Hot in Cleveland (season 3)

The third season of the TV Land original sitcom Hot in Cleveland premiered on November 30, 2011. TV Land originally ordered 22 episodes but later increased the order to 24.[1] The series stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves, and Betty White.

Hot in Cleveland
Season 3
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original networkTV Land
Original releaseNovember 30, 2011 (2011-11-30) –
June 6, 2012 (2012-06-06)
Season chronology
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List of Hot in Cleveland episodes



On February 28, 2011, TV Land renewed the show for a third season to consist of 22 episodes.[2] However, on March 21, 2011, the episode order for season three was increased from 22 to 24 episodes.[1] This season premiered on November 30, 2011 and ran straight through until June 6, 2012.

Guest stars in season three include Kathie Lee Gifford, Sandra Bernhard, Laura San Giacomo, Gilles Marini, Don Rickles, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Joe Jonas, Huey Lewis, John Mahoney, Susan Lucci,[3] Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, Georgia Engel, Rhea Perlman, Roger Bart, Kevin Nealon, Craig Bierko, Josh Cribbs, Steven Weber,[4] Ryan McPartlin,[5] James Denton,[6] Kristin Chenoweth,[7] Rick Springfield,[8] and Doug Savant.[9]


Season three was released in Region 1 on November 27, 2012. The DVD includes all 24 episodes on 3 discs, and also features a "Some Like it Hot behind-the-scenes special".[10]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
331"Elka's Choice"David TrainerAnne Flett-Giordano & Chuck RanbergNovember 30, 2011 (2011-11-30)3011.94[11]
Elka is forced to choose between her thought-to-be-dead husband Bobby (Don Rickles), her old boyfriend, Max and her new boyfriend/fiancee, Fred. Elsewhere, Victoria takes advantage of her marriage to Joy and appears on a View rip-off talk show called "The Chatter", hosted by female celebrities Christal (Kathie Lee Gifford), Jada (Kym Whitley) and Libby (Valerie Azlynn).
342"Beards"David TrainerSam Johnson & Chris MarcilDecember 7, 2011 (2011-12-07)3031.42[12]
The girls go on a gay cruise, where Victoria plans to speak about her "relationship" with Joy, until they both fall for the captain, Captain Lebeau (Gilles Marini). Melanie runs into her sister, Caroline (Laura San Giacomo), and discovers she is a lesbian. Caroline's lover (Sandra Bernhard) makes a pass at Melanie, after Melanie pretends to be a lesbian to stay on the cruise.
353"Funeral Crashers"David TrainerSteve JoeDecember 14, 2011 (2011-12-14)3041.71[13]
Elka teaches Melanie and the girls how to crash a funeral, to help Melanie find a missing dress. Joy and Victoria must face things from their pasts, while Elka reunites with Roy (John Mahoney) a former acquaintance.
364"Happy Fat"David TrainerEric ZicklinDecember 21, 2011 (2011-12-21)3051.80[14]
Melanie, Joy and Victoria give their neighbors makeovers. Meanwhile, Elka and Roy go sky-diving.
375"One Thing or a Mother"Joe RegalbutoSebastian JonesDecember 28, 2011 (2011-12-28)3061.87[15]
Victoria dates a self-centered hand model (Sean Hayes). Joy cannot determine the age of her date (Phil Morris). Melanie dates a guy (Sean O'Bryan) who enjoys leaving the lower half of his body unclothed. Roy's mother (surprisingly still alive) disapproves of him dating Elka. The girls invite all their dates to a dinner party, with predictably disastrous results.
386"How Did You Guys Meet, Anyway?"David TrainerSuzanne MartinJanuary 4, 2012 (2012-01-04)3021.82[16]
While waiting in a long bathroom line at the Cleveland Browns football game, the girls tell Elka the story of how they met each other in Los Angeles in the late 1980s. (This episode features two clips of the game show Body Language featuring Betty White as a celebrity partner, digitally altered to include an "Elka" nametag.)
