Charles in Charge

Season 1 Episode 21

Mr. Brilliant

Aired Unknown Mar 13, 1985 on
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Jill Pembroke gives Charles two tickets for a ‘Knicks' game. Charles is so excited about this special treat, and because Mrs. Pembroke always does such thoughtful things, that he thinks of a way to do something special in return. In a conversation with Buddy, the name Max Ziegler comes up. It does not mean much to Charles, but it does to Jill. Max and her went to high school together and she has been following his brilliant career ever since graduation. She thinks of him as a genius and Charles decides to call Ziegler, a.k.a. ‘Mr. Brilliant' to invite him for dinner. When Stan Pembroke finds out who the quest of honor is, he becomes quite upset, but decides to go along with it to make his wife happy. And, just as Stan predicted, Ziegler turns out to be an unpleasant, opinionated and condescending person, who ends up on the door step when Stan and Charles have taken as much as they think they can. While trying to cope with the presumptuous visitor, everybody is also looking out for Howard, the chameleon Jason is taking care of.moreless

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  • When Jill gives Charles two tickets for a Knicks game, he reflects on all the nice things she does for him and invites an old friend of hers to dinner as a surprise but all does not go well at all.moreless

    Charles is very touched when Jill gives him to tickets for a Knicks game and he wants to do something nice for her in return. When he learns that her old high school friend Max Zeigler (Renny Temple) is in town, he arranages for him to come and have dinner with the family as a surprise.

    To Charles's surprise. Stan is not too happy when he hears who their guest is going to be as he finds Zeigler, who has made a brilliant career for himself to be a rude, arrogant and opinionated bore. Charles hopes for Jill's sake that this isn't the case because she is incredibly excited at the thought of seeing Max again.

    Meanwhile, a chameleon Jason is looking after is running loose around the house whilst the dinner guest is present which doesn't really help matters.

    It doesn't take long before every one of Stan's pronouncements about Max turn out to be true. He insults everyone and everything and upsets Jill a great deal, so, there is only one thing for it and that is to throw him out, which is exactly what Stan and Charles so.moreless

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