History Series / CharlesInCharge

5th Jun '16 3:52:16 PM nombretomado
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** In "La Cage Aux Fools," Sarah, Jamie and Adam wear costumes to go see the ''RockyHorrorPictureShow''[[note]]Charles was supposed to take them, since neither could go to the R-rated film without an adult, but he and Buddy ended up trapped in a cage after Buddy stated to Sarah that Charles would protest of animal testing at Copeland College by locking himself in the cage[[/note]]. Jamie wears a maid's outfit, which for the most part is rather conservative, other than the fact it came with garterbelt hosiery (visible only by the straps that are visible in the short distance between the costume's skirt and the hose).

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** In "La Cage Aux Fools," Sarah, Jamie and Adam wear costumes to go see the ''RockyHorrorPictureShow''[[note]]Charles ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''[[note]]Charles was supposed to take them, since neither could go to the R-rated film without an adult, but he and Buddy ended up trapped in a cage after Buddy stated to Sarah that Charles would protest of animal testing at Copeland College by locking himself in the cage[[/note]]. Jamie wears a maid's outfit, which for the most part is rather conservative, other than the fact it came with garterbelt hosiery (visible only by the straps that are visible in the short distance between the costume's skirt and the hose).
29th May '16 9:11:18 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* MonochromeCasting: All of the main cast members in the series are Caucasian. In addition, very few actors of other ethnicities have appeared on the show, among those that have had guest roles include Black actors [[TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Phill Lewis]], who played Bernie in the episode "Buddy Flips a Disc" and Jeff Robie, who played Sid (the manager of Sid's Pizza Parlor, which was originally owned by his father, before Lillian purchased it later that season) in a couple of season two episodes.

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* MonochromeCasting: All of the main cast members in the series are Caucasian. In addition, very few actors of other ethnicities have appeared on the show, among those that have had guest roles include Black actors [[TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody [[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Phill Lewis]], who played Bernie in the episode "Buddy Flips a Disc" and Jeff Robie, who played Sid (the manager of Sid's Pizza Parlor, which was originally owned by his father, before Lillian purchased it later that season) in a couple of season two episodes.
16th Dec '15 2:22:16 AM DragonQuestZ
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* FashionModel: At one point the older daughter Jamie goes to modeling school in hopes of becoming a famous model. Charles tries to convince her that it's a scam, but then it is pointed out to him that she is presenting herself with more composure and deportment, which is a positive, even if the school itself isn't what it makes itself out to be.
20th Oct '15 8:24:05 AM randomsurfer
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* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Buddy's real name is Buddence; his sister Bunny's real name is likewise Bunnence.
11th Oct '15 12:05:53 PM SetsunasaNiWa
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** Buddy addressing people he knows with "(person's name), [[CaptainObvious It's me, Buddy]]" (and one time, "It's me, Buddence").

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** Buddy addressing people he knows with "(person's name), [[CaptainObvious It's me, Buddy]]" Buddy" (and one time, "It's me, Buddence").
3rd Oct '15 11:17:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Ben Stein pops up as Stanley Willard, an ObstructiveBureaucrat in various settings, who first appears in season two's "The Loan Arranger"[[note]]In which Charles' student loans are up for renewal, leading him to worry he won't be granted an extension and be forced to drop out of school and resign from his job[[/note]]. [[spoiler:In his penultimate appearance in the season five episode "Daffy Doc," it is revealed that Stanley is a mental patient, as he "mentally promoted himself right out of reality" to jobs he couldn't get promoted to quickly enough on his own merits.]]
23rd Aug '15 2:40:00 PM tmanokc
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->''"The new boy in the neighborhood, Lives downstairs and it's understood. Hes there just to take good care of me, like hes one of the family. [...] And I sing, I want, I want Charles in Charge of me!"'' --[[ExpositoryThemeTune The theme written by David Kurtz, Michael Jacobs, & Al Burton]]

