Fantasy Island (1977–1984)
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The Victim/The Mermaid 

Julie Brett disregards Roarke's warnings and dates her dream man Michael Duvall, only to wind up as a sex slave; and college professor Harold DeHaven, hoping to make a significant scientific discovery, meets up with a mermaid.


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Ron Friedman, Gene Levitt (creator) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ricardo Montalban ... Mr. Roarke
Hervé Villechaize ... Tattoo
James Darren ... Michael Duvall
Yvonne De Carlo ... Madame Jeannot
Mary Ann Mobley ... Amanda DeHaven
Michelle Phillips ... Princess Nyah / The Mermaid
Joan Prather ... Julie Brett
John Saxon ... Professor Harold DeHaven
Robin Riker ... Fran
Kim O'Brien Kim O'Brien ... Jennifer
Cliff Carnell ... Victor
Jane Badler ... Kim
Dorothy Stratten ... Mickey
Randi Brough Randi Brough ... Randy
Candi Brough Candi Brough ... Sandy


A woman disregards Roarke's severe warnings and dates her dream man, only to wind up one of his stable of sex slaves; and a college professor, hoping to make a significant scientific discovery, saves the life of a mermaid who tries to tempt him away from his crumbling marriage. Written by Kim West

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Release Date:

1 December 1979 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Darren and Cliff Carnell both appeared in Under the Yum Yum Trer (though the latter was uncredited). See more »


If Mr. Roarke and Tattoo are on another Island to rescue Julie Brett from Michael Duvall, what is one of the Fantasy Island car's doing on it? See more »


Remake of Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948) See more »

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A merman?
25 June 2014 | by stones78See all my reviews

This episode had 2 interesting stories going, one story has a man named Harold DeHaven,(John Saxon)who is a marine biology professor, on the hunt for something scientific to garner him respect by his colleagues. What he finds is a mermaid(Michelle Phillips), and he falls in love with her, much to the chagrin of his wife Amanda, played effectively by Mary Ann Mobley. My last comment for this decent segment is the lack of chemistry between the married couple, even though it ended well. The better segment stared someone I never heard of, Joan Prather, as a woman who has a fantasy to date a man she only met once, as he's played by James Darren. I didn't see this story going in the direction it did, and that was a welcome surprise. It turns out that he drugs her during their date, and she's taken hostage in a prostitution ring! Look for a few familiar faces in Robin Riker(Alligator, 1980), Yvonne De Carlo, Cliff Carnell, and one of the final performances by Dorothy Stratten. Out of both stories, this one was slightly better in my eyes, but most of the performers did a credible job.

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