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Gilligan keeps interrupting the Skipper’s sleep, so the Professor hypnotizes the sea captain. The rest of the castaways portray the Skipper’s men on Guadalcanal, playacting various sailors and surreptitiously supplying the necessary battle noises to convince the Skipper of the realism of the situation. This performance seems to work; the Professor thinks he learns how to fix the transmitter, however, it still does not work. Exhausted, the other castaways go to bed, leaving Gilligan fiddling with the radio.
Thus, even legendary television creator Paul Henning’s famous barnyard CBS sitcoms—The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction (1963–70), and Green Acres—famous for their rural settings, fell short of embracing the comic green world. On the other hand, Gilligan’s Island aesthetically documents the absurdity of midcentury modernism. The car that the Professor builds, and Gilligan drives, is completely unnecessary on the island. indd 55 1/20/12 12:00 PM Gilligan’s Island America is the radio, which cloyingly connects the castaways to the mainland, yet never helps them find a way back.
Prospero summons the tempest in or- 51 1/20/12 12:00 PM Gilligan’s Island 52 der that his enemies stand before him to face his judgment. However, because of the comic masque in act 4 celebrating the marriage of Prospero’s daughter, Miranda, to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand, the familial bonds heal the wounds of the past. The Tempest ends comically, with the schemes diffused of danger and all setting sail to return to Italy. So, too, does Gilligan’s Island diffuse real danger. Whenever a nefarious visitor arrives on the island, Gilligan, through luck or pluck, wins the day.