The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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The Minister and the Stripper/Her Own Two Feet/Tony's Family 

Reverend Whitney's blind date faces scorn from parishioner Barbara Sharp. Bert Wilder helps his wife Audrey deal with being blind. Princess engineer Tony's vacation plans change, so Julie and Gopher invite his family on a free cruise.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gavin MacLeod ... Captain Merrill Stubing
Bernie Kopell ... Doctor Adam Bricker
Fred Grandy ... Ship's Purser 'Gopher' Smith
Ted Lange ... Bartender Isaac Washington
Lauren Tewes ... Cruise Director Julie McCoy
June Allyson ... Audrey Wilder
Vivian Blaine ... Barbara Sharp
Peter Graves ... Rev. Gerald Whitney
Van Johnson ... Bert Wilder
Roz Kelly ... Reverend Whitney's girlfriend
Larry Storch ... Tony Santini
Alan Young ... Phil Sharp
Mitzi Hoag ... Renata Santini
Tony La Torre Tony La Torre ... Angelo Santini
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Tony's Mother


Rev. Gerald Whitney (Peter Graves) is set up with a fellow passenger (Roz Kelly) by parishioner Barbara Sharp (Vivian Blaine). The blind date turns out to be an exotic dancer and faces scorn from the parishioner. Bert Wilder (Van Johnson) tries to help his wife Audrey (June Allyson) deal with her blindness. The Pacific Princess' engineer Tony Santini (Larry Storch) is forced to change his family vacation plans, so Julie (Lauren Tewes) invites Tony's family to a free cruise. Written by anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance







Release Date:

18 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bert Wilder (Van Johnson) refers to Bernie Kopell's character as "Dr. Brickner". The character's correct name is "Dr. Bricker". See more »


The Love Boat
Written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox
Performed by Jack Jones
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Another great pop culture connection on The Love Boat
20 June 2018 | by ben-thayerSee all my reviews

The Love Boat wasn't known for highbrow entertainment, but it was a fun series that offered a respite from other, more gritty offerings of the day. And one thing that made the series so enjoyable was the pairing of actors & actresses who had a history together, or as we fans of the series say, they had "pop culture connections". This episode's pop culture connection was one of the best of the entire run of the series, the pairing of golden-age MGM contract players Van Johnson and June Allyson, who made six films together during the 40s and 50s. In the segment "Her Own Two Feet", Johnson and Allyson play Bert and Audrey Wilder, a married couple facing a debilitating crisis - the loss of a spouse's sight and descent into blindness. Audrey Wilder has lost her sight, yet she refuses to acknowledge her condition. Her husband Bert desperately wants to help her, but the love for his wife is such that he can't bear to force her to admit she can't see. The segment is wonderfully poignant, and Johnson and Allyson still have that same onscreen chemistry that made them such a successful pair at MGM. The cast in this episode is very good, with Allen Young, Larry Storch, Peter Graves, Roz Kelly, and one of 20th Century Fox's great WWII beauties, Vivian Blaine, who is best known for her role in "Guys and Dolls". The two additional segments (The Minister and the Stripper, Tony's Family) are entertaining as well. Reverend Peter Graves falls for stripper Roz Kelly to the chagrin of one of his congregation, and the crew helps chief engineer Larry Storch stay on board the ship by stowing away his very large family. But the real standout in the episode is the pairing of Van Johnson and June Allyson. Two big stars from the golden age of MGM musicals, together again in an extremely moving story. Who could ask for more from a Love Boat episode?

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