Gilligan's Island) shrinks away from the word "girl" as timidly as the word "work," both symbols of heterosexist destiny.
He expressed heterosexual interest only a few times, and usually in the first season. In "The Gigolo," he is sought after for dates because his lack of heterosexual interest makes him safe.
Scripts sometimes "explain" this lack of interest as shyness, but in his autobiography, Bob Denver insists that Maynard "isn't afraid of girls; he just wants to pursue his own life."
In one episode, Dobie is even suspected of being gay. He dates a girl who belongs to a family of trapeze artists (Francis X. Bushman, Jud Beaumont, Tip McClure), who wander around the house in togas, discussing the benefits of "the Greek way," an obvious double entendre.
To demonstrate their enthusiasm for Dobie, they mob him, rip his clothes off, and give him a toga of his own. Dobie's Dad arrives, mistakes the togas for dresses, and concludes that Dobie has "gone funny" in a household of drag queens.
Dwayne Hickman went on to star in the buddy-bonding Cat Ballou, with Michael Callan.