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.moreless
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
Victoria marries Emmett in prison, but discovers there may be a glitch; Joy faces the husband who walked out on her (Craig Ferguson); free of worry after she learns she's cancer-free, Melanie gets surprising results from another doctor that may change her life forever.
Elka and Mamie Sue arrange a reunion of their old bowling team, to smooth out the wrinkles of a falling out years ago; Victoria meets with the indie director she idolizes (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) but is taken aback by his unique trait; Melanie is ecstatic to be dating a plastic surgeon, though things take a turn when she gets a little too into it; Joy is excited to be set up with a film professor (George Hamilton), but soon realizes he may be into someone else.
In an attempt to correct all her relationship errors after being hospitalized, Victoria gets in touch with all her exes to find out what she did wrong to end their relationship, though things take a turn when an unexpected visitor shows up. Meanwhile, Joy and Melanie romance a coma patient while Elka and Mamie Sue take advantage of what the hospital has to offer them.moreless
While preparing for a "Hot in Cleveland" show taping, the ladies are surprised by a special guest and begin to reminisce about their favorite moments and bloopers from Season 4.
Wilbur's first birthday is coming up and the women want to make it special. Meanwhile, Melanie and Alec consider taking their relationship to the next level.
Victoria becomes a spokesperson. Meanwhile, Joy reunites with an old flame.
Emmett enlists the girls' help in coming up with the perfect way to propose to Victoria.
Victoria is lured home by her mother. Meanwhile, Joy and Melanie try to relive the 70's.
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