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->''"The new boy in the neighborhood, Lives downstairs and it's understood. Hes there just to take good care of me, like hes one of the family. [...] And I sing, I want, I want Charles in Charge of me!"'' --[[ExpositoryThemeTune -- [[ExpositoryThemeTune The show's theme song, written by David Kurtz, Michael Jacobs, & David Kurtz and Al Burton]]



In 1986, a year after CBS cancelled the series following its first season due to insufficient ratings to earn a sophomore season, Universal Television (then owned by MCA) partnered with series co-creator Michael Jacobs (later known for co-creating ''Series/MyTwoDads'', ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' and most notably, ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'') and original production companies Scholastic Productions and Al Burton Productions to revive the series for FirstRunSyndication, relaunching in 1987.

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In 1986, a year after CBS cancelled the series following its first season due to insufficient ratings to earn a sophomore season, Universal Television (then owned by MCA) partnered with series co-creator Michael Jacobs (later known for co-creating ''Series/MyTwoDads'', ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' and most notably, ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'') ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' and its later sequel series ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'') and original production companies Scholastic Productions and Al Burton Productions to revive the series for FirstRunSyndication, relaunching in 1987.
23rd Aug '15 2:29:30 PM tmanokc
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The delivery man suddenly reveals his ''American'' accent and asks Charles not to hassle him. He then invokes the Engrish accent again when Lila comes down for her study date (the reason why the food was ordered in the first place) all dressed up:

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** The delivery man suddenly reveals his ''American'' accent and asks Charles not to hassle him. He then invokes the Engrish accent again when Lila comes down for her study date (the reason why the food was ordered in the first place) all dressed up:
23rd Aug '15 2:28:59 PM tmanokc
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* ActingForTwo: Ellen Travolta played Charles' mother Lillian and her character's own sisters Vanessa and Sally in separate episodes; however, neither character appeared on-screen at the same time.
** Nicole Eggert played Jamie Powell and her cousin Amanda in the episode "Fair Exchange", again both characters never appeared in the episode in the same scenes.



* MoodWhiplash: In the episode "Dead Puck Society", Buddy accidentally overbakes a (very poorly made) pie; when Charles and Russell (whom Sarah had been tutoring, only for him to trick her into doing his homework; played by Paul Walker) rush in to help, Russell is asked to use the fire extinguisher but passes it to Charles instead when he can't read the instructions. Charles and Buddy question why Russell didn't extinguish the fire himself, only for him to reveal that he's illiterate. Seconds later, Buddy hilariously misinterprets Russell's confession:
--->'''Buddy''' (misinterpreting "illiterate" for "illegitimate"): Hey, come on, big guy. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Just because your mom and dad weren't married....]] (beat) doesn't mean you can't put out a fire, OK?
--->'''Charles:''' Excuse me, MrWizard. I'd like to spe-- speak to Russell alone for a minute, OK?
--->'''Buddy:" Oh, sure. The minute the subject turns to s-e-x, I have to leave the room.



* NoNameGiven: The last name of Charles and his mother is never revealed throughout the series. It even has lent itself to an occasional gag in which Charles is about to reveal his full name, only to be cut off before mentioning his surname. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the final episode ("Did you ever wonder why he had no last name?").

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* NoNameGiven: The last name of Charles and his mother is never revealed throughout the series. It even has lent itself to an occasional gag in which Charles is about to reveal his full name, only to be cut off before mentioning his surname. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the final episode ("Did episode, "Charles Be DeMille", when Scott Baio realizes that [[ItWasAllADream he dreamt the entire in-series universe]]:
--->'''Lillian's voice:''' Haven't
you ever wonder wondered why he had you have no last name?").name?



* OddCouple: Aptly in the season three episode "The Extremely Odd Couple": the normally uneasy relationship between Lillian and Walter becomes a genuine friendship part-way through that episode, which quickly grinds to a halt when on the way to a bridge tournament out-of-town, they accidentally crash their cars into one another.



* OneHeadTaller: A combination gender-flipped and same-gender example with Sarah, Jamie and Adam.

