Gilligan's Island (1964–1992)
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Slave Girl 

Gilligan rescues a native woman from drowning, which according her custom makes her his slave. But soon a fellow tribesman comes to the island and challenges Gilligan for her in a fight to the death.


Wilbur D'Arcy


Sherwood Schwartz (created by), Michael Fessier

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Episode cast overview:
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
Midori Midori ... Kalani
Michael Forest ... Ugundi


Gilligan rescues a native woman from drowning, which according her custom makes her his slave. But soon a fellow tribesman comes to the island and challenges Gilligan for her in a fight to the death.

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

20 March 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Forest (Ugundi) would go on to play Apollo in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Who Mourns For Adonais". See more »


[first lines]
Kalani: [floundering in the water] Help! Help!
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Referenced in Dazed and Confused (1993) See more »

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This is the episode where Adonis mourns for Gilligan.
18 October 2018 | by RalphkramSee all my reviews

Slave Girl is another third season episode where its best quality is suspense. Gilligan is either in danger or under the threat of danger in nearly every scene. The plot is basic issue, and the humor is mainly stock. But the episode has enough suspenseful moments to nudge it above average.

Our slave girl of the title makes her dramatic appearance in the open. She flips her outrigger canoe in the lagoon. Unlike in How to Be a Hero, Gilligan is able to save her from drowning and brings her to shore single-handedly. The girl's name is Kilani and she is a member of the Marobi tribe. In the custom of her people, Gilligan, having saved her life, is now her master and she his slave.

What we have then is GI's answer to I Dream of Jeannie. In a quick montage, Master Gilligan gets frustrated by Kilani shadowing him and doing his chores. Mr. Howell and Ginger, who memorably teamed up as a villainous duo in the first year, both want Kilani to work for them, but she is only interested in serving her master.

At wit's end, Gilligan takes his frustrations to the Professor. He learns the only way he can free himself of his predicament is to be killed in mortal combat. Mr. Howell is happy to oblige so he can be Kilani's master. The set-up to their fencing duel is funnier than the event itself. The billionaire dispatches our lead in record time; unfortunately, his claim to the slave girl lasts only a few seconds.

That's because writer Micheal Fessier borrows a plot point from Gilligan's Mother in Law and inserts a native rival for our lead. The mighty warrior Ugandi challenges Mr. Howell to a duel, but he's given a pass when Gilligan won't stay down. The castaways vote to stand-in for Gilligan, but he is too noble to let anyone do his fighting for him.

Can't raise the suspense that way.

He makes an off-hand remark which inspires the Professor to dupe the Marobi into thinking he has expired. Our lead is injected with a sleeping serum that puts him in a cataleptic trance. The ruse works, but, to increase the tension even more, the Marobi elect to honor him by burning his body.

In a snap, the natives build a coffin and begin the burial ceremony. The castaways try to bring some comedy back into the episode by stalling the cremation. The only stand-out scene is Ginger's sexy veil dance. Unfortunately, to keep it family friendly, impatient Ugandi stops the dance before she runs out of veils.

So the suspense returns as our lead gets lit and the musical cues get dramatically cool. The serum just happens to pick this moment to wear off, and Gilligan realizes he is the barbequee at a barbeque. The episode concludes in much the same way as High Man on a Totem Pole did, and Gilligan is no longer the master of Kilani. (He's still the master of his domain, though).


Guess the censors didn't want Gilligan to administer CPR on Kilani. He revives her with some weird calisthenics.

Really sloppy editing in the cold open. The same clip is shown twice of our hero pointing back at the lagoon when Kilani is at his feet.

Once again, how fortunate it is that Mr. Howell brought along an outfit with him that fits Gilligan. Naturally, when you're on a three hour tour in Hawaii, you bring along fencing gear. Never know when a duel may break out.

Actor Michael Forest, who plays Ugandi, played Apollo in both Star Trek, the Original Series, and in Star Trek: Continued in 2013.

Nice special effects in Gilligan's near cremation.

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