Gilligan's Island

Season 2 Episode 4

Smile, You're on Mars Camera

Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Oct 07, 1965 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A NASA satellite with a TV camera, accidentally lands on the island instead of the intended target: Mars.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Alternate ending I thought of

    Whether or not they get feathered, they are able to reveal themselves to the 2 scientists, who are now alone in the control room. The 2 scientists recognize them as the castaways of the . Minnow and realize that this means their satellite didn't land on Mars, it didn't even leave Earth! They then send some sort of beeping code through the satellite and then press a button at the controls that cause the satellite to self-destruct. The professor says there's no way that they can fix the satellite but the beeping is still coming from what's left of it. The professor recognizes it as morse code. The professor writes down the code to find out what is being said. The others at first think it's the scientists telling them that they'll rescue them. The professor deduces what the message is, "We're very sorry castaways but we can't tell anyone that we saw you. If word got out that our satellite landed on an island instead of Mars, it would make us the laughing stock of NASA and our careers would bemoreless
  • review

    unfortently this TV Land syndicated version was ruined because they cut out the last part-when the Skipper and Professor are trying to fix the Mars camera Gilligan ruined-Gilligan comes out of the hut dressed like a human cuckoo bird! A real Gilligans Island epsidoe along with the one of Gilligan becoming a Human Lighthouse! To bad the level of comedy was kept up to this standard-the 3rd season was guest stars and evil natives landing on Island and evil twin doubles and dream sequences {The gillgan as secret Agent and vampire were better than ususal} but by the third series was running out of material!}moreless
  • Not my favorite.

    Mr. Howell making a pillow for Mrs. Howell is wierd especially since he trusted Gilligan to keep it a secret. The capsule that landed on the island is definitely wierd. It's funny how they spend alot of time looking for the lens when Gilligan had it the whole time and then he broke it which is hilarious. When Gilligan tried to get the sap out of the trees it was funny especially when he could have used 4 buckets. The whole episode wasn't that interesting because of the whole Mars, picture thing but some parts were hilarious.moreless
  • The quintessential Gilligan's Island episode.

    The quintessential Gilligan's Island episode. Through a completely

    ridiculous yet plausible sequence of events, the seven castaways

    become covered in bird feathers after a space probe destined for Mars

    lands on the island, causing scientists at NASA to mistake the castaways

    for life on Mars! As with most episodes in the series, this one includes

    comedy on a variety of levels, ranging from slapstick to word play (Mr.

    Howell's joke about drilling for glue) and

    more subtle humor (Gilligan initially being completely oblivious to the presence of

    the probe). The sheer absurdity of the entire situation is what I find

    to be hysterical.

    Everything that you either love or hate about Gilligan's Island is

    exemplified by this episode.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

Booth Colman

Booth Colman

scientist #1

Guest Star

Larry Thor

Larry Thor

scientist #2

Guest Star

Arthur Peterson

Arthur Peterson

scientist #3

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Lovey: Professor, how do we know when that thingamajig is working?
      Professor: Oh we'll know, Mrs. Howell. It'll start to hum.
      Thurston: Hum? With the money we spend in space you'd think they'd send up one that knows the lyrics.

    • Professor: But we need something to put this lens together that won't interfere with the TV picture, some sort of glue.
      Thurston: We'll start drilling for some immediately.
      Skipper: Mr. Howell, you don't drill for glue!
      Thurston:Oh, no? You should see some of the oil wells that I got stuck with.

    • Mary Ann: Ginger, I'm exhausted. We've been looking for this thing for over an hour.
      Ginger: I must be losing my touch. If there's a camera lens around, I usually find it.

    • Thurston: One thing I can't stand, that's a messy jungle.

    • Skipper: You don't know anything at all about space.
      Gilligan: I know one thing about it. You take up more of it than I do.
      Skipper: Very funny. Gilligan, there are three types of space. There's the space up there, the space down there, and the space between your ears!

    • Gilligan: You're a very thoughtful husband Mr. Howell, going to all this trouble to make a pillow for your wife.
      Thurston: Of course, I want her to have the comforts of home. You see she's been a true friend and devoted companion. She has that one quality that every man wants in a woman.
      Gilligan: She's loyal?
      Thurston: No. She's an heiress. She's loaded.

    • Gilligan:...Then my brother would see me and he'd punch me, cause I'm wearing his shirt.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Episode Title: Smile, You're on Mars Camera

      The episode's title is a spoof of the well known catch phrase from Candid Camera: "Smile! You're on Candid Camera!"