Raising Hope Episode Guides
Jimmy finds out that he was a musical prodigy when he was 13, but lost his ability when he took a blow to the head. He sets out to recapture his lost talent.
Sabrina Has Money
Burt learns that Sabrina is from a rich family, but Sabrina is embarrassed to introduce Jimmy to her rich father.
A poney-tailed hippie stops by the the Chance house, and Virginia knocks him out, revealing that he kidnapped Burt twenty years earlier, but Burt reveals a different story.
Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent, Baby! Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent!
Virginia, Burt, Jimmy and Sabrina head to Las Vegas to attend Virginia's cousin Delilah's wedding. Virginia is embarrassed that she didn't have the big wedding that her snooty cousin will have, so Burt attempts to make it up to her. Meanwhile, Jimmy tries to make a move on Sabrina who wants to go wild in Vegas.
Virginia, Burt, Jimmy, Sabrina, Maw Maw and Hope camp out on the front lawn after their house becomes tented for termites, but getting caught in the rain is the least of their problems. After learning that Hope hit a boy at day care, the family attempts to stop arguing out of fear that she will follow in her serial killer mom's footsteps.
Jimmy and the Kid
A thirteen-year-old kid makes a run for Sabrina, which drives Jimmy absolutely crazy. Meanwhile, Maw Maw swallows her gold tooth and Burt and Virginia contemplate retrieving it.
Jimmy, Virginia, Burt, Sabrina, Maw Maw and Hope borrow a house to impress Burt's wealthy parents who have decided at the last minute to celebrate Thanksgiving with the family. Things get interesting when the real homeowners return early, and Burt's folks get a taste of what life is really like for Burt and Virginia.
When the National Invention Convention Extravaganza comes to town, Virginia encourages the family to submit their own inventions that could bring home a large cash prize. Burt teams with the family's neighbor Andrew and invents unusually flavored yogurts, while Jimmy partners with Sabrina to develop a new baby mop. When convention day arrives the competition between each team escalates as they pitch their inventions to Andrew Dice Clay. During the competition, the family ends up realizing family and friends are what matter the most.
The Men of New Natesville
Burt encourages Jimmy to be more of a daredevil. So when Jimmy's co-worker, Frank, invites him to a house party, Jimmy jumps at the chance to unleash his bolder side. As Jimmy and his new pal spend more time together, they discover they shared a common high school bully. In a series of flashbacks, Jimmy and Frank look back at their unhappy high school years as Young Jimmy and Young Frank. But when the two try to take down their old nemesis, they're surprised to learn that the bully has changed.
It's a Hopeful Life
In a nod to the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life," the Chances go to the movies and are surprised when they discover that the film they're watching is strikingly similar to their own family life. Meanwhile, Jimmy is transported into a cinematic dreamlike state and experiences the world as though he never met Hope's serial killer mom Lucy. But when he returns to reality, he soon realizes that life without Hope would not be nearly as sweet.
After Hope shows promising signs of being a baby genius, Jimmy becomes inspired to go back to school and prepare for the G.E.D. exam. But Jimmy is surprised to find his former high school teacher, Mr. Swift, instructing the G.E.D. class, and continuing to give Jimmy a hard time in the classroom. Meanwhile, Burt and Virginia worry that Jimmy could become the smartest family member if he passed the test, so they decide to take the G.E.D exam too. But they soon realize they'll need all the extra tutoring they can get.
Burt becomes obsessed with gambling when he believes he can reclaim all the items he lost when he bet away all the Chance's belongings nearly 20 years ago. Worried about his bad habit reemerging, Virginia and Jimmy try to intervene but soon get swept up in the betting frenzy and develop their own gambling habit. But their luck begins to run out when they miss Shelley's staged play written by Sabrina and starring Hope as the lead.
Burt is buried in receipts and finances during corporate tax season, so he hires Barney as his business manager. Caught up in the stress, Burt makes a hurtful comment about Virginia's career, prompting her to seek a new business venture. But when Virginia becomes a tarot card reader and predicts the future for the residents of New Natesville, she realizes that her fortunes may have more power than she thinks. Meanwhile, Jimmy is on pins and needles as Sabrina decides whether or not to move to Africa with her boyfriend Wyatt.
Jimmy's Fake Girlfriend
Jimmy's spirits are low when Sabrina's relationship with Wyatt becomes serious, so Virginia and Burt convince him to create a make-believe girlfriend to make her jealous. Barney invites Jimmy to his improve class, where he meets Mary-Louise who agrees to play along with his plan to win over Sabrina. But when their acting becomes too convincing and Sabrina falls for their fake relationship, all plans might backfire on Jimmy.
As Jimmy and Sabrina's relationship continues to grow, they both begin to realize that they've been hiding some of their habits from each other. They agree to let their guards down and start acting like themselves completely, but when Sabrina reveals an unusual childhood phobia, Jimmy decides to help her overcome her fear in a startling way. Meanwhile, Burt reveals a habit he's been keeping from Virginia for years.
Single White Female Role Model
Sabrina is arrested after participating in an Occupy Natesville protest and is sentenced to two weeks in prison. One of the prison attendant's claims to be a friend from her past and will stop at nothing to make Sabrina's stay in the slammer as dreadful as possible until she remembers their childhood friendship. Meanwhile, the mayor of Natesville grants Virginia three wishes after she helps her avoid a public scandal, but when Jimmy turns down the mayor's advances, Sabrina's chances of being exonerated are put at risk.
Spanks Butt, No Spanks
When a raccoon decides to take residency under the Chance's porch, Virginia and Sabrina work together to try and lure the critter out. Meanwhile, Hope's misbehavior has become such an issue that Virginia and Burt suggest that it might be time for Jimmy to spank her, since it worked so well for them when he was younger. However, when Burt reveals a secret to Jimmy about his childhood, it answers unsolved mysteries and prompts a new outlook on teamwork and parenting.
Poking Holes in the Story
Virginia agrees to be a live-in house sitter for her client and look after a troublesome teenage girl. When she learns that the teen and her boyfriend are ready to take their relationship to the next level, she and Burt try to use their experience to convince them against it. But Burt makes a confession that comes as a surprise to Virginia. Meanwhile, Maw Maw once again confuses Jimmy with her late husband Wilfrid, so Jimmy and Sabrina play along.
Hogging All The Glory
When attention-seeking Sarah Louise announces her plans to run for another term as chairperson of the Natesville church group, Burt decides to run against her. To test Burt's ability to handle a community task, Sarah Louise assigns him pig-sitting duties for a blind church member. But when the guide pig accidentally becomes family dinner, Burt must find and train a replacement pig before Sarah Louise finds out and ruins his chances of being elected.
Sabrina's New Jimmy
When Jimmy finds out Sabrina has a new attractive study partner, Virginia convinces him that they are doing more than just studying. Meanwhile, Burt develops an obsession with a wall figurine.
In a very special "mockumentary" episode, Nancy Grace examines the "real story" of Hope's mom, serial killer Lucy Carlisle. Grace interviews each member of the Chance family, all of whom relay personal accounts of exactly what happened when Jimmy met Lucy back in 2008. At the end of the program, the Chances are shocked to find out developing details about Lucy.
I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back, Baby Back
Following the revelations of the "Inside Probe" expose of their family history, the Chances are put on trial in a fight to retain custody of Hope.
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