Raising Hope Season One DVD Cover

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Michael Fresco Greg Garcia September 21, 2010 1ARY79 7.48[

Whilst returning home from getting bubblegumice cream, 23-year-old Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) saves Lucy (Bijou Phillips) from her boyfriend, and has a one-night-stand with her in his front garden. The next morning Jimmy and his parents, Virginia (Martha Plimpton) and Burt (Garret Dillahunt) realize from a news report that she is a serial killer who has murdered her previous boyfriends, and in response Virginia knocks her out with a television. Eight months later, Jimmy realizes she is pregnant with his child, and after she is sentenced to death, Jimmy has to raise his daughter. Convinced he can do it, he tries to raise her on his own, but eventually his family helps out, renaming the baby from "Princess Beyonce" to Hope.

2 2 "Dead Tooth" Michael Fresco Greg Garcia September 28, 2010 1ARY01 7.09
When Jimmy realizes he needs a daycare service for Hope, he goes to Sabrina (Shannon Marie Woodward), an employee at the local grocery store and whom he has an infatuation with, for help. She directs him to her cousin, Shelly (Kate Micucci), whom Jimmy had hooked up with two years previously. Jimmy is reluctant to hurt her feelings when she still cares for him, but has a dead tooth on one of her front teeth. When he does hurt her feelings however, Shelly starts charging her services. Meanwhile, Jimmy pressures Virginia to quit smoking for Hope's health; Virginia will only to so if Burt convinces her mentally unstable grandmother Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) to quit also, which is no easy task. During one of her lucid episodes, Maw Maw reveals she initially quit smoking in the 1970s to live long enough to see Virginia grow up. Virginia decides to follow suit and offers Jimmy money she usually spends on cigarettes to pay for Shelly's day care.
3 3 "Dream Hoarders" Michael Fresco Ralph Greene October 5, 2010 1ARY02 6.18
Jimmy teaches Hope to crawl by placing sugar cubes in a trail on the floor. Unfortunately, this means he must now baby proof the house. As he does so, he realizes Virginia is a hoarder, who is hoarding items in a garage for her life-long dream to one day win the lottery and move to a bigger house. Hope ends up crawling to the garage. After the Chances rescue her, Jimmy removes all the clutter, upsetting Virginia. He also demands they stop dreaming about winning the lottery. In the end, Jimmy decides to go easy on his parents, and tells Hope it is better to dream than to give up on them.
4 4 "Say Cheese" Eyal Gordin Greg Garcia October 12, 2010 1ARY03 6.01
Sabrina visits the Chance house and discovers the history of the horrible family pictures, mostly due to Virginia wanting everything to be perfect. Every year, each picture opportunity ends in disaster. One year, Jimmy decides to take charge himself, but he failed also. The Chances did get one good picture however from a traffic camera, which took a picture of their van as they run a red light, and singing to a tune happily.
5 5 "Happy Halloween" Greg Garcia Dan Coscino October 26, 2010 1ARY06 6.00
On Halloween day, Jimmy is invited to a party by Sabrina when she has a fight with her boyfriend. Jimmy also learns that his father has been scaring him since he was a little boy in order to get hugged by him. Jimmy orders his dad to stay away from Hope and enlists two of his friends to babysit her. Virginia is tasked with taking care of Maw Maw when she thinks she's nine years old again.
6 6 "Family Secrets" Randall Einhorn Bobby Bowman October 26, 2010 1ARY04 5.37
Lucy leaves things for Hope after she is electrocuted in the "bye-bye chair". This includes a video of her whilst in the prison cell, and the Chances are shocked at her behavior. This leads them to consider whether to keep this a secret from Hope. There, Jimmy realizes that his parents kept secrets from him for years; they admitted Jimmy is not in fact allergic to fruit. Jimmy responds by going on a "fruit binge" until it is revealed he is actually allergic to Starfruit. Later, Jimmy wonders about his grandmother, whom Virginia eventually admits was "killed by a duck." However, Jimmy soon realizes this is another lie, and eventually tracks her down. Maw Maw lied to protect Virginia from an ugly truth like Virginia was lying to Jimmy. In the end, Sabrina edits Lucy's tape to make it seem as if she was a caring and non-violent mother.
7 7 "The Sniffles" Eyal Gordin Mike Mariano November 9, 2010 1ARY05 5.77
When Hope gets sick, Jimmy tries to get her to see a doctor, only to realize his family has no health insurance. Burt attempts to snag a city contract in order to be able to provide insurance benefits for his only employee, Jimmy. However, Jimmy does not think he would win, and so takes a job as a bag boy in the same grocery story Sabrina works. To his surprise, Burt says he won the contract, but Jimmy realizes later on he has been working for his rival company.
8 8 "Blue Dots" Eyal Gordin Liz Astrof November 16, 2010 1ARY07 5.91
Realizing Hope is the only child in Shelly's daycare, and is starting to act like a dog, Jimmy decides to get her in a high end daycare center that offers one poor family a scholarship. The only obstacle is that Jimmy learns Burt is a registered sex offender after he was caught having sex with Virginia (at the time he was 17 and she was 15). Burt is advised that in order to expunge this, he has to reveal the fact to his neighborhood. After it is expunged, Maw Maw is arrested for indecent exposure in the courthouse, earning her a blue dot. To expunge this, she has to do community service. Virginia takes her place, but also earns a blue dot after she is caught urinating in public. Jimmy also earns a blue dot asking a prostitute to act as Maw Maw, and is arrested for solicitation. Jimmy and the other poor families fail to earn the scholarship, but all the children are taken to Shelly's daycare, meaning Hope is no longer the only child.
