Bet a Million/Mr. Irresistible 1.02

EPISODE 2: “Bet a Million / Mr. Irresistible”

First telecast: February 4, 1978

This week’s visit to Fantasy Island shows us a couple of guys with fantasies that are undoubtedly familiar to more than a few red-blooded males. On our way with Roarke and Tattoo to the plane dock, Tattoo’s up to his usual hijinks (he wants to be late for the plane…hmm…upon which Roarke chides him about wasting their guests’ valuable fantasy-living time). For a change, we get to see them approaching their weekly ride from a different point of view: standing on the expansive veranda of the main house, looking out over the lane and the landscape. (For the record, it looks remarkably unchanged since that time; my visit in 2006 showed the same dusty ground surrounding the fountain out front, except that when I went, there were more trees shading the area.) This is a view we didn’t see a lot of even in the first season; by the second season there was a lot less regular use of the L.A. Arboretum’s Queen Anne cottage for much else but stock exterior shots. Enjoy it while you got it, folks; if you’ve never been to the Arboretum and visited the cottage, these scenes give you a good idea of what the place really looks like.

At the plane dock we first meet Chuck Hoffman, a tall, somewhat heavyset everyman whose fantasy is nothing more than to be irresistible to every woman he meets. Sounds right up Tattoo’s alley; in fact Roarke observes that he ought to keep his eye on Hoffman. All Tattoo can think of is money, of course: “I hope you made this guest pay the full price for a change!” Roarke thereupon reveals that Hoffman won a contest and is therefore here for free. That must have really scorched Tattoo’s avaricious little heart! Their other guest, here with his wife, is an unprepossessing fellow by the name of Fred Wade, who’s worked as a hotel-supply salesman for lo, these many years. Now he wants to make the contacts, and thus gain the capital, to own and operate his own luxury hotel at a chichi tropical locale known as Green Parrot Bay. As it happens, one Otis Hayden, already well established in the resort-hotel business, is here on the island, and Wade is hoping for the opportunity to talk to the guy and sell him on his dream.

We see Roarke’s first use of a potion in this episode. This one is not potable, as many of the subsequent ones are; rather, it’s used like cologne, and once Roarke gets Hoffman’s story — he “thinks” he’s in love with his girlfriend; no, he’s not cheating on her, he just wants a taste of the sexual revolution sweeping the nation (hey, this was the late 70s, after all); his girlfriend’s idea of excitement is “Lawrence Welk and popcorn parties” — he tells the would-be ladies’ man that a very tiny bit of the stuff goes a long way, so he’d better use it sparingly. This warning goes unheeded, of course; Hoffman, like so many who will come after him, subscribes to the great American maxim that if a little is good, a lot is even better. Channeling a vintage Mennen Skin Bracer commercial, he slaps himself liberally on both cheeks with the stuff and even says, “I needed that!” Product placement before we even knew what that was.

We then cut to the Wades’ bungalow, the exterior of which is another redress of the main-house exterior at the back. The inside, though, is a paragon of good taste, done in soothing blues and wicker. The décor wouldn’t look at all out of place in a modern home. Wade is having some last-minute jitters, but his loving, supportive wife talks him out of his nervousness and they meet Roarke at the casino. This is a place meant for high rollers; the merely working-class need not bother, as the minimum bet for baccarat is five thousand dollars. To that end, Tattoo counts up the Wades’ assets for the purpose of establishing a line of credit. What a contrast to today: everything the couple owns in the world adds up to a grand total of $40,000. Roarke takes Wade over to Hayden, introduces him and then quietly abandons him…only to find Tattoo at the nightclub, eagerly dancing with assorted partying patrons while a live band (somewhat unusual for the island) is playing. Now how on earth did Tattoo get all the way from the casino to the nightclub so darn fast? There is also a very quick leap to night, or at least early evening; makes you wonder if poor old desperate Fred Wade spent the entire day at the baccarat tables, ingratiating himself to Otis the Oblivious.

