Gilligan's Island (1964–1992)
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Diogenes, Won't You Please Go Home? 

Everyone becomes suspicious of Gilligan when they discover that he's been keeping a diary, and they respond by creating their own written accounts of how they saved Gilligan from the Japanese soldier.



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Episode cast overview:
Mrs. Lovey Howell
Mary Ann Summers
Japanese Sailor


Skipper finds out that Gilligan has been keeping a diary, and then everyone knows about it. Gilligan says it is about him saving the day when a Japanese soldier took them hostage. Everyone tells the story their way, where they are the hero. Written by Bernie

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1 May 1965 (USA)  »

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Diogenes was a famous Greek philosopher who is often pictured as a man carrying a lamp looking for an honest person (and never finding one). He is one of the most famous philosophers of the Cynics, a group that eschewed worldly goods and lived on the streets like wild animals. That is the source of their name, as Cynic comes from an ancient Greek word that meant "of or like a dog." So great was Diogenes' contempt for property that when Alexander The Great sought him out, and offered him anything he wanted, he simply asked Alexander to move his horse out of the way, and stop blocking the sun. See more »


Obvious stunt double for Ginger during her judo match with Japanese soldier. See more »


Edited from Gilligan's Island: So Sorry, My Island Now (1965) See more »

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As we've seen before, Gilligan is all heart
11 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Diogenes, Won't You Please Go Home?" is the rather torturous title for one of the series' defining episodes, bringing back Vito Scotti's Japanese sailor from "So Sorry, My Island Now" for a series of reconstructed flashbacks. Everyone is curious about what Gilligan has been hiding around the island, so much so that he finds himself being followed nearly all the time. Ginger suggests a black pearl, Skipper a rare jewel, Mr. Howell naturally figures it's an 8 year old bottle of Scotch! The Professor is the first to learn that the big secret is simply Gilligan's diary, but that only inflames the others' curiosity even more. Not wishing to have anyone reading about his innermost thoughts, Gilligan tosses his diary into the lagoon, forcing the others to make up their own tales of what goes on on the island. The Skipper, Mr. Howell, and Ginger all share decidedly different takes on what happened with the Japanese sailor, Ginger's secret agent guise as 37-25-36 (her measurements) are met with the sailor's priceless reaction: "37-25-36, oh mamasan that's no secret!" Skipper uses raw strength to subdue his opponent, Ginger adopting judo, while poor Gilligan is left shaking his head at their recollections. It's Mary Ann who finds the missing diary, revealing how Gilligan views each of his fellow castaways, incapable of finding fault with anyone as he's just the salt of the earth. It is this kind of warm empathy coupled with solid laughter that makes the series continue to shine after five decades.

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