Gilligan's Island

Season 3 Episode 1

Up at Bat

Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Sep 12, 1966 on CBS
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Gilligan is bitten by a bat.

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  • The third (and final) season begins with Gilligan being bitten by a bat. Gilligan believes the bite will cause him to transform into a vampire. The Professor tries to assure him that is nonsense, but Gilligan just won't accept it.moreless

    Good evening. "Up at Bat" is a terrific way to start the final season. The episode certainly delivers its share of laughs. The use of the erie organ music throughout the episode adds to the episode's entertainment value. No review of this episode can be complete without mention of the excellent dream sequence. The cast of Gilligan's Island has repeatedly said over the years that episodes with dream sequences were their favorite. Once you see this episode, you will understand why. The cast is excellent as their respective characters. Tina Louise, in my opinion, gives her best performance of the series as Count Gilligan's wife. Before Twilight and True Blood there was "Up at Bat". This episode outdoes them both by a mile!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 (8)

    • Gilligan: I didn't mean to do it, Mr. Howell. I just can't help myself. I'm a vampire!
      Mrs. Howell: Now, don't you give up hope, dear. Those new wonder drugs cure anything.

    • Professor: Gilligan, it was only a movie.
      Gilligan: Yeah, but I saw it three times. It always came out the same way!

    • Gilligan: I wouldn't be a good vampire. I faint at the sight of blood. I'll starve to death!

    • Vampire Gilligan: You're my type of folks. You're type A; you're type O.

    • Mr. Howell: Any 5-year-old child will tell you there's no such thing as a vampire. There are no vampires. (Gilligan the vampire appears)
      Mrs. Howell: There's a vampire!
      Mr. Howell: That's the last time I listen to a 5-year-old child!

    • Vampire Gilligan: I shall swoop down upon their unsuspecting necks!
      (crashing, then Gilligan climbs through the window)
      Vampire Ginger: What happened?
      Vampire Gilligan: I forgot to turn into a bat.

    • Gilligan: Skipper is that you?
      Skipper: No, it's not the Skipper. I'm Frankenstein's Monster!

    • Skipper: (as Colonel Watney) Crossing the channel was devilishly slow, it was take one step and come up for air and take another step and come up for air.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Theme of episode: Belief in superstition brings bad luck.

    • In an apparant nod to the then popular "Batman", the fight sequence at the end of Gilligan's dream features several word overlays ("BIFF!", "POW!") as the Vampire Gilligan dukes it out with Sherlock (the Professor) and Watney (the Skipper), just like the ones in "Batman".


    • Professor, and onscreen: "What sort of school did you go to BATMAN U?"
      The Professor's got a new "antivampire potion".Later, inb Gilligan's dream, near the end, there are printed onomotoepoeia, or printed "sound effects"-a la TV's Fox BATMAN with Adam West--and ROGER RAMJET-with "Poof! Touche!" and the like.This was also used in Warners and GM animator/director CHuck Jones's 1963 cartoon NOW HEAR THIS (often maligned for introducing Warner's new UPA-ish graphic modern open title).