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Recap / Gilligans Island S 3 E 18 The Hunter

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The castaways are thrilled when big game hunter Jonathan Kinkaid arrives on the island, hoping they will finally be rescued. However, Kinkaid has a very unusual hunt planned — one that may reduce seven to six.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Dramatic Irony: The viewer knows that Kinkaid is planning on hunting one of the Castaways from the first scene, but the Castaways aren't. They're completely happy to give Kinkaid the information he asks for about their activities, unaware that he's trying to pick the fittest specimen for his hunt.
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  • Fainting: Gilligan passes out from fear (and possibly exhaustion) after the Skipper tells him how narrowly he escaped. He and his tree disguise fall on the Skipper's foot.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Visiting big-game hunter Jonathan Kinkaid decides to hunt Gilligan.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After spending an episode trying (and failing) to hunt down Gilligan, Kinkaid snaps and has to be packed off to a mental hospital, muttering the name of his intended victim the whole time.
  • Madness Mantra: The ending reveals that the Villain of the Week, who had tried and failed to shoot the young first mate, snapped and was packed off to the mental ward muttering Gilligan's name repeatedly.
  • Reality Ensues: Gilligan has to survive 24 hours being chased by Egomaniac Hunter Jonathan Kinkaid who has decided that hunting the most dangerous game is an acceptable alternative given that he'd come to hunt, but there was no game. Once the plot's over, even though Gilligan survived, Kinkaid doesn't take them back because if word got out he'd tried to murder a man for the thrill of the hunt he'd be arrested.
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  • Two out of Three Ain't Bad: The Castaways are trying to reassure themselves that Gilligan will escape from the eponymous character.
    The Skipper: He'll never catch him. My little buddy is too fast.
    Mr. Howell: And cunning.
    The Professor: And shifty.
    The Skipper: And smart!
    Mr Howell: Three out of four, that's not bad.
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode: Many of the episodes didn't include any kind of threat at all (except perhaps the threat of never getting off the island). Then came this one, with big-game hunter Jonathan Kinkaid arriving on the island and taking advantage of the castaways' predicament to stalk Gilligan all over the island in an attempt to get over his boredom by hunting a human.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Ramoo, assigned to guard the Castaways, runs into trouble when Mrs. Howell is the first to get out. He threatens her, but can't bring himself to actually take a shot at her until far too late because she's a woman.
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