Gilligan's Island: Season 1, Episode 7

The Sound of Quacking (7 Nov. 1964)

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The hungry castaways find a wild duck on the island, but they don't know whether to use it as food or attach a message to him and hope for rescue.


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The hungry castaways find a wild duck on the island, but they don't know whether to use it as food or attach a message to him and hope for rescue.

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Marshall Gilligan and the Duck
27 July 2013 | by (Sooner Nation) – See all my reviews

Our intrepid castaways are facing a blight which is ruining all the sources of food on the island. With provisions running low, a migratory duck appears out of nowhere and lands in the lagoon. The Professor convinces the rest of the castaways that this duck may lead to their rescue, unfortunately, it doesn't appear to want to leave the island.

Gilligan, who has been caring for the duck, tries to protect it from the rest of the starving castaways and even dreams about the bad things that might happen. In the morning, the duck is found eating some plants the Professor thought may be poisonous…so is this duck going to get it's goose's cooked anyway?

Overall, a pretty good episode, albeit with one major flaw in logic concerning the blight.

Highlights include Mr. Howell's shame at being in a soup line, Gilligan and the Skipper's attempts to capture the duck, particularly when they "quack" around the island, Mr. Howell (Jim Backas is particularly good in this episode) explaining in detail what he wants to happen with that duck throughout the episode and Gilligan, guarding the duck at night from the rest of the castaways who are lurking in the shadows.

Easily the best highlight is the dream sequence which is set in the old west (on the "Gunsmoke" set no less). This is the first dream sequence of the series and it would soon become a staple, allowing the cast to play different roles in different settings. Everyone shines in this particular dream, which may be the best of the ones produced on the show. In particular, Ginger (Tina Louise), Skipper (Alan Hale) and Mr. Howell who delivers the funniest line, "…and we're gonna eat 'em." This is a funny episode with some good laughs and a great dream sequence to boot.

  • The entire blight of the crops is well handled, although there is one

glaring exception. At the beginning of the episode, Mary Ann includes mackerel as part of the blight. A mackerel is a fish and should not be affected. In fact, shouldn't they be fishing for their food and not eating such meager portions?

  • The crops found on this island is quite varied. Olives and watermelon

are not generally crops you would expect to find on a lonely island in the Pacific.

  • At one point, the Professor states that this duck is the best chance

they've had to get off this island. Really? Better than Wrongway Feldman?

  • Bob Denver is particularly good as the Marshall in the dream

sequence. He clearly wears lifts to stand taller than Alan Hale and Tina Louise, which is a particularly nice touch.

  • In the dream, the Skipper plays the sidekick with a game leg, much

like "Stumpy" from the John Wayne classic, "Rio Bravo".

  • We hear the theme music from "Gunsmoke" during the dream sequence.

Ironically, it was the imminent cancellation of "Gunsmoke" which prompted the head of CBS (Paley) to instead save it and cancel "Gilligan's Island" instead.

  • Another, somewhat more minor flaw in logic is the duck eating the

plants that the Professor thought may be poisonous. Just because a duck can eat the plants doesn't mean that they are safe to humans to eat.

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