"American Teen"
Season 2, Episode 6
Air date February 7, 1987
Written by David Wechter
Directed by Phil Ramuno
Episode guide
"The Loan Arranger"
"Buddy Comes to Dinner"

American Teen is the sixth episode of the second season of Charles in Charge. It originally aired on February 7, 1987.


Charles is in love, but that's nothing new. What is new is that the self-assured Charles is nervous about calling this wonderful young lady named Louise and asking her out. The problem is that she's a French foreign exchange student, she's refined, classy and why would she ever want to go out with the likes of Charles? Buddy's advice for Charles is to be positive about himself, but Charles is still reluctant to call this lovely lady. Meanwhile Charles is telling Sarah to stand up and have confidence in herself, the same lesson he should be heeding himself. Sarah has written a beautiful essay for American Teen magazine's huge national contest and she's embarrassed to submit it. But lo and behold, someone submits it for her, and she ends up in the finals. When Charles finally realizes he is preaching to Sarah what he is not practicing himself, he calls Louise.[1]


  • Only appearance of Louise
  • Third appearance of Paula Thackery and the first in season 2