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Play by Play/Cindy/What's a Brother For? 

A woman with a stepmother and two stepsisters gets a chance to shine thanks to Gopher. A sportscaster woman gets surprised by her sexist TV partner and challenges him to a contest. A man with his handicapped brother meets a beautiful woman.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Captain Merrill Stubing
Doctor Adam Brinker
Ship's Purser 'Gopher' Smith
Bartender Isaac Washington
Cruise Director Julie McCoy
Cindy Jerome
Bud Pomeroy
Peggy Rossmore
Tom Benton
Margaret Jerome
Preston Maddox
Kris Hayley
Matt Benton
Rhonda Bates ...
Sue-Sue Jerome
Lila Kent ...
Dee-Dee Jerome


Cindy Jerome (Melissa Sue Anderson), who is traveling with her stepmother Margaret (Carolyn Jones) and stepsisters Sue-Sue (Rhonda Bates) and Dee-Dee (Lila Kent), gets a chance to shine, thanks to both Gopher (Fred Grandy) and popular singer Preston Maddox (Frank Sinatra Jr.). Sportscaster Peggy Rossmore (Lynda Day George) gets surprised by her sexist TV partner Bud Pomeroy (Christopher George) and challenges him to a contest, with the loser resigning from the team and looking for a new job. Tom Benton (Tom Hallick) is traveling with his handicapped brother Matt (Patrick Wayne) and meets beautiful fellow passenger Kris Hayley (Joan Van Ark). Written by

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27 October 1979 (USA)  »

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When Isaac and Gopher encounter Preston n the hallway, they greet him with "Hi Frank!" The character was played by Frank Sinatra Jr. See more »


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Great Guests But Poor Stories
17 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Cindy / Play by Play / What's a Brother For?" is the seventh episode of the third season of The Love Boat.Melissa Sue Anderson Carolyn Jones, Rhonda Bates,Lila Kent,Frank Sinatra Jr.,Christopher George, Linda Day George,Tom Hallick and Joan Van Ark appeared as guest stars in it.

Gopher started to play a fairy godmother to a young girl,who was vacationing with her step family,as he gets her to an audition with a famous young singer.Meanwhile,an athletic couple are going to compete against each other in several events to determine who happens to be the weaker sex.Finally,a man,who is traveling with an invalid brother,meets a young woman whom he falls in love with.As he spends a lot of time with her,the invalid brother gets neglected.

This episode has a nice set of guest from real husband-and-wife Christopher George and Lynda Day George as well as Joan Van Ark and Melissa Sue Anderson.And what about Frank Sinatra,Jr? Unfortunately,the writers did not provide us a good stories that made the episode more of seeing these celebrities appear as guests rather than the characters they are portraying.

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