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Three best friends from Los Angeles are on a flight to Paris when the plane is forced to make an emergency landing in Cleveland. Melanie is recently divorced. Joy is a struggling entrepreneur. Victoria is an aging soap opera actress. None of the three women are truly happy with their lives. The ladies prepare to spend some time in Cleveland, but are shocked when they are treated like supermodels by the local male population. Seeing an opportunity to reinvent themselves, the three friends rent a home and prepare to make new lives in Cleveland. First though, they have to decide what to do about the elderly caretaker Elka.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Wednesday June 16th, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Jul 05, 2010

  • Currently 7.9/10
7.9/10 (9 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
John SchneiderJohn Schneider
As Hank
Tim BagleyTim Bagley
As Relator

Co-Guest Stars
Bil DwyerBil Dwyer
As Anders
Diane SellersDiane Sellers
As Brianna
Eileen OEileen O'Connell
As Flight Attendant
Main Cast
Betty White
As Elka Ostrovsky
Valerie Bertinelli
As Melanie Moretti
Jane Leeves
As Joy Scroggs
Wendie Malick
As Victoria Chase


The scene opens with Victoria Chase, Joy Scroggs, and recently divorced Melanie Morreti are on a plane to Paris. Victoria, or Tori as the girls call her, is texting to her agent and Joy is trying to tell her that it is the time to relax and through away those things. A flight attendant comes up and Tori thinks that she wants to know who she is. After Tori tells that she is a famous actress from a Daytime Drama that aired a while ago, the flight attendant just wanted to know if they needed anything. Melanie tells that they would like Champagne. Melanie makes a toast to new beginnings and to have the time of their lives. They hit turbulence and the Champagne spills. Melanie gets up and sees ex-husband Anders on the plane. Despite the advice from Tori and Joy, Melanie talks to Anders. Kim, Ander’s new fiancé is introduced to Melanie. A now devastated Melanie goes to get comfort from the Tori and Joy and says that she wishes the plan would crash and Anders and his new fiancé would die. As if on cue, the plane has mechanical issues and is nose-diving for an emergency landing. Joy tells Melanie to make it stop but she of course has no control. As the plane is loosing altitude, the three women start making commitments to be better and the plane settles. They have safely landing in Cleveland...

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorSuzanne Martin
Executive ProducerSean Hayes (2)  |  Larry W. Jones  |  Keith Cox  |  Lynda Obst  |  Suzanne Martin  |  Todd Milliner
ProducerBob Heath (1)
Associate ProducerMatthew Conner  |  Chris Arrington  |  Bradley Gardner
Production DesignerMichael Hynes
EditorRonald A. Volk
CastingCollin Daniel  |  Brett Greenstein
Unit Production ManagerBob Heath (1)
First Assistant DirectorBruce Franklin
Second Assistant DirectorCatherine Schlesinger
MusicEmerson Swinford  |  Ron Wasserman
Costume DesignerKarla Stevens
Director of PhotographyDonald A. Morgan
Costume SupervisorBrian Cotton
Warning: Hot In Cleveland season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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