The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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The Captain's Captain/Romance Roulette/Hounded (A Dog's Life) 

The Captain's father drives Merrill nuts, then takes a liking to crew member P.J. Muldoon. Passenger Donald Flanders is trapped in his cabin by an attack dog. Three college friends play romantic games with the ship's repairman's feelings.



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Episode cast overview:
Captain Merrill Stubing
Doctor Adam Bricker
Ship's Purser 'Gopher' Smith
Bartender Isaac Washington
Cruise Director Julie McCoy
Donald M. Flanders
P. J. Muldoon
Regina Parker
Merrill Stubing, Sr. / 'Stubby'
Vincent Baggetta ...
Frank Vallone the plumber (as Vince Baggetta)
Beth Luckner
Susan Heldfond ...
Toby Chapman


When the Captain's father (Phil Silvers) comes on board, he drives his son nuts, so the Captain asks the crew to run interference. The Captain's father then meets one of the crew's staff (Judy Canova) and takes a liking to her. A passenger (Gary Burghoff) finds himself trapped in his cabin, when an attack dog comes on board, gets in his cabin and won't let him out. And three women (Jane Curtin, Joanna Kerns and Susan Heldfond), who were college friends, decide to play a game wherein they get a guy to say a word and, if he says it, they should hook up with that guy. And one of them (Curtin), gets the ship's repairman (Vincent Baggetta) to say it. Written by

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





Release Date:

26 November 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the final scene, when Stubby and PJ are saying their goodbyes to the crew, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen bobbing around on the bulkhead behind the players, off of Stubby's right shoulder. See more »


The Love Boat
Written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox
Performed by Jack Jones
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The Captain's Father Visits The Passenger Cruise Ship
1 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Captain's Captain / Romance Roulette / Hounded (A Dog's Life)" is the ninth episode of the first season of The Love Boat. The guest stars appearing in it are:Jane Curtin, Susan Heldfond, Joanna Kerns,Phil Silvers,Judy Canova,Gary Burghoff,David Landsberg and Vince Baggetta.

The stories in it includes three women who are trying to dump their respective fiancés.The father of the Captain's ship visits his son on the passenger cruise which placed all the crew members of the ship on the edge but falls for head over heels with a gallery cook.Finally,we get to see a security dog who accidentally trapped a passenger inside his bathroom of his cabin.

This was another good light-hearted episode and an enjoyable one at that.Also,it was fun to see M.A.S.H. cast member Phil Silvers as one of the guest of the show.

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