Gilligan's Island/Gilligan's Mother-in-Law

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Gilligan's Mother-in-Law
Season 2, Episode 1
Airdate September 16, 1965
Written by Budd Grossman
Directed by Jack Arnold
Produced by Sherwood Schwartz
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Gilligan's Mother-in-Law is the first episode of the second season of Gilligan's Island, and the thirty-seventh episode overall.

Starring: Bob Denver (Gilligan), Alan Hale (Skipper)

Also Starring: Jim Backus (Thurston J. Howell III), Natalie Schafer (Mrs. Howell)

and Also Starring: Tina Louise (Ginger Grant)

with Russell Johnson (The Professor), Dawn Wells (Mary Ann)

Additional Cast: Henny Backus (Native Mother), Russ Grieve (Native Chief), Mary Foran (Native Daughter), Eddie Little Sky (Native Warrior)


Plot Overview

A Native Chief,his Wife,and Overweight Daughter arrive on the Island.The purpose for the arrival is to find the Chiefs Daughter a Husband.The Daughter spots Gilligan,and wants to Marry him.The Castaways encounter the three Natives,and after a misunderstanding(the Castaways thought that the Daughter wanted to Marry The Skipper)the Castaways set upon Gilligan to Marry the Chiefs Daughter in exchange for the Natives agreeing to take the Castaways to rescuing the Castaways.The Wedding is set to take place when the Natives,and Castaways leave the Island.However,another Native arrives on the Island.His name is Haruki,the Daughters old Suitor who has come to the Island to fight for the Daughters hand in Marriage.The Castways prepare for the fight to the death,Gilligan vs Haruki. Neither Man is killed,or hurt badly.The Daughter decides that she wants Haruki. Unfortunately,the Castaways will not be going to the Natives Island for the Wedding.Another frustrating attempt at rescue foiled.


Arc Advancement





The Show

  • This is the first episode where the Professor and Mary Ann are included in the opening theme and credits.

Behind the Scenes

  • Henny Backus, who plays the mother in this episode, is in real life the wife of Jim Backus.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments

Gilligan dancing,and his reaction when Haruki screams to get the others attention.The look on Harukis face when Gilligan throws his spear.The aftermath when when Coconuts render Haruki unconscience.Gilligan jumping out of the Boat after finding out about the Best Man Test.


  • Gilligan: Poison Darts at six paces!