Mad scientist Boris Balinkoff returns to the island with a new invention that turns the castaways into "human robots," whom he plans to use to commit the ultimate crime.



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Mad scientist Boris Balinkoff returns to the island with a new invention that turns the castaways into "human robots," whom he plans to use to commit the ultimate crime.

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7 November 1966 (USA)  »

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The title comes from from the Wisk laundry detergent advertising campaign where the unfortunate man with the dirty shirt would be humiliated with someone shouting "Ring around the collar!" See more »


In "The Friendly Physician" (#2.29), Balinkoff took the castaways to his island, transposed their minds and they ultimately freed themselves and transposed Balinkoff into a cat (and vice versa) and Igor (seen in "Ring Around Gilligan" as a monkey) into a dog (and vice versa) before leaving for their island. How, months later, has Balinkoff gotten back to human form? Had "Ring Around Gilligan" aired first, it would have made more sense as the castaways barely get a glimpse of him in his motor boat as he flees from them when they hurl coconuts at him at the end. See more »


References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

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Vito Scotti returns as Dr. Boris Balinkoff
11 June 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Ring Around Gilligan" was the second and final appearance of Vito Scotti as Dr. Boris Balinkoff, previously seen in "The Friendly Physician," still accompanied by Igor (now a tiny monkey rather than hulking Mike Mazurki, actually wearing the same clothes!). Instead of mind transference, the doctor has now created a ring that, when worn on the finger, makes the wearer a mindless robot slave to the mad scientist's will ("scientist yes, mad no!"). Gilligan makes for an easy first subject, but once Ginger dons the ring Balinkoff heartily approves of her form fitting bathing suit: "our robots are getting better every time!" The most incredible sight is Gilligan acting under Igor's instructions, hanging from trees and behaving like the monkey he is. With all seven castaways under his control the doctor's goal is to rob Fort Knox of all its gold, only to be foiled by an assault of coconuts, crushing his mechanical control device. With a total of four episodes, Vito Scotti proved the most prolific guest star on the show, twice as Dr. Balinkoff, twice as the Japanese sailor from the first season. The expressive monkey would be back in the penultimate episode, "Bang! Bang! Bang!"

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