Anyhow, Tattoo defends himself against Roarke’s complaint about his constant flirting with the female guests, saying that “everybody else gets their fantasy around here — why not me?” Clearly, the employees are prohibited from having their fantasies fulfilled … unless they pay for it, or (as we’ll eventually see a season or two down the road) Roarke is feeling expansive and in a gift-giving mood. Tattoo insists he’s simply warming up the girls as a favor to Hoffman. To which Roarke responds, “Your sense of self-sacrifice is admirable, but I’m afraid it’s time to cool off.” Yep, that’s our favorite womanizing Frenchman for you. He must have done very well, since before you know it, Hoffman’s first conquest has brought him in for a night of dancing. In short order, the potion has half the women in the club fawning all over Hoffman, while their increasingly homicidal boyfriends are looking on and plotting murder. In the meantime, Wade, while losing a cool thirty grand at the baccarat table, has managed to get through to Hayden enough that the latter tells him to send his plans for Green Parrot Bay to his room and he’ll try to look at them, in between a barrage of business meetings.

Cut abruptly to the next morning at Hoffman’s bungalow, which is in a shambles. He’s snoring away on a water mattress right in the middle of the living room, all by himself, shirt wide open, surrounded by the detritus of what must have been one heck of a party. For the first time, though, the potion proves to be a bit more of a curse than a blessing, for Hoffman is awakened by a portly native maid called Lelani — and she has something on her mind other than her job! His situation goes from bad to worse in no time flat, for once he’s managed to escape Lelani (through the bathroom window, no less), he bumps into not only last night’s party-animal female conquests, but their boyfriends as well. They’ve apparently had all night to draw up murder plans and now intend to carry them out — and Roarke and Tattoo are rather less than sympathetic when he fortuitously stumbles upon them while fleeing his would-be executioners. Roarke reminds him what his fantasy was all about; Hoffman protests that now it’s killing him, to which Tattoo says leeringly, “But what a way to die!” Incidentally, during this little exchange you’ll notice that Roarke appears to be working on a painting. Strange, that. After all, it was Villechaize who was the actual artist, rather than Montalbán; but it can be excused, as this is so early in the first season. Villechaize’s artwork, properly credited, would feature in at least two future episodes some distance into the series.

Wade — who learned a little earlier from Roarke and Tattoo that Hayden left the island quite suddenly that morning, without any word to anyone else — is busily littering the local lagoon with his photographs of Green Parrot Bay when his wife catches him at it and pep-talks him into perking up. This, mind you, despite the fact that he’s thirty grand in the hole — equivalent to their equity in the house and their kids’ college tuition — and not only that, but he needs an additional fifty thousand just to renew his option on Green Parrot Bay, which is set to expire the next day. But hey, he’s Mr. Hotel! No big deal, they’ll work their way back up! Bring on that old can-do spirit! Let’s go back and gamble some more, that oughta do it!

Here, in between the spine-tingling excitement of Hoffman’s being chased by aspiring killers and Wade’s financial tightrope-walking, we get a cute little break when a very chubby ballerina accosts Roarke and Tattoo on the front porch of the main house, breathlessly thanking Roarke for granting her lifelong fantasy of appearing in “Swan Lake” with the Bolshoi Ballet, as head swan. As a giddy Carlotta Smith pirouettes away under Roarke’s smile and Tattoo’s astonished gape, Roarke catches his assistant’s disbelief and insists, “She is really quite graceful.” Even Tattoo doesn’t buy that, and he gives Roarke one of those nasty glares that only Hervé Villechaize could conjure up. For once you find yourself agreeing with Tattoo, no matter how mean it might make you feel.

Immediately following this, we see Roarke and Tattoo enjoying some rare leisure time in Roarke’s office. Roarke’s reading a book (undoubtedly a classic, befitting his elegance), while Tattoo’s perusing some magazines: look closely and you’ll recognize some real-life publications, including a “People Weekly” (probably the December 5, 1977, issue with the late Gilda Radner on the cover), an issue of “Road & Track”, and “After Dark”, a now-defunct entertainment magazine. Of course, they can never be idle for long. There’s a peculiar noise from the window, which Tattoo responds to, only to find that Chuck Hoffman is hanging on the outside sill in an attempt to hide from his female pursuers. Tattoo lets him in at Roarke’s unruffled behest, and when Hoffman finally admits to disillusionment with his fantasy, Roarke feigns apology and explains that he has nullified the effect of the potion for all women — except one pesky one he just couldn’t get rid of. And with that, in comes none other than Hoffman’s girlfriend Stephanie. She’s amazingly supportive of Hoffman even in the wake of his rather chauvinistic fantasy, but you know something’s up when she winks at Roarke and gives him a thumbs-up over Hoffman’s shoulder.