9 9 "Meet the Grandparents" Jace Alexander Elijah Aron & Jordan Young November 23, 2010 1ARY08 5.70
Jimmy wants his family to celebrate Thanksgiving for the first time (which they use to believes was "the only Thursday of the year they didn't have to work"). Jimmy decides to invite Lucy's parents, who are in denial their daughter was a serial killer. When they finally do come however, the Chances are placed off guard long enough so they kidnap Hope. In revenge, Virginia knocks out Lucy's mother and takes Hope back. They later return to the Chances only to apologize for their behavior. However, when they say grace before their dinner, Lucy's parents kidnap Hope again, and are arrested.
10 10 "Burt Rocks" Jace Alexander Alan Kirschenbaum November 30, 2010 1ARY10 6.65
When Barney is looking for an attraction for Grocery Palooza (he constantly insists that Lollapalooza stole the name from them) Jimmy learns that when he was a baby, Burt gave up his dream of being a Rockstar for him. Jimmy then comes up with the idea to have Smokey Floyd, Burt's Rockhero, sing at Grocery Palooza, which Barney thinks is splendid. However, even though they get him, they soon find out Smokey Floyd is not all he's cracked up to be.
11 11 "Toy Story" Michael Fresco Bobby Bowman December 7, 2010 1ARY09 6.92
Jimmy finds out about his father's annual Christmas scheme where he sells the most wanted toy for a lot of money, which always left Jimmy disappointed when he was a child. Virginia wants the family to be a part of the living nativity scene at their church to gain the respect of the members.
12 12 "Romeo and Romeo" Eyal Gordin Ralph Green & Tim Stack February 8, 2011 1ARY13 6.58[20]
Jimmy makes friends with a fellow single dad named Justin, and they set up a play date with Hope and his own baby. Unfortunately, Virginia doesn't like the idea because she is Justin's housekeeper. However, Jimmy and Justin set out to have a dinner at the Chance household to make peace.
13 13 "A Germ of a Story" Phil Traill Tim Stack February 15, 2011 1ARY11 5.36
The Chance family becomes obsessed with cleanliness and moves Maw Maw to the greenhouse; old home movies reveal what has been keeping the family healthy.
14 14 "What Up, Cuz?" Rebecca Asher Bobby Bowman February 22, 2011 1ARY12 6.00
Virginia's cousin Delilah (guest star Amy Sedaris), pays a visit to the Chance family, determined to claim her share of Maw Maw's (whom she believes died) estate. Further tension builds when Delilah admits she still has a crush on Burt.
15 15 "Snip Snip" Chris Koch Mike Mariano March 1, 2011 1ARY17 8.68
The family decides Burt should get a vasectomy; Virginia and Sabrina stand off when they learn each other's secrets.
16 16 "The Cultish Personality" Phil Traill Matthew W. Thompson March 8, 2011 1ARY14 6.60
Cousin Mike returns, and brings his new wife Tanya (Mary Lynn Rajskub) as well as the cult he joined with him. Burt tries to sort things out with his brother Bruce (J.K. Simmons) so he will be proud of Mike, and Virginia stops Jimmy from getting sucked into the cult as well.
17 17 "Mongooses" Eyal Gordin Bobby Bowman March 15, 2011 1ARY15 5.74
Jimmy decides to choose guardians for Hope in case he dies, which leads to everyone arguing over who could take care of her best. Sabrina is taken off guard by being put in the will, and Burt feels he could take of her fine, but Virginia and Jimmy disagree. In the end, after everyone works together to be better people more fit to take care of a child, they have to hide from and stop Maw-Maw, when she believes there to be mongooses in the house.
18 18 "Cheaters" Dan Attias Elijah Aron & Jordan Young April 19, 2011 1ARY16 5.31
Maw Maw falls for a man she meets at Shelly's day care. Meanwhile, Sabrina thinks her college boyfriend Wyatt is cheating on her.
19 19 "Sleep Training" Eyal Gordin Bobby Bowman & Sean Conaway April 26, 2011 1ARY19 4.53
Hope's grandparents try to sleep-train her.
20 20 "Everybody Flirts... Sometimes" Jerry Levine Christine Zander May 3, 2011 1ARY18 4.67
Burt inspires everyone to experiment with the influence of flirting.
21 21 "Baby Monitor" Eyal Gordin Bobby Bowman May 10, 2011 1ARY20 5.05
Burt and Virginia try to help a couple they heard arguing on Hope's baby monitor. Guest stars: Andrew (Ethan Suplee) and Donna (Jaime Pressly).
22 22 "Don't Vote for This Episode" Greg Garcia Greg Garcia May 17, 2011 1ARY21 5.40
As Maw Maw and Jimmy prepare to celebrate their 86th and 24th birthdays respectively, Jimmy decides to tell Hope about the time when he was about to turn eighteen. The flashback reveals that Jimmy used to be goth, how Shelly got her dead tooth, Sabrina used to have braces and was in love with goth Jimmy, Frank was good at his job, Barney used to be obese, and the innocent comment which sets Lucy down her murderous path.

[edit]DVD releaseEdit

The complete first season of Raising Hope was released on DVD in region 1 on September 20, 2011,[31] in region 2 on February 20, 2012[32] and in region 4 on September 21, 2011.[33] The DVD set only includes all 22 episodes of season one. Special features include Commentary Track on the Pilot episode, the Unaired Network Pilot, "Adorable Stars: Meet the Hopes", "Moments with Mrs. Chance", "Taking Chances: Shooting the Season Finale", Gag Reel, and Deleted and Extended Scenes.[34]

The extended cut of the season finale, Don't Vote for this Episode, includes a cliffhanger that was ultimately removed - Lucy returning, having not actually died in the pilot episode, to take Hope away. The character would have then been killed for good in the second season premiere.[35]

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