Raising Hope

(2010)

Raising Hope - Season 1 Episodes

Raising Hope - Season 1

Raising Hope - Season 1

Raising Hope is a new family comedy from Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) that follows the Chance family as they find themselves adding an unexpected new member into their household.

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Episode 1

Pilot

When well-meaning 23-year-old Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) has a one-night stand with a wanted felon (guest star Phillips), he ends up being a dad to a bouncing baby girl. Inspired to do the right thing by his daughter, he has to convince his less-than-enthusiastic parents and great-grandmother (guest star Leachman) to help him raise her.

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Episode 2

Dead Tooth

When Jimmy (Lucas Neff) returns to work, he hires Sabrina’s (Shannon Woodward) cousin Shelley (guest star Micucci) – a/k/a “Dead Tooth” – to babysit Hope. Meanwhile, Burt (Garret Dillahunt) tries to get Virginia (Martha Plimpton) to quit smoking.

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Episode 3

Dream Hoarders

When Jimmy (Lucas Neff) “teaches” Hope to crawl, the family must baby-proof the house and find new places to store their belongings. It’s soon revealed that Virginia (Martha Plimpton) is a hoarder and has been saving junk in the storage shed, which becomes Hope’s favorite new hiding place. Meanwhile, Jimmy makes frequent unnecessary trips to the grocery store to see Sabrina (Shannon Woodward).

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Episode 4

Say Cheese

When Sabrina visits Jimmy at home for the first time, she comes across a photo album that makes Jimmy realize he doesn't have any family photos that include Hope. Although past family photo shoots have been filled with chaos and stress, Jimmy decides to organize a family photo shoot.

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Episode 5

Happy Halloween

When Sabrina’s (Shannon Woodward) boyfriend can’t make it to the deli guy’s Halloween party, Jimmy (Lucas Neff) offers to put on his costume and go in his place. Virginia (Martha Plimpton) takes Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman), who is dressed as a cat, trick-or-treating while Burt (Garret Dillahunt) plots ways to play tricks on Jimmy. Meanwhile, when a box containing videos of Hope’s mother arrives from prison, Jimmy must decide whether or not to let Hope see them. Virginia explains that children need to be protected from the truth, leading Jimmy to question what exactly his parents have been keeping from him.

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Episode 6

Family Secrets

When Sabrina’s (Shannon Woodward) boyfriend can’t make it to the deli guy’s Halloween party, Jimmy (Lucas Neff) offers to put on his costume and go in his place. Virginia (Martha Plimpton) takes Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman), who is dressed as a cat, trick-or-treating while Burt (Garret Dillahunt) plots ways to play tricks on Jimmy. Meanwhile, when a box containing videos of Hope’s mother arrives from prison, Jimmy must decide whether or not to let Hope see them. Virginia explains that children need to be protected from the truth, leading Jimmy to question what exactly his parents have been keeping from him.

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Episode 7

The Sniffles

When Hope catches a cold, Virginia (Martha Plimpton) goes into panic mode because the family doesn’t have health insurance, so she locks Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) in her bedroom to avoid getting sick. However, when Jimmy (Lucas Neff) realizes that he can’t afford to take Hope to a doctor without insurance, he figures out a way to secure a second job at the grocery store where Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) works.

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Episode 8

Blue Dots

When Hope starts imitating the dogs at her day care, Jimmy decides to enroll her in an expensive, high-end center. But the blemish on Burt’s (Garret Dillahunt) record needs to be expunged before Hope has any chance of getting accepted. However, when trying to turn Burt’s past around the rest of the family ends up in a bind of their own and must pull together to straighten things out with the law.

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Episode 9

Meet the Grandparents

Instead of sleeping in and ordering pizza, per his normal Thanksgiving custom, Jimmy invites Hope’s other grandparents, Dale (guest star Greg Germann) and Margine (guest star Valerie Mahaffey), to join the Chances for a more traditional holiday dinner. The Chances soon realize that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when Dale and Margine kidnap Hope, and it’s up to them to get her back.

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Episode 10

Burt Rocks

Jimmy (Lucas Neff) feels so guilty for ruining his father’s (Garret Dillahunt) dream of being a rock star that he gets Burt a second chance to relive his rock fantasy with his music idol, Smokey Floyd (guest star Jason Lee), at the upcoming Grocery-Palooza concert.

