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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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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21 November 1964 (USA)  »

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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 the beach scene where the Howells find Gilligan and Skipper glued to the boat, as well as the later christening debate, the shots that include the hills behind the boat have typical Southern California scrub, not tropical plants. See more »


Referenced in Dazed and Confused (1993) See more »

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The fate of the SS Minnow
4 June 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Goodbye Island" offers our last glimpse of the battered SS Minnow, not seen since the debut episode (location shooting on a real beach), the Professor trying to come up with the right formula to make nails. In finding the right sap to make syrup, Gilligan discovers a substance that works like glue after it's heated and manages to get himself and Skipper attached to the boat, in a remarkably well done routine evoking memories of Laurel and Hardy, from Skipper's knowing glances at the camera (like Hardy), to the slow escalation of trouble growing worse and worse. The Professor realizes that some perfumes have a certain fragrance that can dissolve the sticky compound, surprising Ginger with forceful aggressiveness: "that salesgirl was wrong, that perfume doesn't make men wild, it drives them absolutely batty!" Once they're free, the Skipper reinforces the entire boat with Gilligan's waterproof glue, shortly before we learn that it's not so permanent after all. The SS Minnow collapses in spectacular fashion, the castaways lucky to be safe on the beach rather than out to sea. This is the kind of slapstick that can be difficult to pull off, but Bob Denver and Alan Hale became beloved icons for youngsters of all ages because they did it so well.

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