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Joy is ready to confess all to Mitch, but Mitch's handsome dating coach (Coby Bell) gets in the way; Victoria becomes infatuated with the writer of her new film (Dan Lauria); Elka holds an auction to fundraise for her City Council campaign; Melanie tries to get rid of a cricket in the house.
In an attempt to earn herself an Oscar nod, Victoria runs for public office against someone with whom Elka is at odds; Melanie tries to change herself on the radio station in order to get better ratings and viewership; After going undercover as Bob's pretend other half, Joy finds she may be having feelings for him.moreless
In this HOT IN CLEVELAND/KIRSTIE crossover, the gang travels to New York to live out their bucket lists: Melanie takes on an alias and starts living out her wild side, Joy auditions for the Rockettes, Elka tries to market her new polish, with disastrous results, and Victoria tries to right a wrong with her former roommate, Maddie Banks (Kirstie Alley).moreless
The ladies each try to improve themselves after a pet therapist (Cheri Oteri) suggests it would help George Clooney's mood: Victoria tries to find an "average" man to date, Melanie tries to find her purpose, and Joy and Elka attempt to not snipe at each other.
Melanie uses her illness to get tickets to Chase Jackson (Chris Issak)'s sold-out concert, but things take a turn when Melanie receives surprising news; Joy cashes in on Melanie's "tumor perks" by snagging a date with Cleveland's hottest radio DJ, but things with her also get out of hand. Meanwhile, Victoria falls in love with an online acquaintance, but Elka reveals he may not be who she thinks he is.moreless
The ladies adopt a new dog, but things get out of hand with the home inspector (Max Greenfield); Elka discovers Roy (John Mahoney) has also been seeing Mamie Sue (Georgia Engel).
The girls work together by convincing other actors in Cleveland to get Victoria on the Oscar ballot, each with unique, disastrous results: Elka tries to convince Rusty Banks, who turns out to be long lost love Roy (John Mahoney), Joy goes after Ivy Johnson (Sarah Hyland), and Melanie chases Corey Chambers (Jason Priestly).
Just before Victoria's movie premiere, her daughter, Emmy (Jennifer Love Hewitt), shows up with exciting news; Elka has a new, much younger beau (Chris Elliott); Melanie dates her dentist (Larry Miller), and Joy thinks she's getting a date with a young, hot model, who instead turns out to be Bob (Dave Foley).moreless
Simon (Craig Ferguson) to return to meet his son and grandson for the first time, and to help Joy enroll Wilbur in a prestigious school, though tensions rise at the meeting with the headmistress (Angela Kinsey); Melanie and Elka search for the perfect doctor; Victoria enrolls Wilbur in a beauty pageant.moreless