Gilligan's Island/The Hunter

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The Hunter
Season 3, Episode 18
Airdate January 16, 1967
Production Number 1625-0519
Written by Ben Gershman and
William Freedman
Directed by Leslie Goodwins
Produced by Robert L. Rosen
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The Hunter is the eighteenth episode of the third season of Gilligan's Island, and the eighty-sixth 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)

Special Guest Star: Rory Calhoun (Jonathan Kincaid)

and Harold Sakata (Ramoo)


Plot Overview

Big Game Hunter Jonathan Kincaid arrives on the Island with his assistant Ramoo.He meets Gilligan,and they start talking.Gilligan tells him that he,and 6 others are Shipwrecked on the Island.When Kincaid finds out that nobody knows that the Castaways are on the Island,and no wild animals are on the Island,he decides to go hunting...for the most challenging game of all...Man.After getting aquainted with each Castaway learning their characteristics,and physical conditions,Kincaid makes the decision as to which Castaway to hunt like an Animal.Gilligan.After imprisoning the others in a Cave,with Ramoo to guard them,Kincaid takes Gilligan hunting giving him a 20-minute headstart.Gilligan avoids several close calls.Meanwhile back at thye Cave,his fellow castaways are worried,and anxious to escape to help Gilligan.They know that he is still alive because Ramoo is still guarding them.That will not be for long.Mrs.Howell boldly walks out of the Cave,and pass Ramoo,who was about to throw his spear at her.The Skipper stops him.They tie Ramoo up,and track Kincaid.They find Gilligan,the Skipper,and the Professor hide him in a Hollow Tree.They sweep away his foot prints from the area,so that Kincaid cannot find him.Having untied Ramoo,Kincaid continue his hunt for Gilligan.He nearly kills Gilligan when pointing his Rifle at a tree,the very same tree which Gilligan is hiding inside of,and he takes aim,and stops.He gave his word that if Gilligan can evade him for 24-hours,he would not kill him.His wristwatch timer goes off ending the hunt.However,he cannot risk the Castaways telling anybody that he was hunting a human being(for fear of being put away in Prison),so he will leave the Castaways on the Island.Gilligan is relieved of course,and faints.A Month goes by,and listening to the Sports Channel,the men learn that Jonathan Kincaid won a shooting match with a near perfect score.After the match Kincaid had had a nervous breakdown,was put into a straitjacket,and was put in a Mental Hospital.All the while he was muttering the mysterious word "Gilligan".The Men laughed.


Arc Advancement





This episode is a take on the movie "The Most Dangerous Game".

The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments

  • Kincaid, thinking he shot Gilligan, reaches into a water trough where Gilligan fell into to pull him out, gets himself pulled in by Gilligan.
  • Gilligan attemping to avoid Kincaid while hiding inside the hollow tree.