RAISING HOPE “Cheaters” Advance Review

RAISING HOPE (FOX) "Cheaters"

RAISING HOPE “Cheaters” Season 1 Episode 18 – Ah, spring; when flowers and romance bloom-or at least try to. After a too-long hiatus, RAISING HOPE returns tonight to put its own spin on love in “Cheaters,” which focuses on the romantic complications of Jimmy and Maw Maw.

Apparently you’re never too old for love or daycare, and that’s a very good thing. When Maw Maw starts going to Shelley’s with Hope, she meets Mel, played by the ever-funny Jerry Van Dyke (Coach) and begins a romance. Besides getting to see more of Shelley (She makes “slow comfortable poops”), which is awesome on its own, Cloris Leachman and Jerry Van Dyke have a delightful spark and I hope show creator Greg Garcia was serious when he said he wants to bring Van Dyke back.

The cliche true love never runs smoothly holds true for Jimmy who’s still waiting on the sidelines for Sabrina to look at him as more than a friend. When he thinks he finds an opening and tries to take advantage, hijinks–of course–ensue. Because he’s usually nice to a fault where Sabrina is concerned, it’s fun to see him scheme a bit and we also get an unexpected and very welcome callback to a prior episode and see a new side of Wyatt, who is the funniest he’s ever been. He and Jimmy play surprisingly well off each other during a great car scene.

Many of the best moments belong to Burt (shocking, I know) as he tells Jimmy’s romantic history in less than fifteen seconds, impressively uses word association to get from Jimmy pining over Sabrina to “the best David,” and figures out a plan should Virginia die first. Virginia shows off a bit of her softer side as she deals with the fallout from Maw Maw’s storyline and Shelley cracks me up as we learn about the new hobby she shares with Burt. Oh and no, Sabrina, grocery store Frank could not be any creepier.

“Cheaters” is a fun character-driven episode that mines the show’s relationships for laughs as it continues to delve deeper into character development and expand the Raising Hope universe. I only wish there had been a bit more Hope.

A taste of the episode:

“Talk about racism. Everyone hates racism!”

“Name one good-looking person without a nose. Can’t do it.”

“It’s a hypodermic situation.”

“You know how her mind works. It’s like a mouse on a wheel except the wheel spins sideways and the mouse is blind and has a really bad sprained ankle.”

“If my guidance counselor had shown me pictures of this, I might have studied harder.”

“It makes me feel like I’m in the big leagues.”

“Old people in love, man. It’s like a goat rodeo.”

After you’ve had a chance to watch Raising Hope on FOX tonight at 9pm eastern/8 central, I hope you’ll come back and post your favorite moments. What do you think about how the writers are handling Jimmy and Sabrina’s relationship? Does anyone else think Shelley’s daycare should be included in every episode?

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