Gilligan's Island: Season 1, Episode 27

New Neighbor Sam (3 Apr. 1965)

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The castaways are scared that a group of gangsters are on the island, but it turns out just to be a parrot who also squawks wildly when he hears the words "boat" and "jewel."


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The castaways are scared that a group of gangsters are on the island, but it turns out just to be a parrot who also squawks wildly when he hears the words "boat" and "jewel."

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The San Francisco newspaper they find is from 10 April 1906, just 8 days before the great earthquake and fire leveled the city. See more »


When Sam the Parrot leads the men to the cave where the "jewels" are buried, the Skipper remarks that he has "never seen this cave before." However, earlier in the episode, the men crouched outside the very same cave to eavesdrop on the "gangsters" they thought were inside. See more »


Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby: [the parrot has dug up a small box. The Skipper picks it up and starts dusting it off] It's a jewel box all right. Jewel... crackers.
Sam, the Parrot: Sam wants a cracker! Sam wants a cracker!
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References Good Neighbor Sam (1964) See more »

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Excellent Idea....Not as Well Executed...
30 July 2013 | by (Sooner Nation) – See all my reviews

While gathering firewood, Gilligan and then the Skipper overhear a couple of mobsters who talk of killing anyone who might interfere with their plans.

The castaways, in fear of their lives, form a defense in one of the huts and await the coming dawn. Only to discover that the voices of the mobsters all come from a single parrot.

The parrot keeps mentioning a "boat" and "jewels" which certainly interests Mr. Howell. When the parrot is followed to a cave, they discover what the "jewel" really is.

This is one of those episodes where the initial idea, the castaways mistaking parrot voices for actual mobsters, is really good. However, once the parrot is discovered it all goes downhill from there. The final resolution is not all that satisfying and there is a gaping plot hole about the "boat" that seems to be just a red herring in this episode.

Highlights include Mr. Howell's less than comforting statements about protecting his wife, Gilligan's sudden "whistling" when he's nervous and explanation to the girls that he doesn't want to talk about it, the catapult or "chair with a rock" device Gilligan creates, the men of the island mistaking each other for gangsters and the subsequent fight which is very well executed, Mr. Howell's defense of his clothing albeit very short lived, the "army" that was created, Gillian and the Skipper "singing" to the parrot (nice), the castaways following the parrot, and the final realization by Mr. Howell of what the parrot meant by "jewels".

All in all, a forgettable entry which the second half of the show doesn't live up to the first half.

  • It might be argued that referring to their experiences with another

gangster, Jackson Farrell from "Little Island, Big Gun" would be appropriate. But considering that the production crew probably had no idea how the network would air the episodes, it goes without mention.

  • Do you ever get the feeling that Gilligan's Island is the most well

known of all the uninhabited islands in the world? :)

  • Another theme that doesn't get carried over from episode to episode

is Gilligan's sudden "whistling" of his nose when he gets nervous. It happens here and never again. Plus, we never see the parrot again either.

  • The final realization, based on the newspaper article found in the

cave, that what the parrot overhead happened almost 60 years ago, does stretch credulity just a bit. However, there are some breeds of parrots that have reached the century mark in terms of age.

  • So, no searching the cave for anything else? Seems somewhat

incomplete to say the least.

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