"Gilligan vs. Gilligan"
Season 3, Episode 2
A foreign spy made to look like Gilligan is on the Island, but the only one who knows and can't make the other castaways realize there is a double is the real Gilligan....
Basic Info
Air Date: September 19, 1966
Written By: Joanna Lee
Directed By: Jerry Hopper
Guest Cast: None
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Gilligan vs. Gilligan is the 70th episode of Gilligan's Island and the second episode of the third season. It first aired September 19, 1966.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

One of Mary Ann's coconut cream pies disappears, and the Skipper and the Professor accuse Gilligan after he has found the empty pie plate. Trying to prove his innocence, Gilligan discovers there's a foreign spy on the island. He's a Russian agent, given Gilligan's face to run reconnaissance on the castaways, but no one believes Gilligan when he tries to warn them. The spy eventually takes Gilligan captive, and ends up alienating the others trying to get answers. He accuses Mr. Howell of cheating at chess, upsets Ginger by coming on to her and accuses Skipper of being the cause of the wreck of the S.S. Minnow. The Professor just believes Gilligan is having a nervous breakdown, so when he finally escapes back to the compound, no one believes him when he says he was taken captive. This leaves Gilligan to try and confront the impostor in the Howells' hut, but the spy escapes for his boat hidden in the Lagoon. He stops briefly to threaten Gilligan with a death ray from his gold pocket knife, but Gilligan tells him his boat is floating off and he swims after it. By evening, the Skipper tries to convince Gilligan the spy was just a figment of his imagination, just as the Professor wanders by with the spy's lost gold pocket knife.

Message[edit | edit source]

  • "Governments, like people, are forever looking for hidden meanings, and very often there are none."

Highlights[edit | edit source]

  • Bob Denver again shows excellent acting skills with two completely different characters
  • Gilligan and the Spy recreate the Marx Brothers' mirror gag from "Duck Soup" and recreated on "I Love Lucy" between Lucille Ball and Harpo Marx.
  • Gilligan is the only one who knows about the Spy.
  • The Russian version of the "Gilligan's Island" theme playing as Gilligan chases his clone through the jungle.

Credits[edit | edit source]

Main Cast

Guest Cast

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to Gilligan's impostor, his gold pocket knife had over 200 different uses: radio/transmitter, tape recorder, laser beam and even a death ray, even though it ends up ruined from the lagoon.
  • The Spy finds it easy to imitate Gilligan - just say the first dumb thing that comes to mind. He also claims Gilligan is so inept that he wouldn't even be a Spy Third Class.
  • Ginger wears the white dress she made from Gilligan's duffel bag which hasn't been seen since the First Season.
  • The Spy is holding his gold pocket knife before the Skipper throws him from the hut, after which he pulls it from his pocket, implying the Skipper allowed him time to put it away before hurling him from the hut.
  • Gilligan's hot water pipe from Operation: Steam Heat can be seen in the supply hut atop the thatched closet.
  • A Russian version of the "Gilligan's Island" theme can be heard as Gilligan chases his clone through the jungle.
  • In the tag scene, the Professor reveals the spy's lost gold pocket knife and the Skipper is in shock when he realizes Gilligan was telling the truth of another Gilligan on the Island! This ending is often deleted from syndicated versions of the episode.
  • Like Mine Hero and The Friendly Physician, this episode has the fewest costume changes for the Girls and the Howells.
  • This episode recreates the Marx Brothers gag with Gilligan and his double both raising their right hands simultaneously instead of their mirror reflections, a gag that was also recreated between Lucille Ball and Harpo Marx in the classic "I Love Lucy" episode, "Lucy meets Harpo Marx."
  • This episode shows that the Girl's Hut is diagonally across from the Howell's Hut.
  • The syndicated version on Me-TV edits out the argument between the Skipper and Gilligan and the tag with the Professor.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Spy Gilligan - "I don't understand... The last time I used romance it worked."
    The Commandant - "That was in France, these are Americans!"

  • Spy Gilligan - "I should have listened to my mother and become a doctor."

  • Mr. Howell - "Wait a minute, young man. Are you accusing a Howell of cheating? I'll let you know I am far too wealthy."
    Spy Gilligan - "To cheat?"
    Mr. Howell - "To be accused!""
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