Charles in Charge

The Commotion

Season 1, Ep 13, Aired 1/2/85
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  • Episode Description
  • Charles is pushed for time; the strain shows on his face; he has to meet a deadline for his school paper. His scholarship depends on it, and he has been assigned to write the paper with someone -- his friend Buddy Lembeck. He needs to concentrate, but the noise around him is deafening. Lila has a loud conversation with her girlfriend on the telephone. Stan and Jill are arguing, and Jason and Douglas are trying to put it on tape. Furthermore, Buddy shows up and tells Charles that he has finished with his part of the assignment. Gwendolyn wants to buy a used car and she would like for Charles to look at the car for her as soon as possible —- like that night! Jill rushes out of the house to review a new Chinese restaurant but comes back soon, and then resumes the argument with her husband. In the meantime, Douglas made Jason disappear through what he calls a scientific experiment. Then Charles has to explain to Douglas that you can argue with someone --or disagree -- and still love each other. And that is exactly what is happening with his parents. There is no end to all the commotion, and Charles knows he is in trouble until the Pembrokes decide to go out to dinner and give Charles time to finish his school paper in peace.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Scott Baio


  • Julie Cobb

    Jill Pembroke

  • James Widdoes

    Stan Pembroke

  • April Lerman

    Lila Pembroke

  • Jonathan Ward

    Douglas Pembroke

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Charles is under mounting pressure to finish an important college paper but the Pembrokes and Gwendolyn are making his life very difficult.

    By Lady_Lancaster, May 03, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Charles: Mr. Pembroke, you knew what was going on? Stan: Charles, Confucius also say, "fighting parents just angry, not stupid."

    • Lila: Charles, the arc doesn't last very long, if I'm gonna have any chance at all to get the 31 dollars for the phone bill I have to act now. Charles: What arc? Lila: Parental arc, if you catch parents at the apex of the arc, you can get anything you want, don't look at me like that Charles, this stuff is documented.

    • Buddy: Boy, writing this stuff yourself is tough. Charles: Buddy, you act as if you've never written a paper before. Buddy: I haven't! I've always copied it out of the encyclopedia. Charles: And teacher's still pass you? Buddy: They expect it of me.

    • Douglas: First I got the quarters from the audience. Charles: You do this for money? Douglas: I look at it this way, they're funding my scientific research.

    • Gwendolyn: I really want this car, what should I do? Stan: Check the oil.

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