The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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A Tasteful Affair/Oh, Dale!/The Main Event 

Dale Reinhart pursues the girl who dumped him and dresses in drag to get the only available cabin. Bickering Maury and Stella Marshall get stuck in a elevator. Janette Bradford is followed by the P.I. her husband hired to keep tabs on her.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Kingsley
Susan Ridley
Maurice Marshall
Stella Marshall
Dale Riley / Reinhardt
Janette Bradford
Jenifer Shaw ...
Joanne Pringle
David Knapp ...
Lucas Bradford
Carl Daggett
Linda Daggett


Materialistic Joanne (Jenifer Shaw) dumps her boyfriend Dale Rheinhart (John Ritter) and goes on the cruise with a guy (Mark Thomas) she just met, who drives an expensive car. Dale tries to board but the only available slot can only given to a woman. So Dale steals luggage from female passengers, wears a dress, pretends to be a woman, while sharing a cabin with a woman (Tovah Feldshuh), who's also been dumped at the altar. Maurice and Stella Marshall (Sherman Hemsley and LaWanda Page) are constantly bickering, when they find themselves stuck in a elevator. Janette Bradford (Jaclyn Smith) needs time apart from her husband Lucas (David Knapp) and goes on the cruise, alone. But Lucas has hired P.I. Dennis Kingsley (Dennis Cole) to keep tabs on her. Written by

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1 October 1977 (USA)  »

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The Love Boat
Written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox
Performed by Jack Jones
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John Ritter And Jaclyn Smith Appears In It
21 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Tasteful Affair/Oh, Dale!/The Main Event is the 2nd episode of the first season of Love Boat. This is definitely one of the best episode they have.No question about it.The guest stars include John Ritter,Tovah Feldshuh,Sherman Hemsley, LaWanda Page,Dennis Cole and Jaclyn Smith.

It involves three subplots that includes a man who wants to win back his former girlfriend who dumped him.He followed her in the cruise but he later found out that the only passenger cabin left is a two- female passenger room.This prompt him to dress in a drag and poses a woman.Another subplot includes a quarreling couple that were trapped inside the elevator.Finally,there is another story wherein a business tycoon hires a detective for investigate his wife if she is having an affair.

John Ritter was definitely fantastic as the man who wanted to win his girlfriend back.He was definitely funny when posing a woman as he was definitely authentic and provides great acting. It was also montage of the role that he played in Three's Company.

Also,we get to see Jaclyn Smith and Dennis Cole as the wife and the business tycoon respectively.It is nice to see Jaclyn being the one investigated after she becomes involved in a successful women's detective show,Charlie's Angels.Also,she would be married to the man who portrayed her husband after this episode.

With Ritter and Smith appearing in it,this was definitely one of the best episodes of the show.

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