At the casino, Wade has jumped into the baccarat playing with both feet and, against all odds, is winning big, over and over again. He doubles every bet till, next thing you know, he’s won over a million and a quarter and still won’t stop. Now, according to some carefully kept notes taken while watching this episode, he needed to win back the original thirty thousand he had lost, which he did; the additional fifty thousand to renew the option on Green Parrot Bay, which he did; and atop that, another million dollars to use in building the hotel itself, which he also did. This totals $1,080,000; he’s won $1,280,000. He’s actually ahead of the game. So nobody could be blamed for screaming at the TV screen, calling the guy five kinds of moron, and generally being disgusted, when Fred Wade insists on betting the entire thing yet again! Roarke tells him he’s broken the bank and is going to close the baccarat table, but when Wade insists, Roarke says the only thing he can put up now is Fantasy Island itself. Wade pushes it — and naturally, he loses the entire load of loot. After all, Roarke can’t lose Fantasy Island, or we wouldn’t have a TV series to watch, right?

Monday morning rolls around and we find out, thanks to a quick conversation between Roarke and Stephanie, that she was in fact responsible for Hoffman’s fantasy; there was no contest at all. To Tattoo’s horror, Roarke returns the $500 Stephanie paid him for the fantasy, telling her to keep it for their honeymoon now that they’re engaged. Even worse from Tattoo’s point of view, the potion, according to Roarke, is nothing more than scented water! One happy ending, all wrapped up. But what about poor old Fred Wade? Remember, this is Fantasy Island. At the plane dock, he’s already getting a head start on working his way back up the ladder by trying to talk Roarke into ordering some new face towels for his resort’s hotel. Then Roarke informs him that Hayden left the previous day due to an emergency, and that the hotel magnate left him a cashier’s check for $47,000, to cover “expenses”. Not only that, his private jet will meet them back on the mainland in order to discuss ideas for developing Green Parrot Bay. And there’s our second happy ending. In fact, it’s even happier, for Wade anyway, than the man himself suspected. Roarke waits till Wade‘s gone, eyeing Tattoo expectantly; finally Tattoo cracks under the scrutiny and barks, “All right, all right, I’ll buy the towels!” Good choice, my friend.

This, too, is an enjoyable and funny ride. Generally, the intertwined tales on the island alternated between a comedy and a drama, although sometimes the dramas were more on the comedic side, giving us the occasional lighthearted romp for a weekend. Many of the lighter fantasies, as with “Mr. Irresistible” in this episode, were written by veteran television scriptwriter Ron Friedman, who deftly imbues his dialogue with a touch of fun that makes the funnier trips to the island that much more of a hoot. On the other side of the coin, the dramatic fantasies often take a somewhat unfortunate turn for the melodramatic; but no one ever accused “Fantasy Island” of being Shakespeare, and not everybody can aspire to such lofty heights. Let’s not demand more of this series than it’s prepared to give. It was a Saturday-night romp, meant to get your mind off your real life for an hour and help put a little fun into your weekend. I won’t get into how it kept me sane in high school, which was for me a nightmare filled with relentless bullies; let’s just conclude that it was exactly what I needed every week. Judging from its success, it’s what a lot of other folks needed too. What better recommendation can you get?

Gordon’s Notes

When Tattoo wanted to be late for meeting the guests, Roarke used another great line to chide Tattoo: “These people have waited a long time for their fantasy; you wouldn’t want to cheat them out of a single second!”

Opening credits—the main guest stars:

Henry Gibson
Jane Powell
John Schuck
Mabel King as Lelani

First, we meet Mr. Chuck Huffman, played by John Schuck. (At this point in his career, he was probably most famous for playing the titular robot detective Gregory Yoyonovich in the short-lived sitcom “Holmes & Yoyo“. But he could also do the dramatic, as seen later in his roles in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as the Klingon Ambassador.)

