The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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The Scoop/The Audit Couple/My Boyfriend's Back 

Uptight IRS agent Viola Penny audits Stubing, who tries to get her to loosen up. A tabloid reporter trails a female celebrity because he thinks she's meeting a secret lover. A honeymooner discovers her ex is on the ship and wants her back.




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Episode cast overview:
Captain Merrill Stubing
Doctor Adam Bricker
Ship's Purser 'Gopher' Smith
Bartender Isaac Washington
Cruise Director Julie McCoy
Ray Buktenica ...
Simon Scott
Jackie Landers
Viola Penny
Danny Lucas
Patricia Lucas
Jay Cavanaugh
Shane Butterworth ...
Billy Landers
David Matthau ...


An IRS agent (Phyllis Diller) comes on board to audit Capt. Stubing (Gavin MacLeod). Now, she's so uptight, Julie (Lauren Tewes) tells the Captain to try and get her to loosen up, which leads to a misunderstanding, which is worse than being audited. A female celebrity (Joyce DeWitt) comes on board and a tabloid reporter (Ray Buktenica) follows her because he thinks she's meeting someone, possibly a secret lover. A newlywed (Jennifer Salt), on her honeymoon, discovers her ex-boyfriend (Lyle Waggoner) is on the cruise and is trying to get her back. Written by

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





Release Date:

6 October 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Love Boat
Written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox
Performed by Jack Jones
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Captain Stubing's Being Audited
14 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Audit Couple, The / Scoop, The / My Boyfriend's Back" is the fourth episode of the third season of The Love Boat.The guest appearing on it are Phyllis Diller,Joyce DeWitt,Ray Buktenica,Richard Kline, Jennifer Salt, Lyle Waggoner,Shane Butterworth,David Matthau and Virginia Hawkins.

An auditor is a passenger of the said cruise of the Pacific Princess and begins to audit Captain Stubing.Also,we get to see a celebrity try to avoid a reporter at all cost as he intends to uncover her secret.Finally,a newly wed couple discover that the bride's former boyfriend is a passenger in the cruise and he is determined to win her back.

Well,there is nothing really new in this episode except the Captain being audited.A celebrity avoiding a reporter and a newly wed whose ex wants them back have been done before.But nevertheless,the number of guest appearing in the show has always been the attraction that made it so successful.

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