"Mr. Brilliant"
Season 1, Episode 21
Air date March 13, 1985
Written by Pamela Pettler
Directed by Alan Rafkin
Episode guide
"The Wrong Guy"
"Meet Grandpa"

Mr. Brillant is the twenty-first episode of the first season of Charles in Charge. It originally aired on March 13, 1985.


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Jill 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 finds out who the guest 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.