Melissa & Joey
About the Show
US sitcom about a newly elected politician and the man she employs to look after her nephew and niece when they are suddenly left in her care
Series 1 Summary
Former wild child Mel Burke has just been elected as city councilperson for Toledo, Ohio. However, in addition to her new job, she has also found herself raising her niece, Lennox, and her nephew, Ryder.
Lennox and Ryder's father, Lewis Scanlon, was part of a ponzi scheme and fled the country. Their mother was sent to prison, leaving Mel as the only option to look after the kids.
Joe Longo, a former employee of Lewis, lost all of his money and has been kicked out by his wife. Joe tracks down Mel while looking for information on Lewis, and their paths continue to cross until Mel accidentally offers Joe a job helping her take care of the kids.
Episode 1 - Pilot
When Lennox gets suspended from school, Joe saves the day by getting Lennox to talk to the principal and accept her punishment.
Episode 2 - Moving On
Mel dates a guy with ulterior motives, and Joe deals with getting his stuff back from his ex-wife - most importantly his flat-screen TV.
Lennox tries to make friends in her new school.
Episode 3 - Nanny Love
Joe fears that being a nanny will prevent him from having a love life, while Mel worries that a depressed Joe means no more gourmet food.
Mel lies to get Joe a date with her former sorority sister, and Joe keeps the lie going to help out Mel in her job.
Episode 4 - Boy Toys R Us
Lennox starts dating a bad boy that Mel disapproves of, while Mel is also dating a bad boy of her own.
Joe takes it upon himself to reorganise Mel's closet.
Episode 5 - The Perfect Storm
Mel grounds Lennox because she is failing chemistry and needs to study. However, when Senator Russell Burke, Mel's father, shows up unexpectedly, he undermines her authority.
Episode 6 - Spies and Lies
Mel catches Joe having secret meetings with a girl named Tessa in the basement, and discovers they are on a manhunt for her brother-in-law Lewis Scanlon.
Mel and Joe think Ryder is getting bullied at school because he keeps 'losing' his things, but by getting his stuff back they make things worse.
Episode 7 - Up Close and Personal
Mel is working on her public image and invites a TV reporter to do a story on her and the kids.
When the reporter finds out that Mel has a male nanny working for her, she shifts the focus of the story onto Joe.
Episode 8 - Dancing with the Stars of Toledo
Mel agrees to participate in a local Dancing with the Stars-themed charity event to raise money for the at-risk kids that Lennox tutors.
Mel agrees to dance with Joe at the event, but creative differences cause them to part ways.
Episode 9 - Seoul Man
Mel needs to prove that all her employees are US citizens, but Joe's paperwork has been subpoenaed by the court for his divorce hearing.
When Lennox decides to go to a school dance with one of her girlfriends, rumours begin to circulate as a result.
Episode 10 - In Lennox We Trust
Mel is delighted when Lennox starts dating the Mayor's son Brett as she thinks he will be a good influence on her.
Ryder spends time with Mrs Gellar, an elderly lady from the area, while taking part in his school's community service programme.
Episode 11 - A Fright in the Attic
Mel tries to get the kids excited about celebrating Halloween, but no one can tell what her Halloween costume is supposed to be.
Joe hears noises coming from the attic, and when he goes to investigate, he discovers Lewis Scanlon hiding from the police.
Episode 12 - Joe Knows
Joe decides to start his own online business giving financial tips to investors. He asks Mel for some advice to help get the enterprise off the ground, but isn't pleased with her suggestions.
Lennox develops feelings for a nerdy boy from school who is giving her extra academic tutoring.
Episode 13 - Enemies with Benefits
Joe rekindles a romantic spark with his ex-wife Tiffany, but when Tiffany meets Mel, she reveals that she has been keeping a big secret from her former husband.
Lennox works on winning a popularity contest at school.
Episode 14 - Don't Train on My Parade
Joe takes an interest in Mel's personal trainer as soon as they encounter each other, while Lennox has a crush on Beckett but does her best to stay just friends with him.