Roarke tells his diminutive assistant, “You should keep your eye on him, Tattoo.”
“Why? I hope you made this guy pay the full price for a change.“
“As a matter of fact, he won a contest for a free trip.”
“Free? Then what’s so special about him?”
“Nothing you would call special, Tattoo. In fact, Mr. Chuck Hoffman is what you might call the average working man. It’s his fantasy you might find special, it’s close to one of you own.”
“One of my own?”
“Mr. Hoffman wants to spend his weekend here and be…ready?…irresistible to women.”
“Irresistible to women? You can do that, boss?”

I know they had to tailor the dialogue for the audience and make Tattoo the audience’s representative, but it got old by this point in the show’s run. Almost every week, it seems, he questions Roarke’s abilities. I know he’s seen a lot during his time here on the island, and it might be difficult to get blasé about it all…but why does he question it? Or maybe, Tattoo was up late partying last night and should still be sleeping it off (hence his desire to be late, at the beginning of the episode). But that’s a feeble idea; Tattoo hardly ever has anything to drink, and that’s amusing, because he is the quintessential Frenchman. He should have had at least a few more drinks over the course of his run on the series. Even if we chalk it up to be an early script and that the writers might not have seen any episodes yet, you would expect that the story editors and producers who looked at every script might have cabbaged onto this fact. It was okay to write Tattoo as greedy…or lustful…perhaps even naïve about a few things… but not dumb. Tattoo was clearly intelligent, because Roarke would not have hired anyone stupid. Lacking a college education, certainly; I do not think it obvious that any of Roarke’s assistants during the run of the series had a college education—not Tattoo or Cindy or Julie or Lawrence. (This is in contrast to another Saturday night fantasy staple for me during this time, “Doctor Who“. The Doctor had puh-lenty of assistants who were well educated–two schoolteachers, a scientist, a reporter, a medical doctor, and even a recurring brigadier.)

We next meet Fred Wade, known as “Mr. Hotel”, and his wife, Joan (Henry Gibson and Jane Powell). For the past 23 years, he’s been selling hotel supplies throughout the Midwest. They had a house, 3 children, and a yellow cat named Elmer in a suburb just outside of Topeka. (I suspect that there’s a bit of geographical inconsistency, as Topeka is not very large and would not have much in the way of suburbs. Kansas City would have been more realistic. More interesting is that his employer might be based there; must be a smaller company, hence having been stuck in the same job for 23 years without getting rich.) At any rate, Roarke stated that the most important product Fred Wade has ever sold was ‘The Great American Dream’. (At least, I hope he was referring to Fred Wade and not himself.)

Opening Credits

Produced by Michael Fisher

Created by Gene Levitt

“Bet a Million”
Written by Steve Fisher
Directed by John Newland

“Mr. Irresistible”
Teleplay by Ron Friedman
Story by Dennis Landa
Directed by Cliff Bole

When Chuck Huffman walked into Roarke’s office, he passed by a saber-toothed skull on a table.

Chuck has been engaged to be married to a nice lady named Stephanie for the last 6 years. He told Roarke and Tattoo, “I’m not cheating.” He loves her—he thinks. “Hard to tell these days,” he said, while Roarke and Tattoo exchanged knowing looks. “I mean…the whole world is in the middle of a sexual revolution, but her idea of a good evening is Lawrence Welk and popcorn parties.” (And what’s wrong with that, I wonder? That might be something that she wants to cuddle through…could have put her in the mood.) Roarke divines that “You want excitement in your life.”

Chuck: I’m really not ready…
Tattoo: You want to sow your wild oats. An admirable fantasy.

Huffman compared himself badly to Burt Reynolds, who was probably the top sex symbol of the era. He’s as ready as he’ll ever be…

And so we get to the first potion of the series. Seems like we are much farther into the show than just the second regular episode, but with two fantasies every week, it adds up…

Now at the pool, Roarke stated, “A strange plant, that only grows on this island [we’ll hear that a lot in the coming years! LOL], called the ‘love root’. Legend has it that whoever wears it…becomes irresistible to the opposite sex. Use a drop as cologne, sparingly….it won’t wash off, and the potency may linger for days.” At that, Roarke and Tattoo walk off. Tattoo gives Chuck an aside, “If you need any help, keep me in mind.”

Chuck applies two drops, one to each cheek, as Roarke instructed. Nothing happens right away. So he slathers two more drops on.

Right away, a blonde notices him and finds him interesting. She comes over to him.

