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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The Howells state that they have no son. One would be invented for the reunion film, The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island. See more
The name-number combination "Gilligan Thurston Howell IV" makes no sense in the given context.
The only name that Mr. Howell knows him by is Gilligan. He wishes to pass on his lineage via his name. He is Thurston Howell III; therefore, Gilligan becomes Gilligan Thurston Howell IV. The Howells are rich enough they can flaunt the supposed conventions of "name-numbers." Additionally, there no laws governing the naming of children, whether adopted or not. It makes perfect sense to the Howells, and they are the only ones who have a say in it, no matter the unconventional nature of it. See more
[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!
Spoofs My Fair Lady