Tensions are high in Cleveland: Victoria is up for an Academy Award, Elka is up for City Council election, and Melanie gets a visit from her mother (Debra Monk).
When Victoria has to choose between Melanie and Joy for her plus one to the Oscars, they compete with each other to show who's the better friend.
Melanie feels replaced when the ladies go to her radio co-host (Will Sasso) for advice and Victoria meets J.J.'s (Dan Lauria) family.
Things heat up between Victoria and J.J. (Dan Lauria) and Melanie and Donald (Craig Bierko) during Elka's City Council debate against Councilman Powell (Bill Bellamy).
Our ladies go 2-D in a fun-filled animated episode that involves questionable beauty treatments, zombies, and a look at Cleveland had LeBron never left.
Victoria gets a visit from the son she always forgets (Chris Colfer) and Joy and Mitch (Tim Daly) debate their compatibility.
Joy decides to finally tell Mitch (Tim Daly) how she feels, but a handsome dating coach gets in the way (Coby Bell). Victoria is surprisingly taken with a very Clevelandy screenwriter (Dan Lauria).
To the ladies' surprise, Elka has written and directed a play about them. They're shocked to see how they're portrayed and by whom. It doesn't help that Elka's role is being performed by the beautiful and glamorous Claudia (Morgan Fairchild).
Elka needs Ross Barkley's (Chevy Chase) endorsement for City Council so Melanie gets strong-armed into going on a date with him. Meanwhile, Joy hides her feelings for Mitch (Tim Daly) while he tries to get over Melanie.
The women fly to Los Angeles to watch Victoria announce the Oscar nominations. Elka gets campaign advice from a statistics expert, Victoria has nerves over the unknown, and Joy meets the man she's going to marry.
Lines get blurred when Joy and Bob (Dave Foley) go undercover as a couple and Elka (Betty White) gets a political rival (Bill Bellamy).
Victoria resolves to come clean about something to her longtime friend, Maddie Banks (Kirstie Alley), but gets cold feet in this KIRSTIE crossover episode. Melanie, Joy, and Elka cross things off their bucket lists.
The ladies take their depressed puppy, George Clooney, to Dr. Deb, a pet therapist who has her own radio show (Cheri Oteri). Dr. Deb blames the women for George's bad behavior and gives them assignments to better their lives and their dog's.
Melanie uses her illness to get tickets to country star Chase Jackson's (Chris Isaak) sold-out concert, while her friends also cash in on her "tumor perks." Vicotoria's new online suitor may not be the man he says he is.
When the women try to adopt a puppy, the Rescue Center's volunteer, Doug (Max Greenfield), determines if they are dog-worthy. Elka's relationships with Mamie (Georgia Engel) and Roy (John Mahoney) take an interesting turn.
Season 5 of Hot in Cleveland delivers more twists and turns as the ladies juggle romances old and new, adopt a puppy and travel to New York to cross items off their bucket lists.
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