'Hot in Cleveland' season finale: Betty White on the lam!


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The finale of the second season of TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland once again ended in a cliffhanger, with Elka in serious trouble with the law, but we had a lot of fun getting to that point. Last night’s legal-themed episode began with a Law & Order-type voiceover: “In a situation comedy, there are two separate but equally important stories. The A story, which is about the comic of characters. And the B story, which is the same thing, but shorter. These are those stories.” So much was packed into this half hour that it’s hard to say what was the A and what was the B. (For an old school sitcom, all this sub-plot talk is awfully Community, right?)

Elka finds herself in court again, represented by the sexy Kirk Stark. Elka expects an easy trial with female jurors and the judge (again played by Sherri Shepherd!) going gaga over Kirk. But when Kirk gets a nasty facial injury (I thought women liked scars?), Elka has to use her own feminine wiles, which she has in spades, to seduce the adorably feeble Juror No. 8. Highlight of the episode: Elka tapping into the seductive powers of a butterscotch candy. It doesn’t quite work, though, and Elka finds herself on the run … in Amish country, no less!

In non-Betty-related news, Hottie Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) has more guy trouble. Victoria (Wendie Malick) is still trying her hat as a serious journalist and nabs a hilarious interview with the fame-obsessed governor’s wife Heather, played by Amy Sedaris, whose every line is instantly quotable (see below). Joy (Jane Leeves) finds herself in a political scandal with said governor–did she sleep with him or was she only plucking his industrial-strength eyebrows?

Hot in Cleveland is never short on the genius one-liners. Here are some of my favorites from the finale below, but I’m sure I didn’t catch all of them. Leave your favorite quotes in the comments!

“Sit your lying, hideous face down!” – The judge, to Kirk, post softball injury

“I have had the feeling that someone was mentally undressing me, but for me that’s not unusual.” – Elka, about Juror No. 8’s leering gaze

“Girls like you don’t speed, dear. But girls like me don’t know anything else.” Elka to Melanie, talking either about speeding tickets or their love lives.

“Now that woman knows woman knows marketing. Fat chance of getting my teenage daughter on Dancing with the Stars.”–Heather on Sarah Palin

“We’re not getting within 50 miles [of Washington, D.C.] with these dandruff-catchers on his forehead.” – Heather to Joy on her husband’s unibrow

“You call this obese? This is husky at best. Now you get me a fatter kid or smaller shirt, NOW!” Heather, after her assistant presents her a possible poster boy for her cause of the moment, childhood obesity

“Justice has been serviced.” – Elka after emerging from the broom closet with Juror No. 8. I get that the exploitation of an 88-year-old’s sexuality is a highlight of this show, but EWWWWWWW!

“The defendant will remain free on bail until sentencing. And defense counsel will be responsible for all ancillary court costs, including but not limited to the $800 the court spent on this damn weave!” – The judge issuing the ruling on Elka’s case … and getting in one last snipe at Kirk

“Say what you will about our country, but we do not deport our celebrities. Now, at worst, we exile them to reality shows.” – Victoria giving Joy some advice about how to handle public scandal

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  • F

    Stephan, you seem to have developed the misguided misconception that this show is funny.

  • rjmae

    I don’t know if it is just me, I have watched every episodes because I like all of the actresses, but I am finding it harder and harder to find this show funny. There are usually some funny lines thrown in, but as a whole it just seems very formulated. Then again maybe that is why some people like it. I am however happy for the actresses that it has been renewed for another season.

  • Very Amused

    Oh, I loved it!!! The take-off on the Law and Order shows was hilarious. Elka and the Butterscotch had me laughing out loud. Kudos for letting women over 50 ( and 80!) be sexy! Contrary to media propaganda you don’t lose interest in sex or desire after your hair turns gray.

  • stu

    the say it happens in 3’s. betty..liz & jane r waiting for u.

    • Jenny

      That’s disgusting Stu. We all know Zsa Zsa has that spot sewn up.

  • Beth

    The show has become sort of filler entertainment to watch when there is nothing else on. It was much better written and acted during the first 10 eps, maybe because it was new at the time. It just seems to have become no longer a must-see. Probably why its dropped from 4M viewers to <2M now

  • Mary

    “She said I have the legs for Fox News.” “That’s the highest compliment you can get in journalism!”

  • Den

    Did any else notice the misplacement of the US Flag & the State of Ohio Flag in the courtroom. US Flag should have been on the right of the judge’s bench. They got it right at the governor’s desk though.

  • Paula

    Best show on TV in a long time….all good actors and walk ons…great show hope it continues more seasons to come…cant wait for 3…..

  • Craig

    She said I have the legs for Fox News.” “That’s the highest compliment you can get in journalism!”
    I couldn’t help wondering, immediately after hearing this gem,
    “Is that true, Barbara (Walters)?”

  • Cheryl

    This is a fu

  • Cheryl

    Love the show even buy the DVDs keep up the great humor

  • Jerry

    I agree great humor love the show

  • Múa bụng belly dance, đồ tập múa bụng

    You really make it seem really easy with your presentation but I in finding this matter to be really one thing that I believe I’d never understand. It sort of feels too complex and very wide for me. I am having a look ahead for your subsequent publish, I will try to get the grasp of it!

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