Episode 15 - Lost in Translation
Mel asks Joe to act as her translator when she has an important meeting with a Japanese businessman, but once they all get together for dinner, things turn awkward.
Lennox and her nemesis are forced to work on a school project together.
Episode 16 - Joe Versus the Reunion
Despite everything that has happened to him over the past year, Joe decides to go to his college reunion and meet his former classmates.
But when his hot date for the event cancels on him, Mel does her best to find a solution to the problem.
Meanwhile, Lennox and Ryder plan to throw a party.
Episode 17 - Toledo's Next Top Model
Lennox needs Mel's permission when she is approached about becoming a model. Mel isn't keen on the idea until she finds out about the money Lennox could earn.
When Ryder has problems approaching a scary new girl, Joe tries to help him ask her out, but things rapidly go wrong.
Episode 18 - The Mel Word
When Mel's cousin Emily gets engaged to her girlfriend Bianca, Mel plans their wedding using her house as the venue, but it seems that one of the brides-to-be has her eye on somebody else.
Lennox and Ryder work on a documentary project together.
Episode 19 - Auction Hero
Mel urges Joe to volunteer to participate in a school charity auction, but when he does so, it seems that the winner of the event may have ulterior motives for taking part.
Episode 20 - Waiting for Mr Right
When Mel brings home a guy who's very dull, Joe teases her about finding someone more interesting.
After a big night out with the girls, Mel feels the pressure to be in a relationship when her last single friend gets engaged.
Episode 21 - Young Love
Mel embarks upon a romantic relationship with a younger man, while Lennox faces a challenge from one of her classmates when she aims to take up the post of editor of the school blog.
Episode 22 - Mel and Joe's Anniversary
Mel's new young boyfriend George throws a party so that she can meet his friends for the first time.
Joe confronts his ex-wife for going on a date with a new man to their special place on what would have been their wedding anniversary.
Episode 23 - Going the Distance?
As Mel's relationship with George grows more serious, he is offered an amazing new job abroad and she is forced to contemplate the future of their romance. The time has come for Ryder to meet Holly's parents.
Episode 24 - All Politics Is Local
Mel's father returns to town to lobby for a political bill that Mel is strongly opposed to.
When Lennox writes some poems, her verses catch the attention of a popular classmate who wants to become a singer.
Episode 25 - The Other Longo
When Joe's photographer brother Tony visits, Mel is impressed with his work and asks him to take a few shots of her. Joe soon starts to get nervous that Tony and Mel are hitting it off so well.
Lennox tries to avoid Ryder when he has a cold so she won't miss a big party at the weekend.
Episode 26 - Teacher/Teacher
Joe gets Ryder into trouble with his teacher when he helps him to complete a homework assignment.
Mel sneaks Lennox into a concert that is restricted to those who are 18 years old and over.
Episode 27 - Play Ball
Mel recruits Joe to play a few games for her office's softball team when their star player is injured.
Ryder creates tension with Lennox when he asks her to post Holly's story on the school blog.
Episode 28 - A House Divided
Mel and Joe get into an unexpected property dispute with their neighbour after Joe confronts him about his noisy pet parrot.
Ryder makes a short film about not texting while driving, starring a reluctant Lennox.
Episode 29 - Do As I Say, Not As I Did
When Lennox plans to go to an all-night party with her boyfriend after the school dance, Mel is initially relaxed about the outing but later gets anxious, so Joe decides to follow Lennox and keep an eye on her.
Holly grows jealous and controlling when she and Ryder allow another girl into their study group.
Episode 30 - The Settlement
Mel and Joe are faced with difficult decisions after Joe comes into some money. And a small leak in the ceiling grows into a huge problem for Mel.
Melissa & Joey synopsis
US sitcom about a newly elected politician and the man she employs to look after her nephew and niece when they are suddenly left in her careEpisode Guide >
Now that Lennox and Ryder are getting old enough to look after themselves, Joe no longer feels needed as a nanny and starts looking for another job. Ryder gets…