The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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The Italian Cruise: The Venetian Love Song/Down for the Count/Arrividerci, Gopher/The Arrangement: Part 1 

The crew goes to Italy to work on a cruise ship there. Among the passengers is a family whose patriarch and matriarch (Ernest Borgnine and Shelley Winters) originally came from Italy and ... See full summary »


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Wilford Lloyd Baumes (developed by) (as W.L. Baumes), Mike Marmer | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Gavin MacLeod ... Captain Merrill Stubing
Bernie Kopell ... Doctor Adam Bricker
Fred Grandy ... Ship's Purser 'Gopher' Smith / Guido
Ted Lange ... Bartender Isaac Washington
Jill Whelan ... Vicki Stubing
Lauren Tewes ... Cruise Director Julie McCoy
Candice Azzara ... Carmen Rosselli (as Candy Azzara)
David Birney ... Paulo De Matzee
Meredith Baxter ... Francesca Randall (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
Ernest Borgnine ... Dominic Rosselli
Rossano Brazzi ... Signor Falzoni (as Rosanno Brazzi)
John James ... Roberto Di Nardi / Enzo Carducci
Christopher Norris ... Angelica Franchini
Marie Osmond ... Maria Rosselli
Shelley Winters ... Teresa Rosselli


The crew goes to Italy to work on a cruise ship there. Among the passengers is a family whose patriarch and matriarch (Ernest Borgnine and Shelley Winters) originally came from Italy and accompanying them are their 2 daughters (Candice Azzara and Meredith Baxter) and granddaughter (Marie Osmond). Into the trip, the couple bicker to the point that they're considering separating. One of the daughters (Baxter) is meeting someone on a sort of blind date but, not known to her, is a gigolo (David Birney). And the granddaughter (Osmond), who's been promised to another guy back home, meets a local (John James) and is attracted to him. And Gopher meets a local woman (Christopher Norris), who says he reminds her of someone she knows. While on shore, the man, who's the spitting image of Gopher, kidnaps him and assumes his identity. Written by

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Comedy | Drama | Romance







Release Date:

2 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Husband and wife David Birney and Meredith Baxter portrayed lovers on this episode. See more »


The Love Boat
Written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox
Performed by Jack Jones
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The most authentic thing....
15 May 2016 | by karen-a-petersSee all my reviews

The most authentic thing about this episode by far was when Ernest Borgnine was at the table at the ship's formal night (assuming so since he was in a tuxedo) complaining of heartburn from Shelley Winters' cooking. There was a glass of an effervescent drink in front of him. If you look closely you'll see the distinctive cobalt blue bottle of Brioschi on the table (and later in his hand as he leaves). This was a staple in Italian and Italian-American households for decades for heartburn, aka "agita" - my Italian grandparents ALWAYS had it in the pantry. I smiled when I saw it.

But what was the deal with Gopher's gloves? Was something really wrong with his hands? "Poison ivy" was mentioned in the first minute or two of the show and nothing after that.

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