Gilligan's Island

Season 2 Episode 29

The Friendly Physician

Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Apr 07, 1966 on CBS
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A mad scientist lands on the island and takes the castaways to his castle . . . on a nearby island . . . to perform strange experiments on them. Soon they are locked in a dungeon and trapped in the wrong bodies thanks to the Doctor's latest experiment, a mind-swapping machine!moreless

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    Another silly epsiode of Gilligans Island. Vito Scotti guest stars as mad scientist. {subsequent guest as Dr Balinkoff didnt come off as well when he tries to turn the castaways as robots!}. Professor turn into Mary ann and vice versa; Thuston howell into Gilligan; Mrs Howell into the skipper. Goofs are how Igor turned into Ginger with Boris knowking about it? How Boris and Igor became normal from being a cat and dog? How Boris Igor & cat and dog escape from mind trasfer machine cages?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 (5)

    • When Igor and Ginger went into the glass booths and swapped bodies, who pulled the switch?

    • The Skipper says he can sail the little boat around the world. It sinks seconds after they return to the island. It's the second time the Skipper has had his boat sink since they left Hawaii! Reply: The Minnow did not sink. It washed ashore with big holes and fell completely apart in Season 1.

    • When the castaways return to the island, Californian structures can be seen in the background of the lagoon.

    • When Mike Mazurki and Tina Louise are in the glass tubes shaking (turning back into their own selves), you can see Tina tilt her head back to get her hair into place.

    • At the end Dr. Boris Balinkoff & Igor are locked inside the machine and then Gillian turns it on to make them a cat and dog. But how did Dr. Boris Balinkoff & Igor then escape at the end if the door was locked and no one let them out?

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Lovey: (in Skipper's body) Oh, dear, how can I go anywhere dressed like this?
      Thurston: (in Gilligan's body) Dressed? If you could see the way you look.

    • Lovey: Doctor, I must insist you return the Mr. Thurston Howell that I came with.
      Boris: So you do not approve of the change?
      Lovey: No. His voice still sounds like caviar but the rest of him looks like mulligan stew.
      Boris: Do not let me use force, Mrs. Howell.
      Lovey: You must be one of those silly doctors who voted for Medicare.

    • Thurston: Good grief! I've been short changed. I've got Gilligan's body.

    • Thurston: Doctor, I don't mean to be pushy, but would you mind explaining some things?
      Boris: It will be my pleasure. And I assure you that you will find our little chat extremely profitable.
      Thurston: But I don't care to discuss anything with you, because I think….Did you say profitable?
      Boris: How would you like to rule the world?
      Thurston: Rule the world? I'd much rather but it and hire someone to rule it for me.
      Boris: I have made a most remarkable scientific discovery. I can transfer the mind of an animal into the body of another one.
      Thurston: That's very charming and very amusing. But how exactly would it be, shall we say, profitable?
      Boris: Mr. Howell, now I can do it with people.
      Thurston: Personally, I can't think of anyone I'd rather be than me.
      Boris: All we need is a handful of loyal followers. We take their minds and put it into the bodies of leaders of the world. And presto! We can control everything on earth. How does that grab you?
      Thurston: Very interesting and very profitable. Why don't I buy you out say for $20 million?
      Boris: Buy me for money? Bah on money!
      Thurston: "Bah on money?" What are you, some kind of an atheist? A Yale man?

    • Thurston: Why would the good doctor say they were in the greenhouse when he doesn't even have one?
      Professor: I'm beginning to believe the good doctor is sly, cunning and underhanded.
      Thurston: Good heavens. That's my territory.

    • Gilligan: What are you going to do with us?
      Igor: First, we capture the others. Then the doctor will make some changes.
      Gilligan: I wonder what he's going to change me into.
      Skipper: Well judging from your size, I'd say a scrawny, pint-sized chicken. With my size, I wonder what I'm going to become.
      Gilligan: You'll probably become a big, fat whale or a big, fat pig. A big, fat water buffalo-
      Skipper: Thanks a lot, Gilligan.

    • Boris: I presume you have discovered the nature of my experiment.
      Gilligan: No, we haven't. Honest, we haven't.
      Boris: I have been doing research on animal transference. I've changed a dog into a cat.
      Gilligan: Skipper, we were right. A dog does go "bow-bow."
      Skipper: Gilligan, will you stop interrupting the doctor? It's not polite.
      Boris: A canary into a horse. A lamb into a tiger. A kangaroo into a little teddy bear.
      Gilligan: What a crazy zoo!
      Boris: Now, at last, I can do it with people.
      Skipper: Not on us, you don't.

    • Ginger: You know, Mary Ann, I'm beginning to get suspicious.
      Mary Ann: Suspicious of what?
      Ginger: Of a guy living on a lonely island in the Pacific, all by himself.
      Mary Ann: Ginger, we shouldn't criticize. We should be grateful.
      Ginger: Hansel and Gretel said the same thing just before the witch slammed the over door.
      Mary Ann: He's a bit odd, perhaps, but he is going to save us.
      Ginger: Save us for what?

    • Boris: How could I have been so absentminded? I forgot that my crew took yacht for repairs.
      Skipper: I know the trouble you can have with a crew, doctor.
      Gilligan: He means me. Sometimes I have accidents.
      Boris: But it was because of you that I discovered him.
      Skipper: Well it was an accident.

    • Gilligan: Skipper, we've been rescued.
      Skipper: All right, Gilligan, by whom are we being rescued? Mary Poppins or Moby Dick?
      Gilligan: No, by a Dr. Boris Balinkoff. Lives on the island nearby in a big-
      Skipper: I know Gilligan, and he's going to rescue us all, right?
      Boris: Right.
      Skipper: Thank you very much.
      Boris: You are welcome.
      Skipper turns around and screams when he sees Boris.

    • Mr. Howell: (after returning to his own body) Lovey, I'm back to me!
      Skipper: (still in Mrs. Howell's body) You kiss me, and I'll belt you!
      Mr. Howell: Sorry, Captain, but you do remind me of my wife.

    • Dr. Balinkoff: Make yourselves at home. (leaves)
      Gilligan: "Make yourselves at home?" He must think we live in a haunted house!

    • Dr. Balinkoff: Igor! Capture them!
      Ginger: (in Igor's body) Capture them yourself!
      Dr. Balinkoff: Igor, what has happened to you?
      (Igor, in Ginger's body, stiffly enters through the doorway and identifies himself to the Doctor by poking his thumb in his/Ginger's chest)
      Igor: I'm in here! Feels good.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Theme of episode: In spite of Tennessee Williams, one cannot always depend on the kindness of strangers.

    • The sinister "haunted castle" shot is from Vincent Price's 1961 movie classic "The Pit and the Pendulum".

    • Dr. Balinkoff appeared in a later episode, "Ring Around Gilligan," testing hypnotic rings which made slaves of the wearer.

    • This is the only episode in which the Castaways actually leave the island, but they return in a boat which sinks in the lagoon before they are able to grab some things and head back to Hawaii.


    • The Most Dangerous Game: This episode bears a striking resemblance to this 1924 short story by Richard Connell, with the castaways being the targets of a Russian exile and his manservant. In the novel, ex-Tsarist General Zaroff and his servant, Ivan, find Rainsford, a man who fell off his boat and washed onto the shore of their island. They bring him to their castle (as in this episode) and make him an offer -- in exchange for being returned to civilization (again, in this episode) if he escapes them hunting him as prey, for 24 hours.
      This episode even borrows further than plot, down to similar sounding/spelled character names for Balinkoff and Igor as well.

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