Gilligan's Island

Season 2 Episode 18

The Postman Cometh

Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Jan 20, 1966 on CBS
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The Postman Cometh
The Castaways hear on the radio that Mary Ann's boyfriend in Kansas is getting married..

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  • The castaways learn from a radio news report that Mary Ann's boyfriend has married. Nobody wants to break the news to Mary Ann fearing how she will react.

    "The Postman Cometh" is for all intents and purposes a formulaic episode. We have all seen the episodes which feature miscommunications which lead to false impressions or people wrongly thinking on thing or another. What makes this episode worth your time is the excellent performances by Russell Johnson, the late Alan Hale and the late Bob Denver. Their impressions of Cary Grant, Marshall Dillon and Charles Boyer respectively are terrific. Not to mention rip roaring hysterical. No review of this episode would be complete without mentioning yet another excellent dream sequence. It's a nice turn to see somebody else's dream aside from one of Gilligan's. Mary Ann's dream is fantatic from start to finish. "The Postman Cometh" is a formulaic episode, but thanks to great performances and a hysterical dream sequence, it's well worth seeing.moreless
  • Mary Ann just wants to be loved so she conjures up a fake romance with a guy she doesn't even like

    This show is so silly and so funny, this is my favorite episode the men are so witty with their impressions

    Mary Ann thinks she is dying and the dream is absolutely the best ever. then we find she just conned Gilligan into mailing her letters to some creep she actually doesn't even like

    I just don't get from this episode how she goes home in the rescue movie to a man who has been waiting for her the last fifteen years. Maybe that was the creep who knows? I just love the end where Gilligan is witty and asks who'd call what she did silly and everyone raises a hand. classicmoreless
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

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Skipper: Mr. Howell I can't recite poetry. It just isn't my image.
      Thurston: Your image? Just exactly what is your image?
      Skipper: I've always figured myself as the big outdoor type.
      Thurston: Well you are built like the ponderosa.
      Skipper: Oh, no, you know what I mean. The big, strong, silent type. You know, I've always thought that I should be a cowboy.
      Thurston: Somewhere there breathes a horse that is glad you are not.

    • Ginger: It's good thing you didn't say anything to Mary Ann. That would be all wrong.
      Gilligan: It would.
      Ginger: Certainly. There's only one thing that can ease her breaking heart when she hears about Horace Higgenbothum. I mean only one thing can make a girl forget a man.
      Skipper: What's that, Ginger?
      Ginger: Another man. You see Mary Ann needs a dream man, someone very exciting to just come along and sweep her off her feet.
      Thurston: Well I'm terribly sorry, Ginger, but I'm already married.

    • Mary Ann: You don't have to close your eyes, Gilligan.
      Gilligan: It's against the law to read anyone else's mail.
      Mary Ann: I promise not to report you.
      Gilligan: Okay. It'll go out in the two o'clock tide.
      Mary Ann: Thank you.
      Gilligan: Your boyfriend sure is lucky. He not only gets a letter every week he gets a nickel back on the envelope.

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