Love Boat Angels
We open with a rather prolonged – yet effective – armored car heist complete with helicopter, truck and boat, orchestrated by Paul Hollister (played by game show host Bert Convy). That’s land, sea and air action before we even meet the new Angel.
Kris and Kelly barely supress their horror at the arrival of Charlie’s new airheaded Angel selection, only to discover that – false alarm – she is actually from the office’s linen service (?). Though relieved at the sight of the real and professional-looking Tiffany, Kris and Kelly seem a bit reluctant to welcome her into the fold, staring at her in silence. Tiffany is the daughter of the Boston Chief of Police, who is an old friend of Charlie’s – but she’s never seen him either, and seems unnerved by the speakerbox gimmick. Before you can say “awkward introduction”, the Angels are off to the Caribbean to set sail on the Love Boat in an attempt to find the gold and jewels stolen in the heist.
Tiffany: “THAT’S Charlie? I think I’m going to have a nervous breakdown.”
On board, everyone looks sick of Dick Sargent (the client, this time) as he shows them a slideshow covering boring background information. Kris wastes no time zeroing in on Paul Hollister, attracting him via the cunning strategy of wearing a bikini. He is rather like a modern day Robin Hood – the loot he stole in the heist belongs to Dick Sargent and he ain’t havin’ it. Kris gets close to Hollister, pretending to live a similar life of minor, attractive crime.
Kelly and Tiffany tell Charlie how much fun they are having on the cruise, relaxing and gaining weight. Not kidding. And they do it right in front of the client who even comments on their laziness. Well, that’s what happens to an agency when it loses it’s brainy brunette leader.
Bosley investigates more leads back on land, still doing more work than Kelly and Tiff. The only person working is Kris and she’s having fun her damn self. We are well into Part Two of this episode before Tiffany does anything remotely proactive. In fact, Kelly and Tiffany are relaxing and having so much fun on the beach that they don’t notice Hollister being kidnapped from Kris until it’s too late. Sigh.
The goons who nabbed Hollister learn that Kris used to be a cop and then Hollister’s sidekick, Anderson, sees Kelly and Tiffany meet Bosley when he arrives at the hotel. Hollister thinks Kris is setting him up (she is!) and half-ass tries to stab her while scuba diving.
The goons chasing Hollister snatch Dick and Kelly from the hotel room and force her to lead them to Kris and Hollister. Before leaving, she manages to draw a giant X in lipstick on a conveniently-placed map so that Tiffany and Bosley can figure out where she’s been taken. These two pause in the hallway long enough for Tiff to confide in Bosley that she’s scared of not fitting into the new job; Bosley gives her a (minimally) reassuring speech and she finds the strength to continue with her vacation.
Hollister, Anderson and Kris team up to rescue Kelly and Dick Sargent. After a nautical shoot-out, Tiff and Bosley float up and shut down the gun battle. Now everything is fine. Everyone else looks uncomfortable while Kris makes out with Hollister (even though he tried to knife her like 10 minutes earlier?) and convinces him to take Dick Sargent up on his offer to give back the stolen stuff in exchange for $1 million.
Back in the hotel room, Dick prepares to give Hollister a briefcase full of cash, but switches it with an empty one on the sly, trying to screw him over. Kris un-switches them while he isn’t looking. Next everyone gathers at the rail to wave good-bye to the same stock footage people they waved to in Los Angeles. Kris looks forelorn about her fauxmance with Hollister. By the time the credits roll, you realize there was absolutely no reason for this episode to happen on the Love Boat.
Well, the heist was effective and kind of exciting but it didn’t involve any of the Angels so who cares?
Kris and Bert Convy get into a fight after dinner while still in formal wear and that is about as exciting as you imagine. Convey mildly attacks Kris in the show’s very first (but not last) underwater Angel fight. Kinda cool, but his heart wasn’t in it.
Kelly has a battle in her hotel room but is snatched by the bad guys anyway. The best action is saved for the climax with a three-way gunfight between Kris and Hollister, the bad guys, and Tiffany and Bos while Kelly and Dick Sargent swim through the crossfire. Tiffany manages to shoot the flag off the bad guys ship but sadly misses Dick.
