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The Man in the Iron Shorts/The Victims/Heavens to Betsy 

Gopher (Fred Grandy) returns from vacation with a new girlfriend, named Gail Cowler (Taylor Miller), who is a history teacher. He also has a trunk carrying a suit of armor, which he dons in... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Sharon Gabet ...
Laura Tensley
Webb Jones
Denise Miller ...
Vanessa Heinsley
Taylor Miller ...
Gail Cowler
Reverend David Ruland
Beatrice 'Betsy' Dunvar
Joan Heinsley


Gopher (Fred Grandy) returns from vacation with a new girlfriend, named Gail Cowler (Taylor Miller), who is a history teacher. He also has a trunk carrying a suit of armor, which he dons in order to impress her. But when Isaac (Ted Lange) tries to help him get out of the suit, he breaks the bolt and traps Gopher inside. Captain Stubing's (Gavin MacLeod) longtime friend Joan Heinsley (Ruth Warrick) was widowed in a drunk driving accident, years earlier. The pain of losing her husband never completely healed and now intensifies as her daughter Vanessa (Denise Miller) falls for Webb Jones Junior (Laurence Lau), the son of the drunk driver who took Joan's husband's life. Reverend David Ruland (Robert Pine) leads a mission study society on board the cruise, but two of his members, Betsy Dunvar (Janine Turner) and Laura Tenley (Sharon Gabet), are smitten with him. Written by Maisie Fleckum

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





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27 November 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Episode guest stars were primarily actors on ABC soaps. Ruth Warrick, Laurence Lau, and Taylor Miller from All My Children, Sharon Gabet from The Edge of Night and Janine Turner from General Hospital. See more »


At the end, Gopher's lady friend says it is a good thing she is a fan of the Medieval era and not the Cenozoic era, implying that the Cenozoic era was a long time ago. While that era began some 60 million years ago, it continues through the present day. See more »


The Love Boat
Written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox
Performed by Jack Jones
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Soap Opera Stars And CHiPs Mainstay Robert Pine Appear Once More As Guests
4 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Man in the Iron Shorts/The Victims/Heavens to Betsy" is the 8th episode in this sixth year of The Love Boat. The guest stars appearing are Sharon Gabet, Laurence Lau, Denise Miller, Taylor Miller, Robert Pine, Janine Turner and Ruth Warrick.

Gopher comes back with new girlfriend.They bought some swimwear as they intend to swim together during the cruise.One day,Isaac comes to assists the new girlfriend in her suite which leaves and trapped Gopher behind inside.Meanwhile,we get to meet the long-time friend of Captain Stubing who lost her husband to death due to drunk driving.She experiences more pain currently as her daughter falls for the son of the drunk driver who took her husband's life.Finally,a preacher leads a mission study in the cruise but two members hate him.

Well,we get to experience some humorous and melodramatic stories.It is good because there are soap opera stars such as Ruth Warrick, Laurence Lau, Taylor Miller,Sharon Gabet,and Janine Turner are appearing as guests.Back in the day, soap operas are well-known and a big hit unlike today wherein the remaining soaps - The Young And The Restless,The Bold And Beautiful,General Hospital, and The Days Of Our Lives - are basically trying to survive as this review is being written.It is nice to see them in a humorous melodramatic stories at The Love Boat.Added to that,it is also nice to see CHiPs mainstay Robert Pine among the guest stars.

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