The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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Julie's Old Flame/The Jinx/The Identical Problem 

Identical twins share a ticket and confuse Doc. Julie's old heartthrob is on the cruise alone but no longer married. And an old couple who honeymooned on the Titanic are thought to be a jinx as strange things happen to crew members.



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Episode cast overview:
Horace McDonald
Ellen / Helen Edwards
Buddy Stanfield
Henrietta McDonald
Mrs. Stanfield (as Alana Collins)


Identical twins Ellen and Helen Edwards (played by Diana Canova) have only one ticket so they've planned it out, courtesy of an alarm wrist watch, that only one of them is out of the room. This causes confounding and perplexing situations for Doc (Bernie Kopell) as Helen comes on to him, while her twin Ellen spurns him, creating some hilarious scenes. Julie's (Lauren Tewes) old heartthrob (David Hedison) is on the cruise by himself and as charming as she remembered but he was married at the time. And a delightful old couple (Ray Bolger and Harriet Nelson Nelson), who were married and survived their cruise on the Titanic, are thought to be a jinx, according to the old wive's tale as told by Gopher (Fred Grandy), as strange things begin to happen to crew members one by one. Written by lemoviecritic

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10 November 1977 (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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Your horny doctor
4 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes I need to remember that this show is basically a campy comedy and not written for thespians, which I'm clearly not, and not to take anything too seriously. As silly as this episode turned out to be, it was still mildly entertaining, and boasted some familiar faces including: Ray Bolger, Harriet Nelson, David Hedison, and Diana Canova. I'll give a very quick line or 2 about the 3 stories; Horris and Henrietta(Bolger and Nelson)are 2 old geezers who survived the Titanic, but they are considered jinxes because several mishaps happen to the crew whenever the couple's around. The weaker story has identical sisters(Canova)both taking turns seducing Dr. Bricker, who's just a tad unprofessional, if you ask me; the other story has Julie's old flame, who she calls Buddy, played by a bored and wooden Hedison, come aboard the ship, and she's stupid enough to think that he'll propose to her since he's recently divorced. To wrap this up, even though this episode bordered on the sublime at times, there was some mindless fun too.

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