The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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The Joker Is Mild/Take My Granddaughter, Please/First Time Out 

Has-been comic Barry Keys asks Julie to let him entertain on board to return a favor. Mrs. Warner is determined to marry off her granddaughter Shirley. College pals bet on whether virginal Dan changes his status before the cruise ends.


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Episode cast overview:
Shirlee Warner (as Patty Duke Astin)
Barry Keys
Mrs. Warner
Dave King
Barbara Holmes
John Mark Robinson ...
W.K. Stratton ...
Meegan King ...
Robert Hackman ...
Freddy Stevens - Booking Agent (as Bob Hackman)


Ruth Gordon is the meddling grandmother to exasperated Patty Duke Astin and she is determined to marry off her granddaughter and quickly. An old and forgotten comedian (Phil Foster) asks cruise director Julie (Lauren Tewes) to let him do a stand-up bit in the showroom, to repay a debt of her dad, who he assisted once. Four college buddies are on board and they are kidding and placing bets as to whether the one who is a virgin (Robert Hegyes) will be able to change his status before the ship docks back in San Pedro; the virgin (Hegyes) and a fellow passenger (Maureen McCormick get together and he must decide whether to have sex in order to win the bet. Written by lemoviecritic

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





Release Date:

29 October 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The segment title is based upon Henny Youngman's signature joke, "Now take my wife. Please!" See more »


References The Joker Is Wild (1957) See more »


The Love Boat
Written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox
Performed by Jack Jones
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This episode of "The Love Boat" was pretty enjoyable after so many years
5 July 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

There used to be someone who used to write in the "SNL" forums of who hated Tina Fey who-when I realized none of Aaron Spelling's shows made the Time Top 100 TV shows-would exclaim that it was because they were all bad, I said I agreed with him but I thought they'd make at least the Top 100 Guilty Pleasures. He then replied that they weren't Guilty Plasures, more like Ordeals! Well, since he's always been a very blunt person, to him they would be. But, despite many lame comedy scenes and lines, I still get some enjoyment out of fluff like "The Love Boat". Anyway, the reason I decided to watch this one was because someone whose blog I frequent, Mark Evanier's, co-wrote one of this episode's segments. He mentioned how it was supposed to be close to something along the lines of an R-rated teen/college film and became more PG-rated when rewritten by someone else (who didn't get credit). That one ended up starring Robert Hegyes, of "Welcome Back, Kotter" which Evanier was a staff writer on, and Maureen McCormick. Like I said, partly lame if a little sweet. The other segments starred Phil Foster as an old comic who's seen better days...until Julie, whose father Foster helped, puts him in the show and gets raves when he does generation jokes. That one was a little better. Then there's Patty Duke Astin and Ruth Gordon in the familiar story of the mother trying to foist her daughter to someone professional, like Dr. Bricker, rather than to an old high school flame who's not so well off. That one was a bit too broadly played especially when Bernie Kopell's character tries to woo Ms. Duke Astin. However, Kopell did do a nice impersonation of both Hardy and Laurel when he did the "fine mess" phrase (though I'd like to point out it's actually "nice") and then scratching his head. Anyway, Mr. Evanier said he only wanted to see his credit and told his readers you're better off watching something he linked which turned out to be Stephen Colbert's hilarious pontificating of recent Republican politicians who were caught having adultery while the Democratic one who did so-a certain president-is the one whose popularity is still intact!

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