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Episode 11

Toy Story

Every year, Burt (Garret Dillahunt) gets the season’s hottest toys and sells them off for money, and Jimmy (Lucas Neff) is always disappointed because his dad never saves him any of the cool gifts. This year, Burt lets Jimmy in on his scheme and agrees to split half the cash with him, but Jimmy makes him promise to save one toy for Hope. Meanwhile, Virginia (Martha Plimpton) signs the family up to participate in their church’s living nativity scene in order to gain respect from the other parishioners. Her plan to have Hope play baby Jesus is destroyed when another family’s baby is selected to play the role, so the family springs into action and organizes a competing nativity scene.

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Episode 12

Romeo and Romeo

Jimmy (Lucas Neff) has not had time to socialize or make friends since Hope was born, so when he meets another single dad, Justin (guest star Brandon T. Jackson), at the grocery store, he immediately sets up a play date. But since Virginia (Martha Plimpton) is his new friend’s housekeeper, she insists that Jimmy find a new friend and playmate for Hope. In an effort to keep the peace, Jimmy invites Justin and his family to dinner at the Chance house. Tichina Arnold guest-stars in the episode.

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Episode 13

A Germ of a Story

When Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) points out to Jimmy just how many germs are lurking around his house, the Chance family becomes obsessed with cleanliness. Finding it impossible to keep Maw Maw (guest star Cloris Leachman) clean, they move her to the backyard greenhouse, but after watching some old family movies, they discover a surprising secret that has kept them healthy all these years.

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Episode 14

What Up, Cuz?

Virginia’s (Martha Plimpton) cousin Delilah (guest starAmy Sedaris), who struggles to make ends meet, pays a visit to the Chance family unannounced, determined to claim her share of Maw Maw’s (guest star Cloris Leachman) – whom she thinks died years ago – estate. Further tension builds when Delilah admits she still has a crush on Burt (Garret Dillahunt). Meanwhile, Jimmy (Lucas Neff) babysits Maw Maw and panics when she takes off on Sabrina’s (Shannon Woodward) moped.

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Episode 15

Snip Snip

When Virginia (Martha Plimpton) and Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) discover secrets about each other, Sabrina blackmails Virginia into keeping her mouth shut. Meanwhile, Jimmy (Lucas Neff) takes Burt (Garret Dillahunt) to get a vasectomy after a family vote.

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Episode 16

The Cultish Personality

Cousin Mike (guest star Skyler Stone) visits the Chance family after a six-month spiritual quest and brings his new wife, Tanya (guest star Mary Lynn Rajskub), and his three brother-husbands (guest stars Paul Tompkins, Kent Avenido and Christopher Frontiero) with him. Meanwhile, Burt (Garret Dillahunt) tries to patch a strained father-son relationship between his brother (guest star J.K. Simmons) and Mike, but winds up getting himself in trouble.

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Episode 17

Mongooses

When the Chance family visits a lawyer to prep their wills and assign guardianship for Hope, Burt’s (Garret Dillahunt) feelings are hurt when Jimmy (Lucas Neff) chooses Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) over him. Meanwhile, Sabrina feels overwhelmed by her new responsibility, and Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) is convinced that mongooses are infesting the house.

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Episode 18

Cheaters

Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) becomes smitten with a man she meets at Dead Tooth’s daycare. Meanwhile, Jimmy (Lucas Neff) takes Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) to visit her college boyfriend, Wyatt (Ryan Doom), whom she suspects is cheating on her. Things go completely awry when Wyatt, desperate to win back Sabrina’s love, takes Sabrina and Jimmy on a very scary ride.

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Episode 19

Sleep Training

When Burt (Garret Dillahunt) is introduced to a book on sleep-training, he and Virginia (Martha Plimpton) decide to try it on baby Hope. Meanwhile, Jimmy’s (Lucas Neff) wild new girlfriend introduces him to a special beverage that takes him on a scary trip.

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Episode 20

Everybody Flirts...Sometimes

When Burt’s (Garret Dillahunt) flirtatious ways are exposed, the entire family begins to experiment with flirting. Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) compete to be Barney’s (guest star Gregg Binkley) favorite employee, Maw Maw (guest star Cloris Leachman) gives away her treasures and Virginia (Martha Plimpton) is stalked by a coffee shop employee.

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Episode 21

Baby Monitor

When Hope’s baby monitor picks up their neighbors’ conversations, Burt and Virginia go out of their way to meet the troubled couple (guest stars Jaime Pressly and Ethan Suplee) and try to help their marriage. Meanwhile, Howdy’s Market has the entire community, including baby Hope and Maw Maw, involved in a commercial competition with a rival store.

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Episode 22

Don’t Vote for this Episode

The Chances reminisce about the year Jimmy turned 18 – when Maw Maw kicked them out of the house, when a goth Jimmy (a/k/a “Drakkar Noir”) took up residence in the grocery store and when Burt and Virginia finally figured out how to be adults.