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Thor2000
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• 1/5/2014

Boris Balinkoff's visits

In "The Friendly Physician," shown during season 2, Balinkoff lures the castaways to his island only to perform experiments on them (but his scheme backfires and the castaways manage to get back to their island) so they know his name and appearance etc. However, in "Ring Around Gillian," shown during season 3, he returns to the island and turns the castaways into zombie-like robots via rings and a control device. He wants to conduct a trial of robbing Fort Knox and when the "robbery" is over and he commands them to give him the "gold," everyone starts pitching coconuts at him, one of which destroys the control device, freeing them from their zombie-like states. Balinkoff jumps into his motorboat and sets off. Why didn't any of the castaways recognize him? It would have made a lot better sense had the episodes been shown in reverse order!

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Steve.carras.9
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• 1/29/2014

Yet _Robot Gilligan does recognize Balinkoff-of course he keeps misprouncing the words "Mad scientist" and likewise robot Ginger recognies him as well-when he tries to kiss her-she slaps him silly with one punch! Of course Scotti also was a twice recuring characther-as Crazy Japanese sailor who doesn't know WW II is over!

While Sherwood Schwartz was a writer for Balinkoff in both episodes, there was a different second writer as well..could explain why the castways only recognize Balinkoff as when they are robots!

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• 4/10/2014

I too believe the episodes work better in reverse order; Balinkoff improving on the idea of his robot rings with the machine that swapped the minds of his subjects, but I don't agree that he had anything to do with Igor and Ginger swapping their minds. I think that was maybe done by Igor himself for reasons we may never know -

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• 4/6/2015

Yeah, he sure was a control freak, wasn't he... Vito Scotti played a Japanease sailor in two episodes, then later returned as a mad scientist for another two episodes. Had the show was allowed for a 4th season, he'd return again, this time playing a pirate, looking for buried treasure. How cool would it be if the soldier, scientist and pirate turn out to be the same person, considering they were all played by the same actor. There's a story.

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• 10/16/2018

"It would have made a lot of more sense had the episodes been shown in reverse order". Yeah, I totally agree. Or more like this.."..had the episodes been MADE and SHOWN in reverse order",too.:

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