Gilligan's Island

Season 2 Episode 14

Mine Hero

Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Dec 23, 1965 on CBS
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Episode Summary

While fishing, Gilligan pulls a WWII mine out of the lagoon. When the Professor is unable to deactivate the mine, Gilligan tows it back into the lagoon, where it harmlessly explodes.

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    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 (4)

      • A World War II mine does not have enough magnetic force to pull Gilligan and Mr. Howell to it by their jewelry against the pull of their weight. Also, ultra high frequency waves from a transistor radio cannot neutralize magnetic waves.

      • The Professor explains that most mines exploded on impact, but this one had a timing mechanism so that it would be attracted to the boat and then explode in the port, damaging more ships.

      • Gilligan's shirt is remarkably clean and dry after picking up and lugging, with both arms, a swordfish that was blown out of the water and onto the sand when the mine exploded.

      • Speaking loud would not have set off the mine, despite what this episode shows. WWII ship mines were pressure-sensitive, designed to detonate if force were applied; mainly from a ship bumping into them. Sound waves from human speech aren't that strong.

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Thurston: My boy, I'm going to give you a really big tip.
        (Gilligan holds out his hands for money.)
        Gilligan: Thanks, Mr. Howell.
        Thurston: Consolidated National Acme. Buy!

      • (The men are going to tow the mine out to see.)
        Professor: It's dangerous, but it has to be done, and it has to be done now. All right, let's eliminate Mr. Howell. He's a married man.
        Skipper: And Gilligan. I don't want my little buddy doing anything so dangerous.
        Professor: It's up to me.
        Skipper: No. Professor, you're too smart. They need your brain.
        Professor: No. No. No. Skipper, you're the leader. I'm expendable.
        Skipper: There's only one way to do this. Quick and fairly, we'll cut the cards.
        Professor: All right. High card does the job.
        Skipper: Right.
        Thurston: What a strange time to be playing gin rummy.
        Skipper: We're not playing gin rummy, Howell.
        Thurston: Well whatever it is count me in.
        Professor: We're cutting the cards to see who tows the mine out into the ocean.
        Thurston: Like I said, count me out.
        Skipper: Go ahead, Professor.
        Professor: Two of clubs.
        Skipper: Eight of hearts. Great, I won.
        Thurston: Well that all depends on the way you look at it.
        Professor: Now Skipper, remember, first you've got to remove the metal rudder so it don't attract the mine.
        Thurston: Well I believe Gilligan is already on his way to do that.
        Skipper: Gilligan.
        Thurston: Yes, I saw him run to the lagoon.

      • Professor: Gilligan's good luck charm is made out of steel. Mr. Howell's watch and identification bracelet are probably made out of steel, too.
        Thurston: I beg your pardon. They're a gift from my board of directors. They couldn't be anything less than gold or platinum.
        Professor: I'm sorry, Mr. Howell but that watch and identification bracelet are just gold-plated.
        Thurston: Remind me to drop their options and change the lock on the executive washroom.

      • Gilligan: Mr. Howell, I'm afraid to open my eyes. Are we still alive?
        Thurston: We'd better be. There's someone I want to cut out of my will.
        Gilligan: Who?
        Thurston: You!

      • Mary Ann: Here's a gold slave bracelet an old boyfriend in high school gave me.
        Ginger: Oh how can you bear to part with it? Doesn't it do something to you?
        Mary Ann: Yeah, it turns my wrist green.

      • Ginger: Oh here's an empty lipstick holder. Gee, there were a lot of good kisses in there.

      • Thurston and Lovey are playing badminton.
        Lovey: I'm better than you are.
        Thurston: You haven't been practicing in secret, have you, my dear?
        Lovey: Well how could I, darling? You only taught me the silly game this morning.
        Thurston: I must be a very good teacher then.

      • Ginger: I was once voted Miss Hourglass. They said I had my sand in all the right places.

      • After Gilligan "catches" the mine.
        Gilligan: Skipper, I finally caught something really big.
        Skipper: Well fine, Gilligan. Bring it to the hut, and we'll cook it.
        Gilligan: Yeah. (walks away) Cook it? We can't cook it. You see, it's kind of shaped like that…(tries to demonstrate)
        Skipper: Gilligan, we're in no position to be particular. Now for goodness' sake, just cut it in small pieces. Fillet it.
        Gilligan: Not this.
        Skipper: Gilligan, anything tastes good filleted. You've got a knife, haven't you?
        Gilligan: Yeah.
        Skipper: Well use it.
        Gilligan: But my knife's too small. Besides…
        Skipper: Gilligan, I'm busy. Now for goodness' sake, just cut the tail off and cut the head off and then bone it.
        Gilligan: But Skipper, it doesn't have any bones. It doesn't even have-
        Skipper: Gilligan, I'm busy, and I'm working up an appetite here. Now, whatever you caught, I'll eat it.
        Gilligan: Okay, Skipper. I sure hope you have a strong stomach.

      • Skipper: Gilligan, how do you expect me to finish this raft if you keep interrupting?
        Gilligan: With all that hammering you're scaring the fish.
        Skipper: What's more important, catching fish or finishing this raft so we'll be rescued?
        Gilligan: Well getting rescued of course, but couldn't you hammer nice and soft and easy?
        Skipper:No, I can't hammer nice and soft and easy. I've got to hammer like this. (Skipper hits his thumb with the hammer.)
        Gilligan: That was pretty soft, Skipper.

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