The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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Winner Take Love/The Congressman Was Indiscreet/Isaac's History Lesson 

Rick imperils his girlfriend Suzy's chances of winning a beauty contest. Reporter Robin tries to write a story on scandal-tainted Congressman Whitcomb. Stephanie balks at fellow passenger Virgil's boisterous behavior.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain Merrill Stubing
... Doctor Adam Bricker
... Ship's Purser 'Gopher' Smith
... Bartender Isaac Washington
... Cruise Director Julie McCoy
... Virgil 'Scattergun' Gibson
... Waldo Linden
... Robin Brandt
... Suzy Corbett
... Rick Leonard
... Congressman John Whitcomb
... Stephanie Hayden (as Vernée Watson)
... Jeanette Arnold
... Rita Almerez
Melissa Tennille ... Alma Hodges


A beauty contest on board ship divides a young couple (Maureen McCormick and Bobby Sherman); a proud black woman (Vernee Watson) is offended by the "Uncle Tomfoolery" of another passenger (Scatman Crothers); a reporter (Vicki Lawrence) tries to get a story on a scandal-tainted Congressman (Dick Van Patten). Written by anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





Release Date:

28 January 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the beginning Robin Brandt tells Julie that Congressman Whitcomb is about to be impeached. However, while members of Congress may be censured or expelled from office, they are never impeached. See more »


The Love Boat
Written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox
Performed by Jack Jones
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The infamous "Hambone" episode.
1 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Scatman Crothers, who as a working actor worked a lot (genuine respect for that, at least), took this guest starring role where he became the second coming of Willie Best. He teaches the entire crew the important lesson that racial stereotypes were long gone before the 70's, which is why Isaac could become a bartender on a cruise ship (also, don't question the idea that a PhD candidate would go on a cruise to research her thesis. The less you think about that or anything else, the happier you will be).

Meanwhile, Priscilla Barnes discovers that sexual assault can be powerfully romantic, while helping Maureen McCormick (Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!) win a beauty pageant, or something.

Pretty awful stuff, but no more awful than any other Season 1 episode.

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