397"Two Girls and a Rhino"David TrainerRachel SweetJanuary 11, 2012 (2012-01-11)3071.70[17]
Joy and Elka are forced to look after a rhino at the Cleveland zoo. Elsewhere, Victoria dates a janitor (Tim DeKay), while Melanie dates a state senator (Doug Savant).
408"God and Football"Andy CadiffAlex HerschlagJanuary 18, 2012 (2012-01-18)3081.42[18]
Melanie takes Elka to a football game, as a present for her 90th birthday, and finds romance with a kicker (Dan Cortese). Meanwhile, Victoria believes that Elka is God.
419"Love is Blind"David TrainerSam Johnson & Chris MarcilJanuary 25, 2012 (2012-01-25)3091.43[19]
Joy dates a 22-year-old blind man (Randy Wayne), who believes that she is 26 years old. Meanwhile, Victoria receives a surprise visit from her daughter, Emmy (Jennifer Love Hewitt), and Melanie from her son Will (Joe Jonas), who reveal their plan to wed each other. Elsewhere, Elka prank-calls A-Rod.
4210"Life with Lucci"Andy CadiffChuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-GiordanoFebruary 1, 2012 (2012-02-01)3101.64[20]
After All My Children is canceled, Susan Lucci seeks Victoria's comfort. When she interferes in the ladies' lives, it becomes clear that you can take the actress off of the soap opera, but you can't take the soap opera out of the actress.
4311"I'm with the Band"Andy CadiffSteve JoeFebruary 8, 2012 (2012-02-08)3111.35[21]
Johnny Revere (Huey Lewis) returns to town to record a charity single with an unruly former band mate, Drago (Steve Valentine). Johnny also tells Victoria that he no longer wants to have sexual flings with her, because he is engaged to a younger woman. To get back at Johnny, Victoria begins a relationship with Drago. Melanie is anxious to meet David Gates of the band Bread, but meets a different David Gates (Dave "Gruber" Allen), the CEO of a minivan company. Wanting to be discovered as a singer, Joy hurts the voice of singer Verena (Danielle Bisutti), in a singing challenge and pretends to be her to record the charity single. Elka schemes to cut the hair of a famous singer to sell on the internet.
4412"Lost Loves"Andy CadiffEric ZicklinFebruary 15, 2012 (2012-02-15)3121.41[22]
The girls go searching for their lost loves, including the man who stood up Joy at her wedding. Elka "accidentally" runs into Max (Carl Reiner). Victoria reconnects with Clark (Curtis Armstrong), her first husband only to find he has changed dramatically. Melanie misinterprets Facebook comments posted by Nick (Dan Gauthier), a former high school crush, but ends up falling for another man K.C. (Steven Weber), who is also Joy's ex- fiancé.
4513"Tangled Web"Andy CadiffSam Johnson & Chris MarcilMarch 7, 2012 (2012-03-07)3131.82[23]
The ladies escape to a lake house after Victoria sets loose a poisonous spider; Melanie finds out her new love interest is actually Joy's former fiancé. So Melanie has a handsome Mormon (Christopher Gorham), pretend to be her new boyfriend.
4614"Hot & Heavy"Andy CadiffRachel SweetMarch 14, 2012 (2012-03-14)3151.31[24]
Victoria wears a fat suit to win a major news award. Colin (James Patrick Stuart), Victoria's co-anchor and rival gets the same idea and unintentionally uses it to have Joy fall in love with him. Melanie meets Sam (Reid Scott), a handsome man at a Sexaholics Anonymous meeting.
4715"Rubber Ball"Andy CadiffSebastian JonesMarch 21, 2012 (2012-03-21)3141.45[25]
Melanie, Victoria and Joy seek to get into a country club, and have a meeting with rubber magnate Jameson (Ed Asner), who has a connection to Elka. The girls then attend a party at the club attempting to obtain membership sponsors, where they learn that Artie (Jon Lovitz), the homeless man who almost became Joy's green-card spouse in season 2, is actually from a wealthy family. The girls also help Artie impress Preshi (Alex Borstein), a fellow country club member.
