Gilligan's Island

Season 2 Episode 12

Don't Bug the Mosquitoes

Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Dec 09, 1965 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A popular American singing group, the Mosquitoes (Bingo, Bango, Bongo, and Irving), land on the island hoping for some quiet and relaxation on a deserted island.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Horrible

    While there's no question that Gilligan's Island was intended to be taken as a bit of a joke, the characters come off as complete idiots in this episode. They have the opportunity to get off the island once again. Had they simply followed the Mosquitoes around relentlessly, they would have been rescued. Unlike many of the other escape opportunities, the Mosquitoes aren't dangerous. The only thing that prevents rescue is everyone oversleeping.moreless
  • The Mosquitoes, lands on the island, to get away from the fans,however they meet the castaways only to promise to take them home.

    A great epiosde, in my book.The Mosquitoes sings a couple of songs,and very well done.

    The girls(Ginger,MaryAnn, and Mrs. Howell) did a great job singing the tune,"You Need Us".

    The plot rather another in the long line of visitors to come to the island,and somehow the Castaways who thinks they'll get off,never does.:)
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 (5)

    • The prop crew covered over a Jerry Vale album for The Mosquitoes album. The four Jerry Vale albums across the back are Jerry Vale's Greatest Hits. The Same Ole Moon.  I Remember Russ.  I Remember Buddy.

    • Pay attention to the curtains during the scene where Mr. Howell introduces the Honey Bees. If Ginger, Mary Ann and Mrs. Howell are on stage and Mr. Howell, Gilligan, the Skipper and the Professor are in the audience, who's opening the curtains?

    • Given the closeness of the helicopter's landing point to the huts, shouldn't the castaways have heard it coming or leaving, for that matter? They could hear the Mosquitos playing there, and a helicopter makes the same if not more noise, that close to the ground. It's not like there was anything else on the island making enough noise to cover it up, either.

    • Whenever a record player was used for whatever reason in other episodes, they usually had a bamboo "Victorola"-style manual crank setup the Professor would generally operate. When the girls perform that priceless number as "The Honeybees" in this episode they suddenly have the "latest" portable Hi-Fi set and somehow it also works without electricity, as someone else pointed out about the Mosquito's' band equipment!

    • The Mosquitoes play their electic guitars at astoundingly high volumes considering they don't have amplifiers or electricity.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Gilligan: Skipper, all we need is a little more practice.
      Skipper: Oh Gilligan, the Mosquitoes thought we were awful.
      Gilligan: Oh boy, a little bit of criticism and you fall apart. You can't start from the top, you know.
      Skipper: Gilligan, I'll start from the top of your head and put you in the ground like a thumbtack.

    • Ginger: The pants look great, Gilligan. How do they feel?
      Gilligan: Like alligator skin on an alligator.
      Ginger: Well they have to be tight. All the musicians wear them like that. So they can do the watusi while they're playing.
      Gilligan: The watusi? I can hardly walk around in them.

    • Professor: I must admit that I underestimated the reaction that would set in.
      Skipper: Professor, we should have kept an eye on [The Mosquitoes].
      Gilligan: You just don't understand them, Skipper. They're a high-strung nervous type. They being sensitive musicians-
      Skipper: Never mind that, Gilligan.

    • Gilligan: Skipper, are you sleeping?
      Skipper: I didn't even doze, Gilligan. I'm still listening to the music.
      Gilligan: Yeah, so am I. Isn't it wild?
      Skipper: Wild?
      Gilligan: I think it's really great that they're gonna be here a whole month. Do you realize how much it would cost to see them that often?
      Skipper: Gilligan, I hope I never get that rich.

    • Gilligan: Skipper, have I got some good news for you.
      Skipper: It's certainly a good day for it, Gilligan.
      Gilligan: The Mosquitoes'll give us what we've been waiting for.
      Skipper: You bet, a nice trip home.
      Gilligan: No, guess again.
      Skipper: Guess again?
      Gilligan: They're gonna give us a concert.
      Skipper: A concert? But who wants a concert now? We wanna go home.
      Gilligan: Shall I go tell them?
      Skipper: No, wait a minute, Gilligan. Maybe you better not tell them. We don't want to get them upset. We'll listen to their concert and then we'll go home.
      Gilligan: Gilligan:I bet we're the luckiest people alive.
      Skipper: We certainly are. We're finally being rescued.
      Gilligan: No, I mean about the Mosquitoes giving us a concert.

    • Bingo: I'll tell you what we'll do, Commodore. If your group will cooperate with the Mosquitoes we'll get you off the island.
      Thurston: Good heavens, is we had to be rescued by musicians why couldn't it have been the New York Philharmonic?

    • Bingo: Don't look now, but I think we're surrounded by savages.
      Bango: Savages? Man, the Savages record for Safari Records.

    • Lovey: Thurston, do you think we're having a nightmare?
      Thurston: Together, with our eyes open? Even Sigmund Freud never dreamt of rock-'n'-roll.
      Lovey: I wonder what it could be.
      Thurston: Some damn fool playing the radio loud at 8:00 in the morning.

    • Professor: You can start to unpack. The Mosquitoes have left us a note.
      Mr. Howell: They can write?
      Professor: Apparently. (Professor reads note) Me and the boys? Me and the boys.

    • Skipper: First I'll break the radio, then I'll kill Gilligan, no, I'll kill Gilligan then I'll break the radio.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Theme of episode: Inside every failed plan is another failed plan waiting to be released.

    • Dawn Wells's singing voice in this episode was actually provided by singer-songwriter Carol Connors. Connors was a member of the Teddy Bears in the 50's and performed on their hit "To Know Him Is To Love Him". Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans might recognize her from her performance of "The Book of Love" in the film Catalina Caper.

    • The Girls of Gilligans Island formed a band called "The Honey Bees" and performed the song "You Need Us".

    • Three of the Mosquitoes (Bango, Bongo, and Irving) were played by the three singers known as the Wellingtons, the group that sang the Gilligan's Island theme song in the first season!


    • The Barber of Seville

      As Mrs. Howell is chasing the band to cut their hair, one yells, "look out, fellas! It's the Barber of Seville!"

      "The Barber of Seville" is a 2-act Italian opera.

    • Mrs. Howell has an obsession with cutting the group's hair. When she is chasing Irving with fingernail clippers, Bingo refers to her as Delilah. This, of course, alludes to the Bible story of Samson and Delilah, in which Delilah cut Samson's hair, causing him to lose his power.

    • The band The Mosquitos and the members Bingo, Bango, and Bongo are a rather blatant spoof of The Beatles and Ringo. The Beatles were of course the world's most successful musical group of all time, and were in their heyday at the time this show was aired. Ringo was the much beloved group's drummer.