Then, the episode cuts away to another redress of the back of the Queen Anne Cottage, with a white awning, and the shot shows the side of the Main House. We do see the first appearance of the Guest Bungalow sign.

A quick bit of dialogue between the Wades indicates that “$6,000 we spent to come here is the best investment we ever made“–if they get to meet Mr. Hayden, the owner of the Hayden chain of hotels. (One wonders if this is supposed to be a play on Hilton.) They will meet Roarke at the casino.

The casino is a regular “Who’s Who of the Dow Jones“, and the minimum bet on the table is $5,000.

Roarke catches Tattoo talking to a lady, and admonishes him, “How many times must I tell you, you shouldn’t flirt with our guests?” To which Tattoo responds, “It’s only fair, boss, everybody else has their fantasy around here. Why not me?” Roarke continues, “Try to keep out of trouble while I’m gone, will you?”

Roarke then indicates to Fred the man he’s looking for: at the baccarat table, Mr. Otis Hayden. Hayden has a full schedule of business meetings before his flight is due to leave at noon the next day.

Tattoo totals up the Wades’ resources: $29,000 line of credit (presumably the difference between his mortgage and the value of his house, as mentioned later)…$6,300 (not sure what this amount is)…$5-6,000 in stocks and bonds… $40,000 total for their line of credit.

Roarke tells a stunned Fred, “Only if you believe…only if you believe enough in that dream you carry around with you.”

Next, we see Tattoo dancing with 2 blondes at a club.

Roarke: Tattoo, how many times do I have to tell you this is Mr. Huffman’s fantasy?
Tattoo: Well, Mr. Huffman isn’t here yet, but these girls are, and need some company.
Roarke: Your sense of self-sacrifice is admirable, but I’m afraid it’s time to cool off.

And then Chuck walks in. He privately admitted that he ‘doesn’t know how to dance too good’. He bumps into a guy whose drink spills; then the guy’s girlfriend Cindy goes to dance with Chuck. Another girl feels the effect of the potion as well–Pearl abandons her guy for Chuck. And yet another girl (the fourth one, counting the one at the pool!) finds him of interest as well, named Gloria. Chuck mutters, “Eat your heart out, Burt Reynolds!”

Back at the casino, Fred has a clear set of the jitters, still standing around. (Or else the editors goofed and inserted the dance scene above out of sequence.) Roarke explains the rules of baccarat. (Actually, that was very important, as I did not know how to play the game before I saw the episode. I’m certain a lot of other viewers didn’t, either, as it has a reputation for being a high-stakes game that the ordinary person knows nothing about. Briefly, you add up the points on your card: number cards are their face value, face cards are worth ten, and when you add them together, you dump off the tens digit—so 2 and 5 are seven, while 8 and 3 are one [not eleven] and King and 4 are 4. Highest number wins vs. the dealer. It’s similar to blackjack, and you can get an extra card. In the case of a tie, the house wins.)

Chips are worth $5,000 each. Every time Fred antes, there is a palpable tension; with every card flipped, the viewer gets into it as much as Fred is supposed to. Excellent job by the actors, directors, cameramen, and editors for these scenes and later, too. Fred loses six straight hands, while talking to Mr. Hayden. Hayden is about to go to dine. Fred mentions the option on Green Parrot Bay. Hayden suggests he come talk with him at breakfast, at 8 am, in the dining room, and that he should send the plans up to Hayden’s room at the hotel and he’ll try to look at them.

The next morning, we find Chuck waking up in his bungalow. It’s a huge mess—clearly there was a big party in there. Lelani the maid comes in, and she is a very large native girl. The potion is still working, and she wants him, badly. She comes right for him, and he runs into the bathroom, locking the door behind him; he escapes out the window. (One wonders if the potion really worked on her, or if Roarke merely sent her [and maybe the other girls, too?] to test Chuck’s resolve, knowing that Chuck is basically a good, if somewhat confused, guy.)

We switch over to the Wades’ bungalow. (It’s shot from a different camera angle, and the furnishings are a bit different, but it’s still the same set.) Hayden left at 7 am, clearly having cancelled his planned meetings because something came up. Roarke tells Fred that Hayden left a package for him.

