I have no idea regarding the truth of whether or not ship's captains can perform marriages.
The Baron said:I have no idea regarding the truth of whether or not ship's captains can perform marriages.
No, they cannot---unless they are also ordained ministers.
That IS a lot, by today's standards. It was thought to be extraordinary when 24 debuted that the network committed to (and the producers were expected to make) 24 episodes for the season.
Taking It Seriously: It's interesting to wonder what the enemy agents (implicitly the Soviets) think the castaways are doing on the island. Agent 222 is said to have had plastic surgery and to have watched film of Gilligan to prepare for his assignment. The Reds have been filming the castaways? Perhaps this goes back to when the cosmonauts landed on the island. And where does the Ghost fit into all this? If you think about it, the castaways are in a much more precarious situation than even they realize.
Gilligan Spoils A Rescue: No.