The pilot episode that tells the tale of a tiny ship which set off on a three-hour tour but got caught in a storm and crashed on an island. The pilot was filmed in November 1963, and not aired until almost 30 years later.
The Skipper figures out how to turn the radio into a transmitter in his sleep during a dream, so the other castaways try to get him back to sleep to fix it before a pilot scheduled to fly over the island arrives.
The castaways discover that famed but long-lost pilot Wrongway Feldman and his plane are on the island. They try to convince him to fly to civilization and rescue them, but he is reluctant to leave the island.
Gilligan's Christmas wish appears to be coming true when a radio broadcast tells them their rescue is imminent. While they wait, they recall the first days on the island when Gilligan lost the radio and transmitter.
A surfer arrives on the island, and the castaways try to encourage to head back to Hawaii and rescue them. However, he is more interested in making moves on Ginger and Mary Ann than getting back in a hurry.
The Skipper believes that Gilligan has found "The Eye of the Idol," which gives him three wishes before sundown. However, the Professor believes it is just a silly superstition and just an ordinary cat's eye.
The professor makes a dye marker to help get rescued. The Skipper plans to join the Navy when they get home, but he finds out he must lose weight to meet their requirements--and Gilligan finds out that he must gain weight too.