Gilligan's Island/Court-Martial

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Season 3, Episode 17
Airdate January 9, 1967
Production Number 1625-0523
Written by Roland MacLane
Directed by Gary Nelson
Produced by Robert L. Rosen
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Court-Martial is the seventeenth episode of the third season of Gilligan's Island, and the eighty-fifth episode overall.

Starring: Bob Denver (Gilligan), Alan Hale (Skipper)

Also Starring: Jim Backus (Thurston J. Howell III), Natalie Schafer (Mrs. Howell)

and Also Starring: Tina Louise (Ginger Grant)

with Russell Johnson (The Professor), Dawn Wells (Mary Ann)


Plot Overview

While listening to the radio, Gilligan and the Skipper learn that the latter is being blamed for the wreckage of the Minnow. This report comes from the maritime board. The Skipper is so devastated by this report,he walks into the jungle,and continues walking. Gilligan tells the other castaways about the radio report. They form a search party to look for the Skipper. Gilligan finds him. While Gilligan attempt to console the Skipper, the Skipper is tightening a long vine. He attempts to throw one end of it over a tree branch. He misses it. Gilligan throws the end over the branch, and succeeds. When Gilligan looks at the end part,he sees to his horror that it is shaped like a hanging noose. He tries to talk the Skipper out of killing himself. The Skipper walks away,and decides on another way to do himself in. He goes to the top of the cliff. He contemplates it for a second before ginger runs up to him to stop him. She tries to tell the Skipper that he is needed,and attempt to coax him(using her femininity) him away from the cliff. But,he sees through her,and nearly jumps off before Mary Ann comes,and hugs onto him. She refuses to let go if he jumps. He changes his mind. Sometime later in the day,the Skipper is sitting in the hut,depressed,and staring. Gilligan, the Professor, Mary Ann and Ginger are trying to recall the events leading to their being shipwrecked. They cannot find one that the Skipper did wrong. So,to find out,the castaways plan a reconstruction of the Minnow to find out exactly what did happen. With the reluctant help from the Skipper,they indeed find out what may have happened. During the reconstructing,it turns out that Gilligan had thrown the anchor overboard without securing it first. With this supposed knowledge, Gilligan now feels responsible for the wreckage of the Minnow,and stranding his fellow castaways on the island. Like the Skipper,he also feels compelled to end his life. This he attempts by making a noose vine. The Skipper stops him. Both men feel responsible. Gilligan for supposedly not securing the anchor line,and the Skipper for being in command. So,both decide to go to the other side of the island away from the others,feeling unworthy. Having build their mini-huts, Gilligan,and the Skipper talk. After some small talk,they go to sleep. Gilligan dreams that he is the commander of his own ship somewhere in the 17th century. Lovey is the queen, Ginger and Mary Ann are her daughters. They praise Gilligan,or in this dream he is lord admiral Gilligan. He is also the protector of the queen,and her daughters. There has been reports of pirates that have been roaming the waters of late. Lord Admiral Gilligan shrugs it off as nonsense. That is until three infamous pirates board his ship. They are Captain Kidd (Skipper), Captain Hook (Howell) and Long John Silver (Professor). They quickly capture Lord Gilligan,and lock the queen mother and her two daughters in the deck below ship. Lord Admiral Gilligan is locked in a cage, but manages to escape. He frees the three women, and goes to fight the pirates. They have just dragged aboard a treasure chest full of gold. Lord admiral Gilligan swings aboard deck. He challenges the pirates to a showdown. At first he doing quite well dueling the three and seems to be winning,until one of the pirates brakes his sword,and now they have him again. This time,he is forced to walk the plank. This where the dream sequence ends. Gilligan awakens to tell the Skipper about his dream. Right then,the Professor appears with the radio,and some good news. The maritime board reexamined their findings,and found that the Skipper having had no previous warning of the coming storm is found to be blameless for the wreckage of the Minnow. With this good news, the Skipper and Gilligan prepare to go back to camp.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments

The castaways reconstucting of the events which may have led to their being shipwrecked.In the Dream Sequence,Gilligan dueling with the three pirates,comical style.