The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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The Captain and the Lady/One If by Land/Centerfold 

Stubing's ex-wife, who has remarried a cruise line exec, drives Stubing and crew crazy with demands. Former centerfold Sandy Rytell hides old nude photos from her fiancé. Jenny O'Brien tries to get her boyfriend Ron Baker to marry her.


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Episode cast overview:
Sandy Rytell (as Meredith Baxter-Birney)
Stacy Skogstad, Captain's Ex-Wife
Shelly Novack ...
Congressman Brad Brockway
Lorraine Hoffman
Brenda Sykes ...
Ginny O'Brien
Ronald Baker
Robert Symonds ...
Aubrey Skogstad
Gertrude Flynn ...
Mrs. Pendleton
College Guy
Ted Chapman ...
Man with the Burning Magazine


The Captain's (Gavin MacLeod) ex-wife (Bonnie Franklin), who is now married to one of the cruise lines' executives, comes on board and is walking all over him and he's letting her. A woman (Meredith Baxter), who's engaged to a congressman (Shelly Novack), upon learning that a nude photo she had taken years ago is coming out in a magazine, tries to make sure he doesn't see it. And a woman (Brenda Sykes), who wants to get married but her boyfriend (Jimmie Walker), who just wants things to stay as they are, follows her wherever the ships docks. Written by

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Comedy | Drama | Romance




Release Date:

24 September 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was a case of life imitating art. One of the stories involves a woman (played by Meredith Baxter) who had posed nude years before when she was young and desperate and was now trying to hide the fact. As it would later come out Suzanne Somers had posed for Playboy under the same circumstances back in 1970. After she became a household name from the success of Three's Company (1976), Playboy published the photos, despite her attempts to prevent it. See more »

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The First Episode Of A Ten Season Show
21 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Captain and the Lady / One If by Land / Centerfold" is the 1st episode of the first season of Love Boat. After the cast has been solidified in the previous TV movie,the show now starts its 10- season run with this episode. The guest stars for this particular episode are:Jimmie Walker, Suzanne Somers, Brenda Sykes, Shelly Novack

Captain Stubing is on a dilemma after he finds out that his ex-wife is a passenger on this particular cruise with her new husband who happens to be a cruise line executive.Apparently,they have not resolved their separation and have not ended their marriage amicably and makes life difficult for the crew of the ship.

A future wife of a politician appeared in an erotic magazine a few years back.She is afraid that it will hurt his future husband's political career so she is making an effort to get all copies of the said magazine and tries to keep it from him.She finally decides to confess everything to him in the end.

A passenger Ginny O'Brien is being tracked by her ex-boyfriend through all the ports where the cruise passes.Unfortunately,he won't commit to marriage which is the reason why she dumped him.

The first episode was pretty good.Obviously,marriage becomes the primary theme of all subplots which provided good entertainment and more character information on Captain Stubing being a divorcée.

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