Season 1, Episode 3
“Kiss My Ash”
Joan visits different L.A. hotspots to spread the ashes of her beloved friend, Tommy. Meanwhile, Melissa enters uncharted territory for all Rivers women: the kitchen. She’s determined to learn how to cook. Will she break the culinary curse of the Rivers women? Tune in and watch it all unfold!
Eager to get her mother to exercise more, Melissa somehow convinces Joan to take a stroll through the neighborhood with the dogs. As they walk, Melissa points out a house being built and says it might be right for Joan. Joan responds that when she finds the right house, she’ll know immediately. Melissa also brings up the fact that Joan needs her own car.
Later, the entire household gathers for a sit-down dinner, at Joan’s insistence. But it’s take-out food, yet again. Cooking has never been a strong suit for the Rivers women. Melissa entertains the idea that she could possibly break the family curse and learn how to cook. The next day, Joan takes her grandson Cooper and Melissa’s boyfriend Jason along when she goes car shopping. They end up at a local dealership, and soon, Joan is behind the wheel of a sporty red Mini-Cooper. And while they’re out shopping, Melissa secretly invites a celebrity chef to the house to teach her how to cook and break the culinary curse of the Rivers women.
Later, Joan and Melissa’s friend Lynne discuss what Joan plans to do with "Uncle" Tommy’s ashes, Joan’s best friend for over 40 years, and Melissa’s godfather. Tommy even walked Melissa down the aisle. Joan, Lynne, and Cooper hop into the car on a mission to spread Tommy’s ashes all throughout his favorite spots in Los Angeles: the Beverly Hills Hotel, Rodeo Drive, and Judy Garland’s house. When the current owner of Judy’s house threatens to call the cops, Joan, Lynne, and Cooper take off.
West Hollywood is the final destination in Joan’s mission to spread Tommy’s ashes, at a bar called Hamburger Mary’s. Joan asks the receptive crowd if perhaps she could sprinkle a little bit of Tommy on the dance floor and they can all celebrate with a conga line.
Later, Joan brings home her brand-new red Mini-Cooper. Melissa is surprised. It’s not what she was expecting Joan to get. Cooper loves the car and calls it a "chick magnet."
At dinner, everyone enters the dining room and they’re all shocked to see the table formally set with the first course awaiting them. And there’s not a cardboard takeout box in sight. They all take a bite – it’s delicious. Melissa has taken the first steps to breaking the family "curse."
Later that evening, Joan and Melissa share a quiet moment as they light a candle in honor of "Uncle" Tommy. Tommy may be gone, and his ashes are all over the world now, but he still lives strong in the hearts of Melissa and Joan.