This is the first of three "evil twin" episodes.
It's hard to believe that, after serving in the U.S. Navy for years and around battleships, that Gilligan wouldn't know what nitroglycerin was. Navy personnel are always trained in ordinance and it's primary construction ie., chemicals and compounds used in their manufacture.
Had Gilligan really swallowed nitroglycerin, he would've died from system shock and internal hemorraging almost instantaneously, let alone exploding.
In the beginging Gilligan gets his water from the lagoon, but the lagoon is salt water, its connected to the ocean.
Natalie Schafer (Mrs. Howell) does not actually appear in any scenes with the lion in this episode. Instead a double is used for all scenes in which Mrs. Howell appears in the same shot with the lion. This includes the scene where the ladies run from the lion as it is perched on a rock, and the scene where the lion enters the Howell's hut with Mrs. Howell inside.
When filming with the lion, the actors were warned not to make loud noises or sudden moves. When the lion was on one of the Howells' bed, Bob Denver touched him and jumped and yelled. The lion pounced, but the bed was on wheels, so the bed rolled out from under him. The lion narrowly missed Denver. The animal trainer didn't want any of that information to be given out because it would ruin his career.
When trying to draw the lion into the net trap outside the huts, why does everyone not involved with the trap stand so close, on open ground at that? Not to mention it would take more than the strength of the Skipper and Gilligan to keep him held up in the net; surely the Professor would've said something about that.
The Professor makes a mistake in this episode. He attributes the quote "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive" to William Shakespeare; actually it was Sir Walter Scott who wrote that particular axiom.
The gorilla uses chimpanzee vocals for the whole episode.
When Gilligan comes swinging into the party as Tarzan, the first shot has him in control as he starts his swing, but the second shot of him has him out of control and on the upswing as he crashes into whatever was on the table, then in the third shot of him he's in control and on the downswing when he swings between the Skipper and Professor and into the hut's wall.
In an earlier episode, the Skipper makes it clear that he is afraid of heights and Gilligan must sleep on top. In another episode, when the Skipper lays on the top hammock, the hammock sinks onto Gilligan.
At various times Gilligan, Mary Ann, and Ginger are shown dialing numbers at random in hopes of finding a stranger who will help them off of the island. Why don't they just dial the phone numbers of the people that they know? Mary Ann has relatives in Kansas, and I'm sure Ginger has associates in Hollywood.
The Skipper and Gilligan find out about the murder from a page from a newspaper that was used as wrapping paper, but the back side of the newspaper has no text of any kind on it.
The radio announcer is Al Schottelkotte from WCPO. Schottelkotte was the news anchor for WCPO TV, at the time the CBS affiliate in Cincinnati, from 1959 to 1986.
Considering the fact that all five of the passengers knew the victim, were very connected to the victim in some way, and went to see him on the same night, it's amazing that none of them knew any of the other four passengers before their boat tour, the next day.
Of all the episodes where there is a visitor to the island, this is the one that makes the least sense that they weren't rescued. When Erica is talking about the castaways on the radio, how come she doesn't identify them as the Minnow survivors-surely that would have brought a rescue mission? How come the boat pilot remembered where to pick Erica up from the island but then didn't remember where to come back for them? For that matter, when Erica left and said she would send her boat back for the castaways in a "few hours", why didn't at least one of the castaways (presumbly the Professor, anyone but Gilligan) go along with Erica to make sure the other castaways would all be picked up safely? You would think that everyone would have squeezed in the boat to make sure of their rescue given their bad luck.
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.
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