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* OnceAnEpisode: In the syndication run, moreso from season three onward, Buddy says something completely idiotic.
** Charles and/or Walter makes a remark about Buddy's idiocy, and whether or not he even understands what comes out of his mouth.
** In most episodes, various members of the Powell family exclaim "doorbell!," signifying Charles to answer the door. At times, though, Charles tells them or gives a visual cue (such as grabbing Adam by the shoulders and dragging him to the front door for Adam to open it himself in "The Extremely Odd Couple") for the others to get the door themselves.
* OneHeadTaller: A combination gender-flipped and same-gender example with Sarah, Sarah (the tallest of the Powell children), Jamie and Adam.Adam (who starts out as the shortest but grows to about the same height as Jamie by the final season).



** Australian pop singer Samantha Fox, portrayed Samantha Steele, who Charles becomes involved with [[spoiler: before finding out she's married, which turns out to be a fake story to create publicity and controversy]] in "Paper Covers Rock".
* SpinOff: The series had three proposed spin-offs, all three aired as backdoor pilots towards the end of season five (none being picked up to series) and fell under the trope PoorlyDisguisedPilot. Each featured a main cast member playing a new character:
** The backdoor pilot for the proposed ''Almost Family'' had Charles travel to visit the car wash owned by Lillian's look-alike sister Sally (played by Ellen Travolta), which is in danger of closing.

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** Australian pop singer singer/model Samantha Fox, portrayed Samantha Steele, who Charles becomes involved with [[spoiler: before finding out she's married, which turns out to be a fake story to create publicity and controversy]] in "Paper Covers Rock".
* SpinOff: The series had three two proposed spin-offs, all three both aired as backdoor pilots towards the end of season five (none (neither being picked up to series) and fell under the trope PoorlyDisguisedPilot. Each featured a main cast member playing a new character:
** The backdoor pilot for the proposed ''Almost Family'' had Charles travel to visit the car wash owned by Lillian's look-alike sister Sally (played by Ellen Travolta), Sally, which is in danger of closing.



** Also ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' on Creator/DisneyChannel being a DistaffCounterpart, which was created by Pamela Eells O'Connell.

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** Also ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' on Creator/DisneyChannel being as a DistaffCounterpart, which was created by Pamela Eells O'Connell.



* TemptingFate: At the end of the season three Christmas episode "Yule Laff," after Charles and the Powells return home from a [[HorribleCampingTrip vacation in a cabin]] ([[spoiler: which results in them and Buddy being trapped due to a snowstorm just before the holiday]]), the family asks if Charles remembered to get the stuff they brought along on the trip. Then this happens:
-->'''Charles''' (assuredly): Everything we took up there, I brought back. I did not forget anything.
-->'''Sarah''': Where's Adam?
* ThemeTuneCameo: The theme song, as heard in the opening credits, appears twice in the series finale, "Charles Be DeMille": first when Buddy and the Powell kids say goodbye to Charles [[spoiler: after he announces he is leaving to go to Princeton University]], and again during a panning shot of the studio audience singing along to the theme during the closing credits (neither time did the theme get played in its entirety[[note]]The entire theme, which was performed by Shandi Sinnamon, lasts 56 seconds but was cut to about 40 and 30 seconds respectively when it was played in the two scenes.[[/note]]).



* {{Uncanceled}}
* UnnecessaryMakeover: In-universe, in "The Boy Who Loved Woman", Sarah gives herself a makeover to try and win the affections of a boy named Mark who Jamie ends up asking out without realizing that Sarah is already interested in, modeling herself after Jamie; the impetus for this, Jamie inferring that it isn't fair for Sarah to compete with her for guys since they would more often pick Jamie. When Mark arrives, he asks Sarah why she looks weird. Charles helps her realize that [[JustTheWayYouAre she is smarter, more sensitive and warmer than Jamie is]], which is why Mark was interested in her. Then Jamie walks in, leaving him to clarify that both sisters have their own great qualities. It turns out that Mark only asked Jamie out beacuse of her looks, and because Sarah was busy the night before, it turns out that he was more interested in Sarah.

