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The Expedition/Julie's Wedding/The Mongala/Julie's Replacement/The Three R's/The Professor's Wife: Part 1 

Julie (Lauren Tewes) prepares to marry her fiancé Tony Selkirk (Anthony Andrews) during a stopover in Sydney, Australia. She asks Vicki (Jill Whelan) to be her bridesmaid; Doc (Bernie Kopell... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Selkirk
Delvene Delaney ...
Cruise Director Yvonne Petty
Dr. Jill McGraw
Ralph Sutton
Elizabeth The Koala ...
Elizabeth The Koala
Deke Donner
Dr. Barry Mason
Connie Wilker
Vivian Endler


Julie (Lauren Tewes) prepares to marry her fiancé Tony Selkirk (Anthony Andrews) during a stopover in Sydney, Australia. She asks Vicki (Jill Whelan) to be her bridesmaid; Doc (Bernie Kopell), Gopher (Fred Grandy) and Isaac (Ted Lange) to be her ushers; and Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod) to give her away. Award-winning anthropologist Milo Endler (Harry Morgan) and Vivian (Katherine Helmond), his wife of fifteen years, are on their way to a dig in the South Pacific. Milo's disgraced colleague Deke Donner (José Ferrer) once embezzled a university's money to bet on the horses at the racetrack. In the South Pacific, Deke plans to present Milo with what could be the find of the century: a Mongala (Patrick Ward), a missing evolutionary link between animals and humans. But Milo is so busy with his work that he neglects frustrated Vivian, who takes a liking to Captain Stubing. New Zealand rancher Ralph Sutton (Patrick Duffy) has a secret that he won't share with English teacher and fellow ... Written by Maisie Fleckum

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10 October 1981 (USA)  »

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The Sea Princess, on which this episode took place, was originally the Kungsholm, a Swedish American Line vessel. It was purchased in 1979, refit, and was renamed Sea Princess, sailing out of Australia until 1982. The current Princess Cruises Sea Princess, a much larger, elaborate, and streamlined ship, was commissioned in 1998 and is still in service. See more »


Professors Endler and Donner call the Mongala that they've captured the "missing link". Assuming that there really is a missing link, it would be a fossilized skeleton in a rock formation, and not some living creature. No reputable scientists would make such a ridiculous mistake. See more »


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Written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox
Performed by Jack Jones
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Julie Prepares To Get Married
31 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Expedition / Julie's Wedding / The Mongala / Julie's Replacement / The Three Rs / The Professor's Wife – Part 1" is the first part of the opening episode of the fifth season of The Love Boat. The guest stars include Anthony Andrews, Patrick Duffy, Michelle Phillips, Delvene Delaney, Donna Dixon, Elizabeth the Koala, José Ferrer, Harry Morgan, Gary Frank, Jenilee Harrison, Katherine Helmond, Tiny the Kangaroo, Queenie Ashton, Patrick Ward and Brendan Lunney.

Cruise Director Julie McCoy is on preparation to marry her fiancé when they make a stopover at Sydney.Vicki will be acting as a bridesmaid.Captain Stubing will be giving her away.The others - Gopher,Doc and Isaac - will be the ushers.Meanwhile,Gopher and Doc will try to win the heart of the new cruise director replacing Julie.An anthropologist gives a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to a former colleague that was recently disgraced and neglects his wife in the process.A rancher catches the eye of a pretty girl.

Well,it was nice to see Julie to be getting married soon in the opener of the fifth season.Let's see what happens in the second part of the opener especially with Gopher and Doc becoming rivals to the heart of the new cruise director.

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