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Since Gilligan's Island is my 2nd favorite show, I've had an urge for a long time to write this.  During the 3rd & final season, there was an episode titled "Gilligan's Personal Magnetism" that involved bowling in the opening segment (Act 1).  Gilligan & the Skipper were bowling on their make shift alley featuring bamboo gutters & 10 crudely shaped pins made out of stuffed gourds with 2 red pin stripes painted around the neck of each pin.  Their bowling ball was a round rock with holes drilled in it for the fingers & thumb.  I often wondered if the Professor had anything to do with the design & making of the bamboo gutters, gourd pins, & rock bowling ball & was the Professor the ball driller?

The segment began with Gilligan setting up the pins by hand for the Skipper's next shot.  For all trivia buffs, the 3-Pin was the last pin that Gilligan sat up & adjusted into position.  He then walked up next to the Skipper by their sandy approach to watch.  Just as the Skipper initiated his approach, Gilligan saw a lightening bolt bedazzle the sky & Gilligan yelled "WOW"!  The Skipper stopped after about 2 or 3 steps into his approach without releasing the rock & backed up.  He said, "Gilligan, wait until after I throw the strike, then you can say WOW!"  Gilligan said, "No, I'm saying WOW about that" & pointed up toward the sky.  The Skipper looked up at the sky and saw another lightening bolt and he said, "WOW!"  Gilligan then said, "See, you said it yourself!"  The Skipper put the rock down and said to Gilligan, "We better get inside" and walked away.  Gilligan picked up the rock, peered down at the pins (great introspective camera shot) and prepared to roll a shot.  The Skipper looked back, saw what Gilligan was about to do, and yelled, "Gilligan, not now!"  At that instant, Gilligan initiated his approach and was simultaneously struck by lightening down by his feet.  The jolt from the bolt catapulted Gilligan air born 30' into the pins, knocking them all down.

Of course, this is my 2nd favorite episode, behind "Don't Bug the Mosquitoes"!
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Isn't this the episode where the ball was stuck to his hand? Or am I thinking of an entirely different series?


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Isn't this the episode where the ball was stuck to his hand? Or am I thinking of an entirely different series?


It is!

The lightening bolt electrified Gilligan & converted him into an electromagnetic field.  The lightening bolt also crystallized certain metallic elements between the rock (of which had a high content of iron ore), & Gilligan's hand, thereby, creating a molecular attraction between the metal in the bowling ball & Gilligan's hand.

I must say some of those Writers for Gilligan's Island were uncanningly creative & wrote great & imaginative material.  It was absolutely smashing that Writer Bruce Howard wrote in bowling in this particular episode.  It was almost like he prophesied & had me in mind before he wrote it!

By the way, this episode originally aired on the CBS Television Network on February 6, 1967.
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I watched this show religiously while growing up, lol. Looking back on them now, it's like "geez...I really watched this??" lol


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I watched this show religiously while growing up, lol. Looking back on them now, it's like "geez...I really watched this??" lol

 

Me, too. I feel the same way about Lost in Space.

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I watched that, too. And "The Lost Saucer" with Jim Nabors and Ruth Buzzi and then some show that I think was called "Land of the Lost" (bunch of dinosaurs running around....badly!), and another that I don't know the name of, basically a bunch of people trapped in a land of giant people and I remember they used paper clips and string as grappling hooks, lol.

 

The 70s were messed up, weren't they? lol


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What a great episode of Gilligan's Island that was, I got it on DVD!

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You're thinking of "Land of the Giants" (how's that for originality?). There were a bunch of those sci-fi TV shows in the late 1960s and early 1970s, many produced by Irwin Allen, who never let science get in the way of an idea for a show. He was responsible for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants, and later did movies The Poseidon Adventure and Towering Inferno.

 

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How's this for a throwback?

 

H.R. Puffinstuff? Anyone remember that one? I LOVED it as a kid. I came across some episodes on You Tube. I have to wonder what was in my Saturday morning cereal, lol.

 

Which brings me to another thing. Remember when you could (and I DID!) get up at literally the crack of dawn (5 am), watch the test pattern for a little bit, and then for the next six hours or so, watch nothing but cartoons?

 

Shows like Thundar the Barbarian, Spiderman, Super Friends, and the obligatory Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour. Grape Ape, Hong Kong Fuey (sp?), Jabber Jaws, Speed Buggy, all the Hanna Barbera stuff...good times! lol

 

Speaking of shows I can't remember the name of....there was one where these kids had an old dune buggy (this was a live-action, not animated, show). They honked a horn on it and it turned into some super-duper car, lol.

 

So many good shows that I have vague recollections on, but if you asked me the name, I'd never be able to tell you them. lol


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Brian.

That show was called"Wonderbug" Sid and Marty Kroft, who also did H.R Puffinstuff, created it. Believe they did "the Bannana Splits" too .




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Moving off topic I guess, but what a great flood of emotions.

Go back further with Tom Terrific and Manfred the Wonderdog, Soupy Sales, (you guys from Detroit should remember him) Deputy Dog and Muskie the Muskrat, Mr. Peabody and Sherman...

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I remember ol' Soupy, and Mr. Peabody (the Rocky & Bullwinkle show).

Sorry about the thread hijack, lol, just that thinking back on some of those old shows brought back a lot of memories.

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Yah, this just brought back loads of memories.  The ball did stuck to his hand, and I believe he was hit by the lightning.  Mary Ann (Dawn Wells) was just in Detroit along with Billy Mumy at a comic book show.  I was unable to go, but saw her on the news.  She is now in her 70s and still looks great!  I always liked her more than Ginger.  My top episodes were when everybody became radio active...Mrs Howell ate the sugar beets and was running around.  I also liked where the telephone line washed ashore in a storm and they were trying to make a call.  They get a homing pidgeon, over fed it, and make it lose weight...the birds owner was "Birdie" who was in prison, and was the voice of Winnie the Pooh.  There was a native who had voodoo dolls.  thurston gives him a wad of cash bound with a rubber band...he takes the cash, throws it aside and jumps around with the rubber band, lol!  The Russian Astronauts, lol!  Great show....would never work in current day television....I guess what did it say about.the American society back in the 60s when it when it was on prime time?

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Moving off topic I guess, but what a great flood of emotions.


I guess that's why I started this topic, the combination of Bowling & Gilligan's Island from both a sentimental and nostalgic standpoint flood me with great feelings of emotion! 
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