The castaways try to contact two astronauts in a space capsule orbiting over the island, but they fail. However, they may get a second chance when an unmanned capsule they are trying to make contact with lands on the island.

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The castaways try to contact two astronauts in a space capsule orbiting over the island, but they fail. However, they may get a second chance when an unmanned capsule they are trying to make contact with lands on the island.

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20 February 1967 (USA)  »

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Sherwood Schwartz the creator of Gilligan also created the show "It's About Time" which used this prop space capsule as a main stay of the storyline about astronauts going back to caveman times. See more »

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When the capsule pushes away from the shore because Gilligan was seated against it, the three men attempt to pull it back. Skipper throws away his drink, and when it hits the ground it breaks - with the sound of shattering glass. The 'cups' look like they have been made from bamboo, not ceramic or glass. See more »

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Unmanned space capsule lands in the lagoon
13 June 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Splashdown" finds the Professor hoping to communicate with orbiting astronauts as they pass directly over the island, but the attempt at broadcasting a signal fails. Hearing that the astronauts can see Mexico City from the sky inspires an SOS signal lit by Mr. Howell's brandy, only for Gilligan to shift the logs to spell out SOL instead. All seems hopeless until the astronauts' rendezvous capsule splashes down in the lagoon, unmanned and its radio equipment useless. A search for the capsule has the castaways bickering over who gets to go inside, unaware that NASA has decided to blow it up rather than allow it to fall into enemy hands. Another example of how to wring laughs out of a serious situation, with Gilligan's ineptitude for once saving all their lives.


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