A young American couple, the Ransomes, who are trying to salvage their troubled marriage, insist on booking passage on an old trans-Atlantic cruise liner. But other passengers try to persuade them to disembark immediately.
Eileen and Alan Ransome's marriage is going through a bad patch and they decide to go on a holiday to London. They insist on traveling by ship and book passage on the Lady Anne, an old ship that is not recommended by the travel agent but is leaving quite soon. When they arrive at the port terminal another passenger, McKenzie, says they've made a mistake and they shouldn't board. Another, Burgess, tries to warn them off as well and he and McKenzie offer them $10,000 to leave immediately. They find that all of the passengers are quite elderly but have a good deal of wisdom to dispense. They are more than a little taken aback when the captain puts them off the ship. They are rescued, but as for the Lady Anne...... Written by
Because of the large number of well-known actors in this episode, the closing theme featured a credit roll of cast names instead of the usual still frames. The remaining non-cast credits were then done with standard still frames. This was the only episode of the series to ever use a credit roll. See more »
Portrait of a honeymoon couple getting ready for a journey - with a difference. These newlyweds have been married for six years, and they're not taking this honeymoon to start their life but rather to save it, or so Eileen Ransome thinks. She doesn't know why she insisted on a ship for this voyage, except that it would give them some time, and she'd never been on one before - certainly never one like the Lady Anne. The tickets read 'New York to Southampton', but this old ...
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Pretty good suspenser. The Ransome's (Phillips & Van Patten) are an upscale young couple. Trouble is wife Eileen's unhappy because hubby Alan appears only interested in his work. So, to get some time together, she talks him into a slow-boat to London. Much to Alan's displeasure, the ship is a leaky old tub due for retirement. But Eileen wants to make the best of it, even when the other passengers are all gentrified 70-year olds trying to talk the young couple against sailing with them. So what's going on with this mysterious voyage, and why does there seem to be an age requirement.
These hour-long entries often had to pad to fill out the time slot. That's the case here for some of the conversations. Nonetheless, the premise keeps up interest as viewers try to guess where the Lady Anne is going and what the deal is with all the elderly passengers politely discouraging the youngsters from going along. It's also a good chance to catch a number of Hollywood's elegant oldsters on the same screen. But, it's really Van Patten who shines by going through a number of nicely shaded emotional stages. The upshot seems a little abrupt, but is, I guess, apt for the subject matter. All in all, it's a fairly suspenseful episode without being memorable.
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