Charlie's Angels (1976–1981)
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Angels at Sea 

The Angels & Bosley work together on a case involving a series of supposed accidental deaths taking place aboard a luxury cruise ship, & when they discover who is responsible for the deaths, the situation becomes explosive.


Allen Baron


Ivan Goff (created by), Ben Roberts (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Kate Jackson ... Sabrina Duncan
Farrah Fawcett ... Jill Munroe (as Farrah Fawcett-Majors)
Jaclyn Smith ... Kelly Garrett
David Doyle ... John Bosley
Frank Gorshin ... Harry Dana
John Myhers John Myhers ... Captain
David Watson David Watson ... Tom Lavin
Harold J. Stone ... John Strauss
Katie Hopkins Zerby Katie Hopkins Zerby ... Jerian Mayer
Michael Irving Michael Irving ... Jack Armetage
Bill McLean ... Mr. Gow
Meg Wyllie ... Mrs. Gow
Louie Elias Louie Elias ... Fred Couper
James Phipps James Phipps ... Honeymooner
Carol Irene Newell Carol Irene Newell ... Honeymooner (as Carol Newell)


Despite the danger of the case associated with its isolated nature with nowhere to escape if problems arise, the Angels and Bosley agree to accept the case of John Strauss, the owner of a cruise ship line. There have been murders on each of his ships' sailings over the past six months, all of a different nature with seemingly random victims, with no one accepting responsibility and thus no known rationale for wanting to harm people on board. Although they realize that it in and of itself may not be an indication of the murderer's identity, they begin with the short list of people who were on each of the cruises as the suspects: Chief Engineer Fred Couper; Jerian Mayer, the lounge singer; the Purser, Tom Lavin; and Harry Dana, another lounge performer of the comedian and mind reader variety. Before the Angels and Bosley board the Belle Helene to set sail, they are already behind the eight ball as the murderer leaves them a calling card indicating that he/she knows they have been hired ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

23 March 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the "Bosley dummy" falls from the crow's nest, the Angels run the wrong way. They end up closer to the dummy than they would have had just stayed where they were. See more »


Kelly is hidden from Harry Dana's view when he attempts to destroy fingerprint evidence from the "Live Steam" valve handle. Yet, when he closes the access door, he leaves even more fingerprints on the door, twice. It is unclear if Kelly ever noted this fact; she never mentioned it, and, no one ever "dusted" those prints. See more »


Charles Townsend: [on speakerphone] There's a significant difference between this and all the other high risk cases you've been on. The other times you could walk, run or crawl to the nearest exit. But not this time. Not even Angels can walk home from the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »


You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Written by Stevie Wonder
[Jerian (Katie Hopkins Zerby) sings the song in the cruise's floor show]
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Lost at Sea: Seafaring Angels Anchored By Lousy Script
10 October 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

One of the weaker episodes from the detective series' otherwise sterling first season concerns an unknown, disgruntled cruise ship employee who is killing off innocent passengers, thereby giving the cruse-line a bad reputation and putting them in financial straits. Charlie warns Sabrina, Jill, and Kelly that taking on this assignment--as passengers, and potential sitting ducks--may be the most dangerous mission they've ever had...the ladies even vote whether or not to accept! They do, but new identities are not needed: someone pins a dummy with a warning message to the office door (which is never cleared up by the end, but never mind). The writing here is so thin that there's really no question who the maniac is, but the Angels still look good in their bathrobes rushing around shipboard corridors with their guns drawn. That's the main appeal here, not the camp-twist with Frank Gorshin as a clairvoyant and celebrity impressionist. Gorshin seems to think he's mining Emmy gold with this hammy performance, and the camera just sits on him while he goes into his schizoid arias. Jaclyn Smith (in an all-black leotard) gets to play dead at one point, which is fun, and Bosley's brief encounter with the killer leaves him stripped to the buff. The big finale involves three very intricately-designed time bombs (one for each Angel to diffuse!), but no one ever asks how the killer managed to construct such devices, not to mention bring them aboard ship and hide them in strategic places. For that matter, how exactly do doors open and close (and lock) all by themselves, and why doesn't one unfortunate couple do what Kelly does when the doors shut: climb up through the ceiling? The likable camaraderie between the Angels keeps this episode together. Really, you can't fake chemistry on the screen--the camera is too sharp--and Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors and Jaclyn Smith appear to have a friendship that goes beyond turgid scripts like this. They transcend the tackiness, although this episode nearly leaves them all at sea.

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