Gilligan's Island (1964–1992)
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Don't Bug the Mosquitoes 

The rock band "The Mosquitoes" arrive on the island for some much-needed R&R. But the castaways try to make their lives miserable so they'll want to leave--and take them with them.


Steve Binder


Sherwood Schwartz (created by), Brad Radnitz




Episode credited cast:
Bob Denver ... Gilligan
Alan Hale Jr. ... Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby
Jim Backus ... Thurston Howell III
Natalie Schafer ... Mrs. Lovey Howell
Tina Louise ... Ginger Grant
Russell Johnson ... Professor Roy Hinkley
Dawn Wells ... Mary Ann Summers
Les Brown Jr. Les Brown Jr. ... Bingo
The Wellingtons The Wellingtons ... The Mosquitoes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirby Johnson Kirby Johnson ... Irving (as The Wellingtons)
George Patterson George Patterson ... Bango (as The Wellingtons)
Ed Wade Ed Wade ... Bongo (as The Wellingtons)


The rock band "The Mosquitoes" arrive on the island for some much-needed R&R. But the castaways try to make their lives miserable so they'll want to leave--and take them with them.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Family







Release Date:

9 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The melody of You Need Me certainly stuck in the heads of Perry Mason (1957)'s producers. The backing track turned up twice in the 9th season of the legal mystery series, during the 1965-66 season (it was not used in a singing group comprised of Perry, Della, and Hamilton). See more »


The small helicopter seen at the beginning of the episode couldn't possibly have carried all the band members and their instruments. It clearly had only two seats and no space for luggage. See more »


Professor Roy Hinkley: The Mosquitoes left us a note.
Thurston Howell III: They can write?
Professor Roy Hinkley: Apparently...
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Alternate Versions

There are three different published versions of this episode. The most notable differing scenes are: Ver. 1: The Mosquitos' concert is shown just as it is ending; and the Honeybees each sing solo parts in multiple verses of their song, "You Need Us." This is the version originally aired on CBS, as most viewers may recall. Ver. 2: The Mosquitos perform a full song, "He's a Loser" (a different song from Ver. 1), in their concert; and the Honeybees sing together just a single verse of "You Need Us." This version has appeared subsequently in TVLand reruns. Ver. 3: On the DVD set, the Mosqitoes do two songs ("Don't Bug Me" and "He's A Loser") and the honeybees sing their individual verses. See more »


Referenced in Dazed and Confused (1993) See more »


The song "You Need Us" by the Honeybees also is heard as an instrumental version on a least two episodes of Perry Mason, including "Perry Mason" (1957) {The Case of the Fanciful Frail (#9.24)}
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One of my fave "GI" episodes!
25 April 2016 | by alshiretinaSee all my reviews

If you've never seen "Gilligan's Island," this is the first episode you should see. It is so funny! Everyone is at the top of their game and the plot hits every base on the field: Parent/teen battles over loud rock music, the British Invasion, the generation gap and the general finky behavior of people when you're at their mercy for help.

After driving everyone on the island crazy with his blaring rock music radio, Gilligan and the others realize they've been invaded by Mosquitoes...a Beatles-esque rock group that just arrived by helicopter.

Naturally, the castaways are delighted to have some visitors and excited to think they can go home when the Mosquitoes chopper comes back for them.

Things don't go as planned however, and the men decide to impress their guests by putting on their own show--with disastrous results. With "hippie" wigs and attire, the guys are hilarious--especially Alan Hale, whose tiny bowler hat (at jaunty angle) and blonde cherub wig make him look insanely ridiculous! You'll have a big smile on your face as he continues to wear the garb even as he's dejected over the "group's" failure to impress.

Next, the ladies try...and as the "Honeybees," their song, "You Need Us" is a highlight. Such fun and such great memories!

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