Gilligan's Island

10 Best Episodes of Gilligan's Island - Season 3

A group of castaways are stranded on a desert island, left there after a boat trip got caught in a storm. In each episode the eclectic group of castaways attempt an escape from the island, but are frequently foiled by infighting and bitter recriminations breaking out between the crew.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jun 26, 2022.

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Gilligan's Island - S3E22

#15 - Splashdown (Season 3 - Episode 22)

The Professor determines that a manned space craft will pass over the island, and attempts to fashion a telegraph machine. When that fails, the Castaways try to spell out SOS using burning logs as a rescue signal, but Gilligan catches fire and runs into the logs, causing them to spell out SOL, the name of one of the astronauts! Blooper watch: as Gilligan is lighting the logs, you can see his pants smoking before he backs up into the flaming logs!

The episode was rated 7.11 from 27 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E4

#14 - The Producer (Season 3 - Episode 4)


Famous Hollywood director Herald Hecuba lands on the island during his world-wide talent search. The castaways put on a musical version of Hamlet in order to impress the director, with hopes that he will take them back to Hollywood when he leaves.

The episode was rated 7.13 from 30 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E9

#13 - Ring Around Gilligan (Season 3 - Episode 9)

A mad scientist lands on the island, and makes the castaways work for him through the use of rings that, when placed on their fingers, cause them to fall under a hypnotic trance. What are his evil plans? To use the hypnotized castaways to rob Fort Knox!

The episode was rated 7.15 from 27 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E14

#12 - All About Eva (Season 3 - Episode 14)


A drab, plain-jane woman lands on the island seeking privacy. The girls give her a beauty make-over to lift her spirits, and she ends up looking like Ginger's twin. While the castaways were hoping to lift her spirits enough so that she would want to return to civilization (she has a boat, but has hidden the key), she ends up leaving them on the island and going back to Hollywood to attempt to assume Ginger Grant's movie career.

The episode was rated 7.17 from 30 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E23

#11 - High Man on the Totem Pole (Season 3 - Episode 23)

Gilligan and the Skipper find an ancient Kupaki totem pole which is topped with a head that looks just like Gilligan. When fierce Kupaki headhunters come to the island, Gilligan must convince them that he is their ""mashuka"" or sacred ancestor.

The episode was rated 7.18 from 22 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E2

#10 - Gilligan vs. Gilligan (Season 3 - Episode 2)


Gilligan meets his double, a foreign spy who has undergone plastic surgery in order to look like Gilligan (why, we're not sure!). Gilligan gets in lots of trouble as his double steals Mary Ann's pies, etc . . ..

The episode was rated 7.18 from 49 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E21

#9 - Gilligan's Personal Magnetism (Season 3 - Episode 21)

Lightning strikes Gilligan during Skipper and Gilligan's bowling tournament, and his stone bowling ball becomes molecularly attached to him. The Professor tries to help Gilligan, but ends up causing him to become invisible.

The episode was rated 7.21 from 29 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E18

#8 - The Hunter (Season 3 - Episode 18)


Famous big-game hunter Jonathan Kincaid and his assistant, Ramoo land on the island in search of new game to hunt. Since they have hunted just about every kind of animal on earth, they then decide that the ultimate challenge would be to hunt a human. After much debate, they choose Gilligan as their target, and state that if Gilligan can stay alive for 24 hours, they will rescue the castaways. After Gilligan manages to outwit and outrun the armed hunters for 24 hours, Kincaid does not uphold his promise of rescue for fear they will report him to the authorities.

The episode was rated 7.21 from 29 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E12

#7 - The Kidnapper (Season 3 - Episode 12)

Someone kidnaps Mrs. Howell, Mary Ann, and Ginger, and then demands ransom money. The kidnaper turns out to be a compulsive gambler who fled civilization to avoid temptation. While the Castaways attempt to rehabilitate him, he ends up leaving the island, accompanied by Mrs. Howell's pearl necklace, Mr. Howell's wallet, and Ginger's earrings!

The episode was rated 7.25 from 28 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E17

#6 - Court-Martial (Season 3 - Episode 17)


The Castaways hear on the radio that the Maritime Board of Inquiry has blamed the Skipper for the Minnow crash. In an attempt to disprove the board's verdict, they reenact the shipwreck themselves, only to find out that the cause appears to be Gilligan's ineptness. Later, a radio update reports that the Board of Inquiry has cleared the Skipper of the charges, as the Weather Service mistakenly read the wrong forecast that morning causing the crew to be unaware of the impending storms.

The episode was rated 7.28 from 32 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E1

#5 - Up at Bat (Season 3 - Episode 1)

Gilligan is bitten by a bat, and then dreams that he has turned into a vampire. Fortunately the Professor knows about bats (what DOESN'T he know about?!), and is able to identify the bat that bit Gilligan as a common red fruit bat, rather than a vampire bat.

The episode was rated 7.29 from 59 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E3

#4 - Pass the Vegetables, Please (Season 3 - Episode 3)


Gilligan finds a crate of radioactive vegetable seeds. The plants grow quickly and grossly misshapen, but the Castaways are so hungry for new items in their diet that they consume them quickly. The plants, when eaten, give the castaways super-human powers. Of course, after he realizes that the vegetables are radioactive, the Professor saves the day by making a homemade soup to absorb the radioactivity.

The episode was rated 7.41 from 51 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E6

#3 - Where There's a Will (Season 3 - Episode 6)

Mr. Howell revises his will, and leaves a large chunk of his estate to each castaway. They decide to throw him a party to show their appreciation, but when he overhears them talking about which one of them is going to have to ""cut the pigs throat"" he thinks they are planning to kill him in order to collect their inheritance. Later, he discovers that they have actually trapped a wild boar in an effort to serve him bar-b-que spareribs as a surprise.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 33 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E27

#2 - It's a Bird, It's a Plane (Season 3 - Episode 27)


A U.S. Air Force jetpack washes ashore in the lagoon. After close inspection of the jetpack, the Professor determines that the tanks contain just enough fuel to carry Gilligan to Hawaii. However, that determination was made before Gilligan wasted most of the fuel while proceeding to goof-up several attempts to be discovered and rescued. While flying the jetpack near where Navy search vessels are reported to be lurking, Gilligan is so scared by a radio report of an ""Unidentified Flying Object in the area"" that he blasts higher and hides in a cloud, not realizing that the UFO the Navy ships see is actually him with the jetpack!

The episode was rated 7.50 from 28 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E20

#1 - Our Vines Have Tender Apes (Season 3 - Episode 20)

An loin-cloth clad ape-man (Tongo) comes to the island, and makes off with their food and supplies. Actually, he is an out of work actor, who tries to convince the Castaways that he is a real uncivilized ape-man while studying for an upcoming role. After he cowers when confronted by a ""real"" gorilla, he leaves the island and the Castaways behind.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 28 votes.

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