After a short scene where Chuck runs into the girls…and their boyfriends start chasing him…we jump over to Roarke’s office. Roarke is painting (interesting, because later Tattoo will be revealed to be the artist, echoing Villechaize’s real-life abilities). They hear a noise outside the window, and it turns out to be Chuck. Tattoo lets him in, and he tells them what’s going on.

Roarke: Your fantasy was to be irresistible to women.
Chuck: And now it’s killing me!
Tattoo: But what a way to die!

Back to Wade. (Could Roarke have simply teleported back to his office in time to meet Chuck and only pretended to be painting?) Wade throws his packet of information about Green Parrot Bay away in frustration. He needed $50,000 to renew his option on the location…which will end the next day…and they have $30,000 equity in the house (probably rounded up, from the $29,000 Tattoo mentioned earlier) as well as worrying about the children’s college education. Joan responds level-headedly, “I’m married to Mr. Hotel, and he always finds a way to bounce back.” Fred has a great and very supportive wife.

A quick scene comes up, which would probably be eliminated in syndication, as it is one of those ‘extra’ fantasies that always happen while the main ones are going on, and are typically for comic relief—which were replaced later by Tattoo in his interactions with the animals of the island or his get-rich-quick schemes. (No doubt these Tattoo bits were cost-saving measures, so they wouldn’t have to pay extra guest casts and extra extras each episode. But they did give Tattoo some fun moments of attempted character development.) On the porch outside the Main House, Roarke and Tattoo encounter Miss Carlotta Smith (a less famous face than John Schuck, certainly, played by Mary Jo Catlett, a 70s/80s television character actress). Her fantasy, it turned out, was to be the head swan in Swan Lake with the Bolshoi Ballet! This is quite amazing, as should you be able to remember Ms. Catlett, she’s a slightly overweight lady. She does not look anything like a slender, graceful ballerina. But that’s her fantasy, and one of the dancers in the troupe seems to really enjoy her and her performance (although that, again, might be because Roarke paid them to appear to do so). Tattoo looks at her funny. Roarke defends the fantasy, telling Tattoo (in an obviously defending-his-decision manner), “She is really quite graceful.” Tattoo simply glares, glares, glares at Roarke for a few seconds.

In the office, we see Tattoo fiddling with some magazines. (One of them is a “People” magazine with a young lady in a white t-shirt on the cover, probably Gilda Radner; there is a “Road and Track “issue, with the title in orange, not the modern white; and “After Dark“, which was presumably a local entertainment magazine for Los Angeles. Tracking down the dates of these, especially the “People” magazine, could give us an approximate date for the filming of this scene.) In walks Chuck, who is pretty exasperated. Chuck says, “It’s a jungle out there!” (Appropriately chuckle-worthy, because the island is covered in jungle, and we’ve seen him out there being chased in it!) Roarke responded, “I have nullified the effect for all women except one, who simply will not go away!” At this point, Chuck might be wondering which of the girls still wants him—Cindy, Pearl, or Gloria—and therefore which of their boyfriends still wants to kill him, or perhaps it’s Lelani (the one I thought of at first). But no—it turned out be his girlfriend. “Stephanie Marie!” he exclaimed, using her first and middle name. He had lied to her about his fantasy, merely telling her he was ‘fishing’. (Snort. Yes, he was fishing…fishing for compliments…fishing for women.) But as it turned out, he didn’t know he missed her–until now! Roarke sent for her two days ago, because he knew Chuck needed her, and she came. Stephanie tells Chuck that she’ll always be there for him.

Fred Wade now appears to be desperate. He goes back to the casino and plays his last $10,000, all at once. He draws nine and won $10,000. He decides to let it ride, and goes to $20,000, and then to $40,000. He continues to risk it all, for the option money. After winning again, enough for the house and the option ($80,000, covering the $29,000 on the house and the $50,000 to renew the option), he decides to go all the way for the $1 million to build the hotel. He wins twice more to go from $80,000 to $160,000 and then to $320,000. Continuing on, he goes to $640,000. After that, he goes to $1,280,000.

At that point, Roarke closes the table for the evening; the bank is broken. But Fred wants to continue. So Roarke can only put up Fantasy Island against the $1,280,000. Fred drew 9–and so did the house. A tie. Fred loses it all. (Imagine if he had quit, though—he would have enough to pay off his house AND send the kids to school AND renew the option on Green Parrot Bay AND build the hotel AND have sufficient funds to begin operating the hotel. Or…imagine if he had beaten the house on the final hand and won Fantasy Island. The mind boggles…but frankly, I don‘t think he could pull off the incredible fantasies, merely routine stuff like being rich or royalty for a day, or having a chance to sing or act.)

