Get Smart: Season 4, Episode 13

Schwartz's Island (21 Dec. 1968)

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On their honeymoon 86 and 99 become marooned on a deserted island and find Siegfried and Starker on their synthetic island.

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On their honeymoon 86 and 99 become marooned on a deserted island and find Siegfried and Starker on their synthetic island.

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This episode was filmed on the set of Gilligan's Island (1964). The island is named Schwartz's Island after Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of that show. See more »

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Shtarker's lips don't move when we hear him say 'very interesting'. See more »

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99: [stuck in synthetic sand] Oh, we're never gonna get out of here alive, Max.
Maxwell Smart: I know it, 99, I just wish Bannister were here.
99: Who's Bannister?
Chief: Control's top agent.
99: Why do you wish he were was here, Max?
Maxwell Smart: I don't like him.
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References Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) See more »

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3 January 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

While honeymooning in the Caribbean, Max and 99 get shipwrecked and wash up on a deserted island. Only the island isn't deserted. In fact, it is a KAOS synthetic island, created by top KAOS scientist Schwartz (a reference to "Gilligan's Island" creator Sherwood Schwartz) and manned by Smart's arch enemy Siegfried and his henchman Starker. Siegfried plans to use a large magnet to attract the 6th fleet and run it aground before sinking the island, complete with fleet.

The first half of this episode is pretty sad stuff. Once again the creators seem to go out of their way to make Max stupid. They also sacrifice 99's character in a favor of a joke in which she stops signaling a rescue plane with a mirror to do her makeup instead. All the lost at sea stuff should be funny, instead its forced and flat. When they reach the island there is a now rare "would you believe" exchange that seems to have disappeared sometime after season two.

Things pick up almost immediately once Starker and Siegfried show up. They infuse the episode with much of its energy. Starker first appears in a homage to Arte Johnson and "Laugh In". Later he performs a parody of a then popular Timex commercial. KAOS plan is exactly what made "Get Smart" what it was at its best: a parody of super spy movies. Getting back to its roots and away from much of the domestic comedy of the 4th season helps. The second half of this episode is so much better than the first (other than a brief scene between Larabee and the Chief). The jokes are smarter and funnier, and make it well worth having to sit through the first half. Be warned however, if you're expecting any Gilligan parody or cameo, you'll be disappointed, perhaps because at this point, "Get Smart" was still on NBC while Gilligan was on CBS.


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