Gilligan's Island (1964–1992)
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Waiting for Watubi 

The Skipper is convinced he is doomed after he accidentally disturbs the resting place of a vengeful Tiki god, and the only thing that can break the curse is a visit from The Great Watubi.



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Episode cast overview:
Mrs. Lovey Howell
Ginger Grant
Mary Ann Summers


The Skipper is convinced he is doomed after he accidentally disturbs the resting place of a vengeful Tiki god, and the only thing that can break the curse is a visit from The Great Watubi.

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Comedy | Family





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5 December 1964 (USA)  »

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This episode shows one of those instances when "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" is sung instead of the "Happy Birthday" song. "Happy Birthday" is actually a licensed song that requires the payment of royalties if it is used in any media, while "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" is in the public domain.

Happy to note that as of 2016, "Happy Birthday to You" is now in the public domain (2017 in the EU). See more »


Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby: [Convinced that he is dying, The Skipper asks Gilligan to bring him his sea chest. Gilligan does, setting it down next to him] Gilligan, it's on my fingers.
Gilligan: [Gilligan moves the chest and opens it, hitting the Skipper with the lid] Wow! Look at all this junk!
Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby: Junk? My life is in that chest!
Gilligan: A bottle cap?
Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby: [Wistfully ] Singapore, 1946, the first bottle of beer I ever opened with my teeth.
Gilligan: Why'd you do that?
Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby: I didn't want to, but some guy hit me in the mouth with the bottle. You can have it.
Gilligan: [...]
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Referenced in Dazed and Confused (1993) See more »

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The debate between Ginger and Mary Ann undoubtedly started here
4 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Waiting for Watubi" is one of the more fondly remembered episodes, the Skipper again spooked by voodoo after finding a statue of Kona, supposedly the god of evil bringing bad luck for the one that discovers him. Burying Kona proves fruitless, as the Howells promptly did him back up, assuming that he must be something valuable. Imagine the Skipper's shock when he opens one of Mr. Howell's cabinets to find the dreaded Kona, instigating a series of earth shaking incidents that leave him defenseless and calling for the ancient witch doctor Watubi, the only man who can lift the curse of Kona. After Gilligan helps the Skipper write out his will, the Professor insists that Watubi appear, Gilligan disguised in fanciful headdress and makeup, with Ginger and Mary Ann sparking boyhood fantasies galore with their choreographed gyrations. This actually works to the Skipper's delight, but the capper comes when Gilligan orders a cool breeze and winds up with a virtual hurricane, lifting Gilligan off his feet as he clings to a palm tree for dear life. The eternal debate between Ginger and Mary Ann could have started right here, as both shake their scantily attired assets in perfect rhythm, Dawn Wells defying the censors by completely baring her midriff, Tina Louise no slouch either with genuine hula moves that would reappear in future episodes. Alternately funny and sexy, this episode was the blueprint for many more to follow, the stuff of male adolescent fantasy and solid slapstick belly laughs. Jack Arnold, director of such beloved 50s sci-fi classics as "It Came from Outer Space" and "Creature from the Black Lagoon," helms the first of his prolific 26 episodes during the first two seasons.

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