Gilligan is forced to become the Howells' man-servant when the Skipper loses a bet to Mr. Howell in a turtle race.

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Gilligan is forced to become the Howells' man-servant when the Skipper loses a bet to Mr. Howell in a turtle race.

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The Skipper says his birthday is May 5th, while getting his horoscope read by Ginger. She informs him that makes him a Taurus. See more »

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It's not how you win or lose...or is it?
8 June 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"They're Off and Running" sees the Skipper dropping 39 races in a row to the redoubtable Mr. Howell, as turtles have become the latest challenge to the castaways. With his wife longing for a houseboy, Howell suggests that Gilligan next be put up as the prize, and with Skipper's turtle as sluggish as ever number 40 is a foregone certainty. A lonely Skipper no longer has anyone to yell at, but his little buddy has a solution, that with all his wealth and possessions Mr. Howell can afford to be magnanimous and lose just once. Unbeknownst to each other, both Howells end up switching the turtles, the result being that Howell's champion comes out on top yet again. The 'Wizard of Wall Street' remains true to his reputation however, reuniting the Skipper with his ex houseboy in an agreeable coda. This episode might be more fondly remembered if we'd seen any further turtle racing on the island, but it was not to be.


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