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Lillian(Ellen Travolta)later on says that Charles's father died when he was still very little.
The book the teacher has Charles and Douglas read is called "Walden" by Thoreau. Walden is the name of the lake that the author decided to live on for a time exiled from the modern world.
In this episode, the Pembroke children are waiting for election results that will determine whether they will be seeing a victory party on television starring Michael Jackson, but several times it is mentioned that the activity is taking place on a Saturday night, and most elections for political office are held on Tuesdays.