Raising Hope Goes to Court for Its Season Finale

Raising Hope S02E22: “I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back, Baby Back”

Okay, so my evil(er) twin theory was wrong. It’s cool. I wasn’t particularly hoping for an evil twin storyline, I just thought that having serial killer mommy Lucy miraculously survive her tangle with Old Sparky would have been weird.

Make no mistake, it WAS weird, but it worked in a Wacky Sitcom Hijinks kind of way.

So Lucy was electrocuted, saw the light, was promptly rejected from the light (via Ed Begley, Jr.!), and ran away from the devil to miraculously wake up in her crispy body en route to the morgue. Freaked out by what could only mean an impending zombie invasion, the prison guards promptly attempted to beat the undead Lucy back to the grave. So she sued the pants off of them and got all of her serial killer charges dropped.

Why haven’t we seen Lucy in the two years since her “execution?” Well, she was off doing the Tibetan Monk thing. At the end of last week’s “Inside Probe,” Lucy made her big return, so “I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back, Baby Back” was all about wresting custody of her precious Princess Beyonce from the Chance family.

And she SUCCEEDED.

She succeeded because she had an excellent lawyer who moved to have all references to her bloody past stricken from the record and padded the jury with the “Natesville 12,” a dozen miners who'd been trapped underground during the six months in which Lucy’s original killing spree went down. Meanwhile, the Chances had to make do with the counsel they could afford, which didn’t give them many options. Virginia promptly developed stage fright on the stand and sunk into a grammatically cringe-worthy monologue that brought to mind a Q & A session on a regional beauty pageant. Burt did alright with the cheat sheet scribbled on his palms...until part of it sweated away.

Jimmy, of course, swooped in and saved the day with his sketchbook full of parenting memories, Hope’s rock collection, and a sweet, heartfelt speech about how even though the Chances are poor and dysfunctional, they love Hope, and that’s the most important thing to remember.

Oh, wait, did I say he saved the day? I’m sorry, that was an overstatement on my part, the Natesville 12 opted to award custody of Hope to Lucy because when they were trapped underground for six months, it was their mothers whom they missed the most.

Then things got oddly emotional for Raising Hope. Virginia and Burt ended up in a brawl with the guards, and Jimmy just stood in stunned silence as Hope was handed over to Lucy. And then, after a particularly cutting remark by Lucy to Hope—“You’ll miss your daddy, but he COULD have come with us to Tibet”—Jimmy grudgingly joined his deranged wife (oh yeah, they’re technically still married, too) and decided to go so that he could be with his daughter.

At this point, I kept glancing at the time, knowing that this episode was the season finale, crazy curious about where the cliffhanger would end up. Things were shaping up to be “Jimmy Goes to Tibet and the Chances are Sad” until Lucy & Co. drove past a moping Sabrina on the way to the airport. Jimmy and Sabrina shared awkward looks of longing through the car window, prompting Lucy to pull over and bait Jimmy with something pretending to be a heartfelt discussion about love.

Then she jumped out of the car to chase Sabrina down with a hunting knife...and was quickly flattened by the Smokey Floyd band bus being driven by Carl the Blind Guy from that episode with the Seeing Eye Pig.

And everyone rejoiced. Hope’s custody was restored to the Chances. Maw Maw confessed to murdering her husband while they were still in the courtroom and everyone conveniently ignored her.

So...catch you next season, folks! What would you like to see when Raising Hope returns for Season 3?

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This show has that kind of comedy Ive been looking for. I would have to say Burt, and frank are my two favorite characters. There needs to be a season 3 to continue "Sabrina" and "jimmy" It actually had a pretty good ending to season 2, how Jimmy lost "Hope" and then got her back, just after "Lucy" got hit by a bus. This show has a lot of life left.
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I loved it. And technically since they were married Jimmy should inherit that money.
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Great episode. Great show. This is good stuff. I'd say what I want to see for the future, but the writers have been doing a great job for this show and I am not going to try and tell them what to do from here.
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Great ending. I kind of had a feeling Lucy was going to die at the end. Can't wait for next season. I have a feeling Jimmy might propose to Sabrina next season. An a older Hope is going to be so cute.
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It was a pretty good ending, I really hated the idea of a cliffhanger, as I dislike the idea of Hope's mom being back, despite loving her character. It just wouldn't make sense at this point in the series.



Kind of surprised they didn't do a massive My Name is Earl nod, with almost all the characters in the same courtroom and all.
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Loved this episode. I also thought that it was going to end on a cliff-hanger, so I was pleasantly surprised when it didn't.



I loved Maw Maw's confession, and the judge's reaction. That was awesome!
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I hated these two episodes.. with a show where the whole premise is RAISING HOPE as the title specifically states, you know no matter what happens, they're going to get the kid back so throwing these types of storylines into shows where you know somebody can't leave or die or whatever always annoys the crap out of me (just like the It's A Wonderful Life themed episodes atleast one show a year does, including this one)... and even if you don't look at the fact that she's a serial killer, Lucy abandoned her daughter for two years and yet this was a valid trial? come on! I loved season 1, but apart from a few things here and there, season 2 was a big letdown. I actually found myself wishing some episodes would end sooner..
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I hated these episodes too. They were rediculous. I was convinced it was going to be one of those "it was all a dream" type things because so much stuff contradicted the first episode (Jimmy and Lucy did not get married!) I agree this season was shaky at best. Thats what seems to happen with Greg garcia shows, they start out strong and divulge into silliness and gimicks.
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Lucy's eviler twin?
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I'm convinced that only Raising Hope can do such a crazy and over-the-top episode, and actually make it work! The episode was really funny and sweet.
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