It’s Season 4, baby, and you know what that means! Kate’s out and the wardrobe budget is in. This is the perfect time for a cool, slick, east-coast model like Shelley Hack to join in the fun.
Everyone looks sleek and sophisticated in the opening office scenes; Tiffany shows up already dressed as a cruise director, what luck? Maybe she really is psychic! Kris and Kelly look similarly upscale. Gone are the days of Jill in a sweatshirt and jeans oiling her skateboard wheels. Oh, and as an extra middle finger to Kate Jackson, the producers poured Cheryl Ladd into one of the most revealing bikinis ever worn by anyone on Charlie’s Angels – the one that actually caused Sears to pull their sponsorship of the show – which looks part sexy, part diaper. Still, this episode gets fashion props for being one of scant few to feature the Angels in both swimwear and evening gowns.
Julie wore Tiffany’s Love Boat gown in some Season 5 publicity shots, though never in an actual episode. Didn’t expect to see these two sharing outfits, did you?
SHE REALLY MISSES SABRINA – SHE JUST KEEPS IT INSIDE
Listen to Kris discuss Sabrina’s departure and Charlie’s baby news during the opening office scene: “Trouble in paradise, Charlie?,” she coos. We’re not sure if Kris was trying to sound passive aggressive or not, but it worked. On the other hand, all Tiffany has to do is say, “Hi, I’m Tiffany Welles,” and Kris is like, “Charlie, you’re right – she is something special.” Tiffany has only said four words and Kris already likes her better than Bri and just as much as Jill.
SHE DOESNT HAVE MUCH BETTER LUCK WITH THE MUSTANG
This is Kelly’s third documented ocean cruise while working as an Angel and as usual, someone tries to murder her.
Every time Kelly says bon voyage, the bad guys target her for death. Sure, in the past the other Angels have also been in jeopardy while sailing the high seas but only Kelly gets the distinction of having the bad guys attempt to: A) Burn her alive (); B) Drown her in a swimming pool ( ) and here, they try to shoot her while she is swimming underwater in the ocean from one boat to another. From now on she should take a cab.
CONVENIENT ANGEL SKILL
Kris shows for the first time that she is adept at scuba diving and fighting at the same time. She would display this skill again in Season 5′s.
Case solved in approximately 5 days
Day 1 – Case introduced – Kris pulls gun on thugs
Day 2 – Kelly and Tiff phone Charlie (they’ll arrive “day after tomorrow”)- Bosley investigation
Day 3 – Sailing
Day 4 – Arrive in St. Thomas – takedown
Day 5 – Wrap-up – ship sails (wait, were they supposed to be in St. Thomas for just one day?)
• This is one of only two episodes of Charlie’s Angels that crossed over into another television series of the time – it first happened briefly in .
• Pretty sure that little helicopter couldn’t lift a fully loaded armored truck.
• Why does the office need a’ linen service? When have there ever been any towels or napkins in the office?
• The Angels behave unprofessionally and incompetently in the presense of their client so many times in this episode that it borders on parody.
• Sensing the awkwardness of her debut episode, Tiffany turns to Bosley for some confidence. “You’re doing fine,” Bos says barely suppressing laughter. Say it like you mean it, Bosley.
• Hostage Kelly manages to grab a tube of lipstick and mark an X on a map of where she is being taken in full view of a room of kidnappers. When Tiffany finds it, she causes the tube of lipstick to roll off the table, but in subsequent shots it’s still there.
• When Bert Convy throws his knife, for a split second you can see the knife still in his hand and its duplicate already sticking out of the thing next to Kris.
• Kelly throws off her shades and visor before leaping into the ocean; back on the boat afterward, she’s wearing both.
Louie Elias appeared many times on the show, usually as a miscellaneous henchman, including , , , and .
Bo Hopkins: sidekick Wes also played Beau Creel in the Charlie’s Angels episode.
Read Morgan: misc. bad guy Kadin also played the faux-knife thrower bad guy in .
Dick Sargent also appeared in what seems like dozens of other episodes, but was really only and .
Cis Rundle: Cheryl Ladd’s friend had many extra-level roles on the show including Charlie’s babe in , tai chi chick in , waitress in , random crowd extra in , camera chick in , football chick in , random casino extra in , waitress in , cheerleader in , random dock extra in , and the librarian in .
