Gilligan's Island: Season 1, Episode 8

Goodbye Island (21 Nov. 1964)

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Gilligan's attempt to turn sap into maple syrup yields a substance that is stronger than glue. The castaways patch up the Minnow and prepare to go back out to sea.



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Thurston Howell III (credit only)
Mrs. Lovey Howell (credit only)


Gilligan's attempt to turn sap into maple syrup yields a substance that is stronger than glue. The castaways patch up the Minnow and prepare to go back out to sea.

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The Professor addresses perhaps the most famous joke about the series: "If the Professor can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat." The Professor explains that the raw materials on the island will not yield a fastener (glue or nail) that will hold the Minnow (or any other craft) together long enough to safely get into the shipping lanes. See more »


In every shot showing the boat, it simply reads "Minnow" on the side. However, in the show intro, it reads "S.S. Minnow". See more »

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What is Pernament may also be Temporary...
27 July 2013 | by (Sooner Nation) – See all my reviews

The castaways are trying to repair the SS Minnow which has been beached since the beginning of the season. While the Professor's attempts to make nails is going nowhere fast, Gilligan helps Mary Ann with her pancake dinner by draining the sap from a tree.

The sap turns out to be a powerful glue that allows the castaways to repair the Minnow and set sail for home. But Gilligan makes a terrible discovery about his glue and tries to warn the others before it is too late.

An interesting plot that seemingly should have directly followed the second episode, "Home Sweet Hut" but instead did not appear until the eighth in the season. It is rather befuddling why CBS decided to air this so late, especially since the castaways have not interacted with their beached vessel at least on-screen since the first episode.

The laughs are plentiful however, highlighted by Gilligan stepping in the glue, then sticking himself and eventually the Skipper to the Minnow. Other highlights include the Howell's subsequent mistaking of Gilligan and the Skipper's predicament as a game of charades, Ginger mistaking the Professor's inquisitive nature about her perfume, and finally Gilligan's attempt to save the Minnow.

All in all, this is actually a pretty decent, entertaining episode that has some good laughs.

  • It's rather obvious that in practically all the outdoor scenes, the

dialog is ADRed or replaced in the studio. In some cases, the audio is out of sync or even added when the characters do not speak.

  • The Skipper's statement about the high tide being perhaps the last

chance to get off the island makes little sense and is never explained. After all, high tides happen with some regularity, so if they miss this round, another should follow at some point.

  • It's tough to catch, but Mrs. Howell makes the statement that it was

Mr. Howell's idea to repair the Minnow in the scene just before they spot Mary Ann "kissing" a tree. This may be an explanation as to why it took them so long to try and repair the Minnow.

  • The Minnow itself was little mentioned in the seven episodes that

preceded this one, save for the "Wrongway Feldman" episode where it was stated that some parts were salvaged to help fix Wrongway's plane. This could mean that the Minnow has no operating motor and would only drift in the ocean.

  • In some ways, this may be one of the most surreal episodes of the

first season. Besides what happens to the Minnow, Gilligan's little discussion with himself at the lagoon is kinda out there.

  • Of course, the final fate of the Minnow seems beyond silly

considering the effects of the glue would not have that kind of result. But hey, it's a TV show and it's Gilligan's Island no less....

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