Season 4

Episode Guide

Sergeant Belouski/ Friends And Lovers?/ Miss Mother

S4 E1
Oct 25, 1980
Could Julie and Gopher be more than just friends? It sure looks that way when she helps him impress an old college buddy (played by Tom Hanks). Meanwhile, three ex-servicemen try to help their sergeant find love, and a single woman's romance turns rocky when she reveals that she's already pregnant.

Marriage-A-Thon Cruise / The Promoter - Part 1

S4 E2
Nov 02, 1980
This two-hour, star-studded episode centers on 25 engaged couples ready to tie the knot, win with loads of prizes ... and allow more antics to ensue! With meddling parents, a missing fiance, and Doc playing a trick on Gopher, the intrigue never slows down.

Marriage-A-Thon Cruise / The Promoter - Part 2

S4 E3
Nov 02, 1980
Romance and comic intrigue reign on the high seas as 25 engaged couples board the Pacific Princess to compete in a "Marriage-A-Thon Cruise" and contest that takes Capt. Stubing, his crev! and their guests on a beautiful scenic journey from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands through the Panama Canal to the Mexican Riviera for a star-studded mass wedding in a special two-hour episode. Darren McGavin, as dynamic promoter Larry Evans, recruits the services of "The Love Boat" to take the brides-and-grooms-to-be --- who are competing for a house, a car, and $50,000 in cash --- on a cruise that will wind up in a mass wedding in Acapulco. Although he can promote love, he finds out that his beautiful wife, Sheila (Debbie Reynolds), wants a divorce --- especially after she discovers that he has fixed the contest. "THE PROMOTER" was written by Ben Joelson and Art Baer. In "THE JUDGES," Gopher's life may be in danger after Doc plays a trick on him when Gopher gets too much attention from two beautiful judges, Valerie Madden (Dawn Wells) and Rina Ward (Ann Jillian). This episode was written by Tony Webster. In "THE FAMILY PLAN," written by Fred S. Fox and Seaman Jacobs, future bride Terry Walker (Erin Moran) and her husband-to-be, Ted Lawrence (Brian Kerwin), are in for a romantic surprise when Terry's mother (Kathie Browne) and Ted's father (Peter Graves) board the ship hoping that their respective children will call off the wedding. In "FOREVER ENGAGED," Tom McMahon (Ted Knight) and Mary Hubbell (Rue McClanahan) who have been engaged for nine years, suddenly find out that it's difficult to say, "I do," when they decide to get married. This segment was written by Tony Webster. A beautiful young woman (Charlene Tilton) finds out more about the men in her life when her fiance doesn't show up, sending his best man, Marv Prine (Donny Most), to keep her company and give her some heartbreaking news in "MAY THE BEST MAN WIN," written by producers Ben Joelson and Art Baer. Roger Duchowny directed the five episodes.

The Major's Wife/ The Oil Man Cometh/ Target Gopher/ Strange Honeymoon

S4 E4
Nov 08, 1980
The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders return to perform for a Texas billionaire while Gopher gets fired in this wild 90-minute episode. Then, a man who ditched his fiancée brings his best man along on the honeymoon cruise he'd already booked. Finally, Julie tries to bridge some cultural confusion.

The Mallory Quest/ The Offer/ Julie, The Vamp - Part 1

S4 E5
Nov 15, 1980
A jam-packed two-hour episode features a famed mystery writer putting up $100k to find his missing nephew and, at the same time, a high-paying job offer has the Captain thinking about leaving for New York. Also, Julie is accused of trying to steal an engaged man, while Doc falls for a married woman.

The Mallory Quest/ The Offer/ Julie, The Vamp - Part 2

S4 E6
Nov 15, 1980
"The Love Boat" sails on a fantastic voyage to the most exciting ports in the Caribbean with a famed mystery writer (Pernell Roberts) who is willing to pay $100,000 to one of his hand-picked guests to solve the mystery of his missinn nephew; a wealthy man (Dick Van Patten) offers the captain a high paying job in New York that is too good to resist; Julie is accused by a woman (Lani O'Grady) of stealing her fiance (Bart Braverman), and Doc falls in love with a married woman on a special two-hour episode. Soon after boarding, famed mystery writer Brian Mallory (Pernell Roberts), accompanied by his beautiful wife, Janet (Gayle Hunnicutt), asks Gopher to deliver very special boxes to three passengers. Receiving them are Marcia Rand (Connis Stevens), accompanied by her narcissistic boyfriend (Peter Lupus); Marvin Jones (Jimmy Walker), and Pete Andrews (Skip Stephenson), who is being spied upon by gorgeous woman (Maren Jensen). Mallory further surprises Gopher by giving him a box after he has made his baffling deliveries. It is learned that Mallory has brought these people together to help him in his island search to find his only living relative, his missing nephew, Tom, and that these few were the last ones to see him. Heighting the mystery, that concludes on the island of Puerto Rico, is the eerie presence of sinister Lucius Kirgo (Sorrell Booke). Further expanding the search and offering an important clue to the disappearance is Marcel (Walter Slezak), whc.. the group meets on the island of Martinique. Meanwhile Doc becomes more infatuated with Mallory's wife, whom the author treats coldly and cruelly. "THE MALLORY QUEST" was written by Stephen Kandel and Harvey Bullock from a story by Stephen Kandel. In "THE OFFER," written by R.S. Allen, an old friend (Dick Van Patten) of the captain comes on board to make Stubing give up the sea for a lucrative position in Neri York. When Stubing finds out that his daughter, Vicki, would like to live in û big city, he seriously considers accepting the offer to make her happy. Julie must come to grips with an insanely jealous woman (Lani O'Grady) who accuses Julie of trying to steal her fiance (Bart Braverman), a man Julie knew years before. Matters become worse when the woman thinks that Julie and her fiance have spent the night together. "JULIE, THE VAMP" was written by R.S. Allen and Harvey Bullock.

