Gilligan's Island (1964–1967)
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You've Been Disconnected 

A telephone cable washes up on the island after a bad storm. The castaways try to use it to call home for help.



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Episode cast overview:
Thurston Howell III
Mrs. Lovey Howell
Professor Roy Hinkley
Mary Ann Summers


A telephone cable washes up on the island after a bad storm. The castaways try to use it to call home for help.

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

13 January 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the people Gilligan reaches via the telephone cable is the manager of the Bijou Theatre. She tells Gilligan about the double feature playing, which is "Frankenstein Goes Surfing" and "Dracula Goes Surfing". That lady is the lovely Ms Ann Robinson, who appeared as 'Sylvia van Buren' in the 1953 George Pal classic sci-fi film, "The War of the Worlds", opposite Gene Barry. See more »


The operator they speak with says she's "the San Diego operator". San Diego had a population of over half-million in the 1960s, enough they would've needed much more than one telephone operator. See more »


Ginger Grant: [Gilligan & Skipper are collecting natural gas. Ginger arrives and finds Gilligan on the ground, out cold] What happened to Gilligan?
Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby: Oh, I told him there was gas in the bottle, but he didn't believe me, so he uncorked the bottle and took a big sniff...
[the Skipper duplicates these actions, then gets a really goofy expression on his face and starts dancing]
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References Ben Casey (1961) See more »

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The telephone line isn't the only thing that's washed up
18 June 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"You've Been Disconnected" sees a telephone cable washed up in the lagoon after a huge storm the night before, which the Professor is convinced will enable the castaways to actually dial for help. Half the episode is taken up by repeated attempts to break through the cable's metal casing, until they're able to tap into different lines as a receiver, unable as yet to transmit any messages. There's some fun in a pot of glue that Gilligan gets his hand stuck in, and the different results from various calls, with Ginger and Mary Ann butting in on a private conversation. Ultimately a disappointing episode redeemed by some expert slapstick. The unbilled San Diego operator is played by Sandra Gould.

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