June 16, 2005 11:05 PM by Joe Blackmon
The June 15, 2005 episode of The Real Gilligan’s Island was a tale of two Gilligans: a Good Gilligan and a Bad Gilligan. Good Gilligan happily chugged down gross food like mice and lizards to help out his team. Bad Gilligan just shuffled the food around on his plate and pretended like he was eating. Good Gilligan has nothing but praise for fellow castaway Mary Ann Mandy. Bad Gilligan makes fun of the mole on Mary Ann Mandy’s forehead. Good Gilligan cheers up Skipper Charlie by going streaking. Bad Gilligan chunks Skipper Charlie’s flag into the woods.
Good Gilligan wants to win the money in order to pay for a lung operation for his mom. Bad Gilligan wants to win the money for himself and laughs at his fellow castaways charitable aspirations. Good Gilligan plays by the rules in the fish catching competition. Bad Gilligan breaks the rules and sabotages Good Gilligan.
Unfortunately, good does not always triumph over bad in reality TV. Bad Gilligan Shawn won the fishing challenge, resulting in Good Gilligan Zac getting banished to the other side of the island. Reality TV Magazine interviewed Zac Turney about his experiences on the show earlier this week. After Gilligan Zac was eliminated, Reality TV Magazine did a second interview to cover some of the questions that he couldn’t answer previously. It turns out that Gilligan Zac bears no ill will toward Gilligan Shawn. Gilligan Zac has forgiven Gilligan Shawn, just as a Good Gilligan should.
Reality TV Magazine: How is your mother doing? Was she able to get the lung transplant she needed?
Gilligan Zac: She isn’t to that stage yet, currently we are trying to get her into an experimental treatment up at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. The story behind that is when I was on the island, every system in my life had broken down and my mom was left stranded. Since then we’ve been able to get her covered by insurance, so the need isn’t as dire as it was on the show. I was so focused, that when I lost, at the time I felt like it was my fault I couldn’t save her. But in a years time God’s really given my life a 180 turn. Plus the support from the fans is amazing. It’s soooo awesome to learn that there are still so many caring people out there.
Reality TV Magazine: How do you feel about Gilligan Shawn now having seen all the nasty comments he made about you and the other castaways on the show?
Gilligan Zac: I’m not the kinda guy who takes things personally. When there, we all were in a situation where there was nothing to stop us from acting out those urges we suppress in normal society. As result, everyone embellished their extremes. For Shawn, it was almost his job to be the sarcastic mean guy. Plus anytime time someone calls me a freak or strange I consider it a compliment.
Reality TV Magazine: How do you feel about the way Gilligan Shawn resorted to playing dirty in the fish catching competition?
Gilligan Zac: Honestly I can’t blame him at all. What the TV doesn’t show is the in depth rule reading before all competitions. For ours, one was "you are not allowed to interfere with each other since you are sharing the same space." Ultimately he took gamble breaking the rule when he did that, but the producers allowed it, so he must have bent it as far as it could go. He even said he didn’t have a chance, so he had to even the playing field. I wouldn’t have done it, but I can’t judge him.
Reality TV Magazine: Who are you rooting for to win now that you are out of the competition?
Gilligan Zac: Skipper Charlie. He really is like a father to me. When I got kicked off, he was the shoulder I cried on.
Reality TV Magazine: Skipper Charlie called you a superhero. If you could be any superhero, which superhero would you be and why?
Gilligan Zac: Long story short, I’m actually a synesthete. It’s a rare condition, but when I hear sound I also feel colors. It’s basically from a hyper wiring of the brain. As a result I subconsciously analyze stimuli and act on. So outwardly, I appear lucky because I subconsciously put myself in the right place at the right time.
Soooo to answer that question, there is a relatively obscure X-Man from the 80s named Long Shot. Basically his power was super agility and he could change the laws of probability to his favor if his intentions were pure of heart. Like I said obscure, or Colossus on the X-Men, the big guy who turns metal. He’s your typical strong hero, but underneath is very sensitive and artistic. I enjoy that dichotomy. Yeah… I definitely showed off my nerdiness with that. Thanks for that question
If you want to learn more about Gilligan Zac, then check out his website online at www.zacturney.com. Also, be sure to tune into the Real Gilligan’s Island on Wednesday, June 22 on TBS at 9P.M. EST.