Gopher & Isaac Buy A Horse/ Julie's Decision/ The Horse Lover/ Secretary To The Stars

S4 E7
Nov 22, 1980
This 90-minute episode features a steeplechase horse race in Acapulco and a famous movie star gets more than she bargained for when she disguises herself as her own secretary. Also, Julie decides to marry a wealthy bachelor (played by Robert Stack), while a wife (played by Betty White) gets mad about her husband's horse-racing antics.

Tell Her She's Great/ Matchmaker, Matchmaker Times Two, The Baby Alarm

S4 E8
Nov 29, 1980
Isaac tries to boost his aunt's spirits, but the plan works a little too well. Meanwhile, two sets of parents attempt to play matchmaker with their children but, boy, are they in for a surprise. Finally, a single mother finds that her young child seems to have a built-in alarm system.

She Stole His Heart/ Return Of The Captain's Brother/ Swag And Mag

S4 E9
Dec 06, 1980
Capt. Stubing's brother (also played by star Gavin MacLeod) boards again, this time to marry his wealthy fiance ... only to rekindle a romance with his ex (played by Zsa Zsa Gabor). Also, Vicki is disappointed when an actor doesn't live up to his character, and then a kleptomaniac tries to steal a fellow passenger's heart.

Captian's Triangle/ Boomerang/ Out Of This World

S4 E10
Dec 14, 1980
Capt. Stubing is caught in a love triangle when his ex boards the ship with her husband, who also happens to be the former captain. Meanwhile, a beautiful model who pretended to be married has a change of heart when she meets a tempting bachelor, and a science-fiction buff is convinced one of the passengers is an alien.

The Captain's Bird/ That's My Dad/ Captive Audience

S4 E11
Dec 20, 1980
On a Christmas cruise, the ship's entertainer and his estranged father are reunited by their respective wives. Elsewhere, a stowaway latches onto a playboy, and Gopher panics when a parrot has some troubling words about Capt. Stubing.

Doc's Dismissal/ A Frugal Pair/ The Girl Next Door

S4 E12
Jan 03, 1981
A celebrity couple celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, but perhaps there's something they don't know about each other. Meanwhile, Doc's kindness puts his job in jeopardy, and a passenger convinces a fellow traveler that he's a CIA agent.

Isaac's Teacher/ Seal Of Approval/ The Successor

S4 E13
Jan 11, 1981
Isaac tries to impress his old high-school teacher with an assist from Gopher, while a man boards the ship with his pet seal. Also, a married woman (played by Florence Henderson) thinks she doesn't have long to live and tries to pick a future wife for her husband.

First Voyage, Last Voyage/ The Loan Arranger/ April The Ninny

S4 E14
Jan 17, 1981
The ship's entertainer (played by Charo) considers leaving show business when she is offered a new job opportunity with a family on the cruise. Meanwhile, romance develops between a debt collector and a gambler, plus a set of parents debate keeping a big secret from their daughter.

From Here To Maternity/ Jealousy/ The Trigamist

S4 E15
Jan 18, 1981
A judge has feelings for a man she put on probation ... for being married to three women at once! Elsewhere on the ship, Vicky gets jealous when her father pays more attention to a budding romance, and Doc's love life suffers when a man thinks his wife is ready to give birth a bit early.

Gopher's Bride/ Workaholic/ On Second Thought

S4 E16
Jan 25, 1981
Doc's prank backfires when he writes love letters under Gopher's name, only to discover the female pen pal is a true beauty. Meanwhile, a man tries to salvage his relationship with his workaholic wife by avoiding temptation, and an innocent woman gets back at a man with less-than-innocent intentions.

Lose One, Win One/ For The Record/ Mind My Wife

S4 E17
Jan 31, 1981
When Doc tries to entertain his best friend's wife, he finds himself the subject of some unexpected advances. Meanwhile, an engagement may be on the rocks when a passenger encounters an old flame, and an escapading playboy may have finally found true love.

Humpty Dumpty/ Aquaphobiac/ Isaac And The Mermaids

S4 E18
Feb 08, 1981
Isaac tries to break into show business with help from some dynamic women (who happen to be played by The Pointer Sisters). Then, Julie has a bittersweet reunion with her college sweetheart (played by David Hasselhoff), while a passenger complicates things on the ship while confronting his fear of water.

