Gilligan's Island: Season 1, Episode 30

Forget Me Not (24 Apr. 1965)

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When the Skipper hears the navy will hold maneuvers in the waters nearby, he and Gilligan make plans to catch their attention. Gilligan knocks the Skipper out and he wakes up with amnesia. The Professor hypnotizes him to get his memory back.

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When the Skipper hears the navy will hold maneuvers in the waters nearby, he and Gilligan make plans to catch their attention. Gilligan knocks the Skipper out and he wakes up with amnesia. The Professor hypnotizes him to get his memory back.

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Just One More Blow to the Head
30 July 2013 | by (Sooner Nation) – See all my reviews

We begin with the Skipper and Gilligan building a watchtower next to the lagoon. The US Navy is going to conduct maneuvers nearby, so the watchtower needs to be finished so that the Skipper can signal them with semaphore. Naturally, Gilligan accidentally whacks the Skipper on the head and now he can't remember who he is.

As the Skipper re-introduces himself to the castaways, they are desperate to get the Skipper's memory back so he can signal the ships.

This is another episode that suffers from major flaws in the plot and lapses in general logic to be anything more than middling at best. Alan Hale does an excellent job of playing the Skipper without his memory, becoming a different character in a real sense.

Highlights include the rather outdated and somewhat crass, but still funny scene of the Skipper chasing Ginger, Mrs. Howell's ignorance at what amnesia is and its cure, the Skipper's visions of seeing the castaways as children and then Japanese soldiers, the girls working on the watchtower with Gilligan's direction, the Skipper's reaction to Ginger's attempt at trying to convince him she's a girl, and Gilligan and Mr. Howell who are hypnotized to think they are the Skipper.

Unfortunately, there are simply too many flaws in the plot. First off, what does it matter if anyone can semaphore, as long as they can attract attention. Plus, shouldn't the watchtower be on a much higher point on the island so it can be seen? Of course, shouldn't they have some type of signal tower to attract attention for passing ships and planes already? On the plus side, the depiction of the castaways as Japanese soldiers may seem somewhat racist at first (note Gilligan's mustache and such), it really isn't handled that way as the castaways talk in normal English and conduct themselves normally as well...until Jim Backus pulls out all the stops on a stereotyped performance at the watchtower...oh well.

Ultimately, the flaws in this episode are more than enough to sink it as one of the lesser entries in the series.

  • Admittedly, the watchtower itself looks pretty well
constructed...almost too well constructed in a sense. After all, why the full flooring on the first level? Shouldn't the only full floor be on the top level where the Skipper will stand? - There's a bit of confusion from what the Skipper says about "signal fire" and "semaphore". I suppose the signal fire will be somewhere other than on the signal tower.

  • The contents of the Skipper's sea chest has changed considerably
since "Waiting for Watubi". However, we find out that he used to play football in this episode.

  • A new outfit and hairstyle for Ginger as the Skipper chases her under
the clothesline. Her bra manages to peek out just before she leaves the scene. However, in terms of the rest of her underwear, Ginger seems to have gone "commando" so to speak based on how her...well, you'll just have to view and judge yourself.

  • The "homemade" telescope seen in the last episode (barely) is now
forgotten in favor of a new, smaller telescope.

  • However, Ginger changes from her rather practical pants and top to
her evening dress to work on the watchtower...smart. :)

  • We see the rifle and bayonet Gilligan took off the Japanese soldier
as the Skipper takes them to use against the castaways (ironic, I suppose).

  • As the Skipper adjusts the bars he built in front of the cave, it
moves rather violently, which indicates that it's pretty light and flimsy.

  • When the Skipper captures Gilligan and the Professor, he breaks the
"fourth wall" to tell us how he may take the entire Japanese army single handed.

  • Gilligan's ability to see the Navy ships from the cave is pretty
impressive considering we saw a very large tree in the way....not to mention the rest of the jungle.

  • The US Navy must really have fast ships to be well out of range of
the island in about three minutes time.

  • Naturally, the completed watchtower and smaller telescope make no
further appearances in the series.


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