Melanie wants her first time with Alec to be perfect but ends up "fake-porning" it. Joy works as an extra on Victoria and Emmet's movie and meets a forbidden love interest. Elka and Mamie are bad influences on baby Wilbur. Guest stars: Nicholas Bishop, Alan Dale, Georgia Engel.
Previously on Hot In Cleveland Season 4 Episode 7 "Magic Diet Candy", Joy's mom meets her new family members at Wilbur's christening. To avoid friction with her mom, Joy makes her son Owen pretend to be someone else. Elka touches up a church fresco. Victoria's incessant Emmet talk annoys Melanie. Guest stars: Juliet Mills, Michael McMillian, Alan Ruck.
On this week's Episode title "Extras", Melanie wants her first time with Alec to be perfect but ends up "fake-porning" it. Joy works as an extra on Victoria and Emmet's movie and meets a forbidden love interest. Elka and Mamie are bad influences on baby Wilbur. Guest stars: Nicholas Bishop, Alan Dale, Georgia Engel.
Three 40-something best friends from Los Angeles are flying to Paris when their plane makes an emergency landing in Cleveland. Realizing that all the norms from Los Angeles don't apply anymore, they decide to celebrate a city that values real women and stay where they're still considered hot.
Hot in Cleveland takes four stars from for different sitcoms (Bertinelli from One Day at a Time, Leeves from Frasier, Malick from Just Shoot Me and White from The Golden Girls) and if the jokes don't get ya, then the star power will. It works, to an extent.
Melanie (Bertinelli), Joy (Leeves) and Victoria (Malick) were on their way to Paris from Los Angeles. Their flight had some complications and was forced to land in Cleveland, Ohio. While the girls were waiting for the next flight, they stopped at a local pub and lo and behold, the men were attracted to them like moths to a flame. Loving this new-found attention, Melanie decides to live amongst the locals and convinces her girlfriends to do the same. Then the girls find out that the house Melanie's bought comes with it's very own cranky, old caretaker, Elka Ostrovsky (White). Melanie is a published author (she wrote a book called 200 Things Every Woman Should Do Before She Dies), has an ex-husband and college-aged kids. Joy is an unmarried beautician who had a son when she was 15, but gave him up for adoption. Victoria has been divorced five times, won an Emmy for her role on Edge of Tomorrow, a soap opera that got canned. And Elka is not your typical old lady, she can be crude, crass and seems like she has a lot more fun than the girls do.
What works about this sitcom is the banter between the four leads. Betty White was only supposed to be in the pilot episode, but the audiences received her so well that the producers and writers cast her as a regular on the show. Another thing that Hot in Cleveland has going for it are the numerous guest stars it seems to pull in almost every week. So far, we've been treated with Shirley Knight, Hal Linden, Joe Jonas, Carl Reiner, John Schneider, Wayne Knight, Huey Lewis, Amy Yasbeck, Tim Conway, Dave Foley, Susan Lucci, Mary Tyler Moore, Sherri Shepherd, Bonnie Franklin, Jimmy Kimmel, Melanie Griffith, Illeana Douglas, Jack Wagner, Peri Gilpin, Frank Caliendo, Mindy Cohn and John Mahoney. That's a lot of name-dropping!
The premise seems a bit far-fetched but once the girls are all in the house, then it works just fine. It's almost like a forty-something Golden Girls. With sitcoms, it's all about comedic timing and these girls have shown that they've got the goods in other shows and works just as well here. It always brings a smile to my face when I see that sweet ol' Betty White calling Joy a "slut" or even better yet, when she's calling them all "a bunch of hookers". Aw, isn't she adorable?