The Love Boat: Season 1, Episode 12

The Old Man and the Runaway/The Painters/A Fine Romance (24 Dec. 1977)

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An older man finds a teenage stowaway in his bathroom. Julie falls for one of her brother's friends, whose cabin mate urges him to pursue her. Julie hires inept painters to paint the Captain's suite in his favorite color.

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Episode credited cast:
Franklyn Bootherstone
Mickey O'Day
Sean McGlynn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bayn Johnson ...
Nancy Brown


Will Geer is pitch perfect as the irascible old gentleman who finds a fifteen-year-old girl, who is a stowaway in his bathroom. There is lots of banter between him and the scamp, Bayn Johnson. One of Julie's brother's friends (Anson Williams) is looked at with interest by Julie, no longer a young scamp, herself, with braces. His cabin mate is an older Lothario (Tom Poston), urging him to put the moves on Julie. Julie arranges for two "professional" painters (Pat Morita and Arte Johnson) to paint the Captain's suite with his favorite longed-for color, "Singapore Sunset Saffron". Written by lemoviecritic

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Comedy | Romance




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Floated nicely
21 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pardon the pun right above you, but this was a very good episode that flowed nicely, and was more funny than cheesy, and had many familiar faces. I'll give very brief comments on all 3 segments without trying to bore you, dear reader, but 2 of them were solid, and 1 was more comedic relief. Here goes: the first story starred Will Geer as a cranky, but funny geezer looking to deal with the recent death of his wife, and he was very surprised to find a runaway/stowaway in his cabin, played by someone named Bayn Johnson, whose acting career ended about a month later. I thought they had good chemistry together and were very patient with each other, as this segment was probably the highlight of this episode. The other episode I enjoyed starred both Tom Poston, who's on the trail for any piece of tail he can get, and Anson Williams, who just happened to be old friends of Julie's; quite the coincidence, eh? He actually spurns her many advances for a specific reason, and the scene where she finds out was a very moving one at that; regarding Julie, I think she and the other crew members should act a little more professional and not try getting involved romantically with passengers. The other story, although it was more of a scene or 2, stars Arte Johnson and Pat Morita as painters in charge of painting the captain's cabin, and they kept making mistakes. This was the weakest of all the stories, and even though it wasn't that bad, it just wasn't up to par with the others and seemed slightly out of place.

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