The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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Soap Gets in Your Eyes/A Match Made in Heaven/Tugs of the Heart 

Gopher reconnects with a woman who once rejected his marriage proposal. A man with his own Guardian Angel discovers he has to make a personal sacrifice. An overprotective mother won't let her daughter date the man she wants.



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Episode cast overview:
Captain Merrill Stubing
Doctor Adam Bricker
Ship's Purser 'Gopher' Smith
Bartender Isaac Washington
Vicki Stubing
Ashley Covington Evans
Cruise Director Judy McCoy (as Patricia Klous)
Mrs. Tate (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
Susan Blanchard ...
Melanie Tate
David Swick
Dianne Kay ...
Leslie Palmer
Jack Davidson
Blair Chapman
Mr. Weatherby
Dancing Partner


A dead man (Bill Macy) must perform a totally selfless act to get into heaven, with an angel (Fritz Weaver) watching; Gopher (Fred Grandy) is leery of a girl (Dianne Kay), who rejected his marriage proposal years ago; a soap fan (Jayne Meadows) confuses a villainous character with the actor (Charles Frank) who plays him, when he and her daughter (Susan Blanchard) get together. Written by anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





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20 October 1984 (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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A Soap Opera Fan
24 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Love Boat: Soap Gets in Your Eyes/A Match Made in Heaven/Tugs of the Heart" is the fifth episode of the eighth season of The Love Boat.The actors and actresses appearing on it are Bill Macy,Fritz Weaver,Dianne Kay,Jayne Meadows,Charles Frank and Susan Blanchard.

The Pacific Princess goes into another cruise with interesting passengers on board.First,a dead man is going to perform a selfless act to get into heaven with an angel who is watching.Meanwhile,Gopher is feeling leery of a woman,who reject his marriage proposal many years ago.Added to that,a soap opera fan confuses the villainous character with the actor that portrays him when he and her daughter get together.

Well,it was a funny and humorous episode.There was a lot of fun and laughter in it.Particularly the soap fan who mistook that actor for the villainous character.Too bad that soap operas aren't that popular any more unlike when this episode was on air.

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