The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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The Harder They Fall/The Spider Serenade/Next Door Wife 

Gopher dates passenger Claire Dalrymple, who tells him she's separated. Carol Hanson tries to pry her ex-husband Chet away from his girlfriend Kim by rooming next door. Ex-boxers Ed Taylor and Jack McTigue renew their decades-old rivalry.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Ed 'Flash' Taylor
Kim Patterson
Jack McTigue (as Alan Hale)
Sylvia McTigue
Helen Taylor
Carol Hanson
Claire Dalrymple
Nelson Finner


Gopher's (Fred Grandy) new love, passenger Claire Dalrymple (Jill St. John), tells him that she is married but separated from her husband (Robert Sampson); Carol Hanson (Joanna Pettet) brings divorce papers to her husband Chet (James MacArthur) and his girlfriend Kim (Susan Buckner) and is also on the cruise and has the cabin next door to theirs; old boxing rivals Ed Taylor (Milton Berle) and Jack McTigue (Alan Hale Jr.) have a boxing rematch. Written by anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





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8 December 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Knocking Out The Referee
1 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Spider Serenade, The / Next Door Wife / Harder They Fall" is the thirteenth episode of the third season of The Love Boat.The guest stars appearing are Jill St. John,James MacArthur,Susan Buckner,Joanna Pettet,Milton Berle, Alan Hale Jr.,Nancy Kulp,Sheila MacRae and Robert Sampson.

The Pacific Princess once again is on an interesting cruise as it was filled with many interesting passengers.One of them happens to be a married but separated lady whom Gopher fall for.Also,we meet another male passenger who has is traveling with his fiancée but unknowingly finds his ex-wife in the next door cabin.Meanwhile,two cruise executives happen to be former middleweights who knocked out the referee.Both decided to settle things which made their respective wives upset.Unfortunately,the meet in another boxing match that had the same result: the referee gets knocked out.

The boxing match definitely provided a lot of fun and entertainment.Also,it was also nice to see Gopher take the spotlight among the crew members when it comes to a romantic interlude.

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