Charles in Charge

Season 1 Episode 2

Extracurricular Activity

Aired Unknown Oct 10, 1984 on

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  • Things are tough for Charles as he tries to be all things to all people and finds that it's impossible - but it's certainly entertaining to watch him try!

    The three Pembroke children are all trying to decide on an extracurricular activity for school. Lila has a dream of being a cheerleader, Douglas wants to join the school band and Jason wants to be on the soccer team. All of these seem realistic expectations but things don't quite work out as planned. Lila's friend, Paula Thackery, (Olympic gold medalist Julieanne Macnamara) makes the team instead of Lila, Jason is bullied into not even trying out and, to cap it all off, Douglas gets a spot in the school band playing the triangle!

    Meanwhile, Gwendolyn and Buddy both want Charles ro pick extracurricular activities too. Gwendolyn wants him in the school play, "The Glass Menagerie" and Buddy wants him to join the swim team with him so that they can gaze at women in bathing suits.

    Lila and Jason are both very unhappy at their failure to achieve what they wanted and Stan and Jill quietly advise Charles that it's part of his job to make them feel better about themselves. In order to do this, Charles must coach Lila into a resounding, cheerleading yell and help Jason deal with the bully who stopped him getting on the team. When this is achieved (after much hilariry), Charles tells Gwendolyn and Buddy that he doesn't have time for the school play or the swim team. They understand but all is not lost because everyone gets a chance to be enthralled as they listen to Douglas's amazing performance of "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" on the triangle!

    Truly hilarious, a brilliant episode.