Gilligan's Island: Season 1, Episode 3

Voodoo Something to Me (10 Oct. 1964)

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After somebody breaks into the supply hut, everyone suspects that a killer may be on the island--except for the Skipper, who thinks that it may be part of a voodoo curse.

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After somebody breaks into the supply hut, everyone suspects that a killer may be on the island--except for the Skipper, who thinks that it may be part of a voodoo curse.

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Voodoo of the Primate Kind
26 July 2013 | by (Sooner Nation) – See all my reviews

Before getting to the summary & review, it must be noted that as of 07/26/2013, the official IMDb episode description is wrong. It is lifted from another episode.

Gilligan, asleep as usual on guard duty, misses out on the fact that someone or something has stolen the flare gun and other valuables from the supply hut. The Professor and the Skipper set out to look for the culprit, who may be a vicious killer or thief, but the Skipper thinks its "voodoo".

Gilligan, having been roped into searching the island as well, gets really muddy and has to bathe in the lagoon. Meanwhile, the real culprit reveals "itself" and manages to fool both the Skipper and Gilligan of his true identity.

This episode moves in fits and starts, but does have some funny moments. Perhaps the highlight is the Skipper, convinced that voodoo has transformed his little buddy, telling him what he plans for their future. The line, "We'll get an apartment...one that takes monkeys." is very funny indeed.

Other highlights include Ginger's rather unique make up case and contents, Gilligan's well executed slide down the hill and into the mud, Mr. Howell breaking out in perspiration for apparently the first time in his life and the final, climactic scene which literally goes off with a bang.

Fitfully funny with the strain of trying to include all the castaways in their own scenes while moving the plot (the Professor gets the short end of the stick this week), this episode still has enough laughs to be enjoyable, if not all that memorable.

  • A technical note. Much of the dialog that happens in the scenes that


were clearly shot outdoors was added in later, a technique known as "ADR". This was probably because the lagoon set was next to a road that became noisy with traffic during rush hour.

  • A little confusion about the hut situation. As of the previous


episode "Home Sweet Hut", the castaways were building their own huts. However, all we see in this episode is the larger "community" hut and a supply hut. While it appears that the Howells have their own hut, it is only implied, but not stated.

  • So, the Skipper apparently packed the Minnow with at least 150


flares. That seems just a bit excessive I would think.

  • This is the episode that establishes the Skipper's belief in voodoo,


a theme that would continue throughout the series.

  • A clean transfer reveals that the "creature" which attacked Gilligan


in the supply hut was little more than a monkey-sized doll made from very dark fabric.

  • The Professor's statement as to walking "at least 20 miles" and being


lost for a couple of hours speaks to the substantial size of this island.

  • While it is implied that all the flares are still in the hut when


Gilligan fires the flare gun, he did discover a box that is labeled "Flare Signal" out in the jungle...which implies that some flares may be inside the box.

  • So, the flare gun was apparently loaded when it was taken...that


seems pretty careless, Skipper. :) - Although the castaways are a forgiving bunch, you have to admit that they were severely tested in their feelings for Gilligan after he took dead aim at the supply hut with the flare gun. However, ringing Gilligan's neck for what he did, while satisfying, would leave them without someone to do most of the work on the island.


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