Season 1, Episode 1
“Joan Moves In”
Joan Rivers, the ultimate New Yorker, decides to move to California to be with daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper. But there are a few surprises in store—like Melissa’s live-in boyfriend, Jason. Will Joan and Melissa make it work? Tune in to see the drama unfold!
Joan, the ultimate New Yorker, has a glamorous apartment, her own jewelry company, and at night, she performs at comedy clubs. But she misses her family. Joan makes the life-altering decision to move to California to be closer to Melissa and her grandson, Cooper.
Meanwhile, in Malibu, California, Melissa has a great kid in Cooper, and a loving and solid relationship with her live-in boyfriend, Jason. Also living in Melissa’s house is perpetual houseguest, Conrad. Melissa breaks the news to Jason that Joan will be living in the house until she can find a place of her own. Jason is apprehensive since Melissa has yet to tell Joan that they’re living together.
Everyone welcomes Joan warmly. Joan meets Cooper’s new nanny, Dominica, and comments that the sexy Swede is a far cry from Mary Poppins. Later, when Joan opens Melissa’s closet door she finds men’s clothes…a lot of men’s clothes. Is there a man living in the house?
After getting all settled in, Joan does what everyone in LA does – get a little nip and tuck. But all three plastic surgeons she visits refuse to perform anymore surgery on her. Melissa doesn’t understand why Joan continues to put her health at risk. Joan vows to find someone who’ll do it.
Eager to spend some time with Cooper, Joan takes him to the beach. Later, Cooper begs Joan to buy him a surfboard. Joan finally gives in as long as Cooper doesn’t tell Melissa.
Back at home, Joan’s excited to have her first meal together with the household. With the takeout food served and laid out on the good china, Joan starts off the dinner with a warm and gracious toast. Things immediately go downhill when Melissa innocently asks Cooper about his day at the beach with Joan. Joan admits to Melissa that she bought Cooper a surfboard. Melissa is not happy. Joan turns the tables on Melissa and asks, "Are you living here, Jason?" Finally, Melissa answers, "Yes." Joan is hurt that Melissa didn’t tell her.
Joan quickly figures out that she has to make adjustments if she wants to live in peace with Melissa and the rest of the household.