Hot in Cleveland (season 2)
|Hot in Cleveland (season 2)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original network||TV Land|
|Original release||January 19– August 31, 2011|
The second season of the TV Land original sitcom Hot in Cleveland premiered on January 19 and ended on August 31, 2011. Twenty episodes were initially ordered, but the order was later extended to 22 episodes. The series stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves, and Betty White.
After being on hiatus since March 23, 2011, Hot in Cleveland returned on June 15, 2011 to air the remaining 12 episodes of season 2 ending on August 31, 2011.
The second season picks up 24 hours after the storm and Elka's arrest on hiding stolen property. While in jail, Elka reveals that her late husband was involved with a crime family after she recognizes a fellow inmate named Diane. But that wasn't the only revelation coming from Elka, for it turned out that she also had a tryst with Rick, the neighbor and The Plain Dealer columnist who tried to seduce Melanie in the first season. Because of these events, Elka could face more legal problems, prompting her lawyer to suggest that she be declared incompetent so she won't stand trial, which proved to be a disaster because her lawyer became a chick magnet for Melanie, Joy and Victoria. After her fiancé Max broke up with her, he decided to date and marry another woman, but Elka fought back and both Elka and Max became a couple again. However, Max's son is running for political office and Elka mentioned that dating Max could affect his chances because he doesn't want the publicity. Elka has also started drinking as well. Elka was later cleared of all charges, but her romantic problems would take on a lot more problems when Max decided to leave for Florida, resulting in her dating another guy named Fred, who then asked her to marry him. But on the day of the wedding, Elka learned that her dead husband was alive.
Melanie, on the other hand, can't forgive her cop-boyfriend Pete for arresting Elka, but the two do kiss and make up, although his mother has made it known that she does not like Melanie. To add insult to injury, Melanie also found out that Hank, the married plumber she met back in the first season, is Pete's older brother and still has feelings for her. Elka blurts out information on Melanie's past exploits with Hank at a bar, which simultaneously ends Melanie's relationship with Pete while costing Hank his marriage after his wife witnessed it all. She later found another guy, a doctor named Andrew. In addition, Melanie visited her home in Los Angeles as it was locked up in legal limbo, and pined for the good days she and her family had in that residence. She is finally able to sell the home while realizing she must move on.
Meanwhile, Joy learns that her son has decided to not see her just yet, but that's the least of her problems: She just learned that the INS plans to deport her back to England, so she must find a way to get a green card... which is where Rick comes in. Although she does accept his offer of "marriage" (knowing that Rick still plans to be a "player"), this unusual relationship and Rick's plan to use this ruse to bed other women would be ruined when Rick tried to smooth talk their immigration lawyer. On top of that, she told Elka after being arrested by Pete for taking money in a rummage sale drug deal (she sold a guy Victoria's "chill pills") that she was a shoplifter as a teenager. Her love life also took a weird turn when she found out a guy she thought was into her really just wanted Joy to babysit his son while he dated a different woman, which gave Joy the idea of wanting to have another child. She also had a past relationship with actor Michael E. Knight, whom she despises because he never called after a one-night stand she had with him. This revelation and the fake wedding could mean more problems for the eyebrow specialist and her attempts to stay in the United States. But thanks to a last-minute deal from the governor's wife, oddly after she accused Joy of being a hooker, Joy was given a green card to stay in the country. She also realized that she had married Victoria in Canada on the night prior to Elka's wedding.
Financial problems are also taking a toll on Victoria. She just learned that her financial advisor was arrested on embezzlement charges and as a result, is now broke and has her assets frozen, leaving her trying to get herself out of debt and hopefully keep her sanity. An example of that came when she showed up at a bar with a very old, wheelchair-bound billionaire, but he dies during their first night out. In addition, she learned at a movie audition that she would be playing Melanie Griffith's mother, which resulted in the two having a cat fight (that was caught on tape), and later managed to land a job on All My Children alongside rival actress Susan Lucci in the wake of Victoria winning a Daytime Emmy award over Lucci in the first season. Unfortunately, Lucci sought revenge by screwing with Victoria during their scenes together, which would be thwarted by Joy threatening to sue the producers. She finally lands a regular job as a feature reporter at a local news station, despite the role initially being a bad fit for her. Thanks to an alcohol-induced stupor that took place prior to Elka's wedding, she ended up marrying Joy in Canada.
On July 7, 2010, TV Land announced that the show was renewed for a second season, which began production of 20 episodes on November 1, 2010. The new season premiered on January 19, 2011 and had a mid-season finale on March 23, 2011. The second half of the season, consisting of 10 episodes began airing on June 22, 2011. On May 16, 2011, It was announced that two more episodes were then added to the season, bringing the season 2 episode order to 22 episodes.
Mary Tyler Moore guest starred in the season opener, in which her character is somewhat connected with Elka in the wake of the latter's arrest in the first season finale. This marked the first time since 1977 that both White and Moore worked together since The Mary Tyler Moore Show ended its run on CBS. Sherri Shepherd appeared as the judge in Elka's competency case. Melanie Griffith, Jack Wagner, Bonnie Franklin and Janet Varney also guest starred, Franklin reuniting with One Day at a Time co-star Valerie Bertinelli. John Schneider, David Starzyk, Carl Reiner and Wayne Knight also reprised their roles this season.
The guest stars for the second half of season two are: Buck Henry, Dick Van Patten, John Mahoney (reuniting with Frasier co-star Jane Leeves), Doris Roberts, Jennifer Love Hewitt, George Wendt, Mindy Cohn, Richard Burgi, Antonio Sabàto, Jr. and Michael McMillian. Amy Sedaris and Huey Lewis also reprised their roles from previous episodes.
Region 2 released Part 1 of the second season on August 31, 2011, Part 1 features the first 10 episodes of the season. Part 2 which features the rest of the 12 episodes was scheduled to be released on DVD on November 19, 2012, along with a Complete Season 2 box-set with all episodes of Season 2 released on the same date, but got delayed to December 31, 2012, and then again to February 25, 2013.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|11||1||"Free Elka"||David Trainer||Suzanne Martin||January 19, 2011||201||2.95|
Elka meets up with an old friend (Mary Tyler Moore) while she is in prison and Melanie, Joy and Victoria hold a fundraiser to raise the money to pay her bail. Meanwhile, Joy receives a letter from the INS and is forced to get engaged to Rick (Wayne Knight) to avoid deportation. Victoria loses all her money when her financial advisor is imprisoned. Melanie and Pete (David Starzyk) profess their love for each other.
Note: After being nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Betty White submitted this episode to judges for Emmy consideration.
|12||2||"Bad Bromance"||David Trainer||Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil||January 26, 2011||202||2.30|
|Melanie begins to question if her relationship is right for her when she meets Pete's family, gets off on the wrong foot with his mother (Bonnie Franklin), and comes face to face with Pete's older brother... Hank (John Schneider), who hit on her in Season 1. Meanwhile, Joy attempts a scam so she can get a green card, but Rick wants to romance their immigration lawyer. Victoria starts dating an older billionaire, who looks like he's already met his maker.|
|13||3||"Hot for the Lawyer"||David Trainer||Steve Joe||February 2, 2011||204||2.36|
|The girls compete for the affection of Elka's handsome lawyer (Mark Deklin). Elka must convince a judge (Sherri Shepherd) she is senile to avoid trial all while dealing with Max (Carl Reiner) announcing he's getting married to his new girlfriend, Agnes (Millicent Martin).|
|14||4||"Sisterhood of the Traveling SPANX"||David Trainer||Rachel Sweet||February 9, 2011||203||2.11|
|A pair of black Spandex pants are tied in to Victoria getting into a fight with Melanie Griffith during a movie audition, Melanie attempting to date a doctor, and a younger guy, who Joy was hoping to date, asking Joy to babysit his son instead.|
|15||5||"I Love Lucci, Part 1"||Andy Cadiff||Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano||February 16, 2011||205||1.92|
The girls head back to Los Angeles when Victoria books a part on All My Children, so Melanie uses the opportunity to sell her old house. But the visit has Melanie reliving the past, Joy trying to jog Michael E. Knight's memory of their past encounter, Victoria scheming to get even with Susan Lucci after she makes changes to her scripts and Elka seeking out Robert Redford. Jimmy Kimmel and Leeves' former Frasier co-star Peri Gilpin guest star. To be continued...
