Gilligan's Island: Season 1, Episode 24

The Return of Wrongway Feldman (13 Mar. 1965)

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Wrongway Feldman returns to the island not to rescue the castaways, but to make the island his permanent home. As a result, the castaways try to trick him into returning to Hawaii and rescuing them.

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Wrongway Feldman returns to the island not to rescue the castaways, but to make the island his permanent home. As a result, the castaways try to trick him into returning to Hawaii and rescuing them.

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Wrongway Feldman must have brought some provisions when he came back to the island, because Gilligan and the Skipper are seen eating celery and an apple, neither of which are available on the island. See more »

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Another Round of Wrongway
30 July 2013 | by (Sooner Nation) – See all my reviews

Wrongway Feldman, last heard from in a ticker-tape parade after his triumphant return from nowhere, lands on the island to get away from the modern world and return to the "paradise" that is Gilligan's Island.

Naturally, the castaways want to go home, but Wrongway will have nothing to do with that. So, they concoct one scheme after another until they finally drive Wrongway from the island...but will they get rescued.

Hans Conried returns to the role he created in the episode "Wrongway Feldman" and is still at the top of his game. Wrongway is a great character played at full tilt with a cockeyed, yet wonderful view of the world around him. Hans is simply glorious in the role and he elevates the cast as well.

Highlights include Wrongway's initial arrival on the island which is rather dramatic considering that we see his plane moving, Wrongway describing to the Skipper and Gilligan the choices of foods he had in NYC, Mr. Howell finding out his apartment complex is the only one still under rent control (you can see an actual tear role down his cheek), the Professor wishing to re-experience the "hustle and bustle" of Saturday night at the library, Wrongway's stomach reacting to all the new "noise" from the work the castaways are doing, and the final fate of Wrongway as he enjoys the benefits of his new home.

This is another great episode thanks to Hans and his wonderful character. It is kinda surprising that they didn't bring him back a third time, but I guess that would have stretched credulity just a bit...oh wait, this is Gilligan's Island, a show that stretches credulity all the time! Still, this episode is a real winner and one of the best of the bunch.

  • At the beginning of the episode, we see the Skipper, Professor and


Gilligan use a really nice "homemade" telescope...which was seldom, if ever used again...

  • Clearly, that is not the same plane from the first episode as this


one has a different nose and general shape, at least in the first scene. However, when Wrongway leaves the island for the final time, we see his original plane again (clearly, this was stock footage from the previous episode) as well as his "acrobatics".

  • Funny that Wrongway kept all his old clothes, including his


rotted-out leather jacket...couldn't he afford a new one? - Wrongway's note he wrote after leaving for Hawaii to get help contains a famous quote from "A Tale of Two Cities"..."It is a far, far better thing I do..."

  • Mary Ann gets to do a little physical comedy at the expense of the


Skipper with the water buckets, a neat change of pace considering that Gilligan is usually the culprit.

  • As noted elsewhere, the Skipper and Gilligan munch on an apple and


celery which is not available on the island. However, we know from "Water, Water Everywhere" that the island supposedly has olives and watermelons, so apples and celery is certainly no stretch.

  • It appears that the final time we see Wrongway, surrounded by


beautiful girls, was shot on the "hut" set.


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