Gilligan's Island (1964–1967)
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President Gilligan 

The Skipper and Mr. Howell compete for leadership on the island by being named "President." When the castaways cast their votes, the result is surprising.



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The Skipper and Mr. Howell compete for leadership on the island by being named "President." When the castaways cast their votes, the result is surprising.

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31 October 1964 (USA)  »

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Much ado is made over a well being dug, yet in previous and later adventures, a fresh water stream is shown running into the lagoon, capable of providing their daily needs of fresh water. See more »


References A Star Is Born (1954) See more »

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The first and only election
4 June 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"President Gilligan" begins with the Skipper and Mr. Howell arguing over who should be the leader, Ginger suggesting an election to come up with a winner. Mr. Howell is of course eager to buy the election by promising exorbitant salaries for all cabinet members, while his opponent arrives at an appropriate slogan, 'don't change skippers in mid ocean.' The results find a write-in candidate victorious, as Gilligan clearly votes for himself, along with Mary Ann and Mrs. Howell (her husband forgives her for being a 'romantic schemer'). While the new president takes his job seriously, working on the construction of a new well to replenish the water supply, no one else on the island pays any attention to his ideas. The Skipper appoints himself Vice President, Mr. Howell delights in being granted Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Ginger is the Secretary of Health and Welfare, in charge of building the hospital, after which, due to the lack of doctors, she will build a medical school! Once Gilligan starts digging the well all by himself, he learns that his Chief Justice intends to start impeachment proceedings on charges of bribery! The cast members truly come into their own in this sixth episode, but Jim Backus shines brightest as he lists his accomplishments in applying for the position of Chief Justice: "the government has convicted me six times on antitrust suits, and I've been investigated every year for income tax evasion!" (Skipper: "any man who can stay out of jail with a record like that's got to know something about the law!"). Mr. Howell's first task is to investigate a plot to overthrow the government, the one he started right after the election! The only real disappointment about the idea is that there was never any follow up in the political ramifications, as no mention of the election would ever be brought up in future episodes.

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