The episode begins with the ladies at the breakfast table again. Melanie is happy to have met a neighbor. Elka walks in with flaming red hair and announces that she changed her hair. She saw a picture in a magazine and gave it to her hairdresser, and then Joy asks if it was a picture of Elmo? Elka wants to make a big impression on Max who invited her to the seniors' senior prom and desperately wants to show up a lady who is trying to steal Max from her.
Melanie decides to have a party and invite the neighborhood because in Los Angeles nobody knew their neighbors. Because of her bestselling book she wrote, her neighbor Rick, who writes for a Cleveland newspaper (played by Wayne Knight who played Newman on Seinfeld) wants to interview her. A case of open mouth; insert foot happens when Melanie unintentionally insults both Cleveland and the people who live there and the party ends abruptly.
Wanting to make amends and not have anyone think she is a snob, Melanie brings a bottle of wine over as a peace offering but nobody is home. She sees Rick's computer on his desk and curiosity gets the best of her and she and Joy and Victoria go into his house to read his column before publication. They see that he wrote nothing bad and manage to get out undetected.
When they arrive home they are happy that they were not caught and suddenly Melanie realizes that she left the wine behind and goes over to retrieve it. As she is looking in his window, he sees her and invites her in. She finds the wine and although she is not interested in him, he mistakes her coming over there as her coming on to him. Lots of double meaning things are said and she finally leaves as he disrobes when she says she is ready to go.
Elka realizes that her hair is hideous and Joy comes to the rescue and fixes her hair back to her original color just in time for her to be escorted to the prom by Max. She looks radiant!
Meanwhile Victoria gets a gig on a Japanese commercial for pants with a diaper lining sort of like Depends. Since it is only going to be shown in Japan, she agrees to do the commercial for Mrs. Ladypants.
As Victoria shows her friends the Japanese commercial, she sighs with relief that it's in Japanese. As she answers the phone from her agent, the girls agree not to tell her that it is all over the internet when Elka pipes up with "yeah, I posted it"!
Elka '" Betty White
Melanie '" Valerie Bertinelli
Joy '" Jane Leeves
Victoria '" Wendie Malick
Max '" Carl Reiner
- Wayne Knight
- Wendie Malick
- Jane Leeves
- big impression
- Betty White