Ellen and Jesse (Charlotte Rae and Charles Nelson Reilly) are beginning to get annoyed with each other and to find the cruise monotonous. Having been beaten during the games in Vancouver, Merrill Stubing's (Gavin MacLeod) competitive spirit kicks in and he becomes as tough as Gunner Norquist (Ted Knight) is, upsetting Vicki (Jill Whelan) and relentlessly driving his crew to physical exhaustion. Harry Meachum (Tom Bosley) romances Britta the masseuse (Priscilla Barnes), who tells him Gunner Norquist hired professional athletes to rig the games. When Merrill hears this, he bears down even harder, until Vicki persuades him to join the competition, personally, and race against Gunner on dog sleds in Ketchikan, Alaska. Megan Lewis (Mary Crosby) resents Dr. Skip Van Damme's (John James) workaholic tendencies and he finds that his Macho Mints doesn't work as planned.