The next day, it is time to leave. Chuck says that he and Stephanie will get married as soon as they hit the mainland. (Does that mean they are going to Las Vegas? I’m pretty sure California probably had a waiting period then.) Then we find out that the ‘contest’ that Chuck won…was a phony! Stephanie paid for his trip. She wanted him to be certain about getting married. Roarke gave them back the $500 she paid for the fantasy, so they could use it on their honeymoon. And Tattoo glared at Roarke. There was no contest, no fee, no nothing. And on top of that, Roarke took the ‘potion’ back from Tattoo.

Tattoo: Not even a little drop?
Roarke: It wouldn’t make any difference, Tattoo. It’s only scented water.
Tattoo: But….all those women…how did you do it?
Roarke: You live here. Need I remind you, anything is possible on Fantasy Island?

Yes, anything is possible. It might have worked for real—but Roarke could have switched the bottle at any point, and Tattoo wound up with a bum potion. Or, the potency could have ended by this point. Despite what Roarke said at the beginning, we know he always doesn’t tell the whole and exact truth. He quite often rigs events for the fantasies to work out. It might simply be that he paid the four girls, and the boyfriends of three of them, as well as Lelani, to act like the potion turned the girls onto him and made the guys madly jealous. Anything is possible on Fantasy Island…

Mr. Hotel tries to sell Roarke on buying some new face towels for the bungalows. Roarke then reveals that Otis Hayden cabled. Hayden had an emergency he had to go to. He sent a cashier’s check for $47,000 (and they actually show the check, it does say $47,000 on it!) to reimburse Fred for his expenses. His private jet will meet the seaplane when it lands in Hawaii. Then it will fly him to the mainland to meet and discuss everything about the plans for Green Parrot Bay. (Unstated but obvious to the viewer—things on Fantasy Island are not always what they seem. And, again, anything is possible on Fantasy Island…)

After Fred and Joan leave, Roarke tells Tattoo to buy the face towels. Apparently they really DID need new face towels and Tattoo had been remiss in his duties… Or perhaps he wanted to give Fred one last sale as a hotel supplies salesman…

Ending Credits
Executive Producers: Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg

Executive Script Consultant: Skip Webster

Executive Story Consultant: James Schmerer

Associate Producer: Mike Vejar
Unit Production Manager: Harry F. Hogan III

Music by Elliot Kaplan
Music Theme by Laurence Rosenthal

Also Starring
Beverly Sanders as Stephanie

Mary Jo Catlett as Carlotta Smith
Candice Rialson as Cindy

Alana Collins as Nikki
Rod McCary as Ricky

Brian Cutler as Barry
Reb Brown as Greg
George Ball as the Dealer

Pearl … Ava Lazar
Gloria … Sandra Theodore

Directors of Photography
“Bet a Million” Al Francis, A.S.C
“Mr. Irresistible Gerald Perry Finnerman, A.S.C

Art Directors
Alfeo Bocchicchio Ross Bellah & Frederick Hope
Film Editors John M. Woodcock, A.C.E & Robert L. Swanson
Set Decorators Francisco Lombardo V & Ted Lake
Camera Operators Ronald Francis & Bob Bergdahl
Make-Up Supervisor Ben Lane
Wardrobe selected by Grady Hunt

Assistant Direct Richard Learman
Location Coordinator Michael K. Looney
Gaffer Tony Pistone
Key Grip Leonard Bukey
Stunt Coordinator Roy Harrison
Special Effects Larry Fuentes

Casting by Lynn Stalmaster & Associates — Toni Howard

Casting Supervisor Al Onarato
Filmed at the Burbank Studio

A Spelling/Goldberg Production in Association with Columbia Pictures

Running time on DVD 49:06

Uncredited cast:
Gilbert Green as Otis Hayden

Uncredited production staff:
Sharleen Rassi, Key Hair Stylist
Lindsley Parsons III, Second Assistant Director
Claudia Gilligan Ivanjack, Painter
Arnold Baker, Assistant Post-Production Supervisor


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