Gilligan's Island (1964–1967)
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Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk 

Gilligan's Christmas wish appears to be coming true when a radio broadcast tells them their rescue is imminent. While they wait, they recall the first days on the island when Gilligan lost the radio and transmitter.

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Gilligan's Christmas wish appears to be coming true when a radio broadcast tells them their rescue is imminent. While they wait, they recall the first days on the island when Gilligan lost the radio and transmitter.

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The title is based on a line from the song "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" with music by Jerome Kern, and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, from the 1927 musical play 'Show Boat'. See more »

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The flashback scenes show the original 3 cast members from the "Lost Pilot" Gilligan's Island: Marooned. Ginger has brown hair, the Professor is actually a Teacher (played by a different actor) and Mary Ann is "Bunny," a blonde. All 3 actors/characters (except Ginger although she was changed to a redhead) were replaced after the Lost Pilot as the series was almost a year later. However, the flashback scenes show these 3 characters when they are sleeping on the boat. Also when Gilligan is fishing and casts the transmitter and radio into the ocean you can tell that the Professor is actually the Teacher from the Pilot. His hair is shorter and he is wearing different clothes than the Professor. See more »

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Edited from Gilligan's Island: Marooned (1992) See more »

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Just when we thought we'd seen the last of the SS Minnow
5 June 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk" served as the Christmas episode, and the perfect opportunity to reflect and show unused footage from the original pilot, particularly Gilligan's fishing exploits and the loss/recovery of the radio and transmitter. The scenes with all seven castaways were reshot, adding new sequences with Gilligan blowing out the match before the fire gets started, and unwittingly destroying the transmitter. It ends on Christmas Eve with a visit from none other than Santa Claus, bearing a striking resemblance to the Skipper. The realization that they could have wound up on an island without food or fresh water certainly makes their situation easier to bear. With the recycled footage this ended up as only the second script credited to series creator Sherwood Schwartz himself (first since the pilot), in collaboration with Austin Kalish and son Elroy Schwartz; his only future scripted episode would be "X Marks the Spot," again with Elroy.


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