Gilligan's Island (1964–1967)
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Will the Real Mr. Howell Please Stand Up? 

An impostor posing as Mr. Howell claims to having been rescued and begins selling off Mr. Howell's stocks. The real Mr. Howell offers his fellow castaways a hefty reward to get him off the island and save his fortune.

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Mary Ann Summers
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An impostor posing as Mr. Howell claims to having been rescued and begins selling off Mr. Howell's stocks. The real Mr. Howell offers his fellow castaways a hefty reward to get him off the island and save his fortune.

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17 March 1966 (USA)  »

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This episode could be the one to answer the age-old question of why the castaways never built a raft to get off the island (or why the Professor wasn't smart enough to do so), as the raft that was built for Mr. Howell to get back to civilization immediately sank when he put out to sea. See more »

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Referenced in Dazed and Confused (1993) See more »

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Mr. Howell is beside himself
18 June 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Will the Real Mr. Howell Please Stand Up?" was the first of three episodes in which a castaway is replaced by an imposter, but unlike Ginger (in "All About Eva") or Gilligan (in "Gilligan vs. Gilligan") it makes perfect sense that the wealthy and powerful Thurston Howell should be the obvious first choice. The shocking radio broadcast announcing the rescue of Thurston Howell has the real McCoy thirsting to kill, but frustrated that he's not able to swim to Hawaii. An offer of 1 million dollars to find a way to get him off the island has everyone scrambling for ideas. He actively encourages his wife to give it a try: "can you think of a better way of keeping the money in the family?" Gilligan makes a pair of wings that actually seem to work! The imposter incredibly falls off of his chartered yacht, winding up on the island where Howell meets Howell face to face over the final 8 minutes, brief but worth the wait.


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