After Gilligan saves Mrs. Howell's life, the Howells adopt him as their son. But Gilligan soon discovers that life as "Gilligan Thurston Howell IV" is not all it's cracked up to be.

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After Gilligan saves Mrs. Howell's life, the Howells adopt him as their son. But Gilligan soon discovers that life as "Gilligan Thurston Howell IV" is not all it's cracked up to be.

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5 June 1965 (USA)  »

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In this episode, the Howells state they don't have a son and always wanted one when they decide to adopt Gilligan and make him "Gilligan Thurston Howell IV" yet in the TV movie "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligans Island" they have an adult son (Thurston Howell IV). See more »

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The SS Minnow is used as the stakes in a card game, even though the wreck utterly disintegrated way back in Gilligan's Island: Goodbye Island. See more »

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Gilligan: [At the end of the dream sequence, Gilligan took off his crown, placed it in front of his feet and is shown stomping on it to destroy it] I don't wanna be king! I don't wanna be king! I don't wanna be king!
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Spoofs My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

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Gilligan Thurston Howell IV
9 June 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"My Fair Gilligan" is one of the best black and white episodes, in which Gilligan saves Mrs. Howell from being crushed under a falling rock, the childless couple showing their gratitude by adopting 'Gilligan Thurston Howell IV' as their rightful son and heir. A week's worth of training has Gilligan well on his way to wealth and privilege, his favorite institution: "Harvard, you silly goose!" Unfortunately, his new status means that he can no longer work with the other castaways, tarring the hut, hanging up clothes, butterfly hunting, or just singing their cares away. A short dream sequence has Gilligan king, ordering all of his friends to have their heads chopped off, awakening in a cold sweat. Realizing that he was never cut out to be a Howell but wishing to spare their feelings, Gilligan works a special kind of magic on the evening of his coming out party, one outrage after another proving too much for Dad to take, the final insult a pie in the face. Mr. Howell comforts his wife and praises Gilligan as 'not a bad actor,' both disappointed that he didn't want to be a Howell but proud of the fact that the boy is all heart. Heart is what this episode has in spades, and one of the reasons why the show endures, not to mention another fabulous showcase for the incomparable Jim Backus (Mr. Howell's philosophy: money is something you never spend, you just make more of it!).


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