"Love Boat" spins three tales by as many writers during its maiden voyage to various Mexican ports.
Miss Franklin plays a nasty, domineering woman wed to a director of the company owning the ship. As she boards, Grandy makes a big fuss over her. Sneers she: "Lord, I love an obsequious runt."
She also is harsh with Captain Stubing, MacLeod, but for reasons that are too personal.
Miss Baxter-Birney is on the cruise with her fiance, a handsome young congressman. She is worried he'll find out she is the centerfold lady in a Playboy-like magazine called "Kitten."
Seems that while an impoverished law student, she put on a black wig and posed in her birthday suit to raise funds. Now the picture has turned up in an edition of "Kitten" sold on the ship.
She's embarrassed and ashamed and spends most of her time on a belated cover-up.
Walker, meanwhile, plays a free spirit who has lived with a pretty passenger (Brenda Sykes) for two years. She wants to get married. He doesn't. So she takes a cruise. He doesn't.
The cruise lets her get advice on fun and meeting men from a blond divorcee (Miss Somers). It also lets Walker pursue her from port to port with cries of undying love, buttressed by dying jokes.