The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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The Love Lamp Is Lit/Critical Success/Rent a Family/Take My Boyfriend, Please/The Man in Her Life: Part 1 

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are among those on board for a charity cruise to benefit an orphanage. Show business legend Stella Logan (Ginger Rogers) rebuffs her ex-fiancé Elliott Norman... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders ...
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Paul Turner
Elliott Norman
Paul Turner's 'son'
Ed Hartnett
Nora Hayman
Mabel Higgins
Roz Kelly ...
Lola LaShane


The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are among those on board for a charity cruise to benefit an orphanage. Show business legend Stella Logan (Ginger Rogers) rebuffs her ex-fiancé Elliott Norman (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.), a tough theatre critic who has written a play for her and wants her to critique it but is afraid she'll reject it, due to his past treatment of her when they broke up. Divorcing Lou and Nora Hayman (Larry Linville and Gunilla Hutton) plot to steal fifty thousand dollars in gems that are hidden in a lamp, which is making the rounds of the crew members. Helen Ames (Dina Merrill) thinks that her daughter Wendy (Gaye Carter), a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, is trying to steal her boyfriend Bill Kelly (William Windom) from her. Childless bachelor Paul Turner (Bill Daily) hires actors to portray his wife, mother, and son (Roz Kelly, Patsy Kelly and Jackie Earle Haley) so that he can impress Ed Hartnett (John Hillerman), who only hires family men for his company. A complication ... Written by Maisie Fleckum

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





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10 November 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Hillerman (Higgins from Magnum P.I.) plays Natalie Schafer's (Lovey from Gilligan's Island) husband in this two part episode. In reality, John Hillerman is 32 years younger than Natalie Schafer. See more »


The Love Boat
Written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox
Performed by Jack Jones
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The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Appear As Passengers
18 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Critical Success / Love Lamp Is Lit, The / Take My Boy Friend, Please / Rent a Family / Man in Her Life – Part 1" is the first part of the ninth episode of the third season of The Love Boat.The guest stars appearing on this two-part episode are Bill Daily, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Jackie Earle Haley, John Hillerman, Gunilla Hutton, Patsy Kelly, Roz Kelly, Larry Linville, Dina Merrill, Ginger Rogers, Natalie Schäfer, Stephen Shortridge and William Windom.Also,included are the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders come on board as passengers on the Pacific Princess as they join a fundraiser for an orphanage at Acapulco.The stories involves some of the members of the group like one of them seeks the help of her friend on how to dodge a particular suitor,who has followed her in the ship.While another cheerleader's mother mistook that her daughter is trying take her boyfriend away from her.Meanwhile,a male passenger seeks a group of actors to portray his family members since his boss does not know that he really does not have a family at all.It only complicates his romance with one of the cheerleaders.As for a couple on the verge of divorce,they conspire together to steal a valuable gem inside the ship.Finally,a celebrity dancer/actress helping with the charity event decline's Captain Stubing's request to take part in the performance as her ex-fiancé happens to be a theater critic.But apparently,he intends to win her back for a play she has written.

This was an interesting episode especially with the presence of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.Their presence made it both entertaining and exciting.As for the other stories,it was nice to see Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Jackie Earle Haley appear as guests in this two- part episode.

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