Season 1, Episode 7
“Home Alone With Joan”
Joan gets some alone time with her grandson Cooper while Melissa and Jason take off for a romantic weekend. Cooper invites friends for a sleepover, and things get crazy when Joan takes a last-minute comedy gig, leaving Conrad and Lynne in charge.
Still looking for a place of her own, Joan and her assistant Sabrina take a look at a house shown by “the Dog Lady:“ a realtor who specializes in homes geared toward dogs. Once again, it’s not the right place for Joan.
Melissa and her boyfriend Jason begin putting together a new, bigger bed for Melissa’s son Cooper. Jason’s getting frustrated, and Melissa’s patience is wearing thin. Joan tells Sabrina to arrange a romantic getaway in Vegas for the bickering couple. But Melissa says what she and Jason really want is somewhere quiet, like Lake Arrowhead.
Joan takes Melissa shopping for some new clothes for their trip – including some sexy new lingerie. On the way home, Joan complains that what she really wants is a house like their old one. On a whim, they stop by their old house and knock. The owners allow them to tour their old house and reminisce.
Jason and Melissa drive off to Lake Arrowhead, while Joan and Cooper head for the nearest bowling alley. Up at Lake Arrowhead, Melissa and Jason take a walk. Try as they might, Lake Arrowhead just doesn’t seem conducive to the romance they’re looking for.
Cooper hosts a sleepover, and a backyard game of Army men breaks out where Joan is captured. Then comedian Brad Garrett calls and wants Joan to substitute for him that night at the Catalina Club. Joan agrees; Melissa’s houseguest Conrad can watch the kids. She calls Melissa’s friend Lynne to come over and help, too.
Lynne arrives to help with the party, and Joan heads out to her gig. As Joan is onstage performing, the party gets increasingly out of hand.
Jason and Melissa get homesick, and Melissa calls the house to check on Cooper. Conrad lies about the chaos. He doesn’t say word about Joan taking off to do a gig. Jason suggests that he and Melissa go home tomorrow. They share a kiss and head back to their hotel room.
The next morning, Melissa and Jason return to a quiet household. Joan remarks how much she loves Cooper’s friends, and Melissa and Jason give a few details of their trip. But when it comes out that Joan actually left to do a gig, Melissa explodes. She doesn’t care that Lynne and Conrad were there – that’s not the point. Joan apologizes, but continues to insist that the sleepover was a success. There were no casualties!