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The Ballad of Gilligan's Island, also known as Somewhere Over the Rerun is the second episode of ALF's second season. It originally aired on September 28, 1987.
The episode opens with ALF drilling holes into coconuts and speaking some vaguely Hawaiian gibberish. This is because he’s preparing himself for some event television: a rerun of Gilligan's Island. Brian and ALF are both watching an episode of Gilligan's Island but Kate comes in to tell Brian to get ready for bed, and he joins ALF in the Gilligan’s Island quote-fest by forcing his way through history’s most tortured “Aye aye.” Willie comes in and ALF complains to him that he’s only happy when Gilligan’s Island is on. Willie dismissively replies, “That’s four hours every day right there.”. At nighttime, ALF tells Willie and Kate some stories about the show and he knows that the fun never stops. The next morning, Willie tells Kate that there is no water coming out of the faucet. Willie falls down to the lagoon ALF built and Kate shows up to. ALF tells Kate it was Willie's idea to build all of this and he gets mad. ALF's transformation of the backyard into the "Great Tanner Reef" and diversion of the house's water main gets him punished by being made to refill the hole. Lynn brings ALF a glass of lemonade and then promptly ceases to exist.
While asleep from working hard, he has a dream where he actually finds himself on Gilligan's Island. He meets with Gilligan and Skipper, who are fishing. They take ALF to meet Mary Ann and the Professor. For lunch, Mary Ann said that they're going to have mangoes. ALF learns that there are no more coconut creme pies due to the castaways' aging and being concerned about blood sugar. ALF also learns that the castaways are depressed from being away from civilization for so long. They are bored and tired from doing the same thing for 23 years like eating fruits, coconut pies, Gilligan get hit on the head with a hat, and being called "Little Buddy" when he's in his 40's. ALF tries to make them be their funny selves, only for them to order him to fill their own lagoon for them to build a miniature golf course. Through a makeshift TV built by the Professor, (made from bamboo, transistor tubes and a 19-inch tube that fell off a cruise ship and washed ashore), the castaways watch their favorite TV show, The Adventures of the Tanner Family, a program about the Tanner family! Gilligan and the castaways pine for a mundane life in suburbia like the Tanners and to once again eat apple pie and meatloaf and take warm bathes. ALF shows up and asks the cast if he can watch a little. He can dig as he goes home and he knows that he doesn't want to be a castaway since it's only fun in half our chunks. Through the TV, Willie tells ALF that he wanted to be on Gilligan's Island since the fun never stops. ALF wants to go home and wakes up when Willie comes up to him outside.
ALF gushes about how much he loves this place. He comes in to eat meatloaf and Kate asks him if he wants pie. Willie says ALF likes Bonanza now and there’s a stagecoach to return.
The transcript for the episode can be found here.
"The Ballad of Gilligan's Island" is the title of the theme song to the Gilligan's Island TV series.
- Paul Fusco – ALF (puppeteer, voice)
- Lisa Buckley - ALF (assistant puppeteer)
- Bob Fappiano - ALF (assistant puppeteer)
- Max Wright – Willie Tanner
- Anne Schedeen – Kate Tanner
- Andrea Elson – Lynn Tanner
- Benji Gregory – Brian Tanner
- Bob Denver – Gilligan
- Alan Hale, Jr. – The Skipper
- Dawn Wells – Mary Ann Summers
- Russell Johnson – Professor