The Love Boat (1977–1987)
1 user

Pride of the Pacific/The Viking's Son/Separate Vacations/The Experiment/Getting to Know You: Part 1 

A competition pits Merrill, his rival Gunner, and their crews against each other and reignites a rivalry. Divorcing Harry and Dot take separate vacations. Dr. Skip and Megan need a guinea pig to try out an aphrodisiac.


Roger Duchowny


Wilford Lloyd Baumes (developed by) (as W.L. Baumes), Harvey Bullock | 4 more credits »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



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
Jill Whelan ... Vicki Stubing
Lauren Tewes ... Cruise Director Julie McCoy
Priscilla Barnes ... Britta Sorenson
Douglas Barr ... Dave Pursinger
Sonny Bono ... Steve Bloom
Tom Bosley ... Harry Meacham
Woody Brown ... Trig Norquist
Mary Crosby ... Megan Lewis
John James ... Dr. Skip Van Damme
Ted Knight ... Captain Gunner Norquist
Michele Lee ... Dorothy Meacham


The Klondike Carnival Cruise Competition serves as the backdrop for this cruise, pitting Captain Merrill Stubing (Gavin MacLeod) and his Pacific Princess crew against his stern humorless arch-rival, Captain Gunner Norquist (Ted Knight), and his Sun Princess crew in a series of competitive events beginning in Vancouver, British Columbia and ending in Ketchikan, Alaska. Gunner's son Trig (Woody Brown) has just graduated from navigation school and been assigned to Merrill Stubing, which enrages Gunner Norquist and intensifies a longtime rivalry between the two captains. Gunner spent 25 years in Merrill's shadow and is now both jealous of Merrill and determined to best him in the competition at any cost. Trig doubts his own navigation abilities and would much rather be a cruise director but is afraid to tell his father. Meanwhile, Harry and Dorothy Meacham (Tom Bosley and Michele Lee) are divorcing after 15 years of marriage and taking separate vacations, with her on the Pacific Princess ... Written by Maisie Fleckum

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Romance







Release Date:

6 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


All but one of the five subplots in this two-hour special were co-written by Fred Grandy, who played Gopher on the show. See more »


The Love Boat
Written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox
Performed by Jack Jones
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed