By Deanna Barnert
Special to MSN TV
"Good Luck Charlie" is having the baby -- finally! But cast members Bridgit Mendler, Jason Dolley, Bradley Steven Perry, Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer are still keeping certain details mum. The baby's sex and fan-picked name won't be revealed until the Sunday, June 24, one-hour episode "Special Delivery," which promises to be a doozy. It wouldn't be a Duncan birth without a dose of insanity, after all.
"For those who remember Charlie's birth, a lot of crazy things happened," Bridgit Mendler (Teddy) set up. "This birth is no different, [except] Teddy's a lot more involved in the actual delivery."
"Amy Duncan, poor thing," Leigh-Allyn Baker (Amy) added with a sigh. "She has help this time, and it still doesn't go according to plan!"
With hormonal Amy ready to burst, the girls don't want to wait any longer to meet Baby Duncan. They also don't want him or her to steal Charlie's birthday.
While they team up on a delivery mission, the Duncan guys also try balancing baby prep with Charlie's impending birthday. Gabe's task is simple enough. He just has to pick up Charlie's gift.
P.J. and Bob have a more substantial job. "They're buying a new car," Jason Dolley (P.J.) previewed. "That goes horribly. Everything goes horribly, except for one thing."
One can assume that "one thing" is a healthy baby, rather than P.J. and Gabe's princess date with Charlie.
"I've put on crazy costumes in my history with Disney: None have been as affecting as that," Dolley admitted. "The wig helped. That made it feel more like a costume, but for awhile, I was just wearing a dress and boots. It was weird!"
Needless to say, much goes down before Baby Duncan arrives to accept the name the world has chose for him or her. Twenty-five million votes were cast, and a few even came from the set.
"We didn't have any input on the name, but I did vote online," Mendler shared. "[Bo, Jonah and Erica] were names of writers on our show, which was fun, so I voted for those. The interesting thing was that, nationally, there was a name picked, but then [after] tallying up the international vote, a different name was chosen."
Baby Makes 7
By any name, this baby will shake things up for the Duncan household, just as it did the cast. They've worked with Charlie for years, but she started out older and bigger than their tiny new package.
"I had to hold the baby in one of the shows, and it's like a newborn," shared
Bradley Steven Perry (Gabe). "That was frightening, in itself. Then they were
like, 'Can you walk with it?' I was like, 'No!'"
Mendler admits she too was "wigged out" and afraid she'd "break" the new addition. Instead, her first time ended up being a favorite moment this season.
"It was such a cool experience," Mendler shared. "They had a nurse on set -- basically, a baby tamer. The tip she gave was to try singing to the baby and bouncing around a bit. The baby literally started falling asleep in my arms. I was smitten."
The kids have adjusted to carrying the extra weight, literally and figuratively, but it's getting only more difficult for Baker.
"My bump keeps getting in the way," Baker laughed. "I thought, 'I'm going to be a clever monkey: I'm going to get to film my whole pregnancy.' Well, I come to work a few weeks pregnant and they're like, 'So, Amy's about six months pregnant. Here's your pad.' Bummer! Now, I do a lot of laundry on the show. It was clothes. Then my bump got so big, I was folding towels. The other day they actually came at me with sheets. Really?"
Well, at least the chore makes sense. After Baby Duncan arrives, an overwhelmed Amy decides she needs to stay at home and makes a big exit from the hospital.
"I hope she finds something to busy herself," Baker said. "Otherwise, she's just going to meddle in her kids' lives and muck it all up. [The writers] want her to become a blogger. I want her to be a Broadway star. We'll see ..."
Whatever Amy falls into down the road, Bob will be the breadwinner, for a while. That will mean picking up a few odd jobs to supplement his pest-control business.
"When you start by killing bugs and then go 'odder' than that ... it should be interesting," Eric Allan Kramer (Bob) teased. "Bob is overwhelmed. The thing is, it's not just another baby: He's getting older. He needs to start looking at whether this career is what he wants to do for the rest of his life.
"The whole family needs to reassess what their responsibilities are. It's about trying to keep this ship afloat."
To that end, one of the kids will actually jump ship. "P.J. is getting his own place because the house is too crowded," Dolley previewed. "He'll still hang out, because he wants to be there for the new baby and his family, but he moves in with Emmett and starts community college. It's ... er, rough."
Gabe will also face a few hiccups now that he's officially the middle child, but it will be worth it. "Gabe is going to love this baby," Perry previewed.
With much about to change, one key element remains the same.
"The show is 'Good Luck Charlie,' not 'Good Luck New Baby,'" Baker said. "We're still focused on Charlie; we're just changing everyone's dynamic. I'm not going to lie to you: We thought it was crazy. We wanted a dog, and they gave us a baby. What? But Disney wanted to grow the show, and the baby has definitely done that. Nobody is in the same role they were in before.
"Even Charlie's taken on a totally different role. Now, those video diaries from her big sister Teddy can really come in handy!"
"Good Luck Charlie" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.