Fantasy Island (1977–1984)
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Pentagram/Casting Director/A Little Ball 

TV reporter Jane Garwood seeks help in finding out why her boyfriends keep dieing. Sister Mary Theresa suffers a crisis of faith after a fellow nun's premature death. Felix Birdsong becomes the casting director of a Hollywood film.


George McCowan, Michael Vejar (as Mike Vejar)


Michael Fisher, Gene Levitt (creator) | 2 more credits »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ricardo Montalban ... Mr. Roarke (as Ricardo Montalbán)
Hervé Villechaize ... Tattoo
Phyllis Davis ... Jean Arden
Lisa Hartman ... Sister Mary Theresa / Mary Hoyt
Florence Henderson ... Jane Garwood
Don Knotts ... Felix Birdsong
Cesar Romero ... Sheikh Hameel Habib
John Saxon ... Colin McArthur
Abe Vigoda ... Sid Gordon
Edward Grover ... Marsh
Ben Davidson ... Hammerhead Harris
Francine Gabel Francine Gabel ... Lisa (as Francine Gable)
Victoria Wells Victoria Wells ... Barbi Dalton (as Victoria Ann Berry)
Linda Kendall Linda Kendall ... Gigi
Suzanne Copeland Suzanne Copeland ... Bobbi Jo




"Pentagram": Jane Garwood, a TV reporter who feels that she might be cursed when her relationships start dying one by one, visits Mr Roarke for help in finding out why this is happening to her and in the process putting Roarke's life in danger. "A Little Ball": Sister Mary Theresa visits the Island after the premature death of a fellow nun tests her faith, but when she meets up with an old friend finds herself having to decide between the church and marriage. "Casting Couch": Felix Birdsong arrives on the Island to fulfill a fantasy to be in show business by being the casting director of a new film called "The Most Beautiful Woman In The World" being produced by one of his idols. In the process finds himself in over his head and learning some home truths about the business and his idol, while also finding romance. Written by Garrett Fallah

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This one will get you...
5 April 2013 | by donprivettSee all my reviews

Three stories in this episode and just the right mix of sentiment, comedy and charm. Roarke plays both the man in danger and the mystery solver. Highly recommended. In keeping with the series theme, Roarke had a strong moral code, but he was always merciful. He usually tried to teach his guests important life lessons through the medium of their fantasies, frequently in a manner that exposes the errors of their ways, and on occasions when the island hosted terminally ill guests he would allow them to live out one last wish. Roarke's fantasies were not without peril, but the greatest danger usually came from the guests themselves; in some cases people actually got themselves killed due to their own negligence, aggression or arrogance. When necessary, Roarke would directly intervene when the fantasy became dangerous to the guest.

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17 February 1979 (USA) See more »

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