Gilligan's Island

Gilligan's Island (1964)

18 mistakes in season 2

The Friendly Physician - S2-E29

Factual error: When the castaways are coming back to the island at the end, you can see some of the Los Angeles buildings in the background on the high camera angle.

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The Chain of Command - S2-E11

Continuity mistake: When Gilligan falls off of the cliff at the end, he is wearing different clothes and facing a different way than he was when he fell off.

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Beauty Is as Beauty Does - S2-E2

Continuity mistake: We see a shot of the outside of Ginger's hut when she and the Skipper are first planning for the beauty contest. The door to the hut has a window in it and we can see the Skipper's hand leaning on the sill. We cut inside and suddenly Ginger is by the door and the window has vanished.

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Quick Before It Sinks - S2-E6

Plot hole: Gilligan admits he put the Professor's measuring stick in deeper and deeper waters to catch bigger lobster. So wouldn't the Professor have noticed the stick has been moved further out (and more than once too) in the water rather than think the island is sinking? He always had all positions and locations down to a science in many episodes, so how could this have gotten past him?

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Nyet, Nyet, Not Yet - S2-E9

Continuity mistake: The professor mentions he can't drink vodka with the Russians because he's allergic to alcohol, yet in the episode "Man With A Net" (with Lord Beesley), he drinks a strong alchoholic drink he made along with everyone else with no signs of any sickness, or reaction preventing him from drinking it.

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Operation: Steam Heat - S2-E25

Revealing mistake: After Gilligan says his line about the earth swallowing them all up, an explosion rocks the area. Between the end of the line, and the rocking, there's a split second of blackness indicating a cut between the line and the action.

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The Friendly Physician - S2-E29

Plot hole: The scientist yells for Igor to capture the escaping Castaways, to which Igor responds "capture them yourself" in Ginger's voice. The scientist appears surprised to find out Igor is not Igor, but how can this be? He had to be the one to pull the lever to switch everyone's personalities and bodies around, so he should have already known.

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Nyet, Nyet, Not Yet - S2-E9

Plot hole: This was obviously bad script writing, but let's figure out carefully how this failed rescue attempt (by Gilligan) doesn't really make sense. The two Russians were to be picked up at 11:00. When the castaways appear at the Russians' location, the Russians are gone. Gilligan states it's 8:00 according to his watch, due to the unaware fact he set his watch to Manila time (3 hours earlier). He claims to have set his watch when it was 10:30 in Manila - Skipper then yells there's 3 hrs difference between the island and Manila, so Gilligan sets his watch ahead 3 hrs and it's now 11:00. Here's the mistake: if it was 10:30 in Manila and there's a 3 hr. difference, it would have been 1:30 on the island, and also if Gilligan's watch stated it's 8:00 now (Manila time), he would have set it to 7:30 when hearing the 10:30 announcement on Manila radio (which he didn't do). Lots of these times just don't make sense.

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Ghost-a-Go-Go - S2-E27

Other mistake: All of their sheets were the same type. The sheet that the "Ghost" supposedly took from them was more silken, not the regular knit.

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Will the Real Mr. Howell Please Stand Up? - S2-E26

Revealing mistake: When Gilligan demonstrates his man-made wings, when the camera goes close up to him, you can see the wires.

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Operation: Steam Heat - S2-E25

Continuity mistake: The professor wound the clock on the bomb by turning the hand to nine. A second after it was tossed in, it reads eight. It then takes about about fifteen seconds between the numbers to get to zero.

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Operation: Steam Heat - S2-E25

Revealing mistake: When Gilligan and Ginger are in the cave at the volcano, you can see that the steam in the two passageway openings behind them is being shot in from jet nozzles.

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Operation: Steam Heat - S2-E25

Continuity mistake: When Howell is talking to Gilligan, the ground apparently trembles due to a volcano. Before the rumble, Howell's Safari hat brim is bent up on the left side. After the cut to the Professor, the right side is bent upward.

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Castaways Pictures Presents - S2-E7

Plot hole: This movie was made so the castaways could be rescued, but how could they be found? The map the Skipper was pointing to didn't have anything on it that could realistically show where they exactly were, and all scenes in the film wouldn't help them get found at all, just made for good laughs.

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You've Been Disconnected - S2-E17

Character mistake: Upon learning after the storm that the telephone cable was washed back out to sea, the Professor mentions the cable will eventually corrode and break and the Skipper says then a repair crew will have to come out and fix the cable so they'll be rescued. How? The cable is out to sea and a repair crew would never even get to the island since the cable's not there.

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You've Been Disconnected - S2-E17

Plot hole: Gilligan fails the rescue attempt by saying that before the storm, he wrapped up the telephone wires real good with the professor's rubber glue so they won't get wet... But the scene before this, all castaways were testing the phone when a storm instantly hit them without warning. Gilligan wouldn't have wrapped up the wires since there was no storm til the last second (in which they all ran and abandoned the wires).

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Nyet, Nyet, Not Yet - S2-E9

Plot hole: Mr. Howell suggests the switching vodka for water idea, and then Gilligan empties one vodka bottle and puts water in it for the castaways. But there's no way this plan could have gone through since no castaway knew in advance how much vodka or how many bottles the Russians had to execute such a plan.

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Don't Bug the Mosquitoes - S2-E12

Character mistake: When the "Honey Bees" (Mary Ann, Ginger, Mrs. Howell) perform, Mrs. Howell (Natalie Schafer) messes up her lip-syncing throughout the number. But it is most noticeable at the very end when the girls put their heads together and say "buzzzzzzzzzzz" but Mrs. Howell is mouthing an "oooooooooo" which she changes to a "zzzzz" mid-way through the note.

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