Raising Hope

FOX (ended 2014)
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  • Jimmy Chance, who hasn't made the best decisions in life, is trying his best to raise his daughter with the help of his family who didn't do the best job raising him as a child. His family consists of a working mom and dad Virginia and Burt, and an almost never-lucid grandma Maw Maw. Rounding up the cast is Sabrina, a worker at the local store that Jimmy has a crush on, and several recurring stars.moreless

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  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucas Neff

    Jimmy Chance

  • Martha Plimpton

    Virginia Chance

  • Garret Dillahunt

    Burt Chance

  • Shannon Woodward

    Sabrina Collins-Chance

  • Gregg Binkley

    Barney Hughes (Season 2+, recurring previously)

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  • Quotes (265)

    • Jimmy: Listen, I have a question about this food and it might be a stupid question, but I-I feel I should ask. Sabrina: I'm sure it's not stupid. Jimmy: Okay. Well, um, the book I have says I should feed her vegetables and I want to do that, but the only vegetable jars I found have pictures of either black babies or Asian babies on them, and I don't know if the pictures are random, you know, or if there's a reason Asian babies instead of white ones should eat these particular string beans? Sabrina: That is a really good question. The colors of the babies on the jars don't matter, however it's really important that you do not feed her anything with a picture of a boy on it or else she will grow a penis. And a mustache. Jimmy: I said it might be a stupid question. Sabrina: Yeah you did. I just... really wasn't prepared for that.

    • Sabrina: Nice car seat. Jimmy: Oh yeah, thanks, it's a used one. Sabrina: I can see that. Who used it, baby Jesus?

    • Lucy: Virginia, do you mind if I use the bathroom? Virginia: Last door on the left, hon. If you're doing big business you've got to flush twice. And don't be running the sink during the second flush - you're gonna have to give it a third go around.

    • Mike: Jimmy! He's the boss, man. You think I like it when he pushes me in the bushes while I'm taking a leak? I don't. The thorns hurt my wiener.

    • Virginia: What are you doing home? Jimmy: I quit. There's gotta be more to life than cleaning the same pool over and over. Virginia: There isn't.

    • Virginia: We sang a song! Anybody can sing a song. Charles Manson can sing a song. Burt: He's actually pretty darn good. Mike has his album. Virginia: He is good, but that doesn't mean you want him helping you raise your child.

    • Burt: Jimmy! Do I need to remind you that we both have to work tomorrow? Maybe you can sleepwalk your way through skimming leaves, but I gotta be fresh. I got PHs to balance. That's science!

    • Sabrina: So, is this your wife? Jimmy: Mom. Sabrina: Mom? Virginia: I had him when I was young. I don't recommend it.

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    Notes (129)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: November 17, 2010 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: November 18, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Czech Republic: February 1, 2011 on HBO

    • Although featured in the opening credits as one of the starring cast, the FOX press release recognizes Skyler Stone as a recurring character.

    • "Stuck in the Middle with You" by Stealers Wheel plays as Jimmy is taking care of Hope midway through the episode; "Danny's Song" by Me First And The Gimme Gimmes plays at the end of the episode; also, show star Martha Plimpton songs "Danny's Song" to the baby during the episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: November 24, 2010 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: November 25, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Czech Republic: February 8, 2011 on HBO

    • Guest star Katie Micucci was originally cast to play the role of Jimmy's cousin Mike, the character that went through several rewrites, including a difference in sex, but was finally cast as Shelly.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: December 2, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Czech Republic: February 15, 2011 on HBO

    • "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" by The Four Lads plays in the beginning of the episode while Maw Maw is playing Jenga and while Jimmy is flashing back to his childhood. The song plays again in the episode when Maw Maw and Burt are cleaning out the greenhouse to get to Hope, this time the song is performed by They Might Be Giants.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: December 9, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Czech Republic: February 22, 2011 on HBO

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    Trivia (32)

    • Baby Hope's prison number on her shirt after Jimmy gets her after her mother is executed, 46664, is the same number as Nelson Mandela's.

    • Virginia says that she's 39. Since it's established that she had Jimmy at 15, that makes him 24. However, he turns 23 in the season finale, meaning he's 22 in the episodes prior.

    • Virginia's maiden name is Thompson.

    • Hope's mother Lucy's prison number is seen to be #24601-626. 24601 was the prison number of Jean Valjean from Les Miserables, Victor Hugo's classic novel, as well as the musical adaptation. 24601 was the date of Hugo's birthday.

    • The governor of Umstead Park is Eyal Gordin, as per the sign in front of his establishment. Eyal Gordin is actually a reference to the director of this episode.

    • After all the alarms, the manager lets Burt walk out of the store without even paying for the cough medicine.

    • Maw Maw's real first name is Barbara.

    • Arthur calls Maw Maw "Mrs Thompson", thus revealing her last name.

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    Allusions (43)

    • The store manager was called Kenny by Jason Lee's character Kenny on another Greg Garcia production, My Name Is Earl.

    • The news reporter on the TV segues from the story about Lucy to a story about "a small time criminal who has completed his list of amendments". This is a reference to My Name is Earl, which was also produced by Greg Garcia and was canceled before Earl checked off all of the items on his list.

    • Smokey Floyd: Thanks Kenny. Gregg Brinkley, who plays Barney, starred with guest star Jason Lee (Smokey Floyd) in the Greg Garcia show My Name Is Earl, where he played a character named Kenny.

    • "You look like the horny neighbor from Mary Tyler Moore." This is a reference to the character of Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, who was played by Cloris Leachman and spun off into her own sitcom, Phyllis. In this episode, Cloris Leachman's outfit and hair are made up in styles very similar to the way Phyllis wore them. However, technically, the closest to "a horny neighbor" on MTM would be Betty White's character, Sue Ann Nivens. Phyllis on the other hand was happily married, and ironically, Sue Ann tried to steal her husband at one point. Perhaps the writers simply thought of a composite version of Sue Ann and Phyllis?

    • Virginia: (to Donna) Your husband looks like a skinny version of that fat guy from Mallrats. Donna's husband is played by Ethan Suplee in this episode. Suplee had the role of William on Mallrats, a 1995 comedy.

    • Virginia: (to Burt after the baby monitor picks up their neighbors signal) Relax, I've seen this on Modern Family and countless other sitcoms. Modern Family is an American sitcom that airs on ABC Wednesdays.

    • Burt: What's different about right now from last night? Jimmy: About eight beers. Burt: That's right! You were drunk. OK, this makes perfect sense. I saw an episode of Family Guy where the dad could only play piano when he was drunk. Virginia: Yes! And I saw a sitcom on ABC, where a lady couldn't speak Italian unless she was drunk. Burt: Alright! You know what else we’re great at? Remembering important things we see on TV that help us navigate the rough waters of our lives.

      This happened on the ABC sitcom Happy Endings, to the character of Penny played by Casey Wilson.

    • Shelley: We lost one of our favorite seniors, Sherwood. He used to start each day with a song that perfectly recapped what was going on. Sherwood Schwartz died in July of 2011. He was an American television producer who also wrote theme songs to his best-known sitcoms, Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch. The theme songs are remembered for recapping the situation that was the premise of each show.

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  • Fan Reviews (28)
  • Not sure about it

    By anastasia1243, Feb 08, 2014

  • Shame

    By KokoBahbah, Apr 20, 2014

  • Raising Hope? Not any more

    By paddy2912, Feb 10, 2014

  • quilty pleasure

    By ddstephens, Feb 08, 2014

  • a lady never discusses her business

    By carolgene5, Dec 29, 2013