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* {{Uncanceled}}
{{Uncanceled}}: There was a year-and-a-half gap between when ''Charles in Charge'' was cancelled by CBS to its revival as a first-run syndicated series (atypical for a syndicated program, it relaunched during midseason, in January 1987).
* UnnecessaryMakeover: In-universe, in "The Boy Who Loved Woman", Sarah gives herself a makeover to try and win the affections of a boy named Mark who Jamie ends up asking out without realizing that Sarah is already interested in, modeling herself after Jamie; the impetus for this, Jamie inferring that it isn't fair for Sarah to compete with her for guys since they would more often pick Jamie.Jamie over Sarah. When Mark arrives, he asks Sarah why she looks weird. Charles helps her realize that [[JustTheWayYouAre she is smarter, more sensitive and warmer than Jamie is]], which is why Mark was interested in her. Then Jamie walks in, leaving him to clarify that both sisters have their own great qualities. It turns out that Mark only asked Jamie out beacuse because of her looks, and because Sarah was busy the night before, it turns out that he was more interested in Sarah.Sarah.
* TheUnseen: Adam's friend Kevin Holloway, and Jamie's popular and gossipy classmate (who can't keep a secret at all) Marcy Crawford are mentioned frequently during the syndication but never seen.
23rd Aug '15 2:05:37 PM tmanokc
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''Charles In Charge'' was a DomCom that starred Scott Baio as a college-age "nanny" to the children of the families he lived with in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It debuted in 1984 in Creator/{{CBS}}, with the original premise of Charles being employed by the Pembrokes, headed by working parents Jill and Stan (the parents were played by Julie Cobb and eventual sitcom director James Widdoes) who hired a caretaker to handle their kids due to their work schedules teenage daughter Lila (April Lerman), smart middle brother Douglas (Jonathan Ward) and youngest child Jason (Michael Pearlman).

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''Charles In in Charge'' was a DomCom that starred Scott Baio as a college-age "nanny" to the children of the families he lived with in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It debuted in 1984 in Creator/{{CBS}}, with the original premise of Charles being employed by the Pembrokes, headed by working parents Jill and Stan (the parents were played by Julie Cobb and eventual sitcom director James Widdoes) who hired a caretaker to handle their kids due to their work schedules teenage daughter Lila (April Lerman), smart middle brother Douglas (Jonathan Ward) and youngest child Jason (Michael Pearlman).



The show was then retooled for the second season, with only Baio and Aames returning; five new cast members were added (Sandra Kerns as married mother-of-three Ellen Powell, whose husband was serving in the Navy; James T. Callahan as Walter Powell, a gruff but well-meaning war veteran and grandfather of the three Powell kids; Nicole Eggert as Jamie Powell, the popular, boy crazy eldest child; Josie Davis as smart but self-conscious Sarah Powell; and Alexander Polinsky as Adam Powell, the youngest child and only boy of the three Powell offspring). It was during the syndication run that Buddy's [[CharacterizationMarchesOn personality begins to change]], increasingly [[TookALevelInDumbass decreasing in intelligence]] to the point of being TooDumbToLive. In later seasons, Ellen Travolta joined the cast as Charles' mom, Lillian. The show's primary setting remained in the house inhabited by the Pembrokes, who leased the house to the Powells after the Pembrokes "moved to UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}" in the season two premiere "Amityville". The show became successful under its new syndicated format, and ran for five additional seasons, ending in 1991.

