The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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Too Hot to Handle/Family Reunion/Cinderella Story 

Stories include: a reprobate steward (Bob Crane), cute honeymooners (Kathy Bates, John Rubinstein), and a financially strapped supermarket cashier (Bruce Solomon) posing as a wealthy, advertising executive.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Allison
Dori Brenner ...
Wendy Bradley
Edward 'Teddy' Anderson
Cynthia Loudon
Everett Loudon
Sam Bradley
George Allison
Bruce Solomon ...
Bill Edwards
Greg Beatty
Ginger LeDoux


A reprobate steward (Bob Crane) is reunited with his long-lost daughter (Dori Brenner), who is traveling with her husband (Robert Hays); two honeymooners (Kathy Bates and John Rubinstein) encounter several mishaps during the cruise; a financially-strapped supermarket assistant manager (Bruce Solomon), traveling with his wife (Judy Luciano), poses as a wealthy, advertising executive. Written by anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





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7 January 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final acting credit for Bob Crane. Six months later he appeared as himself on a celebrity cooking show and then passed away a week later. See more »


Julie's uniform changes (from white with blue blouse to blue with red blouse) in consecutive scenes when passengers are embarking at the beginning, and again when passengers are disembarking at the end. See more »


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.81 (2011) See more »


The Love Boat
Written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox
Performed by Jack Jones
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Kathy Bates Appear As Guest Star
4 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Love Boat: Too Hot to Handle/Family Reunion/Cinderella Story is the thirteenth episode of The Love Boat.Guest stars include John Rubinstein,Kathy Bates,Bruce Solomon,Judy Luciano,Bob Crane,Dori Brenner,Robert Hays, Don DeFore, David White, Victoria Carroll, Earl Montgomery, and Rosemary DeCamp.

The stories include a newly-wed that experienced a nightmare during their honeymoon. Also,we get to see a supermarket assistant manager traveling with his wife who tried to pretend as a hot-shot executive that irked a lot of the ship's crew.This happened after they were upgraded from a modest suite into a luxurious suite without consulting Captain Stubing. Finally,we get to meet a ship's steward who gets reunited with his long lost daughter.

We get to see a lot of interesting stories in it especially the couple who got upgraded into the luxurious suite.It was definitely funny as we see them make life difficult to the ship's crew.As for the others,they weren't disappointing as well.It was nice to see Kathy Bates appear as a guest star in it.

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