Charles in Charge

Home for the Holidays

Season 1, Ep 11, Aired 12/19/84
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  • Episode Description
  • It is Christmas Eve and the Pembroke household is buzzing with activity. Grandma Irene, Stan's mother, is expected for her yearly three-week-stay with her grandchildren. Jill is cleaning an already immaculate house and wonders why her mother-in—law's visit still upsets her in the same manner it did fifteen years ago! Charles is trying to console Jason who is depressed and sad to see him go. Charles plans to go home for the holidays; he will spend his vacation with his parents in Vermont. The phone rings, and Charles' dad informs him that they are completely snowed in. This news makes Jason suddenly feel much better, but Grandma Irene becomes more and more jealous of Charles. She has a long conversation with her son, Stan, and both explain their feelings to each other. Stan succeeds in helping his mother accept that Jill has her career, Charles is an important part in the children's lives, and that by no means this arrangement should make her feel insecure towards the attention the kids give to Charles. Her grandchildren love her very much and always will.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Scott Baio


  • Julie Cobb

    Jill Pembroke

  • James Widdoes

    Stan Pembroke

  • April Lerman

    Lila Pembroke

  • Jonathan Ward

    Douglas Pembroke

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • It's Christmas Eve and Charles is heading to Vermont to be with his parents for the holidays but unfortunately, things don't go as planned.

    By Lady_Lancaster, May 03, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Jason: I can't live with my homesick stomach ache for three weeks. Buddy: How can you be homesick? When you're not going anywhere. Jason: Because he's home, and I'm sick.

    • Stan: She's telling me she's expecting a guest? Jill: No? Stan: If you'll excuse me I'm going in the kitchen now to talk to my mommy.

    • (Lila wants to go out on her first date) Jill: But she's going to be here for three weeks, what's one night? Stan: 5%

    • Charles and Buddy: (singing) Tis' the Season to be jolly, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, Buddy's here and so is Charlie, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

    • Gwendolyn: Merry Christmas, Buddy. (she then kisses Buddy) Buddy: Gwendolyn, now what am I going to get you? Gwendolyn: I don't want to know.

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    Trivia (1)

    • Lillian(Ellen Travolta)later on says that Charles's father died when he was still very little.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode alludes to the Perry Como Christmas tune of the same name.

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