Return Of The Ninny/ Split Personality/ Touchdown Twins

S4 E19
Feb 14, 1981
Now done with show business, Charo's character returns to the ship as a nanny who works for a family on board. Meanwhile, a woman finds out her son's best friend is in love with her, and a young man gets more than he bargained for when he discovers he's been wooing his employer's daughter.

Bugged/ Eye Of The Beholder/ Lady From Sunshine Gardens

S4 E20
Feb 21, 1981
A nudist has no interest wearing in clothes while on board and enlists an attorney to help her stay disrobed. Also on board, a woman is skeptical of her pursuer's intentions, and a divorced man thinks his room has been bugged.

Hometown Doc/ Clothes Make The Girl/ Black Sheep

S4 E21
Feb 28, 1981
Isaac's stuck in the middle when his con-artist uncle is involved in a counterfeiting scheme. Meanwhile, Doc is concerned about an engaged young doctor, and a mother places a high premium on keeping appearances.

Sally's Paradise/ I Love You Too, Smith

S4 E22
Mar 07, 1981
Gopher strikes up romance with an anticipated adversary, a hard-nosed customer agent. Elsewhere, a meddling mother tries to douse a new flame, and the ship's boutique manager is joined by her fiances. All THREE of them.

Two For Julie/ Aunt Hilly/ The Duel

S4 E23
Mar 14, 1981
The Captain's aunt comes aboard and tries to take his daughter Vicki away to become a "jet setter." Then, Doc is challenged to a duel by a beautiful woman's jealous lover. And Julie is stuck in the middle when two ambitious passengers try to make her choose between them.

Love With A Skinny Stranger/ Vicki And The Gambler/ That Old Gang Of Mine

S4 E24
Apr 11, 1981
When his daughter starts to admire a gambler, Capt. Stubing is worried she'll start to pick up his high-risk habits. Meanwhile, a handsome man discovers his new look is making his girlfriend jealous, and a band of bank robbers reunites to go after the ship's vault.

The Model Marriage/ Too Clothes For Comfort/ Original Sin/ This Year's Model/ Vogue Rogue - Part 1

S4 E25
May 03, 1981
Four of America's most-famous, real-life clothing designers Geoffrey Beene, Halston, Bob Mackie, and Gloria Vanderbilt guest star as themselves in this special two-hour episode. Then, just because there are models on board doesn't mean there's model behavior, as all sorts of fashionable shenanigans ensue.

The Model Marriage/ Too Clothes For Comfort/ Original Sin/ This Year's Model/ Vogue Rogue - Part 2

S4 E26
May 03, 1981
Dazzling high fashion, romance, intrigue and comedy reign on beautiful seas as the Love Boat sails with a star-studded guest cast on a thrilling cruise to Acapulco for a glamorous festival highlighted by a fashion show featuring four of America's most famous clothing designers Geoffrey Beene, Halston, Bob Mackie and Cloria Vanderbilt-- guest starring as themselves, in a special two-hour episode. Also starring in the fashion cruise are Anne Baxter, Morgan Brittany, Debra Clinger, Mike Connors, Christina Ferrare, Richard Gilliland, Jayne Kennedy, Dick Shvan, Bobby Short, Elke Sommer, Camilla Spary, McLean Stevenson and Robert Vaughn. Anne Baxter and McLean Stevenson guest star as owners of a model agency who find that their marriage is in serious trouble when their tempers flare over the use of one of their models (Camilla Sparv) who has captured the captain's eye. "A MODEL MARRIAGE," was written by Tony Webster. In "THIS YEAR'S MODEL," written by Richard Albrecht and Casey Keller, Julie becomes a show-stopper when she models in place of her beautiful model friend (Christina Ferrare) who has fallen in love. Robert Vaughn stars a cosmetics king Charles Paris, who is searching for a unique woman to represent his new product. When Paris meets a beautiful model (Morgan Brittany), accompanied by another knockout (Jayne Kennedy), it's a surprising event when the winner is announced. "ORIGINAL SIN" was written by Barry Blitzer. À handsome industrial spy (Mike Connors) sets out to relieve a beautiful designer (Elke Sommer) of her latest creations, but falls in love, in "VOGUE, ROGUE," written by Berry Blitzer. In "TOO CLOTHES FOR COMFORT," written by Richard Albrecht and Casey Keller, it's a battle of the wits when the daughter (Debra Clinger) of (Dick Shawn) loses his latest line with the help of the man she loves (Richard Gilliland).

Lost And Found/ Then There Were Two/ Maid For Each Other

S4 E27
May 10, 1981
Gopher's wealthy aunt tries to hide a secret from her new love interest, while a ship employee abandons his infant child in the captain's quarters. Also on board are two fun-loving bachelors (played by Joe Namath and Fred Willard) who learn money isn't everything.

Tony And Julie/ Separate Beds/ America's Sweetheart

S4 E28
May 17, 1981
Julie falls head-over-heels for a veterinarian and must make a big decision. Meanwhile, a divorced couple is forced to share a room, and Vicki gets to be a stand-in for a bratty TV star.