"The Suite Life Sets Sail" is the pilot episode of the popular Disney Channel sitcom The Suite Life on Deck, sequel and spin-off to the original series. Debby Ryan joins the cast as Bailey Pickett, close friends with Zack, girlfriend to Cody and roommate with London, as well as Ashley Tisdale leaving the main cast due to Maddie Fitzpatrick having to attend college.
After an original sequel named Arwin! was not picked up by Disney Channel, the creators decided to change the concept. The series premiere in the United States drew 5.7 million viewers, and it became the most watched pilot in Canada and on the Family network, also outpacing veteran series Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place with the ratings.
Hotel heiress London Tipton (Brenda Song) and twins Zack (Dylan Sprouse) and Cody Martin (Cole Sprouse) are to attend a new semester in Seven Seas High School on the SS Tipton (which was seen in one episode of the predecessor), a cruise ship owned by Wilfred Tipton (voiced by Bob Joles and played by Adam Tait in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody; played by John Michael Higgins in the special Suite Life on Deck episode "Twister"). Meanwhile, Mr. Moseby (Phill Lewis) tricks London into thinking that she is on vacation (which is not true), and a girl named Bailey Pickett sneaks into the bathrooms to disguise herself as a male, doing so since there are no more cabins left for women. London bribes her roommate Padma (Tiya Sircar) into leaving, so she can have the room to herself, and soon finds out she has to attend school.
Cody ends up sharing a room with Woody Fink (Matthew Timmons), who is very messy, while Zack eventually is with Bailey (Debby Ryan) (currently disguised as male, trying to hide her identity). The twins decide to exchange roommates, but Zack in the end refuses after finding out she is a girl. However, her gender is eventually revealed to the people on the ship, and is happy to find out that the cabin from London is free for one more person, but this is the last straw for London and she flees to Parrot Island via helicopter, leaving the plot for the following episode.
|Cole Sprouse||Cody Martin|
|Dylan Sprouse||Zack Martin|
|Brenda Song||London Tipton|
|Debby Ryan||Bailey Pickett|
|Phill Lewis||Mr. Moseby|
- Erin Cardillo as Emma Tutweiller Zack, Cody, London, Bailey and Woody's teacher for the semester on board.
- Tiya Sircar as Padma London previous roommate whom she tricked into leaving.
- Matthew Timmons as Woody Fink Cody's roommate and a frequent guest star on the show.
- Kim Rhodes as Carey Martin Zack and Cody's mom who only has a cameo in this episode and appears in later episodes.
The series premiere attracted more than a million people on its opening day.
- ↑ Zack & Cody Spin-off Is Afloat. TV Guide.
- ↑ "Disney Channel series Arwin! was not picked up by the Disney Channel". Disney Society. Retrieved on 2009-03-18.
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- ↑ Campbell, Scott (2008-10-20). The Suite Life on Deck sets sail on Family Channel with record-breaking premiere ratings. ca.news.finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
- ↑ "Disney Channel/DisneyChannel.com Highlights For 2008". Business Wire. Retrieved on 2008-12-24.
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- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "The Suite Life Sets Sail", IMDb.