4816"Everything Goes Better with Vampires"Andy CadiffChuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-GiordanoMarch 28, 2012 (2012-03-28)3161.92[26]
Victoria is annoyed by the new lazy housekeeper (Rhea Perlman), who cannot understand Joy thanks to her accent, even though she's speaking perfect English. Joy falls for a man who says that he is Rick Springfield, until she learns the real truth. Melanie is annoyed by her new professor boyfriend, Donald (Craig Bierko). Elka and an old friend, Marnie (Georgia Engel) write a radio play together, but the two soon disagree on ideas. Things boil to a head when everyone is forced to stay inside while the police conduct a manhunt for a escaped convict.
4917"Claus, Tails & High Pitched Males: Birthdates 3"Andy CadiffVanessa McCarthyApril 11, 2012 (2012-04-11)3171.46[27]
The ladies set each other up on dates for their annual birthdate celebration. Victoria is set up with previous cruise ship fling, Captain Lebeau; Melanie is set up with a Jersey Boys cast member (Roger Bart) who has an unfortunate trait; Joy dates Melanie's former priest (Andy Richter), and Elka dates someone who might be magical (Paul Dooley).
5018"Cruel Shoes"Andy CadiffSebastian JonesApril 18, 2012 (2012-04-18)3181.09[28]
A line of shoes Victoria designed is going public at a fashion show. Joy, Melanie and Elka agree to model Victoria's shoes, which have an unfortunate problem. Melanie gets a beauty mark for the modeling gig, but it doesn't stay in place. Joy begins a whirlwind romance with a terminally ill man named George (Kevin Nealon), who is crossing things off his bucket list.
5119"Bye George, I Think He's Got It!"David TrainerRachel SweetApril 25, 2012 (2012-04-25)3191.38[29]
Joy's romance with George continues. Elka gets a visit from her twin sister (Joan Rivers), while Victoria and Melanie try to help Artie pick up women.
5220"The Gateway Friend"Andy Cadiff
Dennis Capps
Steve JoeMay 2, 2012 (2012-05-02)3201.12[30]
The girls have to get their L.A. friend, Courtney (Kristin Chenoweth) back together with her Beverly Hills dermatologist boyfriend, Dr. Minton (Jonathan Silverman) or face the prospect of never getting an appointment with him again.
5321"Some Like It Hot"N/AN/AMay 9, 2012 (2012-05-09)3221.21[31]
A look behind the scenes of Hot in Cleveland, with never-before-seen footage of the cast and crew, in-depth interviews as well as favorite show moments and bloopers all from the third season.
5422"Storage Wars"Andy CadiffSam Johnson & Chris MarcilMay 16, 2012 (2012-05-16)3211.17[33]
The ladies bid on an abandoned storage unit and find an unsent letter from Abraham Lincoln hidden in a painting. Joy chats with a trucker (James Denton) through a CB radio and lies saying that she is very buxom, unaware that they will eventually meet in person. Storage Wars auctioneers Laura and Dan Dotson make a cameo appearance.[32]
5523"What's Behind the Door"Andy CadiffAlex HerschlagMay 30, 2012 (2012-05-30)3241.19[34]
Victoria comes up with the idea of reviving her old soap opera Edge of Tomorrow as a webisode series. But she ends up clashing with the creator (Cybill Shepherd) and working with incompetent actors (Barry Bostwick, Rosa Blasi and Mel Rodriguez).
5624"Blow Outs"Andy CadiffSebastian JonesJune 6, 2012 (2012-06-06)3231.95[35]
When Joy and Victoria follow Melanie to her secret new hair salon, true to Melanie's predictions of disaster, they manage to cause the two hairdressers (Regis Philbin and David Spade) to part ways. As Melanie's hair suffers in the fallout, tensions between the ladies escalate. The season ends with a cliffhanger, when the ladies find a baby on their doorstep.


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