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Charles graciously invites the Powells to spend the Christmas holidays together with him, Lillian and Buddy at a remote mountain log cabin out in the deep woods but his effervescent vision of a jolly kindred noel is frostily quashed by an unexpected snow storm, a predatory bear and an absent can opener.
Charles wins a national scholastic prize and becomes the interview subject of a known female journalist ( Barbara Rhoades ) whose vigorous questions about his special role inside the Powell household triggers the family’s genuine concerns that his duties might be interfering with his ability to enjoy a more normal university student’s life.
Charles and Buddy secretly go undercover to investigate a local modeling school where Jamie has enrolled in optimistically following her neophyte dreams of celebrity stardom because they keenly suspect that the vivaciously reassuring proprietress ( Nita Talbot ) is a quick-witted con artist.
THE EXTREMELY ODD COUPLE
Charles tries to settle peacefully an ongoing feud between his mother Lillian and his employer Walter by giving both of them concert tickets for a jazzy night of swing music but later finds himself uncomfortably right smack in the middle of another knotty quarrel involving a vehicular collision at the Powell driveway that he personally witnessed.
Charles agrees to serve as a temporary fill-in writer on a love advice column where he reads a letter from a young girl having boy problems who sounds suspiciously like Sarah. But when his mature and intelligent counsel to her gets unknowingly substituted in print for a more juicy and vulgar recommendation, he and Buddy try to quietly keep the current day’s newspaper out of everyone’s hands.
SARAH STEPS OUT
Charles persuades Ellen to grant the children more autonomy and independence but this lenient policy eventually culminates in Adam feeling quite jittery after he views a horror movie, Jamie streaking rainbow colors into her blonde hair, and Sarah going out on her first non-chaperoned date with an unscrupulous and knavish young trickster ( Scott Grimes ).
Charles is very much surprised to discover that his assigned essay inadvertently got mixed up with Sarah’s class poem, resulting in academic kudos for him but a negative lower grade for her, which obligates him to fix this botched quagmire and clarify matters honestly with the girl’s understanding teacher and his own jaded college professor ( Jack Riley ).
Charles joins Buddy in pledging a campus fraternity where both endure a series of kooky hazing initiation tests after which he must choose whether or not to victoriously become an accepted member within their organization despite the fact that said group’s leadership will also be rejecting his quirky best friend.
Charles suffers a mysterious illness when the Powells receive bad news that Ellen lost her job and their house will be sold. Going into a deep slumber, he unconsciously experiences a quixotic reverie inhabited by absurd characters who offer him the vital key to finally solving the clan’s troublesome predicament.
Charles asks Buddy for help in meticulously scheduling his necessary presence at three overlapping events: Jamie’s birthday gala which he must chaperon, Sarah’s class where he is a featured speaker and a romantic date with a lovely coed. But their quicksilver plans get jumbled and fall apart thanks to various unforeseen delays and setbacks exacerbated further by an inquisitive youngster ( Mark Paul Gosselaar ).
WHERE THE AUCTION IS
Charles naively volunteers to sell himself at a charity slave auction hosted by Lillian as part of a sorority fundraising jubilee where a gorgeous lady onlooker purchases him but afterwards reveals herself to be a delegated buying agent of the Powell kids Jamie, Sarah and Adam who eagerly take quick advantage of his mock inferior underling status.
THE BLACKBOARD BUNGLE
Charles attempts to qualify as a junior teacher’s aide for one of Jamie’s senior instructors, a grizzled veteran educator ( Jerry Van Dyke ) who lives on the hope that sweet retirement comes before ultimate madness and doesn’t know why any smart newcomer would pursue this frustrating occupation.
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