|Season 1, Episode 1|
|Air date||October 3, 1984|
|Written by||Michael Jacobs|
|Directed by||Alan Rafkin|
The pilot episode of Charles in Charge aired on October 3, 1984.
Charles becomes ecstatic when his dream girl, Gwendolyn Pierce, a campus beauty, accepts a date with him. However, Jill and Stan have to go out for the night, leaving Charles in charge. Buddy comes up with the perfect solution - to invite Gwendolyn to spend the evening at home with him and the children. She accepts and sends Charles into a state of nervous euphoria. Charles specifically has to keep an eye on Lila who is helping her school heartthrob, Alexander Morgan, with his homework. Charles plans a quiet evening to impress Gwendolyn while he desperately tries to keep his three charges in line. Both Charles and Lila's dates go awry when Gwendolyn and Alexander feel they are being treated like objects - reputations - rather than people. It is up to Charles to convince Gwendolyn that his intentions are sincere and trustworthy.
Lila: Alexander Morgan!
Buddy: No, Buddy Lembeck.
Lila: Not you, goon machine.
Buddy: Hold it!
Buddy: I'm Charles' friend.
Jill: Yes, and you're the one Lila calls, wait a minute, what is it?
Buddy: And because I'm Charles' friend, I have a responsibility to tell you he has a date tonight.
Jill: Goon machine!
Stan: Charles, I'm 35 years old, I'm probably not going to have another little girl. Do you understand what I'm telling you?
Stan: Charles, I'm 35 years old, I'm not your father, but you've been with us how long, three months? I feel I can talk to you. Do you understand what I'm telling you?
Charles: Uh Lila, your father is 35 years old, it's a quarter after nine, and he's probably not going to have any more daughters. Do you understand what I'm telling you?
Stan: The house is empty Jill, there's nobody home. Do you understand what I'm telling you?
- First appearances of Charles, Buddy, Gwendolyn and the Pembrokes
- Only appearance of Alexander Morgan, although he is mentioned in the season 2 episode "Amityville"
- The video game console Douglas is playing on is a Vectrex.