Note: The title fonts read Hot in Cleveland In L.A. for this episode and serves as a crossover with All My Children, which will feature Malick in the February 24, 2011 airing.
|16||6||"I Love Lucci, Part 2"||Andy Cadiff||Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano||February 23, 2011||206||1.71|
While the girls are in Los Angeles, Elka runs off to find the movie star of her dreams, Robert Redford. Meanwhile, Susan Lucci resorts to Erica Kane-type tactics by screwing with Victoria's scenes, Michael E. Knight toys with Joy's feelings, and Melanie is still trying to let go of her feelings for her old home.
Note: The second episode to feature the Hot in Cleveland In L.A. title fonts.
|17||7||"Dog Tricks, Sex Flicks & Joy's Fix"||Andy Cadiff||Eric Zicklin||March 2, 2011||207||1.96|
|Victoria tries to talk Melanie into making a sex tape with her to jump-start her career. Meanwhile, while waiting for her therapy appointment, Joy meets a man named Gordon (John Ducey) with whom she is "screwed up in complementary ways", but risks losing him when she steals his files from their therapist's office. Elka rescues a dog from the shelter, called "Dummy" by the shelter workers, and she becomes exasperated when he can't learn any tricks.|
|18||8||"LeBron is Le Gone"||Andy Cadiff||Steve Joe||March 9, 2011||208||1.93|
|Joy meets a singing homeless man (Jon Lovitz) who agrees to marry her so she can stay in the country. Elka gives Melanie tips on basketball when she begins dating the shooting coach (Isaiah Mustafa) for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Victoria gets a job as a local news reporter.|
|19||9||"Elka's Snowbird"||David Trainer||Steve Skrovan||March 16, 2011||209||1.56|
|Max, Elka's on-again-off-again beau, tries to convince her to move with him to Florida. Meanwhile, Victoria falls hard for a new man (Gregory Harrison) that she meets during an "Oh Hi, Ohio" interview, but she must contend with his two young children. Melanie and Joy agree to do volunteer work at a retirement home.|
|20||10||"Law & Elka"||David Trainer||Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil||March 23, 2011||210||1.80|
|When the trial begins, Elka is guilty and runs off out West. Meanwhile, Joy is rumored to be a hooker for the governor of Ohio, and Victoria tries to convince Joy to go on "Oh, Hi, Ohio" and lie to the viewers, telling them that she really is a hooker.|
|21||11||"Where's Elka?"||Andy Cadiff||Suzanne Martin||June 15, 2011||211||2.39|
|The girls go to an Amish town to find Elka. Meanwhile, Victoria finds herself acclimating well with the other women in the town.|
|22||12||"How I Met My Mother"||Andy Cadiff||Steve Joe||June 22, 2011||212||1.97|
Joy finally meets her biological son, Owen (Michael McMillian) after accidentally shooting him with an old pellet gun. The girls fear for their lives when an ex-convict (Mark Derwin), that Victoria has kept in contact with has recently been released from prison. Elka tries to teach her untalented dog tricks for her church's "Bible Stories As Told By Animals" sermon.
Note: After being introduced in the seventh episode this season, "Dog Tricks, Sex Flicks & Joy's Fix", Elka's dog, "Dummy", is renamed to "Chance".
