Gilligan's Island (1964–1967)
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Three Million Dollars More or Less 

Everybody wants a piece of Gilligan and his newfound riches after he wins a three million dollar bet with Mr. Howell.


(as Thomas Montgomery)


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Episode cast overview:
Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby
Mrs. Lovey Howell
Ginger Grant
Professor Roy Hinkley
Mary Ann Summers


Everybody wants a piece of Gilligan and his newfound riches after he wins a three million dollar bet with Mr. Howell.

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Comedy | Family





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26 December 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The $3,000,000 Gilligan won from Mr. Howell in 1964 is already a huge amount but adjusted for inflation to 2017 is the equivalent of $23,440,000. See more »


Skipper states that it is the "third day of the week of the third month," or March 3rd. Later Mr. Howell complains about his oyster-shell putter and Mrs. Howell explains that it doesn't feel right because there is no "R" in the month. See more »


Referenced in Dazed and Confused (1993) See more »

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Easy come, easy go
5 June 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Three Million Dollars More or Less" is a prime example of how Mr. Howell feels about losing a bet, as a single hole in one escalates until Gilligan finds himself in the millionaire's bracket. Determined to outsmart his adversary's masterful putting, Howell pays off his $3 million debt by giving Gilligan one of his many oil companies, this one located in Dust Bowl, Oklahoma, to the dismay of the Skipper: "in other words, Gilligan here is the proud owner of a worthless oil company?" Howell: "what do you mean, worthless? I just got $3 million for it!" He later reveals that the oil well was a wedding gift from his father-in-law, who assumed that Dust Bowl was a football stadium! After a radio report indicates that Gilligan's oil well is just gushing with 'black gold,' guess who ends up on the losing side yet again? This time Mr. Howell tries to get even on the pool table, something Jim Backus later did on both I DREAM OF JEANNIE and THE BRADY BUNCH (rather a shame we never see the billiard table again). The 'Wizard of Wall Street' boasts like a lion gorging itself after the kill, but winds up right back where he started at the beginning of the episode.

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