Lee Travis, who played Eleanor Case, played Tall Paula from , Joan from , and Jessica from . She also wrote and was married to Ed Lakso, who wrote this and thousands of other Charlie’s Angels episodes.
Allen Baron directed , , , , , , , , , , , and .
|Shots fired by Angels:||2 (Kris), 2 (Tiffany)|
|Shots fired at Angels:||13|
|Angels Overboard:||1 (Kelly)|
|Underwater Fights:||1 (Kris)|
|Drinks served by Isaac the bartender:||2|
|Sponsorships Pulled:||1 (Sears)|
TOWNSEND AGENCY COMMENTARY
Exciting and new. With the introduction of a new Angel and the whole team sailing on The Love Boat you would think that the plot might get lost in the sauce. Oddly enough this doesn’t happen which either speaks very well for the plot or speaks very ill of Tiffany’s introduction and the Love Boat cameos. Either way, Bert Convy makes a nice thief with a heart of gold who falls for Kris. Paul Hollister’s (Convy) soldier of fortune Robin Hood schick actually works while Dick Sargent is typically creepy.
The real let down is Tiffany who gets no dialogue, no storyline, save a last minute rescue with Bos that is pretty cool, but proves a little too little, a little too late. Shelley Hack is a bit shaky, so Sabrina’s leadership and Kate Jackson’s ability make Sabrina Duncan real and interesting is sorely lacking here. The cracks start to show right from the start. Everyone looks good, the locations are pretty but wait…what’s that fin out there in the water…is that a shark? And behind it? Fonzi on a jet ski? WTF?
Quite a lame entrance for the new Angel but the landscape’s nice and the Angels are as stunning as ever. This one could have played out on any boat, as there wasn’t much of an interaction with the Love Boat-crew anyway. Too bad, Gopher and Kelly would have made quite a couple.
One would think combine two powerhouse ’70s series and that is an automatic five stars—not so fast. This two-parter receives four stars from me. It could have been solved in one episode. The writers have so much to work with and they do so little. First, why are the Angels on the Love Boat? The Love Boat cast is unessential in the episode this case could have taken place anywhere. Second, could we not give Tiffany a more starring role. Third, it is a sub par episode compared to the best of the season (Hunt, Campus, or Of Ghosts and Angels ) However, like all introductory episodes (Pilot, Paradise, and Hiding) every Angel fan should see Miss Welles’ debut.
I want to like it more, but I just don’t. The Love Boat just makes me groan even though it really has nothing to do with The Love Boat. The Virgin Islands sound exciting, but aren’t – there are boats in Los Angeles, too. Kelly is just kind of nothing, and Angels become annoying when they’re in love, so Kris is out, too. Tiffany, in her allotted 9 seconds of action, managed to be the coolest Angel. It feels weird to hear her say Sabrina’s name. I’m subtracting an entire star for Dick Sargent.
As an introduction to Tiffany and the Season 4 opener, the idea of a Love Boat crossover sounds cool. Had they stayed on the boat, and had it turned into an Agatha Christie type mystery, maaaybe I would have liked it more. As it is, Angels in evening gowns by night and bikinis by day can’t save too many stock shots of the boat, the ports of call, and what seems like a 10 minute intro of a very dull heist, from making this 2 hour premiere drag. Though valiantly attempting to be complex, it’s disjointed – never really zeroing in on one plot.
The Kris/bad guy romance isn’t all that bad, because Cheryl Ladd manages to humanize her interactions with guest stars again and again. However, since it seems the producers were worried about the Tiffany character and how Shelley Hack would be received as an Angel, Kris is once again the central figure in the story and in displaying bathing attire.
If you’re a Kris fan (or anyone with eyesight) you can’t help but like this (while fast forwarding the rest) because she wears two of her top 5 best looks of all time with a stunning white evening gown, and later the perhaps even more stunning Lara Croft-like white bikini for the action packed finale. I liked the scuba diving fight where Kris has to get away from the guy she’s been agreeably kissing and reluctantly investigating. And I liked her little switch setting the score straight for the good/bad guy Robin Hood type, (who she’s not gonna ride dolphins off into the sunset with), over the actually not so nice client. Did I mention that Kelly and Tiffany are also in this episode?
Sometimes eye candy is all you need.