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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.
"Three to Get Ready" is a fanciful idea that suffers from obvious padding. Gilligan discovers a cat's eye piece of quartz that the Skipper insists is the eye of the idol Mentuzar that grants the lucky finder three wishes between now and sundown. While the Professor argues against superstition, Gilligan wishes for a gallon of ice cream, which miraculously washes up in the lagoon. The other castaways are convinced of its authenticity, but with two more wishes to go Gilligan overtaxes his brain trying to come up with something that will please everybody. A spontaneous wish for a gallon of vanilla ice cream also comes true, leaving only one left, which the Skipper insists must be to get the castaways rescued. Just when it's time for number three, Gilligan's pocket hole leads to a dragged out search for the missing eye, eventually found by Ginger just before dusk. The resulting disaster is both fitting and logical, though it took far too long to get there.
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