The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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New York, A.C./Live It Up/All's Fair in Love and War 

Three divorced men (Edd Byrnes, Fabian, Bobby Sherman) swear off serious relationships; a married man's girlfriend gives him an ultimatum.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Archie Phillips
Joe Baylor
Kate Ladell
Ron Carter
Harv Selsby ...
Miss Nelson
Jensen Collier ...
Miss Tyler


Divorced buddies Archie Phillips (Edd Byrnes), Joe Baylor (Fabian) and Ron Colton (Bobby Sherman) are paying heavy alimony, so they have sworn off serious relationships and formed the New York Alimony Club, to prevent each other from getting serious with a woman. But realtor Kate Ladell (Annette Funicello), who has just received a free cruise as a reward for her outstanding sales record this year, meets them and may challenge their system. Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod) has just delivered a eulogy for a childhood friend named George, who died suddenly. Now, Stubing feels depressed and has decided to live every day as if it were his last. New Yorker Jim (Ron Ely) is having an extra-marital affair with Californian Laura (Jill St. John), who claims to be the secret in Jim's secret life and wants to end the affair. But, Jim is happy with the current situation, so Laura issues an ultimatum. Written by Maisie Fleckum

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





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20 February 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Love Boat
Written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox
Performed by Jack Jones
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Love Stories Abound
14 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"New York, A.C./Live It Up/All's Fair in Love and War" is the 17th episode of the fifth season of The Love Boat. Edd Byrnes,Fabian,Bobby Sherman,Annette Funicello,Ron Ely and Jill St. John are the actors and actresses that appear as guests on it.

Three divorced men namely Archie Phillips, Joe Baylor, and Ron Colton are paying a lot of money for alimony.That made them avoid serious relationships.But a realtor Kate Ladell meets them and will find out how long they can resist it.Meanwhile,Captain Stubing feels depressed during these days after his childhood friend just passed away.Finally,Laura is having an extra-marital affair with Jim but the former gives an ultimatum to the relationship to prove if the latter truly means what he says about the happiness that Laura brings in his life.

It was interesting that love stories abound in this episode in addition to Captain Stubing's depression.But it still fell short of entertainment.Maybe I just have to remind myself that this episode is shown 35 years ago.With the many problems facing the average American, escapism is no longer a treat and the economic difficulties and hardships that one must be facing are really troubling.

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