Gilligan's Island: Season 2, Episode 3

The Little Dictator (30 Sep. 1965)

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A Latin American dictator is exiled to the island, and he immediately declares himself dictator of the island, with Gilligan as his puppet leader in training.



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A Latin American dictator is exiled to the island, and he immediately declares himself dictator of the island, with Gilligan as his puppet leader in training.

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This episode was Series Creator Sherwood Schwartz's personal favorite. See more »


When Gilligan descends the stairs near the end of the dream sequence, the shadow of the camera is clearly visible in the foreground. See more »


[dream sequence: Gilligan is the ruler of a small country. The Skipper is Secretary of the Navy]
Gilligan: How's my Navy holding up?
Jonas Grumby - Skipper: Well since you brought it up sir, why don't you come to the window and see for yourself?
Rodriguez: Again?
[Gilligan looks out of window. Stock footage of burning sinking ship rolls]
Rodriguez: Propaganda! Vicious Propaganda!
Gilligan: Are you doing something about that?
Jonas Grumby - Skipper: Yes sir, we are! We're teaching our sailors how to SWIM!
Gilligan: Good!
Jonas Grumby - Skipper: And the people on shore are learning mouth-to-mouth resuscitation -without ...
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A Real Winner of a Dictator
10 December 2013 | by (Sooner Nation) – See all my reviews

The former Dictator of El Quarico is exiled to Gilligan's Island where he promptly takes over thanks to his gun.

A wonderfully animated performance by Nehemiah Persoff as Rodriguez the cast out dictator highlights this episode. While it can be argued that Persoff's character is a stereotype, his dress, demeanor and speech pattern are more comical than offensive in nature. Especially when compared to Vito Scotti's more stereotyped performance as the Japanese Sailor from the previous season.

Highlights include Gilligan casually discovering the "pistola", Rodriguez continually referring to Gilligan as "George", Gilligan & Rodriguez's off-screen struggle with the gun, the "monetary" system as discussed by Rodriguez and Mr. Howell, Ginger with the gun, but not having quite the quickness of thought to give it to the Professor. Gilligan's execution scene, Rodriguez realizing the possibilities of being in a free society, and finally the wonderful dream sequence which is one of the best in the series.

This is reportedly Sherwood Schwartz' favorite episode and it's rather easy to see why. Persoff is really delightful as the dictator and the comic gold that is struck which is very reflective of many 20th century banana republic dictators of that time. The dream sequence is an absolute delight, especially in the use of stock footage and the nifty song sung in Gilligan's praise.

This is arguably the best episode of the season and certainly one of the best of the series itself.

Tidbits & Trivia

  • The boat in which our fearless Dictator arrives and leaves the island

is marked "El Presidente"

  • You know, this may be the only episode where Gilligan's Island

actually gets a name, "El Quarico West" or if Mr. Howell's suggestion is taken, "Howell Hills".

  • The homemade telescope reappears from the first season, used as a

prop in the background of El Presidente's hut.

  • Gilligan controlling the crowds' cheering is straight from Chaplin's

"The Great Dictator".

  • Gilligan has so many medals that some adorn his back.

  • In the dream, Natalie Schaffer wears a green hat with a clover

symbol. Plus, the Professor is the only one who doesn't speak a word.

  • It's implied that the little boat that delivers and picks up

Rodriguez actually makes the journey from his country which must be hundreds of miles away. Of course this is nonsense, but it would explain why the castaways were not picked from the island.

  • You know, Rodriguez did have two witnesses that would confirm that

the island did have castaways. I suppose that they were parachuted into the Andes as well.

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