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Scott Baio’s Notable Early Guest Appearances
February 23, 2010, 2:19 am
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THE   LOVE   BOAT  –  “Graham   and   Kelly” ( telecast  date:  October 8,  1977 )

Scott  Baio  guest  stars  as  Graham  D.  Pickrel  II,  a  young  boy  who  is  vacationing  with  his  eccentric  grandmother  Kitty  ( Oscar  nominee  Hermione  Baddely ).  He  meets  a  fellow  teenage  passenger  named  Kelly  ( Emmy  winner  Kristy  McNichol  of  “Family” ).  Although  they  like  one  another  immediately,  Graham  is  too  shy  and  doesn’t  have  any  experience  with  girls.  So  Kelly  takes  it  upon  herself  to  make  things  happen  between  them  and  hasten  the  progress  of  their  teen  romance.

Thanks  to  the  unique,  once-in-a  lifetime  dramatic  pairing  of  Baio and  McNichol,  “Graham  and  Kelly” is  a  cute  Love  Boat favorite  and  regarded  as  the  most  memorable  among  the  three  different  storylines  featured  in  this  episode.  It  perfectly  depicts  the  awkwardness  of  first  love  and  marked  Kristy’s  first  onscreen  romantic  kiss,  a  fact  highly  publicized  in  the  popular  teen  magazines  of  the  time.

FANTASY   ISLAND  –  “Rock   Stars” ( telecast  date:  May  13,  1979 )

Scott  Baio  guest  stars  as  Robbie  Collins  who  arrives  in  the  magical  resort  of  the  enigmatic  Mr.  Roarke  ( Ricardo  Montalban )  with  his  orphaned  siblings  Willie  ( Jimmy  Baio ),  Scooter  ( Keith  Coogan  credited  here  as  Keith  Mitchell )  and  Jodie  ( Jill  Whelan )  to  fulfill  their  common  dream  of  becoming  a  successful  pop  music  group  and  to  keep  a  meddling  social  worker  from  splitting  them  among  various  foster  homes.

A  very  special  episode  where  the  island  welcomes  teenagers  and  kids.   It  also  constitutes  a  rare  acting  team-up  between  Scott and  his  real-life  cousin  Jimmy  who  played  Billy  Tate  on  the  adult  sitcom  “Soap”.

During  a  recent  interview,  Keith  Coogan  happily  reminisced  about  his  participation  in  this  episode:

“Fantasy  Island  and  Fantasy  Island  Jr.  were  great  chances  for  me  to  work  with  people  I  had  grown  up  watching.  Scott and  Jimmy  Baio.  Jill  Whelan,  whom  I  previously  worked  with  on  The  Love  Boat.  I  loved  working  with  Tattoo.  Finally,  here  was  an  actor  shorter  than  me!  I  also  became  quite  fond  of  Scott  Baio.  He  is  a  very  generous  and  patient  actor.”   (  The  Movie  ZZZ  Blog  Interview  with  Keith  Coogan,  Part  1,  talkingmoviezzz.blogspot.com:  September  24,  2007 )

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