Gilligan's Island: Season 1, Episode 22

Diamonds Are an Ape's Best Friend (27 Feb. 1965)

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The Howells cannot locate a diamond broach, and everyone is a suspect in its disappearance. Gilligan soon discovers an aggressive gorilla in the forest, and soon this great ape disrupts everything by kidnapping Mrs. Howell.

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The Howells cannot locate a diamond broach, and everyone is a suspect in its disappearance. Gilligan soon discovers an aggressive gorilla in the forest, and soon this great ape disrupts everything by kidnapping Mrs. Howell.

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The title is based on the song "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" from the musical "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin, which became the theme song of Carol Channing. See more »

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The Gorilla of my Dreams...
29 July 2013 | by (Sooner Nation) – See all my reviews

A gorilla is rummaging around the huts and steals one of Mrs. Howell's jewels. Since only Gilligan has seen the gorilla, no one else believes that it exist. Mr. Howell at first indirectly accuses one of the castaways of stealing the jewel, then offers a $10,000 reward for anyone who finds the jewel.

When Mr. Howell turns out the light so that whoever had the jewel can place it on the table, the gorilla shows up and takes Mrs. Howell.

Well, the story is part of the great tradition of "if there's a jungle, there must be a chimp/gorilla" present. While fairly ridiculous of course, the actual plot is reasonable (though with one glaring hole) and there are some good laughs in this episode.

Highlights include Mr. Howell's explanation of this history of Mrs. Howell's stolen jewel, the castaways' rather instant turnaround in their opinion of Mr. Howell when Gilligan tells them the reward, a neat "pan-up" to the gorilla as the Skipper tells Gilligan that there isn't a gorilla within 5,000 miles of the island, Mr. Howell returning from his search of the island, and the performance of the man in the gorilla suit who does a particularly good job (one he would repeat in a later, color episode of the series).

As for the major flaw in the plot, if the gorilla took the jewel because of the perfume, Mrs. Howell also was wearing the perfume and was right there...so why didn't the gorilla take Mrs. Howell then? This is one of those "bits" that makes it seem that this story was not written by a single person, but instead some gag writers with nobody looking over the entire script.

Still, it's a good, middling episode with some laughs and enough entertainment value to be interesting, if not particularly memorable.

  • For the first and maybe the only time, the Howell's have a window


between their beds.

  • Apparently, raw tree sap makes for a good syrup that doesn't turn


into glue unlike previous times we've seen tree sap, such as "Goodbye Island" or "Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy" (must be a processing thing or type of tree). However, it's not the tree sap that is curious, but the amount of silverware sitting in the cup on the table which is strange considering how we've seen their "homemade" silverware in previous episodes.

  • While it's a funny bit, the Skipper being convinced that a gorilla is


on the island because of Gilligan's description is a prime example of cracking a joke in spite of the story or character.

  • Odd...when Mr. Howell returns from his search of the island (a funny


sight for sure), he says, "No trace of Mrs. Howell..."...he should say "No trace of Lovey..." instead?

  • The epilogue seems a little forced, although we will see both


gorillas again in future episodes.


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