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The show was then retooled for the second season, with only Baio and Aames returning; five new cast members were added (Sandra Kerns as married mother-of-three Ellen Powell, whose husband was serving in the Navy; James T. Callahan as Walter Powell, a gruff but well-meaning war veteran and grandfather of the three Powell kids; Nicole Eggert as Jamie Powell, the popular, boy crazy eldest child; Josie Davis as smart but self-conscious Sarah Powell; and Alexander Polinsky as Adam Powell, the youngest child and only boy of the three Powell offspring). It was during the syndication run that Buddy's [[CharacterizationMarchesOn personality begins to change]], increasingly [[TookALevelInDumbass decreasing in intelligence]] to the point of being TooDumbToLive. In later seasons, Ellen Travolta joined the cast as Charles' vivacious, supportive and fairly wise mom, Lillian. The show's primary setting remained in the house inhabited by the Pembrokes, who leased the house to the Powells after the Pembrokes "moved to UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}" in the season two premiere "Amityville". The show became successful under its new syndicated format, and ran for five additional seasons, ending in 1991.



* ActingForTwo: Ellen Travolta played Charles' mother Lillian and her character's own sisters Vanessa and Sally in separate episodes; however, neither character appeared on-screen at the same time.
** Nicole Eggert played Jamie Powell and her cousin Amanda in the episode "Fair Exchange", again both characters never appeared in the episode in the same scenes.



* AndStarring: Willie Aames is given this in the first season. For the syndication run, he is credited second after Scott Baio; the "and" credit is during this era is given to James Callahan (Walter Powell).



* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: In the pilot episode, a Chinese delivery man invokes this when he explains that Charles purchased four dishes (when Charles actually bought two). Gwendolyn then tells him to explain it in Chinese, only to speak the same Engrish the delivery man spoke.
--->'''Charles''' (with accent): I order two dishes.
The delivery man suddenly reveals his ''American'' accent and asks Charles not to hassle him. He then invokes the Engrish accent again when Lila comes down for her study date (the reason why the food was ordered in the first place) all dressed up:
--->'''Alexander (Lila's study date):''' Lila?
--->'''Charles:''' Lila?
--->'''Delivery man''' (with accent): Rira? (without accent) Couldn't resist.



* AttractiveBentGender: Averted in "Still at Large." A female teacher tells Charles that he's "a good looking man," but "an ugly woman."

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* AttractiveBentGender: Averted in "Still at Large." A female teacher of Jamie's [[spoiler: who turns out to be a fugitive on the run for committing arson in the 1970s]] tells Charles Charles, who with Buddy, were dressed in drag, that he's "a good looking man," but "an ugly woman.""* BeautifulAllAlong: Enid in the episode "A Date with Enid".



* CanCrushingCranium: In the case of Buddy, it is averted in the episode "Judge Lest Not Ye Beheaded," Buddy takes out a coconut from a bag from a bag of coconuts. He smashes it on his forehead, and ends up knocking himself unconscious.

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* CanCrushingCranium: In the case of Buddy, it is averted in the episode "Judge Lest Not Ye Beheaded," Buddy takes out a coconut from a bag from a bag of coconuts.coconuts marked "Deluxe Mixed Nuts". He smashes it on his forehead, and ends up knocking himself unconscious.



* CatchPhrase: Charles' "You had to (something that results in some sort of foul-up), didn't you?!", which is more often said to Buddy but occasionally said to other characters.

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* CatchPhrase: Charles' "You had to (something that results in some sort of foul-up), didn't you?!", ya?!", which is more often said to Buddy but occasionally said to other characters.



** Buddy addressing people he knows with "(person's name), [[CaptainObvious It's me, Buddy]]".
** Buddy's "Heeeeelp me, Heeeeelp me!" cry in the final couple of seasons.

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** Buddy addressing people he knows with "(person's name), [[CaptainObvious It's me, Buddy]]".
Buddy]]" (and one time, "It's me, Buddence").
** Buddy's screeching "Heeeeelp me, Heeeeelp me!" cry in the final couple of seasons.



** The final scene of "The Undergraduate," features Jamie asking Charles to explain to Adam about girls. Adam told Jamie that every time he tries to score on a girl named Anne Louise Harmon and keeps striking out, who happens to be a pitcher of his school baseball team. Adam later exclaims that Charles deciphering that he can't score when Anne Louise pitches the baseball is incorrect, saying "Are you kidding? That's the only time I score". Jamie and Charles promptly run after him.



