Gilligan's Island

Season 1 Episode 31

Diogenes, Won't You Please Go Home?

Aired Saturday 8:30 PM May 01, 1965 on CBS
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The Castaways discover that Gilligan has been keeping a secret diary.

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  • A good episode until the end. Then it becomes great. Seeing Ginger as a Judo expert has to be the best scene in all of Gilligan's Island.

    This is a good episode, but it is the ending dream like sequences that make this one of the best episodes in the series. The castaways each differ in their versions of how they escaped from the Japanese sailor. The Skipper tells Gilligan that he rescued everyone by blowing up a grenade in his hands and then destroying the sailors gun, also with his bare hands. Pretty funny to watch. By far the best version is Gingers. She tells Gilligan that he was tied to a tree and the sailor is about to shot him. Ginger appears from behind the tree and announces that she is going to save Gilligan. The sailor doesn't seem too threatned. How can a female, who is a movie star, possibly save Gilligan? Ginger surprises everyone by saying that she is a secret agent and a Judo expert. She engages the sailor in a fight in which she judo flips him to the ground several times. What makes this so funny is how easily Ginger stands there, waiting for the sailor to attack, and then flip him. She even briefly fixes her hair while she waits to use judo on him again. Ginger has always been portraid as a weaker female who tries to use her looks to get what she wants. This classic episode lets her be stronger than the men to get what she wants and to be the hero.moreless
  • A very funny episode, especially Skipper\'s recollection of how he handled the Japanese sailor.

    This episode shows, once again, that Gilligan is the most honest and kind-hearted of the castaways. The rest all assume that Gilligan is writing bad stuff about them, so they conjure up their own versions of how they were rescued from the Japanese sailor. Skipper\'s version is particulary funny, as he flexes his muscles and pretends to be utterly fearless, even as a grenade explodes in his hand. Mr. Howell\'s version shows him doing manual labor, which is completely out of character. I looked at Ginger\'s version of her doing judo, and when I looked at it in slow motion, I think that the stunt double is a man.moreless
Bob Denver

Bob Denver


Jim Backus

Jim Backus

Thurston Howell III

Tina Louise

Tina Louise

Ginger Grant

Alan Hale

Alan Hale

Jonas Grumby (The Skipper)

Natalie Schafer

Natalie Schafer

Eunice Wentworth 'Lovey' Howell

Dawn Wells

Dawn Wells

Mary Ann Summers

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • It wasn't his Diary that Gilligan tossed into the fire. It was "A Boy Scout's Guide Through New Jersey." It's just that the other castaways thought he was throwing his Diary in the fire. He then explains that he hid it; to the point where he doesn't remember where. And it traditional Gilligan style he doesn't realize that it's in his back pocket.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Gilligan: I thought it was Chinese water torture.
      Soldier: They copied it from Japan.

    • Gilligan: I wrote, "I look on you like a mother."
      Lovey: Gilligan, that's sweet of you, but I don't think I'll mention it to Thurston.
      Gilligan: Why not?
      Lovey: I have an idea, he would rather not be considered your father.

    • Gilligan: I wanna talk to [the castaways] long enough to find out why they're mad at me.
      Lovey: That. Thurston explained that to me all last night.Gilligan: What did he say?
      Lovey: Well it has something to do with your diary. How did he put it? That nasty habit you have of always telling the truth.
      Gilligan: All I did was write down what happened. I didn't make anything up.
      Lovey: That's probably why it's the truth.

    • Gilligan: I call it Dear Diary.
      Professor: And you've been keeping it hidden?
      Gilligan: I hid it real good.
      Professor: Are you sure?
      Gilligan: I'm positive, because I forgot where I hid it.

    • Gilligan: Are you a bird watcher?
      Ginger: I was looking for a bird.
      Gilligan: Me. too. Today I saw a turquoise browed mott mott and a European poo poo.
      Ginger: It must have been fun.
      Gilligan: What kind are you looking for?
      Ginger: Baltimore oriole.
      Gilligan: That's a baseball player.
      Ginger: Yeah.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Episode Title: Diogenes, Won't You Please Go Home?

      Diogenes of Sinope (412 - 323 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and aesthetic who is best known for his on going search for an honest man. The significance for this episode is that no one (except Gilligan) recounts their story with any honesty and therefore would be a waste of Diogenes' time.