"Cousin Elliot"
Season 1, Episode 5
Air date November 7, 1984
Written by Mike Reiss, Al Jean
Directed by Alan Rafkin
Episode guide
"Slumber Party"

Cousin Elliot is the fifth episode of the first season of Charles in Charge. It originally aired on November 7, 1984.


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Charles comes home triumphant from a softball game. Lila is getting ready for a survival trip to which Douglas was hoping to go also, all hidden in her duffel bag. Unexpectedly, cousin Elliot shows up at the Pembroke house. His ideas of how to deal with children, what is permissible and what is not, does not necessarily coincide with Charles' opinions. The children drink coffee, overeat on ice cream to the point of stomach aches, Elliot even plans to take Lila, who is only fourteen years old, to a dark, smoky night club. Charles is undecided if he should step in and stop all the "fun" or should he not get involved at all. Buddy had told him that blood is thicker than water, and Elliot is family. In the end, Charles does put his foot down, and to his amazement finds out that Stan and Jill were just letting him go through this experience by himself, since they knew all along how things were going to end, and that you cannot simply say ‘yes' to everything and then not be present to accept the consequences.