verbally abusing Private Lippy, Norm decides to liberate the space monkey, by giving him sanctuary in the Wendell’s camper washroom. Sheila disapproves and some monkey business ensues.
It’s apparent that Colton and Lippy don’t appreciate the intervention, but due to Sheila and Norm’s disagreement, they take it upon themselves to fix the astro-companions’ “problems”, including an unqualified group therapy session with Frida as the mediator.Meanwhile, Jake starts a business after training a pigeon to become a carrier. When he raises the prices for his service, Roxy starts her own pigeon post by bribing Jake’s bird with food. It escalates into a bribery match with edibles, resulting in the pigeon’s massive weight gain, rendering it from flying, with a morbid result.
Like many previous episodes, Risky Monkey Business is a far cry from brilliance. But there are some laughs throughout. The highlight of the humourous bits is a scene where Nalappat imagines the residents of the canyon as dummies and pictures his dummy as a human being. Let’s just say the dummy’s response definitely contrasts what Disney’s Pinocchio intentions were when he became ‘a real boy’