|23||13||"Unseparated at Birthdates"||Andy Cadiff||Rachel Sweet||June 29, 2011||215||2.29|
|The women set each other up on blind dates for their "fake" birthdays. Their plans backfire when Victoria goes out with a nice guy (Richard Burgi), but finds out he has a conjoined twin brother (Patrick Fabian). Melanie goes out with a guy that resembles Jesus (Vincent Ventresca) and gets so nervous that she makes holy jokes. Joy dates a guy (Frank Caliendo) who is brutally boring, except when he does celebrity impersonations such as Robert De Niro, Sean Connery and William Shatner. Elka goes out with a rich fellow (Steve Lawrence), but discovers he only likes her because she acted stupid. The waiter (John Mahoney) tries to help with the dates, but it turns out that he was ruining them and winds up going out with Elka, revealing the truth about Melanie's date, and breaking up Joy's date by setting him up with somebody else. The episode ends with everybody relaxing and having fun...until the second conjoined twin who was flirting with Joy ends up in trouble with his wife.|
|24||14||"Battle of the Bands"||Andy Cadiff||Steve Skrovan||July 6, 2011||214||2.25|
|The girls join a battle of the bands contest, but when Joy leaves to be the lead singer of Rick's band, the girls are left having to use Auto-Tune microphones.|
|25||15||"Love Thy Neighbor"||Andy Cadiff||Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil||July 13, 2011||216||2.00|
|Eager to have another child, Joy begins having casual sex with Rick, while Melanie thinks that Joy is on drugs. Meanwhile, Victoria gets advice from Elka about playing an elderly woman for a stage musical adaption of Driving Miss Daisy to impress the director (Tom McGowan) who already turned her down.|
|26||16||"Dancing Queens"||Andy Cadiff||Eric Zicklin||July 20, 2011||213||2.44|
|The girls visit a gay bar to find male gay best friends. Victoria is mistaken for a drag queen dressed as herself entering a celebrity drag queen contest. Elka reunites with an old friend (Doris Roberts) with whom she had a falling out years ago.|
|27||17||"The Emmy Show"||David Trainer||Steve Joe||July 27, 2011||221||1.84|
|Victoria's daughter Emmy (Jennifer Love Hewitt) visits, revealing that she's writing a tell-all book about how Victoria has been a bad mother to her. Meanwhile, Melanie and Joy compete with another woman to date a boy's father, à la The Bachelor.|
|28||18||"Arch Enemies"||David Trainer||Rachel Sweet||August 3, 2011||222||1.88|
|To get revenge on a coworker Colin Cooper (James Patrick Stuart), Victoria has Joy go out with him so that she can dump him later. However, her plan backfires when Joy develops genuine feelings for him. Also, Melanie reconnects with Bill (George Newbern), a blind date from season 1, who turns out to have an odd obsession with her feet.|
|29||19||"Too Hot for TV"||N/A||N/A||August 10, 2011||218||2.03|
|The Hot in Cleveland cast looks back on bloopers and other funny moments from season 2.|
|30||20||"Indecent Proposals"||Andy Cadiff||Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano||August 17, 2011||217||1.77|
|In the style of Sex and the City, Melanie writes a piece on her Woman's Day column about women having a casual sex relationship with men, with the girls testing the theory. Victoria's old flame Johnny Revere (Huey Lewis) returns to town and has a heart attack right before he is about to make love to her. Elka begins a sexual relationship with her long-time poker buddy Fred (Buck Henry) which leads to a marriage proposal.|
|31||21||"Bridezelka"||Andy Cadiff||Suzanne Martin||August 24, 2011||219||1.98|
|When Elka begins to feel that she's too old to get married, she and Fred meet with Reverend Boyce (Cedric the Entertainer), an R&B singer turned minister, who counsels them. After getting advice from the girls, she turns to planning an elaborate wedding in an attempt to draw the attention away from her. With Elka finding everything unsatisfactory, the girls fear she has turned into a bridezilla, and dub her "Bridezelka". Meanwhile, Victoria models a new Ladypants product that eliminates water from the body.|
|32||22||"Elka's Wedding"||David Trainer||Eric Zicklin||August 31, 2011||220||2.44|
|In this parody episode of the comedy film The Hangover, the girls wake up to find Victoria and Joy with big hair, Melanie duct-taped to the wall, and the house trashed. Joy and Victoria find out that they both got married the night before. During their search for Elka, who is looking for a sign from her dead husband that it's okay to marry Fred, they also try to find their own husbands. Clues in the bar help Joy and Victoria remember that they went to Canada with the touring cast of Hairspray, which explains their hair at the beginning of the episode. Melanie discovers she started (and won) a wet T-shirt contest at the bar. They find Elka and get to the wedding, where Joy and Victoria now realize they married each other. At the wedding ceremony, several men that know Elka stand up and ask her to marry them. The season ends with a cliffhanger, when Max shows up and tells Elka he made a mistake leaving her, and not to marry Fred. Then a stranger (Don Rickles) rushes in and yells, "She's not going to marry any of you losers! She's already married to me!" Elka explains to Melanie that he is her "dead" husband.|
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