Raising Hope is taking full advantage of the fact that they film in Los Angeles but as a series are set elsewhere, in the fictional Natesville. When they want to do a destination episode-- in this case for Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina's (Shannon Woodward) honeymoon-- they only need to look in their production's backyard. But in true Raising Hope form, they came up with quite the clever way to warrant a trip for the new Mr. and Mrs. Chance to head west.
That's right-- Jimmy and Sabrina are getting married in "Modern Wedding," a single-camera, mockumentary style shoot ala Modern Family (in fact, there is a joke in the show about Sabrina's mom hiring the actual camera guys from her favorite show, Modern Family, to shoot their wedding in that vein).
"It's the Chances, so everything that could go wrong does with an extra kick," Neff said when we caught up with him in L.A.
"His parents have to step in and help with the marriage license, and the minister basically quits, and they destroy the cake. They do things a little bit backwards-- oh, and Burt feels up some of the guests. He has a reason, though!"
It may sound like he's joking, but we have confirmed, through a special preview screening of "Modern Wedding," that everything actually does take place. And there are even a few familiar faces popping up along the way-- though not quite to wish the happy couple well.
It's no wonder the Chances would want to put the actual ceremony behind them and turn right around and take a honeymoon. But that, too, doesn't go as privately or as relaxing as planned.
"You'll see in the episode the gift I gave turned out to be a bust, and I'm so embarrassed by it I have to do something!" Gregg Binkley said of his character Barney's involvement in "subsidizing" Sabrina and Jimmy's post-nuptial plans in "Yo Zabba Do."
"It's going to be a two-parter, that episode in Los Angeles. My ex-wife's son Trevor turns out to be a TV star on a kid's show in Los Angeles, and that's the other reason why we're there: I can get us a place to stay for free-- I think. But It turns out I have millions of Howdy's bucks, which I get each time a customer doesn't have them, I end up banking them myself, so I have plenty of money. Then we go off to L.A., and me and Maw Maw go off on our own little tangent, and I end up making out with a bearded woman. The fur will be flying on that one!"
Binkley previewed a little "extended family road trip" moment from the episode because Jimmy is afraid to fly, so the family drives across the country instead. And it certainly seems like Sabrina will be learning all sorts of new things about Jimmy, even now that they're married. One of the things we have been hoping for awhile was that Sabrina would finally learn Jimmy was Drakkar Noir, and Lucas Neff said we would finally get our wish in this episode.
"Drakkar Noir makes a comeback in the honeymoon episode. It's a little bit of sexy time for his new wife," Neff said.
Raising Hope airs on FOX on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. "Modern Family" and "Yo Zappa Do" air on January 29th 2013.
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