Hot in Cleveland has its first live episode.
Victoria and Melanie contemplate the next step in their respective relationships with Emmett and Alec, which lead them to life-changing decisions. Elka carts around Flat Stanley for boyfriend Pierre's grandson. As part of her private detective internship, Joy is assigned to investigate Elka's money laundering scheme, and when she finds clear evidence, she's faced with a difficult decision pertaining to Elka's consequences.moreless
Secrets are revealed when the girls venture off to a rustic spa retreat, where Joy tests her newfound sleuthing skills on a suspicious Yogi (Ed Begley, Jr.), Mamie Sue confronts Elka about her bossiness, Victoria confronts her ability to be helpful in emergency situations, and Melanie's fasting causes hallucinations.moreless
Melanie sets Joy up with Alec's friend, Bill (Cameron Mathison), with whom Alec is quite competitive, while Elka fills in as Victoria's new assistant. In each pairing, secrets are revealed about others in the group, and tempers flare when they all come together for the girls' monthly game night.moreless
Victoria finds out Emmett's still married to his ex-wife, and Joy falls for a medical student who turns out to be a bit younger than she thought, while Melanie and Elka tend to the mailman, who unexpectedly sets up house when his wife leaves him.moreless
Melanie fakes sex with Alec, but then has trouble keeping up the charade. After a day on Victoria's set as an extra, Joy makes a date with her scene partner, who turns out to be Emmett's resentful brother. While Joy's out, Elka and Mamie Sue babysit Wilbur, but get into hot water when he picks up a few choice words.moreless
After havoc wreaks at Wilbur's christening, everyone from the gang recounts a story of how the events unfolded, including Owen and Joy's mother.
Joy discovers her perfect fireman boyfriend may actually have a few flaws, while Melanie finds out Alec likes her, too, but that he's still in a relationship with Chloe. Victoria becomes preoccupied with spying on Emmett while he's away in Venice, and Elka and Mamie Sue begin their secret "business venture."moreless
When Chance eats Joy's car keys, the gang takes a trip to the vet, where Elka teaches Mamie Sue (Georgia Engel) how to flirt with men. Victoria's daughter, Oscar, wants to interview the girls on their personal changes since their move to Cleveland, but her interview with her mother takes a turn. Joy lands a date with a fireman (Eddie Cibrian).moreless
In an attempt to cover up their money laundering scheme, Elka and Mamie Sue (Georgia Engel) scheme up a fake company and trick Joy into being their spokesperson. Meanwhile, Melanie attempts to break in to Alec's apartment to erase her text messages from his phone, and after a tabloid rumor spreads that she and Emmet (Alan Dale) are dating, Victoria finds she might actually have real feelings for him.moreless
Melanie lies to Alec in order to hide his feelings for him, saying she's dating actor Emmett Lawson (Alan Dale), who stars with Victoria in the Woody Allen movie, while Victoria herself has trouble decoding Emmett's method acting personality. Meanwhile, Joy tries to fit in with the much younger college crowd, with which Elka isn't helping in the least.moreless
Melanie starts to think Alec reciprocates her feelings for him, but is frightened when Chloe enlists her help in tracking down the mystery girl whose captured her ex-husband's heart. Victoria is assigned to gain weight for her role, but encounters difficulties in trying to do so. Joy goes back to school, and Elka tags along, where Joy finds out Elka is hiding a lucrative secret.moreless
Joy is surprised that Owen is the father of the baby that was left on the doorstep which makes her a grandmother. After being brushed off by Pierre, Elka decides to make him jealous by going out with his brother. Melanie gets a job and is immediately attracted to a man and finds out he is her boss's ex-husband. Victoria lands a role in a Woody Allen movie.moreless
Joy and Victoria are angered when they discover Melanie has been frequenting a mom-and-pop hair salon, so much that it evolves into a full-blown argument involving both Melanie's hairstylist (David Spade) and Elka's longtime hairstylist (Regis Philbin), and one of the girls even contemplates moving out. In the end, all is forgiven, but while no one may be moving out, someone may be moving in.moreless
Victoria enlists the help of Melanie (as a writer), Joy (as a hair stylist) and Elka (as an actor) and assembles members of the cast of The Edge of Tomorrow to continue the series. Though it proves easier said than done, as she feuds with the show's creator, deals with the demands of the few sponsors, and encounters the physical changes of the cast members over the past few years.moreless
When the ladies bid on items from an abandoned storage unit, Victoria and Melanie uncover a letter from Abraham Lincoln that could alter history. Joy uses a CB radio to befriend a handsome trucker by pretending to be someone she's not.moreless
The girls freak out when their L. A. friend, Courtney (Kristin Chenoweth) announces her breakup from dermatologist Dr. Minton. They scramble to get the two back together or face the prospect of never making an appointment with him again. Meanwhile, Elka protests against the destruction of an oak tree at the end of the block.moreless
As George's impending expiration date nears closer, he and Joy decide to marry. Elsewhere, Melanie and Victoria makeover Artie (Jon Lovitz), so that he feels more comfortable with women, and Elka's twin sister (Joan Rivers), with whom she has not spoken in 40 years, stops in for a visit.moreless
After deciding to chase down their lost loves, Melanie visits an old high-school friend and falls for his neighbor, Victoria reconnects with her ex-husband, Elka reunites with Max in an elevator, and Joy, to no avail, attempts to meet up with the man who left her at the altar, though she's in for quite a big surprise.moreless
When her old flame Johnny Revere (Huey Lewis) comes to Cleveland to record a song for charity, Victoria assumes they'll pick up where they left off, though Johnny might have other plans in mind.Meanwhile, Elka wants a lock of a singer's hair for a good cause, Melanie attempts to hook up with a musical idol, and Joy will stop at nothing to make her dream of being a rock star come true.moreless
After All My Childrenis canceled, Susan Lucci seeks Victoria's comfort. She attempts to better the ladies' lives, by giving Valerie a weight loss method, Elka a handy new invention, and setting Joy up with a handsome young doctor. However, her attempt to "help" may actually be a strategy for revenge, as it soon becomes clear to the ladies that you can take the actress off of the soap opera, but you can't take the soap opera out of the actress.moreless
Joy and Elka are forced to stay in a rhino habitat at the Bronx zoo, as their combined scent helps the rhinos to mate. Meanwhile, Melanie dates a state senator and Victoria dates a janitor, both with disastrous results.moreless
While waiting in line for the bathroom at a Cleveland Browns game, the girls tell Elka the story of how they all met.
Roy's mother disapproves of Elka dating him. Simultaneously, Melanie dates a guy who enjoys leaving the lower half of his body unclothed, Joy attempts to determine the age of her newest flame, and Victoria dates a hand model (series producer Sean Hayes) who's surprisingly just as self-centered as she is.moreless
Melanie, Victoria and Joy give makeovers to their neighbors, while Elka tries to keep up with her younger man.
The gang must go to a funeral to find a dress Melanie lost.
Victoria becomes a speaker on an all-gay cruise to speak about her "relationship" with Joy; however, she and Joy both fall for the ship's captain (Gilles Marini). Meanwhile, Melanie runs into her sister (Laura San Giacamo) on the cruise, and not only discovers that her sister is a lesbian, but also must now pretend to be a lesbian herself to stay on the cruise.moreless
Elka makes her decision about who she wants to marry