The Love Boat: Season 2, Episode 13

El Kid/The Last Hundred Bucks/Isosceles Triangle (9 Dec. 1978)

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Larry and Cybill Hartman (Robert Urich and Heather Menzies-Urich) wanted to adopt a baby but end up with Pepito, a streetwise orphan (Gabriel Melgar); Doc and Stubing fall for Julie's ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Van Milner
Dena Dietrich ...
Renee Larsen
Wes Larsen
April Dunlevy
Gabriel Melgar ...
Cybill Hartman (as Heather Menzies)
Karen Maynard
Larry Hartman
Victor Millan ...
Father Ramos
David Clover ...
Pete Milner


Larry and Cybill Hartman (Robert Urich and Heather Menzies-Urich) wanted to adopt a baby but end up with Pepito, a streetwise orphan (Gabriel Melgar); Doc and Stubing fall for Julie's friend, Karen Maynard (Connie Stevens); Wes and Renee Larson (Dave Madden and Dena Dietrich) and their friend, April Dunlevy, (Rue McClanahan) plan a business deal with a former executive (Dabney Coleman), who is a fraud. Written by Maisie Fleckum

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Comedy | Drama | Romance




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9 December 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Dabney Coleman and Rue McClanahan make this episode worth watching
27 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The synopsis for this is wrong regarding matching titles to their stories, btw.

"El Kid" had Robert Urich and his real-life wife Heather Menzies-Urich as a couple going to Mexico to pick up an adopted baby. Now this really makes no sense because most people would have flown down and back. They've set up the cabin like a nursery, complete with crib! What if the baby became sick and needed something more than a ship's doctor? Of course, what happens is they get down there and the Padre tells them that the mother decided to keep her baby. In a little Padre bait-and-switch, he tells them there's another child who needs a home, a boy named Pepito (who just swiped Urich's sunglasses) and who is basically a sticky-fingered thief. After remarkably little convincing, they decide to take him instead. Plot from there is predictable.

However, "The Last Hundred Bucks" with Dabney Coleman and Rue McClanahan make the episode worth watching. Coleman is Van Milner, an ad exec who had been fired from the company he created and hasn't found work for over a year due to age discrimination. He decides to blow the rest of his money on a cruise. He runs into a friend, Wes and his wife, who have brought along a friend, April (McClanahan). April's mind can't seem to get off her business (she's in charge of a hospital), even while on vacation. The couple set her up with Van hoping she be distracted away from her business worries. None of the other three realize Van will soon be down to his last hundred bucks. As Van and April are falling for each other, Van makes the mistake of tell his fair-weather friend Wes of his plight and asks him for a job. April who has been worrying about marketing the hospital talks to Van about hiring him. But Wes pulls her aside later and tells her about Van before he can tell her himself. Wes makes it sound like Van may be romancing her just to get a job. She breaks up with him and a despondent Van puts his last hundred dollars on a roulette table and amazingly (yes, but it's Love Boat) wins back several thousand dollars while April looks on, flabbergasted. Even more so when he takes his winnings and give it to April for the hospital. Of course, everything works out from there.

The third story is a bit of silliness called the "Isosceles Triangle" where the Captain and Doc vie for Julie's friend, played by Connie Stevens. Gopher and Issac have a bet on who will win.

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