On a tropical island, the mysterious white-clad Mr. Roarke greets visitors each week to his luxurious resort as they arrive by plane. But Roarke doesn't just offer hotel service, but the chance for guests to indulge in their most desired fantasy. But the fantasies rarely turn out as planned for the recipients, who end up learning something valuable about their past, present, or future. How Roarke can grant all these fantasies, many of which involve time travel and other near-supernatural powers, is never explained. Nor is Roarke's background ever clarified. However, he does have the help of his loyal servant Tattoo.
Recaps2x23: Cornelius and Alfonse/The Choice recap
: Tattoo is kidnapped and held for ransom by an evil former island employee and his diminutive sidekick on ABC-TV's "Fantasy Island Sunday Special." On a happier note, two orphaned children get the chance to choose ideal parents after making an exciting excursion by balloon to an uncharted part of the island. On the side of the island where children's fantasies are fulfilled, Roarke and Tattoo, both looking forward to the day when the children arrive, are assisted by a beautiful girl, Cindy (Kimberly
Beck), in making the kids' dreams come true. Intrigue comes to the island in "Cornelius and Alphonse." Cornelius Kelly (Red Buttons) worked for Roarke until he was found to be a petty chiseler and Roarke fired him. Kelly now claims that he has come to the island so he can give his friend, Alphonse (Bill Barty), a quiet vacation. However, Roarke has a feeling that the two are seeking revenge. Roarke's feelings are right, for soon after the two arrive, Tattoo mysteriously disappears and is held for a huge ransom — ownership of the island!
In "The Choice," Juliet Mills stars as Miss Ewell, the operator of an orphanage near Cleveland, Ohio, which is being closed. She comes to the island, accompanied by two orphaned children — Mark and Rebecca (Steven Spencer and Kyle Richards) — and she's there for a very special reason. Miss Ewell wants the children to fulfill a fantasy she had when she was a child and also in the orphanage — to select her parents... read more.