Charles in Charge

Season 1 Episode 11

Home for the Holidays

Aired Unknown Dec 19, 1984 on
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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

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  • 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.

    Everyone is busy in the Pembroke household preparing for Christmas and there is a lot of excitement. The only person who is unhappy is Jason because Charles will be spending the holiday with his parents in Vermont and Jason doesn't want him to go.

    Jill is very nervous because Stan's mother, Irene (Rue McClanahan) is coming to stay for three weeks and she wants the house to be spotless because Irene is very exacting about everything.

    Good news for Jason means bad news for Charles as he learns that his parents are snowed in and so, can't meet him in Vermont after all. When Grandma Irene arrives, it's clear that she disapproves of Charles and feels that Jill should give up work and stay at home with her children. Stan speaks to his mother about Charles and about Jill and we find that Irene is very jealous of the affection that the children obviously have for Charles but a good heart to heart talk straightens things out and a good Christmas is had by all.moreless

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