** In season five's "Brain Man", Charles and Buddy become paid volunteers for a psychic research study on extrasensory perception. Later on, Buddy asks Ms. Spelling, the attractive blonde proctor of the test that if she really does have ESP to read his mind and tell him what he's thinking. Three seconds later, she promptly slaps him in the face, implying that she discovered Buddy was thinking some sexual thoughts about her.
** Also from that episode, when Buddy takes an ESP test and gets all the answers right:
--->'''Miss Pelling:''' Buddy, you have an enormous gift.
--->'''Buddy:''' Thanks, but how am I doing on the ESP.
** Later in the same episode, Charles wants to sleep with a girl named Lily (named after the flower) and Buddy uses his ESP to predict that the blossoming flower will open its petals to a young stallion.



--->'''Buddy:''' [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything I'll show you My Little Winner]].

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--->'''Buddy:''' [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything I'll show you you]] [[DoubleEntendre My Little Winner]].



** In "Brain Man", when Buddy takes and ESP test and gets all the answers right:
--->'''Miss Pelling:''' Buddy, you have an enormous gift.
--->'''Buddy:''' Thanks but how am I doing on the ESP.
** Later in the same episode, Charles wants to sleep with a girl named Lily (named after the flower) and Buddy uses his ESP to predict that the blossoming flower will open its petals to a young stallion.

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* The series also tends to do this when it comes to Adam saying something that Charles incorrectly interprets as something sexual, before Adam explains of what he really meant (usually involving the literal meaning of the word or phrase, not the euphemism).
** In "Brain Man", when Buddy takes the final scene of season two's "Feud for Thought", Jamie and ESP test Sarah ask Charles about his date with Dina del Fluvio. Sarah asks what he likes about her; just as Charles tries to answer, Adam says "does the word 'promiscuous' ring a bell?" As the girls walk upstairs, Adam then explains that the word is featured in a sentence within his history lesson: "the Middle Ages were marked by promiscuous violence". Charles remains frazzled, Adam then decides to go upstairs and gets all ask his mother what the word means.
** In the final scene of season two's "Dating", Charles
answers right:
--->'''Miss Pelling:''' Buddy, you have an enormous gift.
--->'''Buddy:''' Thanks but how am I doing
Adam's question about why people go on the ESP.
** Later in the same episode,
dates and then asks him if he has anybody he has a crush on. Adam says he likes his neighbor Marilyn Kelso and that he likes her because she comes across. Adam explains to a puzzled Charles wants that Marilyn lives on the other side of the street and comes across (walks over to sleep with his side of the street) whenever she sees Adam playing out in the yard. Buddy and Charles then decide to go scope out attractive girls who "come across".
** The final scene of "The Undergraduate," features Jamie asking Charles to explain to Adam about girls. Adam told Jamie that every time he tries to score on
a girl named Lily (named Anne Louise Harmon and keeps striking out, she happens to be a pitcher of his school's baseball team. Adam later exclaims that Charles deciphering that he can't score when Anne Louise pitches the baseball is incorrect, he then subverts the usual instance of him meaning something literally on saying "Are you kidding? That's the only time I score". Jamie and Charles promptly run after him.
** In
the flower) final scene of the season four episode "Walter's War," Adam mentions having slept with Cindy Wilson the night before while visiting at her house; Charles and Buddy uses his ESP to predict misinterpret this as the euphemism for having sex. Although Adam meant this literally, as he explains that the blossoming flower will open its petals both of them fell asleep while watching ''The Last Emperor'' because they got bored while watching the movie. This inspires Charles and Buddy to a young stallion. rent that same movie and call up some girls to come over and watch so the same thing happens.
* GrammarNazi: Charles is somewhat of one, he is particular about proper use of grammar and is willing to explain the correct usage (which at times, leads to confusion). Season three's "Trading Papers" and season five's "Advice and Contempt" are key examples.
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