Fantasy Island (1977–1984)
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Baby/Marathon: Battle of the Sexes 

Tattoo decides to adopt the orphaned infant of a native islander; and Gretchen Wasserman and Bunny Kelly want to win the Fantasy Island Marathon to save the floundering barbell-manufacturing plant where they work.


George McCowan


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Episode cast overview:
Ricardo Montalban ... Mr. Roarke
Hervé Villechaize ... Tattoo
Barbi Benton ... Bunny Kelly
Arlene Golonka ... Gretchen Wassermann
Peter Isacksen Peter Isacksen ... Olaf Olafsen
BarBara Luna ... Mary (as Barbara Luna)
Dick Martin ... Dr. R.M. Bunk
Marilyn Michaels Marilyn Michaels ... Edith
Paul Petersen ... Eugene Bodine
Bob Seagren Bob Seagren ... Himself
Bruce M. Fischer ... Bruno Grass
David Yanez David Yanez ... Kiko
Gavin Brendan Gavin Brendan ... Stuart
Joshua Gallegos Joshua Gallegos ... Thomas


Tattoo decides to adopt the orphaned infant son of a native islander he knew well; and two women want to win the Fantasy Island Marathon so they can use the publicity and prize money to save the floundering barbell-manufacturing plant they work at. Written by Kim West

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Release Date:

5 October 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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fluffy and boring
28 May 2014 | by stones78See all my reviews

I had a feeling this episode would be a bummer, and boy, was I right. One story has unrealistic top "athletes" running a marathon to win whatever; this event looks more like a beer league tournament with one chubby guy looking like he belongs in the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. Barbi Benton(again?)makes an appearance in this show, as does Arlene Golonka, as 2 women trying to win prize money to save their barbell plant; Peter Isacksen(about 7 feet tall)and Dick Martin, who was actually slightly funny here, also star in this segment. You know you're in trouble when any story revolves around Tattoo, as this time around, he wants to adopt a baby boy, who actually looks like a girl and has a strange looking head. Perhaps the only nice moment in this segment is when Mr. Roarke and Tattoo have a serious conversation about the baby, and what is best for him, although I was slightly surprised he gave his approval to Tattoo's wishes. I won't ruin how this plays out, although I'm sure you can guess, but it was the correct decision. As I've said many times, I prefer the darker segments this show has to offer, but so far in the 1979 season, it's been nothing but fluff.

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