Gilligan's Island (1964–1992)
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Splashdown 

The castaways try to contact two astronauts in a space capsule orbiting over the island, but they fail. However, they may get a second chance when an unmanned capsule they are trying to make contact with lands on the island.

Director:

Jerry Hopper

Writers:

Sherwood Schwartz (created by), John Fenton Murray
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Bob Denver ... Gilligan
Alan Hale Jr. ... Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby
Jim Backus ... Thurston Howell III
Natalie Schafer ... Mrs. Lovey Howell
Tina Louise ... Ginger Grant
Russell Johnson ... Professor Roy Hinkley
Dawn Wells ... Mary Ann Summers
Chick Hearn Chick Hearn ... Commentator
George N. Neise ... NASA Official (as George Neise)
Scott Graham Scott Graham ... Sol Tobias
James Spencer James Spencer ... Ryan (as Jim Spencer)
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The castaways try to contact two astronauts in a space capsule orbiting over the island, but they fail. However, they may get a second chance when an unmanned capsule they are trying to make contact with lands on the island.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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The commentator was played by the legendary Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer, Chick Hearn. See more »

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As the space capsule is splashing down in the lagoon the guide wires are visible lowering the capsule down. See more »

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This is the episode where Gilligan's splashdown is a letdown.
28 September 2018 | by RalphkramSee all my reviews

For the first time this season, GI's writing staff returns to the well they drew from far too many times in the second year. They give the castaways yet another close encounter with NASA. This outing starts off fairly well and then gets more uneventful and tedious as it goes along, specifically in the second act. Ultimately, it is as empty as the space capsule that lands on our favorite island.

The castaways learn in the cold open that a spacecraft, Scorpio 6, will orbit the earth. According to the Professor's usual infallible calculations, the craft will pass over their isle on its ninth, sixteenth, and thirty-second orbits. So they have three chances to make contact with the astronaut team of Ryan and Tobias, and somehow get off the island.

Mildly funny is the familiar bit where Gilligan is tapped to deliver the great news to the others and predictably gets their wires crossed. More interesting is the Professor's latest creation, a telegraph powered by four bicycles ridden by castaways. The invention is certainly unique, and the riders get in some good one-liners as they pedal. But when the Professor pushes them to pedal faster, the old gag of speeding up the camera undermines any humor.

Their signal mysteriously vanishes due to plot purposes. Strike one.

The second attempt involves the men spelling out SOS with logs soaked in brandy and lit on fire, a plan not that much different from the fishy shenanigans of Marooned. This time Gilligan spells his letter correctly, but, through a broad sight gag, knocks a log out of place, and bungles the attempt. Strike two.

Writer John Fenton Murray then randomly drops the idea of a third orbit and has the capsule land in the lagoon. His plot similarly runs out of fuel. The capsule turns out to be empty. For reasons that are never explained, Ryan and Tobias miss their connection and apparently wind up someplace else. So the castaways have no less than their second capsule to play with within two years.

At this point the episode grinds to a halt. Yet another Navy task force is sent out to find Scorpio 6. Too much time is wasted on senseless bickering over who will meet the astronauts and operate the capsule. The Skip and Gilligan are tapped to make the launch; they're apparently the most qualified since they've piloted the Minnow so well.

But the others stubbornly won't let it go. The Howells and the girls actually stowaway aboard the capsule, which is not only petty and dumb beyond words, but endangers the rescue attempt, and doesn't lead to any fresh or funny material. The scenes are slow, listless, and predictable, nothing more than padding to give the controllers at NASA time to call off their search and detonate the capsule. The only fun comes at the close when Mr. Howell throws a hissy fit over his lost brandy (and not over this misfire of an episode).

COCONOTES:

Writer Murray dusts off that old joke of Gilligan not knowing what SOS means used in the pilot.

The radio announcer is the legendary Chick Hearn, voice of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The space capsule is the same craft recycled from Nyet, Nyet, Not Yet.

The Skip exclaiming each of the stowaways' names aloud belongs in a radio script.

In this one, the girls have both beach blankets and bikinis. Right.


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