Gilligan's Island: Season 1, Episode 29

Three to Get Ready (17 Apr. 1965)

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The Skipper believes that Gilligan has found "The Eye of the Idol," which gives him three wishes before sundown. However, the Professor believes it is just a silly superstition and just an ordinary cat's eye.



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The Skipper believes that Gilligan has found "The Eye of the Idol," which gives him three wishes before sundown. However, the Professor believes it is just a silly superstition and just an ordinary cat's eye.

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The title is based on the phrase: "1 for the money, 2 for the show, 3 to get ready and 4 to go." See more »


How is the Skipper so sure that the stone is the Eye of the Idol, just from looking at it, if it has been lost for thousands of years? See more »


References Lassie (1954) See more »

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Decent Episode...with One Major Flaw in Logic
23 July 2013 | by (Sooner Nation) – See all my reviews

Although it can be argued that all Gilligan's Island episodes have at least one flaw in logic, if not many. The problem with this episode is that the flaw wrecks what otherwise might be a minor classic.

While digging a new pit, Gilligan discovers a gem that is "$11 worth of quartz" according to the Professor. But the Skipper instantly recognizes it as the fabled "Eye of the Idol", a legendary gem that will grant the finder three wishes before sundown. Naturally, the Professor is skeptical, but when Gilligan's first wish for a gallon of ice cream washes ashore, then rest of the castaways prepare to leave the island.

The central flaw in logic with this episode is that Gilligan should immediately wish that they were "off the island" or "rescued". After all, why wait? Instead, the plot has us needlessly waiting for Gilligan to make his final wish and as a result we are dragged along as Gilligan loses the Eye...twice.

This is one of those episodes that might have been an instant classic of greed, much like the "Gold" episode. But the fatal mistake of logic casts this into the "what could have been" pile. Still, there are a number of nice touches and a few chuckles to make this episode okay.

  • The instant recognition of the "Eye" by the Skipper is somewhat odd,

especially considering that according to him, the "Eye" had been lost for thousands of years. It would have been better for the Skipper to not have come to that conclusion until a little later, perhaps having Gilligan "accidentally" wishing for something that came true and then making the realization.

  • It's a little funny that no one questioned the Professor's

explanation for the gallon of ice cream. While a passing plane or ship may have dropped it, the ice cream would have been fully melted by the time it reached the island.

  • Admittedly, the execution of the final "wish" is very good. Kudoos to

the writer and props department for a logical conclusion that makes perfect sense.

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