The Love Boat (1977–1987)
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Japan Cruise: When Worlds Collide/The Captain and the Geisha/The Lottery Winners/The Emperor's Fortune: Part 1 

Photographer Lila falls for businessman Bud. Teacher Martha poses as a geisha. Barney and wife Gladys show off their lottery winnings and make the crew uncomfortable. Several people own silk artwork containing pieces of a treasure map.


Jerome Courtland


Richard Albrecht (teleplay), Jill Baer | 7 more credits »


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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
Jill Whelan ... Vicki Stubing
Lauren Tewes ... Cruise Director Julie McCoy
Tony Danza ... Bud O'Hara
Mariette Hartley ... Martha Chambers
Ted Knight ... Barney Gordon
Harvey Korman ... Harvey Willis
Jean Marsh ... Celia Hoffman
Rita Moreno ... Gladys Gordon
Nancy Morgan ... Joanie Hoffman
John Ritter ... Ben Cummins
James Shigeta ... Bud's Father (credit only)


Part 1 of 2. The passengers and crew cruise through Japan. Photographer Lila Pearsell (Heather Thomas) is prejudiced toward the Japanese, because her father was crippled in World War 2. She meets businessman Bud O'Hara (Tony Danza) and falls for him, without knowing that his father (James Shigeta) is Japanese. Martha Chambers (Mariette Hartley), a teacher of Asian history, poses as a geisha girl named Myoshi, to get to know Capt. Merrill Stubing (Gavin MacLeod) better. Dockworker Barney Gordon (Ted Knight) and his wife Gladys (Rita Moreno) are showing off the five million dollars, they won in a lottery, and making the crew uncomfortable. A Japanese businessman pays for widowed Celia Hoffman (Jean Marsh) and her daughter Joanie (Nancy Morgan) to travel to Japan, because they own some embroidered silk artwork that contains one third of a treasure map. Along the way, the two women befriend Harvey Willis (Harvey Korman) and Ben Cummins (John Ritter), who may own the other pieces of the ... Written by

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Comedy | Drama | Romance







Release Date:

5 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the beginning, when Harvey Willis (played by Harvey Korman) introduces himself to the mother and daughter, he says, "I'm Harvey Korman," not "Harvey Willis." See more »


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