Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Charles is far more down to earth and practical than either of his friends in the crime solving business – he is doubtful about the idea of a podcast, wants to collect evidence before he decides whether Mabel is betraying them or not (so he follows her around, observing her and that leads him to form conclusions), and is constantly referencing his previous television hit from the 90s – a job he hasn’t moved on from, to the extent that he expects all the same things to happen to him again – for him to lose his current girlfriend to his stunt double, for example; finding them both on the couch in a semi-compromising position leads him to rush to the conclusion that he is being dumped, again. He wants to make sense of the murder, and uses Te techniques to do it – such as coming up with a murder board in his living room, so he can remember all the people, places, incidents, and facts involved. He can be quite blunt and inconsiderate of others’ feelings, asking questions without fully appreciating how others might be offended by them, stating frankly that he wants them all out of his house, etc. Charles at one point is willing to give up the case and ignore it from this moment forward, rather than face the threat of being evicted from his apartment of 30 years (his pride and joy, his entire adult life has been in this apartment, it has memories). He can be a bit egocentric and full of himself at times, but also is inconsiderate of others’ emotional needs – although, once he grows to like Mabel, he assumes once he learns of her dead best friend, that they cannot do the podcast anymore because it might damage her mental health. (However, once she assures them that she’s fine, they go on with it.) Charles does connect some of the dots, such as figuring out the connection between the man giving them money for the podcast and the mysterious ‘Angel’ the murder victim was tracking, but he is often wrong in his assumptions. He doesn’t like to leap to them too soon, but will pick up and run with others’ ideas – he latches onto the woman he’s dating’s theories about the murderer and wants to consider all of them, much to Oliver’s frustration. But for a long time, he dismisses the idea of the man not having shot himself as ‘nonsense,’ he rolls his eyes at Oliver’s theories, and wants nothing to do with anything dangerous, claiming that he has lived his life in the slow, sensible lane. What’s more, at the end of the first season, rather than reach out into the world to find another girlfriend, Charles texts the woman who left him ages ago for someone else, since he just found out she might be free again. Returning back to what’s familiar, rather than moving forward.

Enneagram: 5w6 sp/so

Charles is the embodiment of someone who hates having other people around him, who doesn’t want them in his life, and who isolates himself as much as possible from them, including not wanting to share his apartment building with people, to talk to them in elevators, or to have Oliver camp out on his couch (which is a nightmare, because Oliver never shuts up). He has shrunk the size of his life, and it’s only in being involved in a murder investigation that he starts to expand it a little – by asking out a girl he likes in the building, by tailing people, breaking into apartments to collect evidence, and having human interactions. This opens him up into a collective group effort, where he is able to find his place among his friends enough to be willing to die for them – a far cry from his previous detachment (true, he can’t talk when he wants to say all of this, and it comes out in incomprehensible babbles, but that’s okay, his heart is in the right place).