Gilligan's Island

Season 3 Episode 11

The Invasion

Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Nov 21, 1966 on CBS
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Episode Summary

While fishing, Gilligan and the Skipper reel in a briefcase, stamped with the words "Property of the U.S. Government."

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    On Syndication the part at the end where Gillgian says in his dream the brief case blows up before it falls into enemy hands; then then it is thrown into the lagoon and blows up-this part was not shown.
  • While fishing off the lagoon, the Skipper reels in a government briefcase labeled "Top Secret." The castaways are dying to learn the contents of the briefcase, but the Professor, fearing a compromise of national security, forbids it.moreless

    In interviews over the years, cast members of "Gilligan's Island" have said that their favorite episodes are ones that have dream sequences. This episode is, in my opinion, not only the best episode with a dream sequence, but the best episode of "Gilligan's Island" ever. Each cast member gives their best performances of the series both as their regular chatacters and in Gilligan's dream sequence. As both Mr. Howell and as Mr. Evil in Gilligan's dream the late Jim Backus has never been better. Russell Johnson also gives his best performance as well. An episode that's no doubt worth viewing.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)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Gilligan: (After finding a key in the briefcase to unlock the handcuffs.) Professor I don't have to worry anymore about enemy spies showing up and killing me!
      The Professor: (Looking at the contents of the briefcase.) No. I don't think we have to worry about enemy spies showing up at all.
      Skipper: Huh? You mean these aren't vital United States Defense Plans?
      The Professor: These are vital Defense Plans all right. From World War I.
      The Skipper: World War I!?
      The Professor: Yes. That case must have been floating around in the Pacific for over fifty years.

    • Mr. Howell: (Dressed as a burglar) Put out a saucer of milk mother! The cat burglar prowls again! (He hisses at Lovey.)

    • Ginger: (as evil spy in Gilligan's dream) The steak is full of arsenic and the Sauternes is full of strychnine.
      Mr. Howell: Oh, ghastly, no, no, no!
      Ginger: Well, what's wrong? Do you object to poisoning him?
      Mr. Howell: No, I object to white wine served with meat.

    • Gilligan: (In dream) You are talking to the greatest secret agent since Beethoven.
      Professor: I didn't know Beethoven was a secret agent.
      Gilligan: You see how great he was?

    • Skipper: Gilligan, now you've done it. When those spies come back here to find this briefcase, they're going to find you handcuffed to it and they're going to kill you for knowing too much!
      Professor: He's right.
      Gilligan: They're going to kill me for knowing too much? That's the first time I've been accused of that.

    • Mr. Howell: Do you think I became the head of a dozen international corporations by stooping to thievery?
      Professor: Well, of course not.
      Mr. Howell: Shows how naive you are. How else do you get to the top of the financial jungle?

    • Ginger: Professor, why I'm shocked and surprised that you'd suspect such a thing! Why, I'm overwrought! I'm overcome! I'm... I'm overwhelmed!
      Professor: And you're overacting.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Ginger as a spy in Gilligan's dream says, "Sorry about that, Chief," a reference to contemporary comedy series "Get Smart" on rival network NBC.

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