Growing Up Fisher (NBC) Episode 12 “Secret Lives of Fishers”

Growing Up Fisher (NBC) Episode 12 Secret Lives of Fishers (8)
Growing Up Fisher episode 12 “Secret Lives of Fishers” airs Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 9:30pm on NBC.

Episode Synopsis: Growing Up Fisher (NBC) Episode 12 “Secret Lives of Fishers” – Stress gets the better of Mel (J.K. Simmons), causing him back problems. Not wanting the family to worry about him, Mel discovers that sneaking into Joyce’s (Jenna Elfman) when no one’s home to take bubble baths is just the remedy to unwind and cure his aches. Meanwhile, when Joyce gets straight A’s in her grad school classes, she sees her future as a therapist set in stone and panics. However, she can’t work up the nerve to tell her family she wants to pursue a different career path. Also, despite being told she can’t get a part-time job, Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley) secretly starts working at the yogurt shop managed by her boyfriend, only to learn that work and love don’t swirl. And Henry (Eli Baker), with Runyen (Lance Lim) as his trainer, secretly prepares to fight a bully. Voice-over by Jason Bateman. Logan Miller, Peter Mackenzie, Karan Soni, Joel Polis, Cade Canon Ball, Karl T. Wright and Christina Pickles guest star.

Show Summary: It’s not every family that’s brought closer together by divorce, but then again, the Fishers are anything but typical. Take Mel Fisher (J.K. Simmons, “The Closer,” “Law & Order”), for example. He’s chopping down trees, showing his daughter how to drive, and playing football with his son … except that Mel’s blind. Then there’s Joyce (Jenna Elfman, “Dharma & Greg,” “1600 Penn”), who is your typical teenager — really into fashion, busy with school — but the problem is she’s Mom. That makes it difficult for her actual teenage daughter, Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley, “Southland”), whose advice (and clothes) Joyce is always seeking. At the center of all this is Henry (Eli Baker), the Fisher’s 11-year-old son. Having always been his dad’s eyes and wingman, Henry is less than thrilled when his job is outsourced to Mel’s new guide dog, Elvis. While he is at first reluctant to accept the changes that Elvis brings, adult Henry realizes upon reflection (voiceover by Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development,” “Identity Thief”) that his parent’s split finally allows the Fishers to become one happy (divorced) family.

Based on his life, DJ Nash (“Up All Night,” “Bent”) serves as executive producer, along with Bateman, Jim Garavente (“Identity Thief”) and Tucker Cawley (“Up All Night,” “Everybody Loves Raymond”). “Growing Up Fisher” is a production of Universal Television and Aggregate Films.

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